Lunch in Albuquerque is Anything but Average

The Albuquerque food landscape is as varied as its mixed heritage.  The traditional New Mexican food is always popular and can be found in a variety of spots around town.  Locals have their favorites, some being so nondescript on the outside, you would never know it to be such a popular place.  Of course there are the many newer chains, but if you want some interesting ambience or surprising yumminess, peruse the following list for some new possibilities for your noon hour.

Find the tucked-away La Crepe Michel in Old Town for delicious crepes or salads.   On Central Ave. (Route 66), stop in the Standard Diner and closer to Nob Hill, Il Vicino or Brasserie La Provence.  In the Heights, the more casual bistro-like Savory Fare and the more elegant Savoy are perfect for a ladies luncheon and both have great patios.  Read on for more delicious info on these favorites.



The Irish say, "Let's go have some Craic (pronounced Crack and meaning great food, drink and merriment)," which is just what the Irish pub, Two Fools Tavern invites you to do. Right in the heart of Nob Hill, this cozy joint, with its dark wood...  Read More



Lox and cream cheese anyone? Grilled turkey with green chile or just the best Reuben in town.. These are some of the reasons why those in the know go to this neighborhood cafe where the owners make you feel like one of the family. There are...  Read More



The decor is the first thing that will grab you when you walk into Il Vicino. Trendy lighting, colors, casual, yet hip ambience and at the Montgomery location, the lion's mouth as the opening to the wood oven stove. Then the food will...  Read More



Bring your french accent and your appetite to this cozy hidden spot located back in one of the cute alley ways on the east side of the historic OlD Town Plaza. Unlike its New Mexican food counterparts, you will be pleasantly surprised at the...  Read More



Savory Fare is a popular lunch spot with its walk up counter and help yourself service counter. Order first, gather your utensils and tea, then find your table. Patio tables are still usable in the fall, as there are ceiling heaters that...  Read More



Housed in an old filling station, this trendy newer restaurant in Albuquerque, with its cozy brick wall interior and upscale ambience is a great choice for relaxing and having a great meal. Featured on the TV show, "Diners, Drive-In's and...  Read More



Relish is an award winning gourmet sandwich spot, using high grade Boar's Head brand meats and cheeses on their tasty made-from-scratch sandwiches. Made with their own homemade dressings, they are accompanied by your choice of 3 sides - potato...  Read More



With a reasonably priced, yet tasteful menu to choose from, this is a chic popular lunch spot with both men and women, with its elegant and handsome dark wood decor. Whether it's a business meeting or a ladies luncheon, this menu is sure to...  Read More


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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