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Albuquerque Restaurants for Breakfast

Best Albuquerque Breakfasts

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Albuquerque Restaurants for Breakfast
© Aileen O'Catherine
Whether you're on the lookout for a great cup of Joe or sniffing out the best breakfast burrito, Albuquerque has a lot to offer. Here's a sampling of some popular places, from inexpensive to top of the line. Whether it's a waffle, a full plate of huevos rancheros or just a burrito to go, you'll find it here. I've included some chains for those who like familiar food.
  • Barelas Coffee House
    1502 4th Street NW
    505-843-7577
    There are compelling reasons why locals have filled the seats here since 1978. The red chile sauce and the huevos rancheros are just right. The green chile stew is too. But more than anything, the friendly staff of this downtown establishment makes every diner feel at home. Open for breakfast and lunch.
  • Frontier
    2400 Central Avenue SE
    505-266-0550
    Socrates was a classic and so was Aristotle. But for Albuquerque, nothing says classic like the Frontier. University students love the modest prices. Families love the fresh orange juice and cinnamon rolls. It's all made from scratch, whether you're there for the chopped green chile or the tortillas, which you can get by the dozen. And with the John Wayne décor, it's like stepping into another world. Or if you're looking for something on the go, try the burritos at any of the Frontier's Golden Pride locations.
  • Satellite Coffee
    Various locations
    The smaller version of the Flying Star offers the same good coffee and a variety of food to go. The Graburrito is one of my favorites; try it with a salsa side. There are also bagels and scones, the usual latte, and best of all, the Frequent Flyer card keeps you in the black with the occasional free cupp'a Joe.
  • Le Peep
    2125 Louisiana Blvd NE # 100
    (Southwest Corner of Louisiana and Indian School)
    505-881-7272
    Le Peep touts itself as "the place to meet," and it is, with a loyal crowd of customers returning regularly, especially for their weekend brunch. Their Eggs Benedict are outstanding, with poached eggs, a ham steak and Hollandaise sauce. There's even a vegetarian version with spinach, and other lighter fare is no problem.
  • Mannie's
    2900 Central Ave SE
    505-265-1669
    You're looking for a place to go with that tub of rollicking kids, the visiting out of towners and Aunty May. Mannie's has something to make everyone happy, from pancakes for the kids to that old fashioned cup of never empty coffee. The service is always good. Best of all, it's lighter on the pocket than some places.
  • Millie's Restaurant
    7308 Jefferson NE
    505-345-9200
    When my parents are in town, this is the place they like to go to most. When they aren't in town, I'll go here and wax nostalgic about how they love this place. There are bright pictures on the walls by local artists, which are always changing, a solid wait staff that keeps the food coming at a rapid pace, and best of all, it won't break the bank.
  • Murphy's Mule Barn
    9700 2nd Street NW
    (505) 898-7660
    The Mule Barn is a no-frills restaurant with a ranch hand atmosphere. The portions are big, and the menu features items such as biscuits and gravy and chicken-fried steak.
  • The Egg & I
    6909 Menaul Boulevard
    (505) 888-3447
    The Egg & I is a popular chain, and now Albuquerque has its own franchise. They offer lunch as well as breakfast. They offer whole wheat pancakes, French toast, waffles, a wide variety of egg dishes, and specialties such as cholesterol free eggs.
  • The Grove
    600 Central Ave SE
    505-248-9800
    The breakfasts are fresh and inventive, and the atmosphere makes you feel you are in New York City. There's plenty of light and open space. The friendly staff serves up some of the best pastries and pancakes in the city. Try the breakfast burrito with goat cheese, and be sure to save room for one of their signature cupcakes, which are always delicious.
  • The Range Café
    Various locations
    The Range says it does ordinary food extraordinarily well, and it's true. They do. Some folks swear the best huevos rancheros in town can be found here. There are now three locations. The original in Bernalillo still stands, but if you're in Albuquerque, you have two options. Try the new larger location at Wyoming and Montogomery (across the street from their old site), or visit the one on Menaul, near the freeway and University. Be forewarned, though, you might bump into one of your old professors, as this is a favorite haunt for UNM staff.
  • Tim's Place
    8050 Academy NE
    505-856-1005
    Visit Tim's for the atmosphere. It's warm, inviting, and Tim makes the rounds giving customers hugs. There are New Mexican favorites as well as Tim specials.
  • Weck's
    Various locations
    Every time I go to a Weck's, I wonder at my appetite. Where did it come from, I wonder. Weck's has had a "full belly tradition" since 1991, and each location maintains a brisk business. Plates come piled with food, but somehow, I manage to always get through it. It must be because it tastes to so good. Don't go, though, unless you wake up hungry.

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