Like its famed enchiladas drowned in blankets of red and green chile sauce, Albuquerque is swimming in traditional New Mexican restaurants. While the city has a strong culinary identity rooted in classic Southwestern flavors, its food scene is truly as diverse as its people. The restaurants that define it include low-key staples as well as buzzy trendsetters, all of which make Albuquerque one of the best places to eat in the region.
Update, June 2021:
As dining restrictions slowly fade in Albuquerque’s rearview mirror, it’s time to catch up over a bite at some of the Duke City’s essential spots. Most restaurants and bars are now up and going at 75 percent capacity for indoor and outdoor seating, and a few old favorites have returned to the list, alongside some newcomers that recently opened their doors.
From the Westside to the Northeast Heights, these are the essential eats of ABQ.
Note: The inclusion of restaurants offering dine-in service should not be taken as an endorsement for dining inside. Studies indicate a lower exposure risk to COVID-19 outdoors, but the level of risk is contingent on social distancing and other safety guidelines. Check with each restaurant for up-to-date information on dining offerings. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the New Mexico Department of Health website.
Note: Map points are listed in geographic order.
Justin De La Rosa is an Albuquerque-based Renaissance-guy-of-sorts in the restaurant industry. He’s spent the better part of a decade writing about food and beverage trends in Albuquerque and Denver while tending bar, serving tables, washing dishes, managing social media pages for restaurants and breweries, and mingling with like-minded foodists around the country.Read More