If you crave flavorful cuisine inspired by cultures from around the world, you’ll love Los Alamos’ restaurant scene. While there are dozens of delectable options across the community, we’ve created a list of the very best dining spots the city has to offer. In no particular order, here are the top 10 restaurants in Los Alamos:
1. Blue Window Bistro
Ranked as the No. 1 restaurant in Los Alamos by TripAdvisor.com reviewers, Blue Window Bistro is known for both its atmosphere and fantastic food. The restaurant’s lunch options include soups, salads, sandwiches (word on the street is the duck BLT is a can’t-miss) and tacos, while its dinner menu features entrees like Mediterranean seafood pasta and pork tenderloin. Have room for dessert? Blue Window has several tempting treats, such as chocolate mousse, tiramisu and pumpkin bread pudding.
2. Viola’s Restaurant
Viola’s Restaurant is a favorite breakfast and lunch spot in Los Alamos, serving up New Mexican cuisine like huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, carne adovada and green chili cheeseburgers, plus American classics. Locals say the family-friendly restaurant is pretty packed during the lunch hour, but because service is so prompt, the wait for a table isn’t long.
3. Pyramid Cafe
Offering authentic Mediterranean, North African and Greek food, Pyramid Cafe’s menu includes options like gyro sandwiches, homemade moussaka and chicken roti. Bring your appetite – the restaurant’s portions are generous, and there’s homemade baklava for dessert. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Pyramid Cafe’s Los Alamos location is tucked in a strip mall on Central Avenue.
4. Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe
Looking to grab a quick bite? Head to Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe, a locally-owned eatery that serves breakfast favorites like homemade bagels and cream cheese (obviously) and pastries, plus lunch foods, including salads, soups and sandwiches. Wash it all down with a fruit smoothie – available in flavors like mango, peach and margarita – or try a fresh juice, such as watermelon limeade. Although Ruby K’s is small, there’s a park across the street that’s the perfect place to enjoy a meal during peak times.
5. Chili Works
Many Los Alamos folks describe Chili Works as a “hole-in-the-wall” restaurant, and that’s a good thing – after all, foodies know the best meals often come from the most unassuming places. Authentic northern New Mexican dishes, like breakfast burritos stuffed with meat, potatoes, eggs and chili, are prepared inside a small shack, and patrons can grab a table in the outdoor seating area or take their order to-go. Word to the wise: You get a lot of food for your money at Chili Works, so come hungry.
6. Cafe Sushi
You’ll want to arrive fairly early if you plan to enjoy a meal at Cafe Sushi; locals say the restaurant is so popular that it often runs out of fish before its official closing time. The good news? If you can make it in time, you’ll receive top-notch service, and after you’ve been there once or twice, they’ll probably have both your name and your order memorized. In addition to its tasty sushi rolls, the restaurant is known for its spicy tuna salad.
7. El Rigoberto’s Taco Shop
Although El Rigoberto’s Taco Shop may not look like much from the outside, Los Alamos residents rave about its delicious California-style Mexican food and salsa bar. Located in a former pizza parlor next to Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, the restaurant offers menu items like carne asada fries, adobada burritos and chimichangas, as well as plenty of tacos.
8. Time Out Pizzeria
Grab a slice of gourmet pizza at Time Out Pizzeria, which serves up flavorful pies like the calypso that’s complete with Canadian bacon, smoked bacon, grilled chicken, pineapple, red and green peppers, onion and cheddar cheese. Not craving pizza? No problem. Hamburgers, Chicago-style beef hot dogs, chicken wings and other tasty options are also on the menu. In addition, Time Out Pizzeria includes an arcade, making it a great place for families with kids.
9. El Parasol
El Parasol offers northern New Mexican and traditional Mexican cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Customers can choose from an expansive menu that features tacos, burritos, tamales and burgers (with the addition of green chili or guacamole if you’re willing to pay an extra $.90). Don’t forget to order some of the restaurant’s horchata, a sweet drink that pairs perfectly with spicy foods.
10. Daniel’s Cafe
This is a place where you might consider ordering dessert first because it’s just that good. Daniel’s Cafe makes its famous gelato in-house and offers an ever-changing selection of flavors, such as salted caramel and birthday cake, and it also serves treats like shakes, sundaes and cakes. When it comes to more substantial food, the cafe has sandwiches, wraps and salads for lunch, and its breakfast menu includes French toast and 10 burrito varieties.