The best restaurants in Albuquerque blend Native American and Spanish flavors to create a unique local cuisine scene known simply as New Mexican food. Diners have dozens of choices when it comes to lunch and dinner, but breakfast places are a bit trickier to find. Experienced Albuquerue residents know that when it comes to New Mexican food, breakfast can truly be the most important meal of the day. Whether you're planning a trip to Albuquerue or are new to town you'll want to take time to explore the breakfast restaurants this flavorful city has to offer. Here's a look at some of the most popular places for breakfast in Albuquerque.
Tia Betty Blue’s
Be sure to sample the carne adovada at Tia Betty Blue’s, which prides itself on good food and good service. Located in the International District, Tia Betty Blue's top breakfast items include spicy blue corn waffles along with chili cheese omelets and breakfast enchiladas. Open seven days a week.
The staffers at Range Café say their scrambled eggs topped with red chile is the best breakfast in Albuquerque. Other menu items at the three Range Café locations include Belgian waffles and blue corn pancakes topped with blueberries and toasted piñon. All baked items are made fresh daily.
Central Grill and Coffee House
Southern biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros and strawberry shortcake scones are a few of the menu items at Central Grill and Coffee House on Central Avenue SW in the Oldtown district. Breakfast is served any time of day starting at 6:30 a.m. (8 a.m. Sundays) and feature long-standing specialties like blueberry pancakes and veggie omelets.
Vic’s Daily Café
An “El Gordo” breakfast burrito and a Sicilian omelet are among the choices at Vic’s Daily Café, where the kitchen staff will prepare anything a customer orders. Those orders at this Osuna Road restaurant can include dishes like chicken fried steak omelet, pecan French toast, and spicy Italian sausage topped with sharp cheddar cheese and Marinara sauce.
With its slogan “A Full-Belly Tradition Since 1991,” Weck’s has nine locations and remains an Albuquerque favorite for locals. Its signature breakfast dish is called papas – a heap of hash browns covered with chile and cheese and served with a tortilla. Other popular choices are cinnamon French toast and Mexican-spiced coffee.
The Egg & I
Situated in the Uptown district, The Egg & I has some of the best green chile chicken hash in the Southwestern U.S., plus their ranch-flavored potatoes are also a treat. Other offerings at the family-oriented restaurant include raisin French toast, crab cakes benedict and avocado omelets, plus several flavored-oatmeal choices.
Head to Tim’s Place on the Eastside for some of the best blueberry and banana pancakes in all of Albuquerque. The popular eatery also serves breakfast enchiladas along with carne omelets topped with white cheddar queso. The cooks at Tim’s brag that the bacon here is always served at the ideal crispiness.
The Nob Hill district houses The Shop, where shrimp and grits topped with hot sauce is one of the restaurant’s top sellers. Also popular with the breakfast crowd are eggs benedict along with chicken and waffles, while the lemon cornmeal pancakes are all topped with fresh fruit and two kinds of syrup.