1. Head Here For A Taste Of Africa

15 Restaurants In New Mexico That Will Blow Your Mind
Source: Jambo Café via Facebook
Jambo Café
2010 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 473-1269
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 244 Reviews.
While most Americans probably couldn’t name a single traditional African dish, Jambo Café will leave you wondering why this cuisine isn’t a nationwide sensation. Driven by stews, rice, and curry, the menu offers up unique items that are rarely found in other cities around America.  A few of the favorites include the goat stew, the chicken curry, and the Moroccan chicken kabob. Whatever you end up ordering, one thing is for sure, you won’t be disappointed.

2. The Fresher The Better

15 Restaurants In New Mexico That Will Blow Your Mind
Source: Farm & Table via Facebook
Farm & Table
8917 4th St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114
(505) 503-7123
Yelp: 4 Stars; 153 Reviews.
It doesn’t get much tastier than the food that comes out of the kitchen at Albuquerque’s Farm & Table. Using the freshest ingredients around, Farm & Table utilizes a menu with a huge range of options including everything from beef tenderloin to pork belly to scallops topped with balsamic caviar, Brussel sprouts, white bean purée and apple foam.  Oh, you fancy, huh?

3. Everyone Loves A Great Beer, Right?

15 Restaurants In New Mexico That Will Blow Your Mind
Source: Turtle Mountain Brewing Company
Turtle Mountain Brewing Company
905 36th Pl SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
(505) 994-9497
Yelp: 4 Stars; 123 Reviews.
Not only does Turtle Mountain Brewing Company have some of the best beer around, they’ve got delicious food as well.  A menu built with a “pub food meets Italian” mentality, they’ve got unique pizzas, hearty calzones, and fully loaded 100% beef burgers. Whatever you end up ordering, don’t forget a craft brew like the Red Rye to wash it down. Now that’s a dynamic duo.

4. Traditional American Flavors With A Southwestern Flair

15 Restaurants In New Mexico That Will Blow Your Mind
Source: The Grill, On Menaul via Facebook
The Grill
4615 Menaul Blvd Ne
Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 872-9772
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 73 Reviews.
Great flavors and great service always mean a great time and that’s what you’ll get at The Grill on Menaul.  Here they like to keep it simple, focusing on making sure that everything they serve is fresh and delicious. They’ve got a menu full of American classics with burgers, chicken, and hot dogs, often utilizing the flavors of the local green chile (I mean, come on, you’re in New Mexico).

5. You’ll Be Coming Back To Backstreet

15 Restaurants In New Mexico That Will Blow Your Mind
Source: Backstreet Grill via Facebook
Backstreet Grill
1919 Old Town Rd NW
Ste 6
Albuquerque, NM 87104
(505) 842-5434
Yelp: 4 Stars; 99 Reviews.
Backstreet Grill is the perfect place to kick off a “friend’s night out” in Albuquerque.  They serve up favorite Mexican dishes as well as traditional pub food, but also offer a touch of fanciness by featuring options like duck meat tacos. With great food and tons of local beer, it’s hard to not smile during a trip to this establishment.

6. You’re Always Welcome At Namaste

15 Restaurants In New Mexico That Will Blow Your Mind
Source: Namaste via Facebook
Namaste
1520 Deborah Rd SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
(505) 896-3126
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 79 Reviews.
If you’re looking for a good Indian restaurant, look no further.  Namaste serves up all of the classics and even has a lunch buffet, which allows you to try new things you might not normally order. With rich flavors present in every dish, you’ll be extremely satisfied with favorites like the Saag Channa, Tandoori Chicken, and the Chicken Makhani.

7. Rub-N-Wood Keeps BBQ Simple

15 Restaurants In New Mexico That Will Blow Your Mind
Source: Rubnwood BBQ via Facebook
Rub-N-Wood BBQ
4000 Barbara Lp SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
(505) 892-1914
Yelp: 4 Stars; 26 Reviews.
Rub-N-Wood has all of the traditional barbecue favorites, including two fan favorites, the brisket and the hot links. Just make sure you save room to try the fried corn, a vegetable any carnivore would happily make an exception for.

8. Time To Get Down N Dirty

15 Restaurants In New Mexico That Will Blow Your Mind
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Down N Dirty Seafood Boil
6100 4th St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
(505) 345-0595
Yelp: 4 Stars; 78 Reviews.
Sometimes the best way to order delicious seafood is by the pound, something you can do at this humble joint.  With a menu where every item is so delicious, you should try to order something different every time you go. However, if it’s your first time there, go for the crab claws and make sure you ask for plenty of garlic butter.

9. For Those Times You’re Craving A New York Slice

15 Restaurants In New Mexico That Will Blow Your Mind
Source: Zeffiro’s New York Pizzeria via Facebook
Zeffiro New York Pizzeria
136 N Water St
Las Cruces, NM 88005
(575) 525-6757
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 83 Reviews.
Two things that are key to making a great pizza are creativity and freshness, it’s obvious that Zeffiro’s has both.  This pizza joint will make New York seem much closer than a couple thousand miles, with favorite pies being the white pie topped with green chili and a pie topped with prosciutto and sun dried tomatoes.  They’ve also usually got an awesomely unique “slice of the day” to try.  If you visit this place, it’s a sure thing you’ll be back.

10. Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal, After All

15 Restaurants In New Mexico That Will Blow Your Mind
Source: Tia Betty Blue’s via Facebook
Tia Betty Blue’s
1248 San Mateo SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
(505) 268-1955
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 110 Reviews.
There’s no better way to start of your day than with some food from Tia Betty Blue’s.  Serving up all of the American favorites with a New Mexico twist, top items include the breakfast burrito smothered in green chile and the Eggs Benedict with a southwestern flair.  One thing’s for sure, this place will have you craving breakfast a lot more often.

11. You’ll Fall In Love With These Sandwiches

15 Restaurants In New Mexico That Will Blow Your Mind
Source: Bocadillos NM via Facebook
Bocadillos Slow Roasted
1609 Indian School Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
(505) 200-0053
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 42 Reviews.
Three words: Bocadillos Knows Sandwiches.  The menu is simple, the staff is friendly, and the food is delicious. While nothing on the menu is a bad choice, most regular patrons would agree that the Reuben and Cubano are two of the best ways to go.

12. This Place Will Ruin All Other Mexican Food For You

15 Restaurants In New Mexico That Will Blow Your Mind
Source: Taqueria El Paisa via Facebook
El Paisa
820 Bridge SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105
(505) 452-8997
Yelp: 5 Stars; 38 Reviews.
With such close proximity to Mexico, there are tons of taquerías in the Land of Enchantment, but El Paisa is a step above the rest.  Their menu is packed full of authentic Mexican classics, as well as some items influenced by American cuisine. A few favorites among the locals include the mole burrito, as well as anything on the menu with the barbacoa in it.  Go here, you won’t regret it.

13. This Pasta House Will Keep You Coming Back

15 Restaurants In New Mexico That Will Blow Your Mind
Source: Joe’s Pasta House via Facebook
Joe’s Pasta House
3201 Southern Blvd SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
(505) 892-3333
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 60 Reviews.
A trip to this hidden gem will never let you down.  While the menu is driven by Italian cuisine, several of the dishes have a bit of a local flair, like the very popular southwestern chicken fettuccine. If you’re in the mood for a filling meal and a great experience, Joe’s Pasta House is the place for you.

14. No Need For A Plane Ticket To Brussels. Save The Money.

15 Restaurants In New Mexico That Will Blow Your Mind
Source: A Bite of Belgium via Facebook
A Bite of Belgium
741 N Alameda St
Ste. 16
Las Cruces, NM 88005
(575) 527-2483
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 40 Reviews.
Las Cruces’ “A Bite of Belgium” is a great place to satisfy any sweet tooth craving.  Not only has the kitchen mastered classics like the Belgian waffle, they also serve up other more savory dishes like a ham and brioche omelet and quiche.

15. Welcome To The Caribbean

15 Restaurants In New Mexico That Will Blow Your Mind
Source: Guava Tree Café
Guava Tree Café
118 Richmond Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 990-2599
Yelp: 5 Stars; 32 Reviews.
You’ll never find a better balance of Caribbean spices in New Mexico then you will at Guava Tree Café.  With cuisine heavily influenced by Latin America and island life, menu items like the stuffed arepas and the Cuban sandwich will leave you craving more.  Just make sure you don’t leave without trying the yucca fries.
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