Route 66 through Albuquerque

5 MILES | 24 min | by Michael Stern
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Route 66 did not bypass cities. It ran straight through their hearts. In Albuquerque the old highway is called Central Avenue, and it takes travelers right past or very near a bevy of excellent downtown eat places — some new, some dating back to the heyday of the Mother Road.

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Model Pharmacy

A vintage lunch counter serving true New-Mex green chile stew, warm fruit cobblers, and soda fountain specialties, Model Pharmacy is a taste of old Route 66.

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Frontier

The Frontier is great New Mexico quick-eats: huevos rancheros, green chili stew, tacos, & burgers. Cinnamon rolls are legendary. Vegetarian options abound.

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66 Diner

The 66 Diner of Albuquerque is a good place to taste food unique to New Mexico, including green chile cheeseburgers and green chile stew.

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The Standard Diner

The Standard Diner serves such New Mexico classics as huevos rancheros and chicken fried steak as well as such non-standard dishes as quinoa sweet potato cakes.

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Lindy’s Diner

Right on old Route 66 (Central Ave.) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lindy’s is a diner serving breakfast, chili and chili dogs, and blue-plate specials.

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Garcia’s Kitchen

Garcia's is a fun, friendly place (7 locations in Albuquerque) that serves some of the best New Mexican food, especially breakfast, available any time.

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Golden Crown Panadería

Green chile bread is totally worth a detour to this squat bakery near Old Town Albuquerque. New Mexico’s state cookie, biscochitos, are great, as are pizzas.