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This sleepy Northern New Mexico village has a long history along with having been the home of the famous New Mexico artist, Georgia O'Keeffe.

Bode's General Store

21196 US 84 | Abiquiú, NM | 505-685-4422
Founded: 1919 as Bode's Owners: Constance and Dennis Liddy

BodesBode's started as Grants Mercantile in 1890 as a general store, post office, stage coach stop, and jail. In the early 1900s, the Grants sold their store to the Gonzales and Sargent families, and moved to Santa Fe, where they were involved in the process to make New Mexico a state. The Gonzales and Sargent families, holders of large tracts of land in the north, were successful sheep and cattle ranchers, and their families are still active in the rural life of northern New Mexico. Martin Bode, our namesake, was a fresh immigrant visiting a German family member in the New Mexico Territory. He stopped by the store and ended up the owner in 1919. The Bode family continued to run the store until the current owners, the Liddys, took over as keepers of the long and proud legacy in 1994. Come by for their green chile cheeseburgers or other casual foods served all day.




This desert community lying in the Tularosa Basin is bordered on the east by the Sacramento Mountains.


Hi-D-Ho Drive In

414 South White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo, NM 88310 | 575-437-6400
Founded: 1952 Owner: Pat Dulany




New Mexico's largest city is home of the annual Balloon Fiesta held every October.

Annie's Soup Kitchen

3107 Eubank NE - Scottsdale Village
Albuquerque, NM


Casa de Benavidez

8032 4th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114-1011 | 505-897-7493

BenevitezNew Mexican specialties in a historic setting. The Benavidez family and employees at Casa de Benavidez offer excellent food in a delightful and peaceful atmosphere. Here you will find traditional Mexican and New Mexican food in the surroundings of a beautiful garden and waterfall. The full-service New Mexican restaurant also provides a smaller dining area for fast carryout meals complete with a patio.



Dog House DriveIn

1216 Central Avenue S.W., Albuquerque, NM 87102 | 505-243-1019
Founded : Early 1950s

DoghouseThis humble spot, with its delightful dachshund sign, has been serving great footlong chili cheese dogs for over 50 years. The Dog House was one of Albuquerque's first "fast food" drive-ins, and it offered car hop service and some indoor seating. The Mead family founded it, and the Hartley family bought the restaurant in 1967 at its original location at 10th and Central Avenue. In 1969, the Dog House moved 2 blocks west on Central Avenue, America's Route 66. They still provide car hops and a handful of inside seats in a space not much larger than a shoe box, and have kept the same beloved chili recipe through the years. Frito pies, fries, and burgers with chili too. Lunch, dinner.


Duran's Central Pharmacy

1815 Central Avenue N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87104 | 505-247-4141
Founded (café): 1942 Owner: Mona Ghattas

The unique 'restaurant and pharmacy' setting of Duran Central Pharmacy is an Albuquerque landmark, a frequent stop for locals and visitors. All of our food is made in-house, including our hand rolled tortillas. We use the leanest meat and freshest ingredients, as well as New Mexican grown chile. Our authentic New Mexican food is a local and international favorite. Sit at the old-fashioned lunch counter, a diner-style table, or on the small patio. Featured on Jane and Michael Stern's and as a Fodor's Choice 2010. Late breakfast, lunch, and early dinner.


El Camino Dining Room

6800 4th Street, N.W., Albuquerque, NM | 505-344-0448
Founded: 1950 Owners: Lydia Sakelaris, daughter and son-in-law Amanda and Gilbert Chavez

A vintage classic, El Camino, was once part of the Route 66 era motel across the road founded by Clyde Tyler. The current family of owners purchased it from Mr. Tyler. Famed for huevos rancheros among other local specialties. Breakfast and lunch.


El Modelo

1715 Second Street S.W., Albuquerque, NM 87102 | 505-242-1843
Founded: 1929 Owner: Virginia Chittim

El _modeloA true local institution, famous for tamales. The current restaurant sits on the site of the original 3-room home of founder Carmen Garcia. She converted one room into her "factory" and operated out of it until it was bursting at the seams. The current building was constructed in 1947. It remains a take-out operation, owned for many years now by Virginia Chittim, but the menu has expanded to cover other New Mexican specialties. All are served in hefty portions all day.


El Pinto

10500 4th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114 | 505-898-1771
Founded: 1962 Owners: Jim and John Thomas

El _pintoSince its founding, El Pinto, in the pastoral North Valley, has served the recipes of Josephina Chavez-Griggs. It was her daughter and son-in-law who founded the restaurant. Today her grandsons Jim and John, often known as "The Salsa Twins," run El Pinto, the state's largest restaurant. The 12-acre setting is one of the prettiest in the state too, whether you sit indoors or one of the several patios. Full bar. Lunch, dinner.


Frontier Restaurant

2400 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Frontier -burgerThe Frontier Restaurant opened in 1971 across from the University of New Mexico with six employees and seating for 99 people. Thru the years, the Frontier expanded from one dining room to five dining rooms. Today the Frontier is a landmark in the community with over 100 employees and seating for 350.

In its 43 years, the Frontier has become not only a student gathering place but also an Albuquerque tradition serving quality food at reasonable prices. Its great breakfasts, burritos, burgers, red and green chile, homemade flour tortillas, and fresh squeezed orange juice are only a few of the reasons customers keep coming back. Not to be forgotten is the famous Frontier Sweet Roll, the restaurant's signature item. The Frontier's burgers, green chile, and sweet rolls have been featured on national travel food shows. The entire menu is served all day, seven days a week.


Garcia's New Mexican Kitchen

Garcia 's -kitchenGarcia's Kitchen is a local Albuquerque chain of restaurants that offer quick and efficient service with a smile. We also offer off-site catering, from a simple delivery to an elegant sit-down dinner. Our goal is to serve fresh ingredients and meals at a moderate price. Some of our specialties are: handmade tortillas, Biscochitos, carne adovada, menudo, salsa and red and green chile sauces. Our founder, Andrew (Andy) Garcia began his career as a traveling salesman. He was a natural entrepreneur and began selling delicious homemade food at state fairs. With his family's support, he opened his first restaurant at 4th St and Mountain Rd in 1975. After 40 years Garcia's Kitchen has 8 locations and a catering department.

We also offer Biscochitos, jarred salsas and red and green chile sauces at many retail locations and in our restaurants. Andy's dream has been realized and his enterprise employs almost 250 people. He has left a lasting legacy to Albuquerque and his family. Today his children run the business and keep his dream alive. We are constantly trying to grow and improve while maintaining the quality that was set in place by our founder, Andrew F. Garcia.

Address, phone numbers and hours for each location:

4th St at Mountain:
1113 4th St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Mon-Sat 7 am-3 pm
Sun 7 am-2 pm
Dine-In/Carry Out

Central Ave (near Old Town):
1736 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Mon-Thurs 7 am-9 pm
Fri & Sat 7 am-10 pm
Sun 7 am-8 pm
Dine In/Carry Out
Beer & Wine Available

San Mateo at Candelaria
2924 San Mateo NE 
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Mon-Sat 7 am-9 pm
Sun 7 am-8 pm
Dine In/Drive Thru

Indian School at Wyoming
8518 Indian School NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
Mon-Sat 7 am-9 pm
Sun 7 am-8 pm
Dine In/Drive Thru

4th St near Griegos
4917 4th St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Mon-Thurs 7 am-9 pm
Fri & Sat 7 am-10 pm
Sun 7 am-8 pm
Dine In/Carry Out
Beer & Wine Available

University of New Mexico Student Union Building
301 Cornell NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Mon-Fri 7 am-4 pm

Juan Tabo at Comanche
3601 Juan Tabo NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
Mon-Thurs 7 am-9 pm
Fri & Sat 7 am-10 pm
Sun 7 am-8 pm
Dine In/Carry Out
Beer & Wine Available

1113 4th St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Pickup, Delivery, Setup and Full Service Available


High Noon Restaurant & Saloon

425 San Felipe St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
505) 765-1455

High Noon Restaurant and Saloon opened its doors in July of 1974, beginning a long-standing tradition of excellent food and great Margaritas in historic Old Town. High Noon comes by its charm and history authentically as the foyer and lounge are located in one of Old Town's original buildings, dating to 1785.
Our menu, which features Certified Angus Beef, fresh seafood, wild game, New Mexican fare and more, is designed to please every member of your party. Our wine list and bar provide the perfect accompaniments to your meal.
Owned and operated by the Villa family since its inception, High Noon serves eclectic food, elegantly presented with exceptional service. Join us for drinks and appetizers in our relaxing lounge or a meal in one of our inviting dining rooms. Your visit will be filled with New Mexican charm and hospitality.


Kathy's Carry Out

823 Isleta Blvd SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105
Phone:(505) 873-3472


K & I Diner

2500 Broadway, S.E., Albuquerque, NM 87102 | 505-243-1881
Founded: March 2, 1960 Owners: Steve and Theresa Payne

K _iIrene Warner founded the K & I and its initials come from her name and that of her daughter, Kay. The Paynes took it over in 2003, but didn't change the essentials. Famed for its unusual platters of New Mexican-inspired specialties like the Travis, the Leo, and Bert's Mess in which French fries usually play a big part. Breakfast, lunch.


La Placita Dining Rooms

306 San Felipe N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87104 | 505-247-2004
Founded: 1936 Owner: Dale Elliot

La _placitaAn Old Town classic, sited right on the central plaza, in a series of old hacienda rooms with three foot thick adobe walls surrounding a covered interior courtyard. The original part of the structure dates to the 1706 founding of Old Town, the initial Albuquerque settlement. La Placita serves New Mexican classics. Lunch, dinner, bar.


La Salita

1217 Eubank Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112, 505.299.9968

Huevos -Dinner -244Established in 1965, La Salita is a family owned and operated New Mexican restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Located in the North East Heights, the original location was in the strip shopping center just north of its current building, which was built in the early 70's. After being a server for many years, Cindy Seifert took over as owner in 1975. Since day one as a server, Cindy has been treating ever patron as if they were her own family. Many years later, her family is still owner/operator of this rooted establishment. Along with using the highest quality New Mexico sourced ingredients, the creation and cultivation of long lasting friendships is what truly sets La Salita apart from the competition. La Salita specializes in made-to-order hand-dipped and golden fried Chile Rellenos, daily specialty meats, and complimentary hand fried chips with warm green chile salsa! Open lunch and dinner.


Lindy's Diner

500 Central Ave. S.W. Albuquerque, NM 87102 | 505-242-2582
Founded: 1929 Owner: Steve Vatoseeo

LindysOne of Albuquerque's longest continually operated cafes, recognized on by Jane and Michael Stern and even featured once in Gourmet as a part of a feature in sentimental favorites on America's main streets. Sit at the long counter or in the red vinyl booths for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. American comfort food, sandwiches, New Mexican dishes, and even a few Mediterranean specialties.


Mannie's Restaurant

2900 Central Avenue SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 | 505-265-1669
Founded: 1968 Owner: Joseph Koury

ManniesMannie Gianopolis founded his namesake dining establishment and ran it until retirement when it was taken over by his nephew and Joseph Koury. Koury took over more of the business gradually until he became the sole owner in 1985. Since then, a number of Koury family members have continued to serve guests. Homemade muffins, huevos rancheros, and burritos highlight the breakfast selections. Oversized sandwiches and fresh-cut chicken fried steaks are favorites for lunch and dinner. They make specials daily and are noted for homemade soups, especially the green chile chicken. Not far from UNM, Mannie's has many college customers who remark, "This was my parent's favorite restaurant too. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Mary & Tito's Café

2711 North Fourth St, Albuquerque | 505-344-6266
Founded: 1963 Owners: Mary Garcia Gonzales and Antoinette Gonzales Knight

Mary _titoThis charming small café north of downtown has been delighting patrons with its carne adovada, chile rellenos, Mexican turnovers (much like a sopaipilla but inspired by a calzone!) and other New Mexican dishes for nearly 5 decades. Mary and her late husband Tito, started the café. He was the original cook and taught today's kitchen staff how to prepare the dishes to his specifications. Mary still comes to the café every day to oversee things and greet her guests. Her daughter Antoinette capably manages the café with Mary now. Recognized by the James Beard Foundation as an America's Classic in 2010, as well as recognized by the Governor with Mary & Tito's Day. Don't leave without sampling a slice of Mexican wedding cake with its crushed pineapple, walnut, and cream cheese frosting. Lunch, dinner.


Mr. Powdrell's Barbeque House

5209 4th Street N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87107
11301 Central Avenue Albuquerque, NM 87107 | 505-298-6766
Founding date: 1962 Owners: Powdrell Family

PowdrelThe Powdrell family migrated from Louisiana via Texas in 1958. The barbecue recipe came from great-grandpa Isaac and was passed on to the late Mr. Pete Powdrell, who opened his restaurant in the North Valley in 1962. He arrived in town with his wife and 11 children, and not much else more than the clothes on his back. Through perseverance, Pete Powdrell rose to become the king of barbecue in Albuquerque, and one of the city's most respected restaurateurs. In his trademark overalls, Pete Powdrell welcomed powerbrokers and thousands of everyday folks, and his family continues the warm hospitality today. The 4th Street location is in a historic brick home. At either of the two locations today, expect hickory-smoked barbecued pork, beef, and chicken, and if you can't decide among them opt for a combination plate. Save room for made-from-scratch sides and desserts such as sweet potato pie and peach cobbler. Mentioned by Jane and Michael Stern's Lunch and dinner.


6051 Osuna Road NE, 505-881-4224
1520 Lomas Blvd. NW, 505-242-1111
Founded: 1962

Monroes -burgerSince 1962, Monroe's has been serving some of the best in New Mexican cuisine to local residents and their families. Monroe's began as a small drive-in near Old Town in Albuquerque, specializing in reasonably priced -- high quality New Mexican food served with a dash of good fun. As Monroe's expanded to be the "nationally known" restaurant it is today, they have never forgotten their roots as a neighborhood gathering place. They want you to make yourself at home, have fun, and help us get to know you and any special needs you may have. Monroe's family operates a team system (everyone is responsible for your satisfaction) so that they can serve you better -- and special orders or substitutions are OK!! So relax, enjoy, and remember they're all there to serve you!


Murphy's Mule Barn

9700 Second Street, N.W., Albuquerque, NM | 505-898-7660
Founded: 1940 Owner: Bill Crawley


Sadie's of New Mexico

Sadie's on Fourth - 505.345-5339
6230 Fourth Street NW
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107
Sadie's East - 505.296-6940
15 Hotel Circle NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87123
Sadie's at the Star - 505.771-7140
54 Jemez Canyon Dam Rd
Bernalillo,NM 87004
Sadie's on Academy - 505.821-3388
5400 Academy Road Northeast,
Albuquerque, NM 87109


Taco Sal New Mexican Restaurant

9621 Menaul N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87112 | 505-298-2210
Founded: 1960 Owners: Erma Martinez, Aaron Martinez

Taco _salDelicious freshly made New Mexican food is cooked and served by the Martinez family, owners of the restaurant for three years. They make efforts to use as much New Mexican grown produce as possible. The original owners were Sally and Felix Gabaldon, who served a similar menu. Sally or "Sal" would greet all the diners with "Hi, Doll!" Sally and Felix had a devoted following and the Martinez family has continued in that same tradition. Sally is now in her mid-80s and continues to visit the restaurant regularly. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Western View Diner & Steak House

6411 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87105 | 505-836-2200
Founded: 1944 Owner: Stavros and Demetra Anagnostakos

Western _viewThe Route 66 classic Western View has been known in previous years as the Ski View and Desert View, which were pretty appropriate names too. It's been the Western View though for more than 40 years, and has had a succession of Greek owners to the present family. It used to be open 24/7 and many older folks remember coming after dancing at the Hitching Post, which was next door, but was replaced by an apartment building. The kitchen is still the original structure and the other exterior walls have been added on through the years. There is a mosaic on the back wall by the register that is still visible today - and has been retained. The Anagnostakos's pride themselves on the family environment (all four of their kids have worked here) and have customers that have had 4 generations of family coming in here. They serve made from scratch gravy, tortillas, dinner bread, salsa, and soups, including the popular chicken. All of our food is prepared fresh daily and they are known for chili and really awesome burgers. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.




Belen is Spanish for Bethlehem and over time has gained the nickname "Hub City" because of the Belen Cutoff of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Belen also has the only Harvey House Museum in the state of New Mexico.


Circle T Drive-In

625 E. Reinken Avenue, Belen, NM 87002
Owners: Philip and Yolanda Tabet

Circle _t

The original Circle T was begun by Gilbert Tabet and family back in 1958. A burger, fries, and Coke cost about 55 cents. It has always been a hub for locals. The second Circle T began operations in 1978. The menu remains pretty simple, and pretty much the same, with its most requested item being the green chile cheeseburger, in three sizes. The Tabets use only Rio Grande Valley grown chile for this signature item.


Pete's Café

105 North First Street, Belen, NM 87002 | 505-864-4811
Founded: 1949 Owners: Theresa Padilla, Pete Torres Jr, Mercy Howell, and Michael Torres


Following World War II, Pete and Eligia Torres started his namesake one-room café across from the railroad tracks. Known for its New Mexican specialties today, the café served a more straightforward American-style menu for its first 20 years since most of the customers initially were railroad travelers unfamiliar with the state's signature cuisine. Trough hard work, the Torres' café flourished and grew to more than 3 times its original size. Pete and Eligia have passed away, but multiple family members now own the café and continue the hospitable spirit and wonderful homemade New Mexican food with its signature red and green sauces. It is managed by Theresa Torres Padilla and her niece Marie Torres.



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