Restaurants in Albuquerque, NM

Route 66 did not bypass cities. It ran straight through their hearts. Such is the case in Albuquerque, where the old Mother Road is known as Central Avenue. A cruise along it puts you smack in front of several favorite Roadfood eateries and just a few blocks away from others. Town pharmacies nearby have lunch counters where tortillas are made fresh and classic New Mexico dishes include blue-corn enchiladas, chilies rellenos, and carne adovada. Restaurants on and off Central Avenue around the University of New Mexico offer late-night and early morning meals, foremost among these eateries being the cavernous, multi-room Frontier, where sweet rolls are famously huge and the menu includes chile dishes as well as championship burgers. Heading west, a short detour leads to Albuquerque’s Old Town and a tucked-away bakery called Golden Crown Panaderia. This dazzling enterprise makes chile-infused pizza crust and green chile bread, empanadas, sweet flautas, and lovely biscochitos — New Mexico’s official state cookie.

Albuquerque’s Most Famous Dishes

Cross section of a buned rare burger topped with chopped green chilies and cheese

Green Chile Cheeseburger

Burger on a tender bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo ... car hop service

Grilled Hamburger

Scrambled eggs laced with peppers and onions, topped with salsa

Huevos Rancheros

Strawberry shake in a tall soda fountain glass is accompanied by a silver beaker of extra milk shake for refills

Milkshakes

Albuquerque’s Best Restaurants

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