If there’s one place out-of-towner students and Albuquerque natives can agree on, it’s Frontier Restaurant. Located at the foot of the University of New Mexico’s downtown campus, and looking exactly as it did in the 1970s (red vinyl booths, wagon wheel chandeliers, oil paintings of cowboys), this is an excellent place to sample New Mexican favorites like green chile stew, posole, and the big, fat, chile-laden burritos pictured above. The drunk-food staple is stuffed with your choice of carne adovada (delicious braised, shredded pork with hints of vinegar, oregano, and red chiles) or ground beef, pinto beans, and green chilies. Both options are blanketed with melted cheese and drenched in a mild green chile stew.
Each burrito is served with a freshly made flour tortilla and a packet of honey, but the wise among us know that the best finish to a meal at Frontier is a side order of sweet rolls. The gooey cinnamon buns were inspired by Texas’ Manske Rolls—a nod to the home state of Frontier co-founders and couple Larry and Dorothy Rainosek.
Note: While Frontier used to operate 24 hours a day, it is now open from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. only. To hell with your 3 a.m. craving!
2400 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM; 505-266-0550.