Greet your Albuquerque Sunrise with these Great Breakfast Spots!

Whether a long-time local with a Southwestern palate or a tourist passing through the Duke City, Albuquerque will start your day off right with a variety of breakfast joints, large or small, hip or family style, with traditional or New Mexican style flavors.

The majority of Albuquerque residents, whether native or transplants, will most likely be looking for southwestern fare when they dine out for breakfast.  And transplanted New Mexicans usually adapt pretty quickly to New Mexican cuisine, ordering the breakfast burrito and loving it. 

The winner of most loved breakfasts has to be the granddaddy of them all, the famous Hueveos Rancheros, literally meaning "ranch eggs."  It is the centuries old fusion of cuisines of the Spanish conquistadores and the Native Americans.  Made with homemade flour tortillas, refried beans, red or green chile, eggs and shredded cheese, most restaurants offering breakfast in Albuquerque will definitely have this on their menu.

Long time residents will have their favorite spots from years ago, still in existence today, such as El Modelo, the Frontier or Mannies.  Newer residents might select the family style goodness of Weck's or El Bruno's, whose second location newly opened in Albuquerque after enjoying many years of success in Cuba, NM.

The younger or hip urban crowd might lean towards Slate Street Cafe or Gold Street Caffe, both downtown, while the Baby Boomers or health conscious you'll find at Flying Star or The Grove Cafe and Market.

Go ahead, start your day the New Mexico way!

Open 7 days a week, 6am to 9pm, Mannies is an Albuqerque staple, having been around since 1965. Located close to the University and having reasonable prices makes it tops for students, but Mannies has their other faithful regulars...  Read More

In an older neighborhood of Albuquerque, one block north of the bustling big city buildings of downtown, Slate Street Cafe is a surprising find. Maya Ghattas, an Albuquerque native and Boston University graduate, brought home her passion for...  Read More

Gold Street Caffe is a hip hangout for those urbanites that like the big city feel of a hip coffee and breakfast place, while maintaining the casualness of Albuquerque style. On the sidewalk tables you'll see dog owners with their pooch,...  Read More

Hannah and Nate's
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Boren

Named for the children of the owners, the Salazars, Hannah and Nate's is a gem worth discovering tucked into the Riverside Plaza on Albuquerque's West Side with another location in the nearby village of Corrales. Beth Salazar runs the home...  Read More

Relatively new on the scene (opening in 2006), Chef Jason Greene and business partner Lauren Greene have struck a home run with their philosophy in opening the Grove Cafe and Market. Graduating from the New England Culinary School in...  Read More


Downtown Java Joe's has an interesting location just west of downtown - right near Robinson Park at 8th and Central. This is where the Growers Market happens every Saturday morning, where you'll find local produce, art and music. But back to...  Read More


Now with 10 locations, including one in Santa Fe, Weck's has become increasingly popular since 1991 when they first opened their doors. Very family friendly, Weck's is only open for breakfast and lunch 6:30 am to 2 pm. The Weck's interior has...  Read More

The Flying Star Cafe (formerly known as Double Rainbow to long-time Albuquerqueans), is a casual, yet hip and trendy place to go to read your morning paper, indulge in a fabulous breakfast and people watch. You'll see the familiar pc-wielding...  Read More

The Range Cafe originally opened up the road from Albuquerque in the small town of Bernalillo in 1992. It was so popular upon its grand opening that the kitchen ran out of food and couldn't serve dinner that day. At this location you'll see...  Read More

The Frontier Restaurant, in the main hub of activity on the University of New Mexico's campus corner, is an Albuquerque landmark, in business over 40 years. Because of its wide range of hours (5 am to 1 am), it is possible to have breakfast any...  Read More


Meet Jennifer Boren

A native of Oklahoma, by way of New Mexico and now Utah, Jennifer Boren makes her home in Salt Lake City.  A total lover of Park City, she spends many weekends there, especially in the...  More About Jennifer

comments powered by Disqus

Build your own lists that you can easily reference or share stories with your friends.

Login ×

Forgot login/password?
Don't have an account? Create Your Account!

Enter your username or email in the box below and click
"Remind Me".

Remind Me ×
Create Account ×
Create Account ×

Already have an account?

Add to List ×
Save ×

Go to Lists Close Window ×