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While the city certainly has some high-end dining, some of the best places to eat in Albuquerque are more casual. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editor’s top five favorite places to eat in Albuquerque:
1.The Frontier. This is Albuquerque’s most beloved diner, occupying half a city block and famous for its green-chile stew, fresh flour tortillas and gooey cinnamon rolls.
2. Golden Crown Panaderia. Not far from Old Town, Golden Crown Panaderia is another local institution — it started as a bakery but has evolved to serve pizzas with green-chile crust, killer espresso milkshakes and salads with greens grown in the store.
3. Mary & Tito’s. Nearby, Mary & Tito’s is a family-run operation that’s been serving up super-traditional New Mexican food for decades, and doing it well. The restaurant was honored with a James Beard award in 2010.
4. Sophia’s Place. Up in the North Valley, Sophia’s Place is the labor of love of a chef who worked at Chez Panisse in California. He has his own style of creative New Mexican food, all with farm-fresh ingredients.
5. Jennifer James 101. And if you do want a special-occasion meal, don’t miss Jennifer James 101, also nominated for a James Beard award. The chef (James herself) combines farmers’ market goodies with a light Mediterranean touch, for a different menu every day. It is important to note that reservations are required.