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ABQ - Dinner and breakfast

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Austin-based hound here; I'll be cruising through Albuquerque in a couple of weeks, just staying long enough for one dinner and one breakfast. Wish it was longer, but it's not to be.

A friend of mine told me about the green chile cheeseburgers at Monroe's; that sounds good, but just in case, what other options can you clue me in to for dinner - maybe something a little more upscale?

Of course, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If I could find some place with great chow that reflects the place - whatever the local folks find most satisfying - and good coffee is important too.

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  1. Was just in Albuquerque on the 21st. and went by what had been posted here before. I wanted to try either Frontier or Duran's Central Pharmacy and to my surprise, the Duran family have now opened an actual restaurant called Duran's Station. We had the adovada plate and the chili rellenos, and as was recommended here, the guacamole. It was fantastic. They only seat about fifty and they were busy at five. The wiat staff were a little slow but they had a large party that evening. For me, it was a great New Mexican food stop.


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    1. re: lakotalisa

      Thanks. I love a good chile relleno.

    2. Do you want what locals eat for both dinner and breakfast?

      Go to Garcia's on 4th and Mountain. There are others around town, but this one is the best. 1113 4th St NW
      Phone: (505) 247-9149
      Have a breakfast burrito smothered plate green chile over [on side if you are nervous about the heat factor] ; it comes with beans and potatoes. Or Carne Adovada burrito with red chile smothered.

      For green chile cheeseburger: [other locations in town, but this is the original ABQ one].
      Owl Cafe
      800 Eubank Blvd NE
      Phone: (505) 291-4900

      Frontier on Central across from Univ of NM has good breakfast and I will say that their tortillas are THE BEST, made fresh as you watch.

      Dinner - what kind of food are you looking for? I'll check back and give suggestions.

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      1. re: DebitNM

        Thanks, I appreciate the recs. What I'm looking for for dinner is basically New Mexican food; sounds like what you've given me is on the right track - what the locals eat. Not necessarily high-end, but if there's a place you think I shouldn't miss, by all means let me know! Thanks!

        1. re: Bat Guano

          For Dinner --

          Los Cuates New Mexican
          (505) 255-5079
          4901 Lomas Blvd NE
          for good NM food


          Cervantes - New Mexican Food
          (505) 262-2253
          5801 Gibson Blvd Se [near airport]

          Casa de Benavidez
          8032 4th St NW
          (505) 898-3311

          OR Sadies
          6230 4th St NW,
          (505) 345-5339


          El Pinto
          10500 4th St NW,
          (505) 898-1771

          Hope this helps...

          1. re: DebitNM

            Thanks, this looks excellent. I appreciate it!

      2. for breakfast - number one location is little anita's. there's a couple location all over town. the best breakfast burritos ever. personally i go for number 7 with red chile. they're fantastic and a total ABQ institution.

        dinner - i love los cuates (on lomas near san mateo) for awesome new mexican. there are two restaurants right across the street from each other (hence the name the twins.) i prefer the atmosphere in the smaller one but you can only get beer there not mixed drinks so its a trade-off.

        frontier is open 24 hours, is located right near UNM, and is cheap. those are the main draws, the food itself isnt all that great.

        also, flying star (another local chain but i like the one on central) has the best mac'n'cheese EVER and i moved to ABQ from atlanta so that's saying a lot...

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        1. re: kennedy1025

          The nicest Los Cuates, of course, is the newest one on Menaul just E of Wyoming. ;-)