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May 30, 2008 05:07 PM

550 from Durango to Albuquerque

I will be driving from Durango to Albuquerque in mid June with my 3 daughters (ages, 20, 18 and 10). We will need to eat on the road since we won't get into Albuquerque till after 8 pm. I've heard 550 is a culinary wasteland, but maybe some of you can steer me to a gem along the road?

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  1. Granted I haven't done the drive in around 6 years but last time I was on it there was nothing from Farmington to just outside of Albuquerque. Absolutely nothing.

    1. El Bruno's in Cuba, NM. It's 75 miles from Albuquerque. I don't know of anything decent that's closer to Durango.

      1. On your way out of Durango, stop at Bart's New York Deli, which makes excellent sandwiches using bread from Bread (Durango's best bread bakery) and top-quality meats and cheese. The address is 939 Highway 3, which is parallel to and just east of 550 as you leave town. If you can't get directions from wherever you are staying, call 970-247-1144 and ask the deli-ites how to get there. If you look at the website (, don't be put off by the photo of the line of choppers out front.

        1. I haven't been to El Bruno's since the original burned down, but used to enjoy stopping there. Also, back when I was prosecuting in Farmington and dating a gal (now my wife) who lived in ABQ, I'd stop almost every trip at the Cuba Cafe, also right on the main drag in Cuba. That's been fifteen years ago - at the time it was a nice little mom'n'pop cafe. I had a state cop friend who was stationed there about five years later tell me it had gone downhill, but I have no idea how it is nowadays.

          Pancake Alley in Farmington used to be a tremendous little place for breakfast, too. Again, years ago . . . and not really the part of your trip that you'll want to be eating.

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          1. re: Erich

            The new spot for El Bruno's is recently expanded, still wonderful, and worth a stop. Heck, it's worth a trip from Albuquerque and/or Farmington!

            Fantastic red - last time I had carne adovada and it was delicious. Good guac, excellent fresh chips, etc etc.... :-)