Restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, searchable by cuisine and location, with ratings and reviews. Get educated before you eat!
No Finer Diner
Mon-Fri: 11am-11pm Sat: 8am-11pm Sun: 8am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
66 DinerWinners of Best Dish Covered in Gravy, Best Chicken-Fried Steak, Best Milkshake/Malt, Best Diner and Best American in recent polls. Step back in time for old-fashioned diner food and atmosphere with a New Mexican twist (incarnate in the hot and spicy Frito Pie). The 66 Diner dishes up yummy burgers and fries, breakfast plates and daily specials like chicken pot pie with cream gravy or crispy-fried po’ boys. The real stars in this place, though, are the awesome frozen desserts. They run the gamut from mammoth banana splits to 99-cent teeny-weeny hot fudge sundaes. The milkshakes come in almost any flavor combination you can think of and are some of the creamiest, most lip-smacking concoctions around. (Alibi Staff, October 13, 2010)
Central Grill and Coffee HouseCentral Grill is one of the crop of new diners that embraces the aesthetic of yesterday’s greasy spoons while offering house-made meals with high-quality ingredients. It might be a little too cozy, especially during the lunch rush, but if you come during quieter hours the small space becomes intimate and homey. Try the inside-out burger, with cheese cooked into the patty, or the chilaquiles with fried tortilla wedges and your choice of chile. (Alibi Staff, October 28, 2015)
Mon-Sun: 5am-1am (hours can change without notice)
Frontier RestaurantFrontier is an Albuquerque staple that most folks can agree on. Breakfast burritos, sweet rolls, huevos rancheros, green chile stew, shakes, fresh-squeezed orange juice: It’s all great. The ambience is strictly cafeteria plus plenty of interesting characters to talk to after a late night study session. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Grandma's K&I DinerSweet Lord, this South Broadway dive (and we mean way south) is postcard-worthy. First off, the outside looks like a candy-cane-striped barn. Inside, old-timey knickknacks are plastered to every surface, and the air is thick with the smell of fried foods. The chicken-fried steak (served with hash browns, biscuits and cream gravy) is as big as the dinner plates used at other restaurants, and the infamous “Travis” burrito, a giant beef-and-bean burrito that’s actually smothered in french fries, must be seen to be believed. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Kap’s Coffee Shop and DinerThis venerable Route 66 diner has been kicking around various locations on Central for about 40 years now. True, after an extensive remodel, the interior isn’t quite period accurate for the Mother Road’s golden age, but the decor straddles the line between kitschy and classy quite nicely. The menu remains decidedly old school, with the requisite hot cakes and huevos rancheros, and so do the prices. (Alibi Staff, February 6, 2015)
500 Central Ave SW (Downtown)
Lindy’s DinerWe like Lindy’s for their retro-ish décor, Downtown convenience and $5 pitchers of beer. The food here is pretty typical diner fare with a good amount of New Mexican and Greek specialties thrown into the mix, served in hefty portions. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Mannies RestaurantMannies is a little neighborhood diner that’s actually quite large. A Nob Hill mainstay for decades, you’re sure to see someone you know if you eat here for breakfast on the weekend. One of our favorite dishes is the marvelous BLT with thick slabs of bacon, a nest of shredded lettuce and a generous slathering of mayo. For brunch, try their corned beef with hash browns. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Milton’s CafeMilton’s left its diner location on Route 66 a couple of years back, but the new location is still slinging the same classic hash the joint has long been known for. The pancakes, breakfast burritos and Monte Cristos are truly awesome and served all day, along with the other signature breakfast and Greek items, none of which will break the bank. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
800 Eubank NE (Northeast Heights)
Albuquerque NM 87123
Sun-Fri: 7am-10pm Sat-Sun: 7am-11pm (hours can change without notice)
Owl CaféThere’s a certain tangible thrill that comes with eating in the hollow gullet of a giant bird of prey, especially when you’re tearing into a juicy green chile cheeseburger, red-tinged grease streaming down your claws, a shiny ring encircling your beak. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Tia B’s La WaffleríaThe outdoor seating at Tia B’s is green and cool and feels more like Austin than Albuquerque. The menu at the Wafflería is obviously entirely waffle-centric, with a build-your-own concept that allows diners to choose batter options (including gluten-free rice, buckwheat and blue corn flour varieties), fruit or syrup toppings, bacon or sausage to bake inside and whipped cream if one so desires. There are also several varieties of savory waffles, including the majestic smoked salmon plate. (Alibi Staff, July 30, 2014)
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