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Shipman's Albuquerque breakfast favorites
Sunday brunch is a special problem in Albuquerque. For a really
fine brunch experience, try Slate Street Cafe.
Here are my regular breakfast places.
- Sophia's Place/Ezra's Place, Albuquerque, NM: My top recommendation for high quality and
great flavor. Includes Ezra's (see the link), which does not
always have the best scallop omelets I've had anywhere,
but they always have lots of amazing stuff.
- Gold Street Café, 218 Gold Ave. SW between Second and
Third. Great flavors. Don't miss the red chile maple bacon.
I am extremely picky about pancakes: they must be light and
tender, and they have to come out of the kitchen hot enough to
melt butter. Gold Street has the definitive version in Albuquerque
for my standards. It took me a while to convince them that, yes,
I want only one pancake; their short stack of two is about 3" thick
and way more carbs than I need. Excellent espresso and related
drinks. Eggs just right.
- Grove Cafe and Market, 600 Central SE. Quality breakfasts and
lunches, great coffee and espresso drinks.
See their official
- Java Joe's, 906 Park Avenue Southwest, 505-765-1514. A longtime
standard just a short hop west of downtown. We usually take
Lead/Coal to 10th, turn north, then turn east when you hit
the park on Park. Big menu, serious coffee, funky vibe (but
clean). Not to be missed: Wednesdays the special is the Mayan
- Hello Deli, three locations. This is a highly professional
operation that feeds a lot of working people, and you can be
pretty sure they'll get you in and out during your lunch hour.
However, their virtues of cost-effectiveness, good flavor, and
a large selection carry over to breakfast. The blue corn
pancakes with cheese and pinons were a little unusual, but I
might get them again. Check their
Web for locations and menus.
- Murphy's Mule Barn, on Second just north of Alameda, east side.
The idea here is good chow, and lots of it. The most cost-effective
breakfast place on this list. I like all the breakfast fare:
pancakes, eggs, bacon, and a pretty decent breakfast burrito.
The rural decor here is not entirely out of place; there are a lot
of horse people, and a few remnant farmers, in the area. The
chicken fried steak is heroic, although I haven't had it.
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Last updated: 2011/04/25 22:37:55