I will be in Albuquerque for a day and a half in September with my husband and 13 yo son. The way the itinerary is shaping up, we will be arriving at ALQ on Saturday mid afternoon and will be staying in Old Town until Monday morning, then leaving early Monday morning to drive to Taos (maybe stopping by Bandelier on the way), 2 nights in Taos, and then driving on to Santa Fe (where I have a meeting at the end of the week.) I've been searching the board for ideas, and am starting at the beginning of the trip in Albuquerque. Where we live, we can't get any decent Mexican or NM cuisine, so we would like to focus largely on restaurants with great local cuisine and ingredients. Any price point ok...we're fine with anything from a dive to fancy as long as we love the food. Looking at the boards so far, it looks like Mary & Tito's is a must. I'm thinking maybe we could start strong and go there for an early dinner on Saturday when we arrive. Also it looks like either Duran's Pharmacy or Cecelia's would be convenient for lunch on Sunday. Any preference between these two? So I'm still looking for:
Someplace for breakfast. We are renting a townhouse that has coffee and a kitchen. I'm not interested in cooking, but a bakery in Old Town area where we can pick up breakfast stuff would be great.
Also need someplace for dinner Sunday night, as it looks like many of the recommended places aren't open for dinner. Frontier seems to get more mixed reviews. Is that convenient to Old Town? I know Seasons isn't really NM. Is it good?
Also, on our drive up to Taos (and I suspect we will be going the quicker, less scenic route on the way up, and taking our time on the way back) we will probably need to either stop somewhere for lunch or take along picnic stuff if we decide to stop at Bandelier. Any suggestions either for someplace along the way or a place in ABQ to pick up good picnic food?