Photo courtesy Vinaigrette
Burque has fertile creative grounds — from its local art to its farm-to-table restaurants. Visitors can experience this vibrant atmosphere at finely curated local boutiques and eateries.
Farm & Table
In 2017, Chef Carrie Eagle smoked the competition on Food Network's Chopped, but she dazzles diners every night at this North Valley restaurant where much of the produce is grown at the on-site farm.
Vinaigrette, The Feel Good, Modern General
Proprietress Erin Wade got her start in the culinary world with a small farm north of Santa Fe and a single salad-centric restaurant. Her ever-growing foodie empire now includes three Duke City eateries that continue her local-food focus, though each has its own personality. For chef-inspired salads, opt for Vinaigrette. For hearty (upscale) meals and a glass of wine, make a reservation at The Feel Good. And for a dreamy brunch, head to Modern General. www.vinaigretteonline.com, www.thefeelgoodonline.com, www.moderngeneralonline.com
The gardens of Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm feed this resident field-to-fork restaurant. A few years ago, the eatery was relocated to a restored 1930s dairy barn and expanded. James Beard Award semi-finalist Chef Jonathan Perno champions Rio Grande cuisine on their breakfast and dinner menus — and even in the cocktails.
The Grove Café & Market
It's no surprise The Grove's owners, Lauren and Jason Greene, will be curating Albuquerque's first food hall. They've been building a menu around local produce and artisanal goods, from Tucumcari cheese to Albuquerque sausage, for a decade at this airy EDo (East Downtown) eatery.
Since its founding in 1978, Albuquerque's public art program — one of the oldest and most vibrant in the country — has bedecked the city with nearly a thousand paintings, sculptures, and murals. Touring those murals is easier than ever with the website Muros Abq, which catalogs the city's diverse street art.
Spur Line Supply Co.
Chock-full of boho Southwest fashion finds for women and men, as well as everything from dish towels to old-school vinyl records, this shop has goods for good living. While you're in the store, linger for a while with a pour-over cup of coffee and a salted butter doughnut from Bristol Doughnut Co.
Kei & Molly Textiles
Kei Tsuzki and Molly Luethi combined their skills — Tsuzki has printed for the likes of Jonathan Adler — and global sensibilities to found this hand-printing company. Their flour-sack dish towels, paper goods, and aprons vividly capture New Mexican scenes with whimsical designs.
This company captures modern Southwest aesthetics in traditional designs. Native American artisans hand-bead each of its stylish cuffs, which have been featured in T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Elle, and Paris Vogue. Schedule an appointment to peek inside its Downtown workshop and showroom.
Wander With a Local
Jennifer James is one of Albuquerque's star chefs with multiple James Beard Award nominations under her belt. In 2017, she and partner Nelle Bauer opened Frenchish (frenchish.co) in Nob Hill, a nod to her love of French cuisine and her self-trained culinary prowess. Here are a few of her favorite Duke City activities:
"Go for a walk! Stroll through Nob Hill and window shop, hike through the foothills, or meander along the Rio Grande bosque."
"Sit outside at Michael Thomas Coffee in Nob Hill with a good red eye and just people watch. It's [one of my] favorite day-off activities. The Guild Theater, also in Nob Hill, is the best place to catch a good small-production movie with real popcorn."
"Have a delicious lunch at Duran's Pharmacy followed by a perusal of all the things you need (but don't yet know it) in the gift shop."