Places We Love

Welcome to Albuquerque!

As new owners here, we’ve discovered numerous places in this land of chilis and sunshine and are happy to share some of our favorites.  Our fabulous staff has also chimed in and contributed to some of the many suggestions that follow.

In Albuquerque, diverse cultures, authentic native art and dynamic traditions have helped shape a centuries-old story.  No matter your interests, the city has countless opportunities for you to explore.  Sample traditional New Mexican cuisine that takes minutes to make and hundreds of years to prepare.  Experience world-class museums, stroll along Central Avenue under the vintage neon glow of Route 66, or soar high above the city in the hot air ballooning capital of the world — a sight sure to change your perspective.

Immerse yourself in painted skies, abundant space and more than 310 days of sunshine, which make it possible to ski the slopes of the Sandia Mountains and also play a round of golf at one of our award-winning courses, all in the same day.

We truly hope you’ll enjoy your stay with us and leave Albuquerque viewing your own world in a whole new light.

Breakfast Favorites

Southwest Savories Café’

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Located right behind our Hotel, this charming café offers fresh authentic traditional and New Mexican fare to its customers.  They serve breakfast, lunch, pastries and snacks.  Open Monday-Friday 7 am to 4 pm.

Donut Mart

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Not just lots of donuts!  At this this small, family-owned business you can also enjoy terrific breakfast burritos, egg bowls & green chile bialys, (unique green chile & cheese infused bagel & egg sandwiches).  They also offer croissants, muffins, Pinon coffee and even a Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut.  A locally owned favorite, the Donut Mart also strongly believes in serving the community and regularly gives back through fundraisers, schools, and nonprofits.

2529 San Mateo Blvd NE, 87110 | (505) 292-6278

Sunnyside Up Café 

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Friends and Co-Owners Jessica Tafoya & Brittany Bilek started working together more than 10 years ago in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Their shared passion for providing exceptional food and service has made this Albuquerque local café a terrific place to start your day.  Enjoy all the breakfast staples such as Huevos Rancheras, Eggs Benedict and flavorful fritattas along with a full fresh juice bar to indulge your healthy side.  A couple of our favorites are  the Athena Greek Scramble and Pumpkin Pecan Waffles

Flying Star Café’

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This artisan bakery has a menu filled with everything from eggs to enchiladas, offering plenty of options for everyone.  The Flying Star also features artisan breads and handmade desserts to die for.

8001 menaulblvd ne albuquerque nm 87110

Great Lunches, Casual Dining & Quick Eats

Fork & Fig

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Fork & Fig specializes in gourment sandwiches, paninis and wraps but also incorporates what owner Josh Kennon calls a ‘fine dining to go’ element with more substantial offerings like steak.  Emphasizing fresh, local ingredients, Josh proudly says: ‘I don’t have a freezer and I don’t have a fryer.’

One of our favorites is the Salmon wrap, but you might also want to try the innovative sweep potato tots.

Rusty Taco

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A distinctive fast-casual taco concept, inspired by fun and adventure.  Their menu features a variety of tasty tacos at an affordable price, in a lively and welcoming environment.

Each taco is hand-made fresh and fast, using ingredients made from scratch.  The result is authentic Mexican street-style tacos that are both traditional inventive.  Warm chips, house-made salsas, craft beers and no-frills margaritas round out the experience.


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The menu of seasonally rotating gourmet dishes in a relaxed setting provides the quality of fine dining at the cost and convenience of faster food.  Also setting them apart is the fact that they only serve the finest fish and shellfish sourced from responsible suppliers of seafood.


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Of course . . . there’s always Denny’s.  Open 24hrs and right next door with all the favorites you know, this is obviously super convenient for our guests.  By the way, if you show your San Mateo Inn guestcard you’ll get a 10% discount on your check.

Look for more to come here as we partner with more locally owned establishments in the Albuquerque community!