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Nov 22, 2009 08:51 AM

Saturday lunch & "sightseeing" in Albuquerque

I'm going to have about 4 hours to kill after dropping someone off at ABQ before returning for my own flight the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Looking for suggestions for lunch, and it'd be great to find a place in an interesting part of town where I could walk around a little and feel like I've seen a bit of Albuquerque. A hip neighborhood or shopping strip, or maybe the University? I'll be spending Thanksgiving w/ family in Santa Fe so won't have seen anything of ABQ.

From browsing the boards so far I have on my maybes list:
El Patio
The Grove

Thanks in advance for any advice

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  1. I think the Frontier is a perfect idea. Tasty, inexpensive, very New Mexican food in a nifty setting spilling over with boisterous local color. Great location for sightseeing too: it's right in the university area, then you can head east on Central to Nob Hill for even more; I'd argue this is the best 1-2 punch in the city for hip shopping.

    The Grove is delicious, but since it looks like you're from the Pacific Northwest, there are plenty of similar eateries up that way.

    1. I like to take guests to old town and eat at the Church Street Cafe. It's good New Mexican in the heart of the historic area. Check out the Rattle Snake museum.

      1. Thanks so much! I'll try and remember to report back!

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        1. re: somerset

          I would also recommend Nob Hill and the campus of UNM as the place to walk and spend some time.

          I think Frontier is a good choice but there are much nicer places in that area to eat if you want something a bit more chowish.

          La Provence for French, Il Vicino for microbrewery with great sandwiches and wood burning oven pizza. There's Bumblebee's, Flying Star that are casual and have really good food.

          For more ideas:

          For walking the Campus: