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The New Wave of Coffee Shops
Third wave coffee shops have taken over Albuquerque and I’m not upset about it. If you enjoy a good cup of coffee that’s roasted locally and harvested ethically, you’re probably not upset about it either. A handful of new coffee shops have opened around here in the past few months—some of them operated by already known and respected Burque roasters, and some of them opened by relative newcomers. All of them are locally-owned and a far sight better than Starbucks. Obviously.
Blended açai has been a trendy food in big cities for a while, and now Albuquerque finally has our own spot to try the highly Instagramable superfood. The Blended Açai food truck visits not only breweries—the typical fare of food trucks—but also yoga studios, pop-up shops and farmers’ markets. If eating big purple bowls of berries and granola isn’t your thing, they also serve poké bowls. Check out where they’ll be parked next by following them on Instagram @blendedacai505.
Mon-Wed: 11am-11pm Thurs:11am-midnight Fri-Sat: 11am-1am Sun: 12pm-11pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Growler refills • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
Bosque’s freshly expanded taproom in the Nob Hill/University Heights area is a must try on your brewery tour list, especially as their food is top notch. This location offers a sunny patio, too. The happy hour menu is a must, and the sandwiches are pretty great all around, especially the caprese and the Italian.
Tue–Fri: 6am–2pm Sat-Sun: 7am–2pm (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Breakfast
This craft coffee shop, opened by master roaster and New Mexico native Paul Gallegos, makes some fine coffee blends for you to enjoy by the cup or by the pound. If single-origin is more your thing, try the naturally processed Guatemala coffee, which has earthy, rich flavors and a mellow mouthfeel. All that said, you don’t need to be a coffee nerd to enjoy the tasty joe, good environment and friendly service.
Mon-Fri: 11:30-2am Sat-Sun: noon-2am (hours can change without notice)
$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Catering • Karaoke • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
Gecko’s has a killer patio in a corner of Nob Hill that’s perfect for people-watching. Set directly between La Montañita Co-op and Scalo, you’ll be sure to bump into folks you know as you’re sipping a cocktail and enjoying tidbits from the affordably priced tapas menu. On Mondays the wings are 50 cents each, and on Wednesdays after 6pm, you can get a cheeseburger for $5.50. Watch some sports, eat a burger and enjoy a seasonal ale.
You know and love Humble Coffee already. Their Lomas location is a great home for coffee nerds, first dates and laptop nomads alike, and this new Downtown spot provides all that plus a lot more space to boot. Get yourself a breakfast burrito and a single-origin cuppa, then find a spot for yourself on the ziggurat bleachers in the back. (Just go there and you’ll know what we mean.)
@kamikaze_foodtruck (Food Truck)
For a unique take on Asian/Southwestern fusion food, look no further than the Kamikaze food truck. This new truck on the block makes dishes like fortune cookie fried chicken and rice and eggroll-aritos (yeah, it’s exactly what it sounds like). Most dishes come with green chile fried rice. After only being open for two months, Kamikaze won ABQ Beer Week’s Food Truck Battle—pretty impressive.
Mon-Wed Closed Thu-Sat 3pm-10pm Sun 12pm-6pm (hours can change without notice)
The creations of the resident food truck of Dialogue Brewing aren’t just tasty, they’re beautiful. Though the tacos are relatively small, we highly recommend the
Mon-Fri 6am-7pm Sat-Sun 7am-7pm (hours can change without notice)
Little Bear is a great place for a pleasantly unpretentious coffee experience. The people who work here are big sweeties (their barista hiring practice involved searching mainly for “people people”), and aren’t going to judge you if you don’t know what a Chemex is. They source their coffee from local roasters and have tons of local vendors and artists selling their stuff in the shop as well, so you know your purchase is going to put dollars directly into the pockets of Burqueños.
Dubbed “Steak in the Truck,” this is the mobilized version of the Albuquerque classic Mac’s Steak in the Rough. Burgers, steak fingers, fries and onion rings, Mac’s specializes in anything fried and sinful. Their schedule is pretty irregular, so follow them on Twitter or Instagram (@steakinthetruck) to see where they’ll show up next.
Sun 11am-8pm Mon-Thu 10am-9am Fri-Sat 10am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
With everything from fried steak fingers and white rolls to Texas toast, and thick, creamy shakes, it’s hard to make a final choice for what meal to eat but the super friendly staff is more than willing to help with any questions customers may have. Our favorite are anything with ribs—you’ll be so full you could just lay down and take a nap in one of the spacious booths (but don’t be that guy, just go home. Oh, and get some fries to go.)
My Sweet Basil has a constantly changing menu that cycles through cuisines based on the whims of the chefs and what’s in season. This means that you never know what they’re serving until you get there—but you know it’ll be good. As of this moment they’re typically parked at Marble Downtown on Wednesday evenings and at the Railyards Market on Sunday mornings, but check their Instagram (@mysweetbasil) to see where they’ll be next.
@puravida.comida (Food Truck)
Cuisine: Vegetarian/Health Foods
The husband-and-wife duo Erin and Tito Valdez opened the Pura Vida Comida food truck after they saw a need for more good vegan food in Albuquerque. The eye-catching turquoise truck can now be found parked in front of breweries and bars throughout the city, serving tasty salads, bowls and signature dishes like their General Tso’s Not Chicken. Check them out on Instagram at @puravida.comida to see where they’ll be next.
Cuisine: Barbecue/Soul Food
The pulled pork at Rudy’s makes us drool like dogs under the dinner table. Heaped between two slices of pillowy white bread and kissed with sauce, the beef and pork ribs are absolute hog heaven. Rudy’s dining room takes “spartan” to a new level, but as the weather improves, so does our opinion of sitting out on their covered patio. Don’t forget to try the breakfast tacos with your choice of Rudy’s justifiably famous meats.
Soobak is one of Albuquerque’s favorite food trucks, and proof that the food truck medium is a good one for fusion cuisine. The mobile kitchen has been making Korean tacos and bulgogi for the drunk-hungry and the regular-hungry amongst us to devour on the sidewalk since 2013. They are typically at Tasty Tuesdays at Hyder Park, and can often be found at the Tractor Brewing in Nob Hill as well. Follow them on Instagram @soobakfoods to see their schedule.
The Street Food Institute is way more than just a food truck. It’s a non-profit program that fosters young chefs and entrepreneurs by providing them with the resources, education and hands-on training that they need to start their own culinary businesses. A part of that hands-on training involves crafting menus and cooking up food in the SFI truck, which stops at Marble Downtown most Wednesday evenings. Check them out on Instagram (@streetfoodinstitute) to see what their menu of the day is and where they’ll be parked tonight.
Parking at a brewery near you, The Supper Truck serves up a variety of cuisines and fusion dishes—shrimp and grits, tofu banh mi, bbq beef tacos and vietnamese beef burritos. If you’re missing some Southern classics, go for the chicken and waffles or black eyed peas. They’ll be parked out at Isleta Amphitheater for many of their concerts this summer, and can usually be found at Tasty Tuesdays in Hyder Park as well.
Mon-Fri 7am-6pm Sat 8am-4pm Sun Closed (hours can change without notice)
Villa Myriam’s Downtown shop The Brew has long been a local favorite for many years, and their new (as of late 2017) roasting facility and coffee shop is following suit. The coffee is delicious and as freshly roasted as you can get, the service is friendly, and the new patio is a perfect place to catch some rays and relax. They also have a menu of pastries and small plates (like the fan favorite poached eggs on avocado toast).