Barbecue/Soul Food Bars in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico
Albuquerque - I-25 Corridor
4730 Pan American Fwy NE Ste. D (I-25 Corridor)
Albuquerque NM 87109
Albuquerque NM 87109
Mon-Thu: 11am-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm Sun: 11am-8:30pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Booze Served • Wine Bar • Craft Beer • Growler refills • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
Chow down on “New Mexican soul food” and wash it all down with American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup-winning brews. The Imperial cream ale is crisp and smooth, the milk stout is rich and creamy. Not a beer person? Go for Black Mesa wines or Santa Fe Cider Works hard ciders.
Albuquerque - Nob Hill
Mon and Tue 4pm-9pm Wed 12pm-9pm Thur-Sat 12pm-9:30pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Take Out / To-Go • Wireless Internet
This small restaurant has a straightforward goal: to serve the best damn local-beef hamburgers and microbrewed beers around. With eight burgers to choose from—including the delectable Nawlins with bleu cheese—and 33 local beers on tap, the joint should be a beacon for anyone with a carnivorous appetite while a selection of meatless burgers and impressive salads should satisfy vegetarians.
Albuquerque - Northeast Heights
Mon–Thu 3–10pm, Fri–Sat 11am–11pm , Sun noon–10pm (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Wine • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
This excellent local brewery has live music and a large patio to relax at (which makes it an excellent summertime destination). Try the Flashback IPA, Pecos Trail brown ale or the Dougie Style amber. Balance the liquids with brats, flatbreads, sandwiches or salads. Canteen has seasonal items always making appearances on the menu so there is always something new to try.
Albuquerque - Old Town
Hidden in the Sawmill District, Ponderosa is a family-friendly brewery with spot-on beers and a kids’ play area. The suds lean toward the hoppy end of the spectrum. Our favorites include the Ghost Train IPA, Rip Saw red and 200th Brew Baltic porter.
Albuquerque - University
You’ll probably have to battle full parking lots and at least a moderate wait, but these delays, annoying as they may be, are one of the best “reviews” a restaurant could hope for. Inside, the dim lighting and rustic décor easily fade away when an enormous pile of tender, saucy meat appears before you. The almost heat-free sauce is tangy and sweet but mellow enough to go down nice and easy without a pucker. Friends of the sausage will love the hot links: well-spiced and smoky dogs with a delightful snap. Not to mention the huge bar takes care of all your beer and cocktail needs.
Cedar Crest - East Mountains
Tuesday- Saturday 11am- 9pm Sunday 11:30am- 8-30pm Closed Mondays (hours can change without notice)
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Santa Fe - Santa Fe
Mon-Thu 11:30am-11:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-12:30am, Sun 11am-11pm (hours can change without notice)
For years, Cowgirl has been our most-visited restaurant in the capital. It's easy to find, there are always enough tables, the people-watching is great, and the food keeps coming until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Plus, the barbecue and Southern-style food is reasonably priced. Do not miss out on the chili cheese baked potato topped with your choice of beef or veggie chili. Wash it down with a cold beer or a giant soda.