5 Authentic New Mexican Restaurants To Try In Albuquerque, NM

New Mexican food is southwestern cuisine unlike any other. The meals are a fusion of Pueblo Native American, Mexican, Spanish, and Mediterranean influences. Visit some of Albuquerque’s finest New Mexican restaurants to truly experience the delicious cuisine and take in the local culture.

Monroe’s Restaurant
6051 Osuna Road NE
1520 Lomas Boulevard NW

Monroe’s served as a local gathering place when it first opened as a drive-in over fifty years ago. They still pride themselves on being a family restaurant where the customer always comes first. You can purchase their salsa and red and green chile sauce to take home and try on your own recipes, or use one of the recipes they provide.

Sadie’s of New Mexico
6230 4th Street NW
15 Hotel Circle NE
5400 Academy Road NE

Sadie’s of New Mexico has been voted Favorite New Mexican Restaurant by Albuquerque Journal for four years in a row. Their menu uses their renowned chile sauce to spice up any meal. In fact, they warn on their menu to ask for a sample if you aren’t used to spicy flavors to make sure it isn’t too hot to handle.

Cocina Azul
1134 Mountain Road NW
4243 Montgomery Boulevard NE

Cocina Azul offers fresh New Mexican food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. They create a unique flavor by soaking their chile pods in spices before blending and straining them for a smooth and creamy addition to all their homemade dishes.

Los Cuates
10051 Coors Boulevard
4901 Lomas Boulevard
8700 Menaul Boulevard
12540 Highway North 14

Los Cuates offers hacienda-style ambiance indoors and outdoors for a special dining experience. Their specialties include their unique chile relleno and their rib eye with enchiladas dishes. Their food is also available for carryout and catering.

El Pinto Restaurant and Cantina
10500 4th Street

El Pinto Restaurant and Cantina is the largest New Mexican restaurant in New Mexico. They have indoor and outdoor dining. The patios are contained and have warm fires lit during the cold months. They have a huge manufacturing warehouse where they produce their own salsa and sauce to sell. There is also a tequila bar making it the perfect spot for events and gatherings.

Sample authentic New Mexican cuisine and see why green chile is something everyone raves about. We’re guessing it will take you more than one day to sample all the fabulous restaurants in Albuquerque. Book a stay at Bottger Mansion of Old Town to sample all the best New Mexican restaurants and enjoy local attractions.

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