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Feb 16, 2009 10:07 PM

Dinner rec near Albuquerque airport

I am flying into Albuquerque next week for business, and driving up to Santa Fe. My flight gets in around 8:30, then I am meeting a coworker when his flight arrives at 10:30.

Any recommendations of somewhere to get dinner that is near the airport? Nothing too expensive, and maybe somewhere that I can sit for an hour + to kill some time would be great. I may or may not have a rental car, so something that is easily cab-able would be best.

Thanks in advance!


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  1. Not sure exactly what kind of food you are interested in, but there are several great places on Central Ave in the Nob Hill area. Yani's is a good Greek restaurant, Scialo's Italian. If you're looking for something more casual, Kelly Bar & Grill is popular and the Flying Star Cafe offers quality Southwestern and New Asian fare with stellar dessert offerings. The latter is more of a college student hangout, however. Hope this helps!

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    1. re: wrathika

      Thanks a lot for the advice! I am going to have a car, so it looks like those places are going to be well within range. Since I am going to be by myself, do any of those have a bar that is good to eat at?

      It will be good to have a list of places - hopefully my flight makes it out on time and I actually make it over there!

      Thanks again, I'll report back on where I end up!


    2. We always have a car, and have gone to El Patio, Sadie's and Sophia's Place. We like Sophia's Place--you can get in and out fairly quickly. The staff is really nice, and they will help if you are in a hurry.

      That said, the ABQ airport has a pretty good New Mexican restaurant--Gardunos--it's on your right as you are walking toward airport security. We've eaten there a few times and it's been pretty good--one last chile fix before leaving NM!

      1. Nob Hill area is close to airport and you will find you best bets re food and bar there.

        Exit the airport and head north on Yale Blvd [do not get on I-25] go about 2 miles and make a right onto Central.

        [Quarter's will be on your left on Yale as you head to Central. Decent BBQ and beer]

        UNM will be on your left. A quintessential place - will be on your right on the corner of Cornell and Central. A student hangout. Great New Mexican food on the cheap. No bar, but could eat there and go to bar after.

        Continuing east on Central, you will come to NobHill. In addition to Flying Star [towards the end on right side, just before Carlislie] ; here are some others to consider:
        Nob Hill Bar and Grill - [right side of street,corner of Bryn Mawr]lively place, good food and drink
        IL Vicino - a brew pub with great beer and excellent pizza, sandwiches
        O'Neills - 6 or eight blocks past Carlisle, good bar and good
        Two Fools - good bar and food
        A really trendy bar - Imbibe - on left, corner of Central and Richmond; cigar bar

        Some food for thougt!

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        1. re: DebitNM

          Padilla's New Mexican on Central & University or the Frontier on Central accross from UNM.

        2. I actually ended up at the place Lenzo mentioned in the airport. My flight was a bit delayed and getting the rental car took a while, so decided to stay close by. I thought that the food was quite good, but I guess I don't have much to compare it to.

          Thanks a lot for all your suggestions! Next time I have a trip I'll hopefully make it out of the airport!


          1. I'm not sure how late they're open - but I scream for the Barela's Coffee House in Old Town when I'm in "Burque...YUMMMYYY!!!!

            Barelas Coffee House
            1502 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

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            1. re: EmoryJ

              Um . . . Barelas is not in Old Town. It's a separate neighborhood south of Downtown. Old Town is NW of Downtown. Barelas Coffee House is very nice, though.