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Mar 28, 2011 08:05 AM

One chance for dinner in Albuquerque or Santa Fe

I'll be at a meeting later this week at the Hyatt resort that I'm told is in between (or at least equidistant from) Albuquerqu and Santa Fe. There is one night where we are on our own for dinner. Can anyone recommend an authentic New Mexican restaurant. It can be nice or a hole in the wall - the food is key. My preference would be for a place that has a neigbhorhood to explore a bit after dinner, but that is second to the food.

Thanks in advance.


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  1. I'd probably send you to the Shed in Santa Fe. Good New Mexican food (their red chile is especially good, but green ain't bad), very good margaritas, quintessentially Santa Fean decor, and it's just off the Plaza, thus a perfect area for walking around and exploring after dinner.

    1. You are staying at Tamaya, and it is about an hour drive to Santa Fe and 30 minutes to Albuquerque. Will you want to drive to SF, have dinner [drink??] and then drive back to Tamaya? If so, The Shed will work.

      If you prefer to stay closer to Tamaya [I live 5 minutes from there], there are several choices:

      In ABQ, you could do quintessential New Mexican and eat at The Frontier. It is across from UNM and an easy walk over to Nob Hill, a nice walking area. It isn't fancy, but good solid NM food and what many think are the best, made fresh as you watch, tortillas. No alcohol.

      In Corrales, there are some funky spots and a real little southwestern town. [15 mins]

      Tijuana Bar
      4590 Corrales Road, Corrales, NM 87048
      (505) 898-2442 ‎

      In Bernalillo, about 5 minutes away:
      La Casita
      567 Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM 87004
      (505) 867-3166

      Coranado Grill
      781 W Highway 550, Bernalillo, NM 87004
      (505) 867-3939

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      1. re: DebitNM

        Thanks for the info DebitNM.

        Santa Fe sounds kind of far, although we would be taking a cab since we won't have a car. Frontier looks good but I imagine we'd like a place that serves beer as well. Someone recommended El Pinto. Any thoughts about that?

        El Pinto
        10500 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

        1. re: LloydG

          You aren't going to find a cab to take you to Santa Fe, maybe a private car service. You could take the Railrunner, depending on your schedule - it is more a commuter train, so evening service is lean.

          Personally, I don't care for El Pinto, it is pretty much tourist quality. There are good comments on it here from others.

          I like the idea of Corrales as it gives you a nice place to explore before or after dinner.

          El Pinto
          10500 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

      2. In Albuquerque you might want to try Church Street Cafe in Old Town. Good food and drinks, spotty service but plenty to see before and after dinner. If all you have time for is pizza try Village Pizza in Corrales.

        Village Pizza
        4266 Corrales Rd, Corrales, NM 87048

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

        3 Replies
        1. re: dgmjbm

          OP was looking for New Mexican food.

            1. re: finlero

              I was referring to Village Pizza in Corrales :o)

              I have never eaten at Church St, but I haven't heard glowing comments from those that have - a tourist oriented restaurant.

        2. You may also want to consider Casa Vieja in Corrales. The owners are young, committed, and idealistic, and the restaurant has an enormous amount of personality (and maybe a few rough edges, but nothing too difficult to overlook). They have a web site, but you can probably get a better feel for their values and style from their Facebook page.

          Casa Vieja
          4541 Corrales RD, Corrales, NM 87048

          1. Thanks for all the recs.

            We ended up at The Range Cafe in Bernalillo because a cab to Albuqurque would have been over $200 - evidently there are no cab companies in Santa Ana Pueblo (where our hotel was located) and the hotel shuttle wouldn't go to Albuquerque. We liked the range - good margaritas and I enjoyed the green chile cheeseburger. I also thought the guacomole was very good, as was the local draft beer.

            Next time I'll rent a car and convince someone else to be the driver so we can enjoy the margaritas - it'll be much cheaper than hiring a car.