Where else could you find better authentic New Mexican cuisine than in the largest city in New Mexico? Albuquerque has dozens of New Mexican restaurants to try, but only a few can qualify as some of the best around.
Open since 1929, the original El Modelo opened in a three-room home owned by Mrs. Carmen Garcia. She used one room just to make her tortillas, which she started at 2 a.m. every day to have them done in time for breakfast. The restaurant is no longer a three-bedroom home and is known for more than just its tortillas.
If you go, try the Flat Green Bean Taco, created by Mrs. Garcia’s son, Salvador. When asked why he wanted a green bean taco, he said he just really liked green beans. El Modelo is located at 1715 2nd Street, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102.
Mary & Tito’s Cafe
Mary & Tito’s Cafe has made great New Mexican food for the locals and anyone else who wanders into their quaint cafe since 1963. The restaurant won the 2010 James Beard Foundation America’s Classic award, and in 2015, Gayot named them the fifth-best Mexican restaurant in the country.
With accolades like that, it has to be good food. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and are known for their Carne Adovada — pork stewed in New Mexican red chili. Find them at 2711 4th Street NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107.
Los Cuates New Mexican Food
In business since 1985, Los Cuates New Mexican Food has expanded over the years to include four different locations. With the amount of awards they’ve won over the years, it’s no wonder people want a Los Cuates wherever they live. The restaurant took several awards in the 2014 Best of City awards hosted by Albuquerque: The Magazine including Best Sopapilla, Best Navajo Taco, Best Chips and Salsa, and Best New Mexican Restaurant.
They serve brunch, lunch, and dinner, so go and enjoy a meal no matter what time of day you’re hungry. For brunch, try a Green Chili Omelette or go a little later and have the Green Chili Cheeseburger for lunch. At dinner, you have several options, but for something a bit different, consider the Spicy Shrimp Veracruz. In Albuquerque, find Los Cuates at 4901 Lomas Blvd., 10051 Coors Blvd., or 8700 Menaul Blvd, and in Sandia Park, they’re at 12540 Highway 14 North.
Located in the Hyatt Regency Tamaya in a suburb of Albuquerque, the Corn Maiden offers authentic New Mexican cuisine in a fine-dining atmosphere. If you’re in town for a business meeting or want an elegant date night, make reservations as soon as you arrive. Corn Maiden is only available for dinner, and business casual attire is recommended.
They’re known for their rotisserie meats, so you must try the Corn Maiden Classic — New Mexican chorizo, fresno chili chicken, and New Mexican heritage beef rib eye served with vegetables and a green chile potatoes au gratin. They’re located at 1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico 87004.
When your mouth is watering for the taste of authentic New Mexican flavors, you can’t go wrong with the long-standing and award-winning restaurants in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico.