We just got back late last night from our visit to Albuquerque and wanted to give some feedback. We were attending a convention which was at the Marriott so we only had limited time to explore the city. Thanks to comments from this board it helped us find some places.
Dinner Friday night 7/17 was at Chef du Jour. Loved it. Buddy the owner is a gem and spent lots of time chatting with us and talking food. Very, very fair prices, intersting dishes, nice portions and it was a shame that more people do not dine here.. A little hard to find but well worth it.
Breakfast Satuday was at Flying star which was perfect for everything but even thought they are localy owned, to much of a Starbucks or chain feel to it.
Breakfast on Sunday was at Satellite coffee and being the same owners as Flying star pretty much the same feelings about them but Flying star had many things to order and Satellite had only 4 or 5 breakfast items.
Sunday dinner we walked around Nob Hill and it was early so we checked out the stores and try to decide where to eat. As we had a late lunch we were hungry but not starved so we wound up at Gecko's and had tapas. It hit the spot, good but not great. If we would have been hungrier it probably would have been Scalo, Nob Hill bar, Brasserie Proveance, Too Fools or maybe even Kelly's. Love the feel of the area, it was ecclectic and fun.
Monday morning breakfast at Frontier. Everyone said do not miss this place. Huh? Mediocre food, dirty atmosphere, Ok we love food and have eaten in places that are as dirty as here but....Sweet rolls, swimming in butter. This place was not worth the effort of getting there.
Yes, it is a difficult city to get around without a car, but we used the rapid ride system, and it was easy to navigate and cheap. The people in Albuquerque were about the most friendly and courteous of any city we have traveled to. Polite, helpful and just nice folks.