University Restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico
Albuquerque - University
Mon-Fri: 11am-11pm Sat: 8am-11pm Sun: 8am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
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.
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.
2128 Central Ave SE (University)
Albuquerque NM 87106
Albuquerque NM 87106
Sun 8am-9pm Mon-Thu 8am-10pm Fri-Sat 8am-11pm (hours can change without notice)
$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Delivery • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Karaoke • Wireless Internet
Look beyond the marketing gimmick of the poor, sweaty guy asphyxiating on the Central median, face concealed behind a sequined Mexican wrestling mask. Either chow down inside the colorful restaurant (try the fresh peanut salsa and horchata) or have items from its extensive menu delivered directly to your door. Sundays feature a spectacular display of tableside live mariachi music. (Be forewarned: If you know a little Spanish, your interactions with the staff will go much more smoothly.) Open ’til 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays!
Looking for a stroll down a cheap route but daydreaming of more food than you can even think of eating? Big Chow offers large portions of freshly cook Chinese food that will satify your stomach and wallet. Walk-ins are welcome but Big Chow knows that sometimes you want to have a night in and with free delivery to UNM, Downtown and Sunport areas, they’ve got you covered.
Mon-Sat: 11am-1:30am Sun: 11:am-11:30pm (hours can change without notice)
Brickyard Pizza is known for fast slices and beers on the cheap. It's the only full bar directly across from UNM, making it the prime watering hole for your post-theater and post- or pre-class needs. It also sometimes has live music and, usually, more televised sports than you can handle. The best thing about Brickyard, though, is that it's also the only noncorporate pizza establishment with late-night delivery (until 2:30am on Friday and Saturday and until 1:30am all other nights) in Burque, which satiates an otherwise unfortunate void.
This burger (The Kobe) came topped with pickled red onions, truffle butter, tomato-aioli and local greens. The bun was toasted to a gentle crispiness, and the meat was perfectly juicy (I order burgers medium-rare, don’t at me). The truffle butter helped accentuate some of that bold Kobe flavor, the tomato-aioli was a toasty, spicy kick to give the bites a little bit more pizzazz and interest, with the pickled red onions giving it a hint of sweetness and a little extra crunch
Alibi recommends: Cajun Fries, Kobe Burger, Chicago Dog
Vibe: Western burger lovers paradise
Mon-Fri: 11:30am-2am Sat: 2pm-2am Sun: 2pm-midnight (hours can change without notice)
In the front, it's a standard restaurant laid out with a small bar and big window facing the street. Travel a short way through a blacklit hall and enter the kind of divey neighborhood hangout this city needs more of, complete with TVs, a jukebox, a ping-pong table, air hockey and arcade games. Though the entire menu is available no matter where you choose to spend your time, you can't go wrong with the twisty-crust pizza.
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Craft Beer • Delivery • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • DJ • Outdoor Patio • Smoking Permitted • Wireless Internet • Dog-Friendly
A tried-and-true college sandwich shop, Cheba Hut is Albuquerque’s answer to a Which Wich or any number of grab-n-go deli situations. With fresh-baked bread, loaded sammies and plenty of vegetarian options, they definitely know how to cater to their crowd. They’re open ‘til midnight, too, so provide a great solution to those late-night munchies.
Mon-Sat 11am - 2am Sun closed (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: Bar and Grill/Pub
$ • Vegetarian Available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Pool Tables • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
Both the building and the menu at The Copper Lounge have gotten an update lately, and both are worth checking out. Best cocktails in the city according to Alibi readers. The building has plenty of dark corners to hide in as you make your way through the extensive beer menu and, if the weather’s nice, an inviting patio area to scarf down a brick-oven cooked pizza in the fresh spring breeze.
Sun-Thurs: 8am-10pm Fri-Sat: 8am-11pm Sun: 8am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
You can get your "canvas" covered in any number of gourmet toppings, from ricotta cheese to roasted red potatoes. Or get your pie festooned in pepperoni. It’s great any way you slice it.
Mon-Fri: 9am-3pm Sat: 11am-3pm Closed Sunday (hours can change without notice)
DG’s serves inexpensive, satisfying, hot and cold sandwiches in a quiet West University neighborhood. The possibilities for a customized ’wich are endless, whether you’re after a six-inch snack or a two-foot torpedo.
Sun-Thurs 10:30am to 10:00pm Friday-Sat 10:30am to 11:00pm (hours can change without notice)
Besides having the Best Pizza, according to past Best of Burque Restaurants polls, Dion's also has a wonderful selection of salads (particularly the Greek or any of the “gourmet” salads with fresh greens) and sandwiches (the pastrami is especially good). The pizza is made fresh and you can see them rolling and tossing the dough. Dine in or order takeout.
Tue-Sat: 7am-2pm (hours can change without notice)
An upstart contender in the crowded UNM coffee-shop scene, this small, well-appointed space is great for cramming before finals or scarfing down a quick breakfast before school or a salad and a sandwich for lunch. So far, the main drawback seems to be that its location—wedged between a laundromat and a piñata store—is just about impossible to find. Fortunately, a new sign helps solve that problem.
Cuisine: New Mexican
A can’t-miss New Mexican spot steeped in lived-in UNM area charm. There are amazing beans, potatoes and, of course, sopaipillas. And some really tasty green chile chicken enchiladas, all of which are complemented by a cerveza or a wine cocktail. And live guitar music. And a cool patio on which to take the evening air. If there’s Frito pie on the specials board, get it.
Mon-Sun: 5am-1am (hours can change without notice)
Frontier 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.
Yes, Golden Pride is technically a fried chicken joint, but it also serves fantastic barbecue and the best damn portable burritos in town. Drive through and order a flock of wings, a rack of ribs and a passel of No. 9 breakfast burritos (with bacon!).
Monday-Friday 7am-2pm Catering on the weekends (hours can change without notice)
$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Catering • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio • Smoking Permitted • Wireless Internet
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Mon-Fri: 11am-10pm Sat: 11:30am-10pm Sun: noon-9pm (hours can change without notice)
Gyros is a modern-looking Greek place. None of that cheesy wall-to-wall blue and white paint or brimming flower pots here. Instead, Gyros opts for a kind of metallic sheen. Luckily, the food is just as reasonably priced as the next Greek joint. The souvlaki and gyros are good, but be sure to try the kota reganato and the honey-soaked baklava.
Mon-Fri: 6am-7pm Sat-Sun: 7am-2pm (hours can change without notice)
Stop by this neighborhood joint for excellent espresso-based concoctions and locally-roasted beans. There are a variety of baked goods on hand (mostly) from New Mexico Pie Company. Make sure to try the avocado toast, lavender donuts, local pop-tarts and coffee with a splash of magically delicious coconut milk.