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New Mexico is home to one of America's most cherished regional cuisines, so it's no surprise that food is one of the things that people remember most about a trip to Albuquerque. Some people say they moved here just to be closer to the source!
New Mexican cuisine is based on native ingredients such as corn, beans, squash and chiles, and it incorporates Mexican, Native American and Spanish flavors. Chile is always the most important element. In fact, our official state question is, "Red or green?" Both types of chile can instantly become a must-have, bringing visitors back year after year.
Beyond New Mexican food, Albuquerque’s restaurants represent cuisine from countries all over the world and other American regions. Albuquerque's restaurant scene is as diverse as the people who live here. With so many dining options throughout the city, visitors to Albuquerque and locals alike can’t help but fall in love with the city’s food scene. In fact, Bobby Flay called Albuquerque one of the hottest food destinations in America and the Denver Post recently named Albuquerque the next foodie destination you need to visit.
Featuring everything from sushi bars and pizzerias to Mexican taquerias and chic fine-dining establishments, Albuquerque dining is sure to please any palate. If you find yourself thirstier than you are hungry, you can visit one of the area's wine bars or breweries and try some of our award-winning wines and beers.
Albuquerque nightlife includes an active downtown entertainment district with live music every night, as well as the lively Nob Hill neighborhood, with an eclectic mix of bars, breweries, restaurants and dancing. The city is also home to a vibrant symphony orchestra as well as popular theater, dance and comedy troupes. Four casinos are within a 25-minute drive of Downtown Albuquerque; they feature national touring acts as well as Vegas-style gaming environments. Whatever your tastes or pleasures, you'll find what you're looking for in Albuquerque.