5 Great Places to Eat in Albuquerque (without kids)

5 Places to Eat in Albuquerque (without kids) from Albuquerque Mom's Blog

With Valentine’s Day coming, I thought I’d share a list of 5 Great Places to Eat in Albuquerque (without kids). I mean, technically you can take your kids- but if you are looking for a great place to go for date night, your anniversary or just out with the gals- I totally think these are great places to check out.

Now, I’m a total foodie. Not like a “try weird things” Anthony Bourdain foodie, more like a “enjoys good food and appreciate flavor combinations” foodie. I love trying new places and am on a continual search for the best dessert in Albuquerque (the current champion is the Butterscotch Budino from Farina Alto- just in case you were wondering. Do yourself a favor and get one the next time you are there.).

While I love my kids and enjoy hanging with them, sometimes I just need a little time with me and the hubs. Because…you know…relationship building is important and one way we stay connected is getting out once a week.

So without further ado, I give you: 5 Great Places to Eat in Albuquerque.

  1. Restaurant Antiquity– Seriously you guys. This is like our number one spot for anniversary or birthday dinners. It’s a little on the pricey side so we don’t go often, but dang, the food is so stinking good. I have never gone there and had an issue. Some of the staff have been there for years and the atmosphere is just wonderful. Cozy and warm, a perfect place for a romantic evening. It’s in Old Town and just gives me all the feelings. Check it out. You won’t be sorry.
  2. Farm and Table– I really enjoyed eating here. They focus on using fresh, locally grown food in their dishes and I have to say, they didn’t disappoint. We’ve gone for dinner, but be sure and check out a brunch for a morning date if that works better for your schedules.
  3. Indigo Crow– On the Westside and looking for a charming restaurant? Check out Indigo Crow in Corrales (while not *technically* Albuquerque, I still counted it because it just would not be cool to leave it out). Sweet mercy. They know how to make my taste buds sing. If you like to have a little New Mexican flair (read: green chile) with a classical preparation of a dish, this is the place to go. They have these pork chops with a spicy green chile topping, that are divine. Seriously. So good.
  4. Farina Alto– I’m a little in love with gourmet pizza, and Farina Alto does is right. The prices here are reasonable (for a gourmet pizza place). The Formaggio di Capra is just about my favorite thing on the planet (except of course the Butterscotch Budino- because sugar trumps goat cheese). It’s a perfect place for date night (and you can even take the kids if you need to!)
  5. Fork and Fig-  Granted, I was a little late to the game on getting over there to eat, but I’m glad we finally did! It’s a quaint little restaurant and perfect for a low key date night. If you love burgers and sandwiches you definitely need to check it out. Do yourself a favor and order the gnocchi side dish. I promise it’s worth it.

Honorable mentions: Down and Dirty (seafood by the pound), Cocina Azul, Jennifer James 101, Church Street Cafe.

If you are looking for other restaurant suggestions and reviews, be sure to check out local Albuquerque blogger Gil from NM Gastronome.

Where is your favorite place to eat out? What restaurants am I missing? Anything new I should check out?


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4 Responses to 5 Great Places to Eat in Albuquerque (without kids)

  1. Toni
    Toni February 1, 2016 at 10:30 am #

    Love these places!

    Also St. Clair Winery. Vernon’s, Savoy, Delish, and Heimet House.

    • Shannon
      Shannon February 1, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

      Those are great suggestions! I haven’t been to Delish or Helmet House. Adding them to my list ASAP.

  2. Jessica
    Jessica February 1, 2016 at 11:01 am #

    La Merienda at Los Poblanos is our FAVORITE! There are a few of these I haven’t tried-I guess it’s time for date night!

    • Shannon
      Shannon February 1, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

      That’s awesome! I have had it on my list forever and still haven’t made it down there. Thanks for the reminder. I think it’s always time for date night 😉