Vegetarian/Health Foods Albuquerque Restaurants
Albuquerque - Northeast Heights
2906 Juan Tabo Blvd NE (Northeast Heights)
Albuquerque NM 87112
Albuquerque NM 87112
Mon-Thrs: 11:30am- 9pm Fri-Sat: 11:30am- 9:30pm Sun: noon- 9pm (hours can change without notice)
The menu is a polished combination of Chinese and Japanese classics with twists—and some entire dishes—you probably haven’t seen before. The sushi is unique, with many of the rolls forsaking seaweed in favor of thin-sliced cucumber or soy paper wrappings. They are drizzled with sauces, piled high with colored flying fish roe and artfully arranged with extra touches. The hot and sour soup is one of the best in Albuquerque—clear and light with a complexity of texture and flavor. Elsewhere on the menu, a lineup of cooked vegetable dishes are dressed in several excellent housemade sauces. Vegetarians can add tofu to any of the vegetable dishes for $1—it comes crispy, kung pao style or as a buttered tofu steak with teriyaki sauce.
Lunch Monday-Saturday: 11 am-2:30 pm Dinner Monday-Sunday: 5-9 pm (hours can change without notice)
The Thai Vegan menu includes fake shrimp, chicken, fish and pepper steak. That said, it isn’t the sophistication of vegetarian faux meats that makes the place so good. It’s amazing because the cooks really know what they’re doing, and they use quality ingredients. The Thai iced tea (yup, that’s vegan too) is like sipping Bangkok through a straw.
Albuquerque - Old Town
Mon-Thu 5pm-9pm Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Dinner
It’s a classy kind of joint, this Antiquity; tablecloths, waiters with bow ties and fancified French food (including seafood) that will push you toward ecstasy even as it drains your pocketbook. But it’s unmistakably Albuquerque too. For one thing it’s in an ancient Old Town hacienda, the kind with an uneven floor, two-foot-thick walls at every doorway and rooms that ramble back farther than you would ever guess from the outside. For another, the blue-jeaned may mix freely with the formally attired in that wonderful New Mexican way that so annoys the Easterners among us.
Mon-Sun: 11 am-9pm (hours can change without notice)
A restaurant that focuses mostly on salads may be a hard sell for meat-happy Burqueños, but make no mistake: Vinaigrette does salad right. From gourmet options that feature duck and arugula to more delicate fare with pomegranate seeds and shoestring yams, Vinaigrette presents a world of salads you may not have known existed. And much of their menu is locally grown at their fields in Nambé, too.
Albuquerque - University
Mon-Sat: 7am-9pm Sun: 9am-8pm (hours can change without notice)
$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
Ayurvedic cuisine supposedly 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 restaurant poll several years running, Annapurna’s food is satisfying but never heavy and, well, you just feel better after you eat there. Try Sunday brunch with spiced gluten-free, vegan pancakes and breakfast quinoa (but you’ll have to live without scrambled eggs, sorry). The shaded courtyard to the side of the restaurant is spectacular.
Mon-Sat: 10am-3am Sun: 11am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Late-night UNM goers, you now have another option for the midnight munchies. The Pita Pit, an Ontario-based chain, has a mix-and-match pita sandwich menu and a modest but colorful dining room. To top it off, it’s open until 3am. Greek, American and Middle Eastern options abound in meaty pocket sammies—wipe the drool off your textbook and refuel!
Albuquerque - Upper Nob Hill
3619 Copper Ave NE (Upper Nob Hill)
Albuquerque NM 87108
Albuquerque NM 87108
Mon-Thu: 11am-3pm, 5pm-9:30pm Fri: 11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm Sat: 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm Sun: 5pm-9pm (hours can change without notice)
Salathai combines kind, quick service with mega-amazing and affordable food. An excellent choice for vegetarians and carnivores alike, the menu is strong from beginning to end. Their affordable lunch specials boast a special Thai soup, egg rolls and a tapioca dessert that hits the spot.
Mon-Fri: 11am-9pm Sat: 4pm-9pm Sun: 5pm-9pm (hours can change without notice)
Sure, it looks like an old Dairy Queen on the outside—but inside, it’s totally Thailand (just check out the caddy of housemade condiments). The menu’s large selection of salads is a strong suit, including crispy, delicate green papaya and a not-to-be-missed tempura trout salad (sop up the tamarind dressing with a side of sticky rice). The tom yum soup is perhaps the best in town, and you can choose between chicken and veggie broth in some of the other good soups here. Most dishes—like pad cha vegetable stir-fry and creamy, fragrant red curry—can be ordered vegetarian too. There’s also a small sushi menu that offers big, adequate rolls.
Cuisine: American, Dessert, Organic/Locally Grown, Specialty Food Store, Vegan, Vegetarian, Vegetarian/Health Foods
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
This healthy eatery offers organic plant-based cuisine that’s (mostly) locally sourced. The fresh food fills you up with delicious energy so you can scoot your boot to some live music performed by local musicians when you’re done. We like the fresh komubcha, and never pass on the vegan cheesecake.
Albuquerque - Uptown
Mon-Fri: 10am-3:00pm Sat: 10:30am-2:00pm Closed Sunday (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Lunch
We love this strange little place with aggressively retro décor, like super ’70s wood paneling. Cool. Plus, they serve New York deli stuff like bagels with lox and cream cheese, and a club with dill Havarti on rye bread, as well as a selection of German favorites. Our favorite option is the salad trio—you get to pick from Caesar, Greek, apple Waldorf, pasta, potato, fruit, tuna, chicken or egg salads, and it comes with a roll.
Sun-Thu: 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm (hours can change without notice)Happy Hour!: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
If you’re in the Uptown Mall and in need of a bite to eat, and perhaps an elephant safari, Elephant Bar might be your ticket. OK, so the elephants aren’t real, and you can’t ride on them, but the large dining room is full of carvings and sculptures of them, even more than palm trees. The food is Americanized Asian mishmash, with good salads and seafood. An organic green salad with walnuts and creamy gorgonzola is large, tasty and simple in a good way. The wood grilled trout with lobster sauce is pure joy to eat. Even better is the ahi tuna salad, available as both entrée and appetizer sized, which consists of slices of seared fish atop a pile of seaweed and salad greens, with pickled ginger, wasabi and green sesame seeds.
3617 Wyoming Blvd NE (Uptown)
Albuquerque NM 87111
Albuquerque NM 87111
Ortega’s bills itself as serving “healthy New Mexican” cuisine. A contradiction in terms, you say? Well, kind of. You’ll still get the goopy eggs, greasy cheese and meaty red chile, but with a few surprising differences. Notably, they serve whole beans instead of refried, use no lard and make whole-wheat sopaipillas. That’s right—whole-wheat sopaipillas. Which are deep-fried. But, hey, at least they have more fiber.
Albuquerque - Westside
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.