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Alternative Diet Restaurants in Albuquerque


Albuquerque has long had a number of vegetarian restaurants, and now vegan restaurants have also begun to open their doors. Whether you are strictly vegan or are a vegetarian, there are restaurants that cater to you, or ones that are vegetarian friendly. This list is by no means comprehensive, but it will get you started. Indian and Asian restaurants are always a workable option.

Annapurna Vegetarian Cafe

2201 Silver SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 262-2424

5939 Fourth Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
(505) 254-2424

1620 St. Michael's Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 988-9688

Although Annapurna's touts itself as a vegetarian cafe, there are quite a few vegan options. This popular eatery ow has two Albuquerque locations and one in Santa Fe. Its emphasis is on ayurvedic cooking, and there are a variety of gluten free menu items.

Crepe Central

Cooked Crepe
Photo © Aileen O'Catherine
610 Central SW (inside The Market)
Albuquerque, NM 87102

The crepes are custom made to order, and the fillings are a mix and match of the same. If you're looking for delicious, light fare, you have a winner in this choice.
Crepe Central is vegetarian friendly.

El Patio

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142 Harvard SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106-3521
(505) 268-4245

El Patio is a university neighborhood classic. Their New Mexican menu has a number of vegetarian dishes such as spinach enchiladas and an avacado burritos. Vegans can request dishes without cheese and feel safe that the beans and sauces are not cooked with lard.

Fei's Health Cafe

2114 Central SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 243-3390

Located next door to the Mint Tulip, Fei's offers vegan entrees such as spring rolls, pot stickers, miso soup, fried rice noodles and other Asian dishes.

Flying Star Cafes

Flying Star Salad
Courtesy Flying Star
Multiple Locations

Flying Star has a variety of salads and each day they feature a vegetarian soup. There is a commitment to providing vegan options, and they also have gluten free dishes. Try their Mediterranean Nosh, a hummus plate which is simply delish. Desserts are a definite plus. Their Satellite Coffee locations offer some sandwiches and salads which are veg friendly as well. Try the Rabbit Wrap.

Java Joe's

906 Park Ave. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 765-1514

Find tasty granolas, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, salads, pastries and a good selection of vegetarian options. For a vegan option, try their wraps or black bean burrito (minus the cheese) or one of their salads. Their vegan veggie tomato soup is a daily staple. Java Joe's has great coffee and teas.

New Mexican Restaurants

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Vegetarian isn't difficult to do at any of these New Mexican spots. Vegan can be harder, but it isn't impossible. At the Frontier, get the tortilla soup, and if you're a vegan, ask for no cheese. They also make an amazing spicy bean soup.

Souper Salad

4411 San Mateo NE
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 888-9534

2225 Wyoming NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
(505) 294-7585

Souper Salad has a huge salad bar and daily soups. It's all you can eat of pasta, potato and green salads. The vegetarian friendly buffet style restaurant has some vegan options, such as the salads and a potato bar.

Thai Vegan

Interior Thai Vegan Restaurant
Photo © Aileen O'Catherine
5505 Osuna Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87105
(505) 884-4610

3804 Central SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 200-2290

Thai Vegan is my favorite vegan restaurant. You'll be amazed at all the options, and how good everything tastes, from the salads to the house specialties. Mix it up with just appetizers and noodles, or get a combination plate if you've got a large appetite. You can't go wrong with this jewel of a restaurant.

Tomato Cafe

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5920 Holly NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
(505) 821-9300

Tomato Cafe is a buffet style restaurant with plenty of vegetarian options. For vegans, the posole is always good and they'll do a vegan pizza on request.

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