Best Restaurants in University Heights – Albuquerque, New Mexico

University Heights neighborhood has a number of great restaurants and places to eat we’ll discuss in this short post. First, a quick introduction to the area.

Anchored by the University of New Mexico, University Heights is a lively college district filled with relaxed coffee shops, vegetarian cafes, and Mexican eateries like the iconic Frontier Restaurant, known for its burrito platters. Shops on and around Central Avenue sell used books, skateboards, and guitars. Musicals and comedy shows are featured at Popejay Hall.

Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Café

Picture of Annapurna’s® World Vegetarian Café 2201 Silver Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

What is Annapurna’s?

Annapurna is the place for healing cuisine. To accomplish this mission of serving a healing cuisine as prescribed in the Ayurvedic tradition, our restaurants maintain certain principles and philosophies that are very unique in the food industry.

What exactly is this healing cuisine?

Our food is made by hand in our kitchens from fresh produce, locally grown, and organic. Our food is FREE of dead animals (eggs, meat, poultry, or seafood), cholesterol, saturated fats, trans fats, white sugar, refined sugar, white flour, artificial sweeteners, honey, peanuts, preservatives, or pesticides. We use rice bran oil – cholesterol-free, transfat-free, and non-hydrogenated. Fresh herbs and whole spices that are roasted and ground where necessary, flavor our food. Kitchari, the ultimate Ayurvedic food continues to be the popular healing food associated with Annapurna.

El Patio de Albuquerque

Picture of El Patio De Albuquerque 142 Harvard Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

El Patio de Albuquerque has been serving the finest traditional Southwestern-style home cooking since 1977. Our original location is in University Heights at 142 Harvard Drive SE, and our new location, which opened in 2018, is north of Old Town at 3851 Rio Grande Blvd NW.

El Patio serves breakfast, lunch & dinner, featuring live music, beer & wine beverages. El Patio also provides a catering service, so you can enjoy our famous New Mexican cooking at your next party or event. The fun atmosphere and delicious food that El Patio is known for can to spice up your office gathering, rehearsal dinner, or wedding reception!

“We loved this place!! Don’t let it fool you when you drive up! We came with another couple that had been traveling with us from Atlanta. Two had enchiladas and two had the stuffed sopapillas

Everyone was extremely satisfied and thrilled at how wonderful this little gem was!! It is not fancy but an awesome experience!! It was our only dinner in Albuquerque and we were happy to find this little local hangout!! Shout out to Levi who was our server!!” – Customer Review from Google

Frontier Restaurant

Picture of Frontier Restaurant 2400 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

The Frontier Restaurant has happily served the Albuquerque area and the University of New Mexico community since 1971.

The Frontier Restaurant continues to be a safe and clean environment for college students to spend hours studying or just relaxing with great Frontier food after long study sessions.

“Such a fun and HUGE place. Went around 11am on a Sunday. About a four minute wait in line to order at the counter. Huge portions. Good New Mexico style food. We  had chicken enchiladas, Frontier burrito and chips and salsa. Both meals also came with warm tortillas and honey. Made for a tasty dessert.” – Recent 5-Star Review from Google

Driving Directions from Frontier Restaurant to Bosque Heating Cooling and Plumbing

Drive 13 min (8.1 miles)
Frontier Restaurant
2400 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, United States

Get on I-25 N from Lead Ave SE
4 min (1.5 mi)

Head east on Central Ave SE/U.S. Rt. 66 toward Stanford Dr NE
341 ft

Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Stanford Dr SE
0.3 mi

Turn right at the 2nd cross street onto Lead Ave SE
1.1 mi

Turn right onto Oak St SE
223 ft

Use the left lane to take the ramp onto I-25 N
433 ft

Follow I-25 N to Pan American Frontage Rd N. Take exit 230 from I-25 N
5 min (5.6 mi)

Merge onto I-25 N
5.5 mi

Take exit 230 toward San Mateo Blvd/Osuna Rd
0.1 mi

Continue on Pan American Frontage Rd N to your destination
3 min (0.9 mi)

Merge onto Pan American Frontage Rd N
0.3 mi

Use the left lane to turn left onto San Mateo Blvd NE
249 ft

Continue onto Osuna Rd NE
0.1 mi

Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Pan American Fwy NE
0.4 mi

Turn right
Destination will be on the left
285 ft
Bosque Heating Cooling and Plumbing
5901 Pan American Fwy #D1, Albuquerque, NM 87109, United States

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