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Headed to Albuquerque for the first time, looking for your favorite restaurant recommendations! Ideas for all three meals are welcome. We are New Englanders with a mild palette so places with some less than spicy offerings would be great. Not to $$, and places with character especially. Thanks!

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  1. Frontier is across from UNM open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mr. Powdell's BBQ has been around a long time and serves excellent BBQ. 66 Diner is near Frontier and open for lunch and dinner. They serve breakfast on Saturday and Sunday also. Church St. Cafe is fun for lunch and dinner and weekend breakfast serving traditional SW cuisine with outdoor seating. Rudy's Country Store and BBQ is fun and serves great food. Sophia's Place serves outstanding American/SW cuisine for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Grove Cafe is a great place for breakfast or lunch. The Standard Diner is a great joint for lunch or dinner and brunch on Sunday. It's located in an old service station and was featured on Diners, Dives and Drive In's. El Norteno serves outstanding Mexican food at very reasonable prices.

    Frontier Restaurant @ 2400 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 505 - 266 - 0550.
    http://www.frontierrestaurant.com/
    Mr. Powdrell's BBQ @ 5209 4th Street Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 505 - 345 - 8086.
    http://www.mrpowdrellsbarbequehouse.com/
    66 Diner @ 1405 Central Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 505 - 247 - 1421.
    http://www.66diner.com/
    Church St. Cafe @ 2111 Church Street Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 505 - 247 - 8522
    http://www.churchstreetcafe.com/
    Rudy's Country Store and BBQ @ 2321 Carlisle Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 505 - 884 - 4000.
    http://www.rudys.com/
    Sophia's Place @ 6313 4th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 505 - 345 - 3935.
    The Grove Cafe and Market @ 600 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 505 - 248 - 9800.
    http://www.thegrovecafemarket.com/
    The Standard Diner @ 320 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 505 - 243 - 1440.
    http://www.standarddiner.com/
    El Norteno @ 1431 Wyoming Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 505 - 299 - 2882.
    http://www.elnorteno.com/

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    66 Diner
    1405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

    Church Street Cafe
    2111 Church St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

    Sophia's Place
    6313 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

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    1. re: Littleman

      What a wonderfully comprehensive response - thanks so much.,

    2. My wife and I are from Rhode Island; now living in Taos.

      Always great to have New Englanders here in NM. Did you know that New Mexico is bigger than all of New England?

      Many great restaurants in Albuquerque. We particularly enjoy Chama River Brewing on the Pan American Highway just west of Interstate 25. Great food and brews in a comfortable setting. www.chamariverbrewing.com.

      Also check our www.nmgastronome for comprehensive restaurant reviews.

      Enjoy New Mexico - it is the Land of Enchantment

      Jerry Saywell

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      1. re: TheJer

        Thanks Jerry, as it happens I am a Rhode Islander as well. Do you miss weiners, Del's and coffee milk? Thanks for responding.

      2. I have 2 lists; this thread is one and there is a link on that thread to the second:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/565734