The best part of traveling is sampling the local food. I’ve found that Albuquerque has as much or more diversity in cuisine as comparable sized cities. Albuquerque cuisine is unique with locally-based, fresh ingredients with lots of variety and hot flavors. The star of this Southwestern food scene has long been the fire-roasted green chili, which pops up on the local fry-bread tacos and cheeseburgers. But there is much, much more. These are some of the best things I ate in Albuquerque.
Sopapillas from Padilla’s Mexican Kitchen
I discovered this classic New Mexican dessert on a previous trip. Sopapillas are hot little pillows of fried dough drizzled with honey. I order them every chance I get when I’m in Albuquerque. The sopapillas at Padilla’s Mexican Kitchen are the best I’ve ever eat,
1510 Girard Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Blue Sky Donut from Rebel Donut
I’m not an expert on the Albuquerque donut scene, but I was told I needed to try Rebel’s Breaking Bad inspired donuts. I did try the Blue Sky donuts specifically for the novelty of it. Yummy! If you want that donut go early—they sell out fast. Don’t worry. Rebel Donuts has dozens of other donuts to try. I liked the fact they have dozens of miniature varieties so you can try many different donuts without having to buy (and eat) full size ones.
2435 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
Egg & Bacon on a Green Chile Cheese Bagel from Wolfe’s Bagels
“The Best Bagels above Sea Level!” is their slogan and in my book they certainly are a contender for that title. We were here for breakfast. I ordered the Egg & Bacon on Green Chile Cheese Bagel. They crack the eggs and cook it right there. No pre-made, microwaved egg pillows here. The green chile cheese bagel was perfection!
6241 Montgomery Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Biscochito from Golden Crown Pandaderia
New Mexicans have grown up eating their state cookies, biscochitos. Biscochitos are flaky, buttery and cinnamon-sugary rounds of delight and Golden Crown Pandaderia bakes some of the best. Their biscochitos was light, perfectly sweetened (not too sweet), flaky and just about melted in your mouth.
1103 Mountain Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 8710n
Lemonade Yogurt from Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
We stopped here after an afternoon at the zoo. I love a good frozen yogurt place that is not stingy with their sampling cups. You are allowed to have small samples of the various flavors, free! I sampled 6 or 7 flavors before I settled on the Lemonade.
1101 Unser Blvd SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream from I Scream Ice Cream
You can’t get too much cold stuff to help beat the Albuquerque heat. So add I Scream Ice Cream to your Albuquerque bucket list. They have 32 flavors to choose from and you get your first topping for free. They also have tons of items for all ages to play with (board games, toys & Pac-Man).
Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Tewa Taco from Pueblo Harvest Cafe
This was my first time trying a Tewa Taco or “Indian Taco.” Pueblo Harvest Café is famous for their “Indian” taco; home-made fry bread topped with ground beef, pueblo beans, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, and red or green chile. The fry bread is fantastic – crispy and chewy and the toppings were delicious.
2401 12th St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Tamales from El Modelo Mexican Foods
The tamales from El Modelo are everything good tamales should be. They have fluffy masa outside with tender chile-infused meat on the inside, all nicely wrapped in a corn husk. You can take them to go.
1715 2nd St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Coffee from the New Mexico Pinon Coffee Company
Albuquerque also ranks highly for its coffee. I just missed the annual Chocolate and Coffee Fest (held in late March), but I did sample the city’s pine-nut-accented brews at the New Mexico Pinon Coffee Company.
5222 4th St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Albuquerque is a fantastic foodie destination. It offers great mom and pop, hole-in-the-wall restaurants as well as 5-star dining. I look forward to my food experiences.