Route 66: Foodie Paradise in Nob Hill

Route 66: Foodie Paradise in Nob Hill

Nob Hill is often hailed as the quirkiest and the most walkable neighborhood in Albuquerque. Located along Central Avenue between Washington and Gibson, Nob Hill is chock-full of funky shops, restaurants and bars. Being so close to the University of New Mexico (UNM), Nob Hill and the university area bleed together, making the neighborhood all the more vibrant and youthful.

My favorite thing about Nob Hill is the eclectic foodie scene (Albuquerque was recently named one of the best cities for food snobs). You can find everything from an elegant dinner to food trucks, depending on the time of day and your mood! There's just about every type of cusine you can imagine, all within a 2-mile radius. The neighborhood is full of local fare, flavor and flair.

Here's an overview of Nob Hill restaurants, organized by category, with a few of my personal recommendations. 

American Classics:

Bistronomy B2B in Nob Hill, Albuquerque NM

  • Bistronomy B2B
  • Flying Star Cafe

Bars/Pubs:

Kelly's Brew Pub in Albuquerque along Route 66 

  • Kelly's Brew Pub (pictured above) has a full menu and an awesome outdoor, pet-friendly patio. They also recently started canning their craft beer.
  • Bosque Brewing Taproom
  • Monte Vista Fire Station
  • O'Niell's Irish Pub 
  • Tractor Brewing Nob Hill Taproom
  • Two Fools Tavern

Latin Fare: 

Zacatecas Tacos & Tequila in Nob Hill, AlbuquerqueMargaritas at Zacatecas Tacos & Tequila in Nob Hill, Albuquerque 
  • Zacatecas Tacos & Tequila (Mexican) offers some of the best margaritas in the city as well as great happy hour specials.
  • Ajiaco (Colombian)
  • Guava Tree Café (Central & South American) 

Italian/Pizza:

Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria in Nob Hill, Albuquerque 
  • Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza is tucked in among the Nob Hill shops and has multiple locations throughout the city. People go crazy for Il Vicino!
  • Slice Parlor

Upscale Eateries:

Scalo in Nob Hill, Albuquerque

  • Scalo has an intimate dining room and a large event room hidden around back above the bar
  • Elaine's promotes farm-to-table produce and serves locally sourced meats and veggies in their entrees.
  • Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro offers 2 for one: it doubles as a restaurant upstairs and a late night locale in their downstairs wine cellar
  • Nob Hill Bar & Grill
  • Yanni's Mediterranean Grill

Coffee & Dessert:

The Chocolate Dude in Nob Hill, Albuquerque

  • The Chocolate Dude is full of handcrafted deliciousness, like the chocolate covered strawberries pictured above.
  • Limonata 
  • Michael Thomas Coffee Roasters
  • Satellite Coffee

The Nob Hill neighborhood is also home to some of Albuquerque's most treasured annual events. If you're in town in July, be sure to check out Route 66 Summerfest. In December, you can wander the streets while surrounded by holiday lights at the annual Nob Hill Shop & Stoll.
 
 Route 66 Summer Fest in Nob Hill, Albuquerque
 
To continue your foodie journey, proceed west along Central Avenue into Downtown Albuquerque for an entirely different vibe and dining experience. 

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Erin

Erin is a 6th generation New Mexican who regularly experiences green chile withdrawls when traveling outside of the state. She loves visiting local breweries, jogging in the foothills and telling her friends in Texas just how much she loves Albuquerque.

 

Erin is the Social Media & Digital Content Specialist for Visit Albuquerque. She is also the editor of the ABQ365 blog and calendar of events. You can follow her on Twitter @dot_of_Scott or connect via LinkedIn. The opinions shared on this blog are her own.   

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