Specialty Food Store Restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico
2103 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque NM 87110
Albuquerque NM 87110
7AM-10PM everyday (hours can change without notice)
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Albuquerque - Downtown
Sun: 8am-3pm Mon: Closed Tues-Sat: 7am-3pm (hours can change without notice)
$$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
This ray of sunshine in EDo serves gourmet breakfast and lunch, sells house-made English muffins, and has a mini-shop filled with goodies like honey, jams, mustards and vinegars, not to mention non-edibles like cookbooks, serving vessels and cards. A tiny wine list is just as chic—five reds and five whites are marked on a chalkboard, and all are constantly changing. This list is extremely well thought-out and offers a sampling of some of the most esoteric varietals and brands available in Albuquerque. There’s also a large, shaded patio, incredible house-made cupcakes and too-cute French macarons.
Albuquerque - Fairgrounds
Mon-Sat: 7am-6pm Sun: 9am-3pm (hours can change without notice)
A whole room at this shop is dedicated to displaying wedding cakes, its forté. Kids' cakes can be adorned with anything from Shrek to Kermit the Frog. Basic sheet cakes can be ordered to serve anywhere from 15 to 96 guests. Choose from cakes like marble, German chocolate or carrot; fillings like Bavarian cream, blueberry or chocolate fudge; and icings including butter cream, chocolate chipped cream and cream cheese. Cakes aside, a wide selection of Danishes, like strawberry cheese, praline and apricot, are also very tempting. The cookie selection is worth testing, especially Chinese almond and lemon coconut.
10am-8pm 7 days a week (hours can change without notice)
A family-owned grocery with a mission “to get top class, quality ingredients from our motherland India” including spices, dals (various types of lentils, peas and beans), frozen food and snacks.
Mon-Sat: 9am-6pm Sun: 12:30-5pm (hours can change without notice)
As you’re already well aware, Buffett's Candies is home to the largest candy cane this side of the Mississippi. (Admit it, you’ve always wanted to pop in and see if it’s got melon-sized bonbons to boot.) All the candies are made fresh with real butter, cream and sugar, and if there is piñon in it, you can be sure it came from New Mexico. And what tastes more like love than chocolate and piñon?
1014 San Pedro Dr NE (Fairgrounds)
You could miss the decayed pink, green and purple cross that adorns Helen’s Bakery just north of Lomas in the blink of an eye but there you’ll find rows of Mexican pastries, cookies and rolls tucked away inside glass cases or cooling on a big metal rack up front. If you don’t speak Spanish, here’s how it all works: Walk up to the register, grab a pair of tongs and a cafeteria tray and load up on sweet treats. A little café serves savory Mexican snacks like tacos and chicharrones by the pound. As for meals, try the menudo.
Mon-Fri: 9am-5:30pm Sat: 8:30am-5pm Sun: Closed (hours can change without notice)
Make your sweetie some homemade candies or create chocolates in fun shapes. You'll find everything you might ever need to make magically delicious sweet things—cookie cutters, cake pans, sprinkles in every color of the rainbow, doilies, lollipop molds, candy boxes, wedding cake supplies. The best part is that you can go up to the counter with a random object and say, “Hi, I'm thinking of making [insert name of wickedly difficult, obscure sweet here]. What do I need for that?” They'll hook you up with all the proper ingredients and then ask if you need a recipe. Now that's service.
Albuquerque - Far Northeast Heights
12611 Montgomery Blvd NE (Far Northeast Heights)
Albuquerque NM 87111
Albuquerque NM 87111
Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm Sun: Closed (hours can change without notice)
Floor-to-ceiling shelves boast gift baskets and bags, chocolate sculptures and molded items, giant "kisses" and sugar-free assortments. A chilled candy case shimmers with an assortment of chocolate truffles, creams and caramels sold by the piece. The counter is heaped with our favorite items, mostly chocolate poured over salty, crunchy things like pretzels, popcorn, nuts and cookies. Also, look for chocolate-covered strawberries and Taos Cow ice cream in eight flavors.
Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm Sun: 10am-5pm (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: Specialty Food Store
Your pets need to eat too! Pup-cakes and decadent treats won’t break the bank at this dog treat mecca. Dogs will love the natural flavors and presentation of the shop’s extremely affordable offerings, and you’ll be tempted to try one yourself.
Albuquerque - Midtown
All of the dishes at Ariana come with a hefty portion of white basmati rice dusted with tart, purple sumac powder (a shaker of which accessorizes each table). The dishes also all come with a green, mustardy chutney of cilantro and walnuts, a sauce that relies on housemade yogurt, a salad of diced tomato, cucumber and onion, and a slice of flatbread, which is baked twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Don’t go if you’re in a hurry. There could be a guy in front of you buying lamb tongues or pickled garlic heads that need to be fished out of the vat. When you order, much of the meal is made from scratch. But there’s no need to stay planted at your table while you wait—interesting grocery items like Bulgarian feta, organic Afghani figs, chickpea cookies and vats of grapeseed oil beg for your inspection.
2926 Girard Blvd NE (Midtown)
Albuquerque NM 87107
Albuquerque NM 87107
Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (hours can change without notice)
This little specialty store turns out three things—sausage, ravioli and pierogi. You know it’s got to be good. An amazing and constantly changing variety of flavors are made fresh every day by Joe S. Sausage himself, which he freezes and sells for his loyal customers to take home. Plop the ravioli in some simmering water for a few minutes and they cook up perfectly tender. Serve alongside Joe’s sizzling-fresh sausage and you’ve got the fastest, most delicious “homemade” meal you’ve ever tasted. (Located inside Left Turn Distilling/Palmer Brewery.)
Mon-Fri 9am-5:30 Sat 9am-5pm Sun Closed (hours can change without notice)
Combining his daughters’ names—Sara and Tori—Tully’s owner Johnny Camuglia came up with Saratori’s, then put to use a wealth of family Italian baking recipes. Limone farfalla (crumbly lemon bows), buccellati biscotto (rolled cookies filled with figs), buttery, shell-shaped sfogliatelle with hundreds of flaky ripples and an orange rind-and-ricotta cheese center, and albicocca biscotti (apricot-stuffed biscuits) are just some of the goodies to be found in Camuglia's cases. All are delicious. Closed Sundays.
1425 San Mateo Blvd NE Ste A (Midtown)
Albuquerque NM 87110
Albuquerque NM 87110
Mon-Fri 9 am-5:30 pm Sat 9 am-5 pm Closed Sunday (hours can change without notice)
This small Italian delicatessen is jam-packed with enough imported and domestic meats, cheeses and specialty items to turn any kitchen into an authentic cucina Italiana. At the meat counter you'll find fresh prosciutto, salami, house-made sausage, and a variety of veal, beef and pork cuts. Cheeses run the gamut from humble staples like Parmesan, Pecorino Romano and fresh mozzarella to fancier formaggio like Fontina, Gorgonzola and Locatelli. Step over to the lunch counter for a quick Italian snack made with ingredients you know are top-notch.
Albuquerque - Nob Hill
Specializing in local, organic and otherwise natural food products, the deli is no exception and doesn’t disappoint in taste or selection. The deli folks will make a hearty sandwich to your liking—or pick up a quick pint of one of the tasty hot or cold spreads and salads. For a delicious vegan dessert, stick with the chocolate Amazon cake layered with luscious, fudge frosting.
Albuquerque - North Valley
Mon-Sat: 8am-9pm Sun: 10am-8pm (hours can change without notice)
Ayurvedic cuisine works with your body’s natural energies and constitution to create “soul” food that’s on a whole new plane. Winners of Best Vegetarian in our poll several years running, Annapurna is devoted to vegan and vegetarian cuisine. The food is satisfying but never heavy and, well, you just feel better after eating there. The lunch special is a good bet with a spicy Indian soup, rice, wheat-free chapatis (a flatbread cousin of naan) and your choice of a vegetable entrée for about eight bucks. Check out the Chai Happy hour for 50% off a cup of chai from 3-5 pm daily.
Tues-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 9am-4pm Closed Sunday (hours can change without notice)
Easily the most excessively punctuated business title in Albuquerque, Cravin’ Cookies ... and More! is a cozy bakery nestled in the lush greenery of the far North Valley. Café-style seating indoors and out, potted plants and a wooden display hutch create a warm, homey environment that begs visitors to sit and sip a cup of tea. Barb, the carbohydrate crafter, bakes up at least a dozen different cookies a day, along with several pies, cakes and tortes. Cookies are available in mini and regular sizes, and there’s always a plate of samples to help you make up your mind—but may we suggest the red chile-chocolate cookies, chocolate chip cookies, toasted coconut pie ... and skipping lunch and going straight for the flourless chocolate torte.
The phrase “grocery café” typically conjures visions of orangey heat lamp chicken and Chinese food that’s been marinating in a pool of grease since the Yang Dynasty. Fortunately for us, La Montañita Co-op is not your typical grocery store. Specializing in local, organic and otherwise natural food products, the deli is no exception and doesn’t disappoint in taste or selection. The deli folks will make a hearty sandwich to your liking or pick up a quick pint of one of the tasty hot or cold spreads and salads.
3320 Second Street NW (North Valley)
Mon-Fri: 6:30am-5:00pm Sat: 7:30am- 3:30pm Closed Sunday (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Breakfast
Family-owned for 35 years, Pastian's offers everything from breads and pies to pastries and cookies. Operating as a retail and wholesale bakery, much of its business is with hotels and restaurants, but a visit here to the small café with friendly service is well worth the trip. It's cheap, too, with pastries, empanadas and Danishes all under $1. The cherry turnovers perfectly balance crisp cinnamon-sugar pastry and chewy fruit filling.
Albuquerque - Northeast Heights
1826 Eubank Blvd NE (Northeast Heights)
Mon-Sat: 10:30am-6pm Closed Sunday (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Lunch
Ah, the joys of a good bowl of kimchi and rice. A-Ri-Rang Oriental Market offers exotic groceries, dishes and cool collectibles. The compact lunch counter is also a fine stop for a tasty Korean lunch. Try the barbecued beef, pork or squid, or the seafood pancakes, and then wash it all down with a cup of hot barley tea. Breath mints not included.
1415 Wyoming Blvd NE (Northeast Heights)
Mon-Sat 10am-7pm Sun 11am-6pm (hours can change without notice)
Driving north on Wyoming from the freeway, you can’t help but notice this grocery/café’s vibrantly painted building. Inside, you can nibble on Middle Eastern fare ranging from kabobs to hummus to herbed tabouleh. Everything is made fresh to order. Vegetarians will appreciate the meat-free selections.