We are so lucky in New Mexico to be able to experience all the different flavors that go along with a holiday in the Duke City. From savories like posole and tamales to sweets like biscochitos the eats are endless–and delicious! Check out our favorite local places serving up the season.
We’d like to thank Homewise for sponsoring this Guide to Holiday Eats & Treats.
Homewise is a New Mexico based nonprofit housing organization that provides the tools you need to become a successful homeowner, all under one roof.
As adults, saving money isn’t as easy as squirreling away quarters in a piggy bank. There are expenses that demand our attention, and life is worth enjoying, not just surviving. A movie ticket and dinner out has to be in the cards sometimes too! How do you prioritize savings with housing costs, school expenses, daycare, and everything else?
Why is saving important? Money is nice to have on hand to buy things or pay for emergencies, but savings is also important when you want to take out a loan. When you buy a home, for example, the bank will want to know how much you have in savings to make sure you can afford a down payment and other necessary expenses. Essentially, when examined with credit, it gives lenders a good idea of how able you are to pay back loans.
Homewise offers free classes to help you build savings and become financially ready to buy a home. Learn more at www.homewise.org/classes or call us at 505.243.6566.
1405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque 87106
Need your pie fix? Try one of 66 Diner’s pies and cobblers to warm your belly this winter!
10301 Comanche Rd NE, Albuquerque 87111
With a new featured flavor each month, you are sure to get some winter sweetness! Some current flavors on the menu are the orange cranberry rosemary and the bomboloni.
1815 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque 87104
Nothing warms you up on a chilly day like a bowl of posole from Duran’s. Grab a jar of chile sauce to go with your holiday meals.
1715 2nd St SW Albuquerque NM 87102
Tamales are also a must during the holiday season. El Modelo is one of top places to purchase tamales! You can get them pre-rolled, or purchase all the ingredients to roll your own at home.
Flying Star is a go-to for holiday pies and cakes. They have such a variety of flavors including Praline Toffee Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce. They also make their own posole verde.
Garcia’s has everything you need for a perfect holiday meal–and they sell in bulk. Menudo, biscochitos, posole, and more. Check out one of their locations!
1103 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque 87102
The staple holiday cookie in New Mexico is the biscochito. Golden Crown Panderia serves different varieties and comes very highly recommended! Don’t forget to try an empanada while you’re at it.
11200 Montgomery Blvd NE Albuquerque 87111
All of your bread and roll needs for this holiday season in ALL of the flavors. Also, their sweets deserve their own section. My personal faves are the green chile cheddar rolls and the caramel apple scone.
8900 San Mateo Boulevard NE Suite I Albuquerque 87113
Beer + food. The perfect duo this season! Try their posole paired with one of their seasonal brews.
8216 Menaul Blvd NE Albuquerque 87110
With cakes, desserts, and all the homemade treats, you’re sure to find the perfect thing to compliment your meal. One of our contributors suggests the Chocolate Yule Log!
The Winter Warmer and the Imperial Stout are both great picks for a winter night at home. Now available in cans and growlers.
5222 4th St NW Albuquerque 87107
Not only can you order a treat that our contributors love–the Biscochito Donut, but you can try our favorite Christmas cookie in a coffee with the Biscochito Latte. Mmm!
This local chain offers holiday meals as well as a variety of desserts. They serve New Mexican food, American classics with a southwestern twist, along with a from-scratch-bakery that specializes in whole pies and cakes that are perfect for holiday get togethers.
404 Osuna Rd NW Suite A, Albuquerque 87107
Specializing in authentic traditional biscochitos, every cookie is individually cut for the best quality. Not to mention they have so many unique and custom flavors of biscochito like pumpkin, red chile crunch, cranberry walnut, green chile pecan, lemon, and cocoa chocolate chip.
Urban casual, plant-forward restaurant featuring creative menu that appeals to both carnivores and vegetarians. They offer family meals for the holidays.
2740 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque 87111
Specializing in amazing bakery products from various flavors of pie to handmade donuts.
304 Coal Ave SW, Albuquerque 87102
Family owned and operated for 75 years, this restaurant has all you need for an authentic NM holiday meal. They are able to cater almost all of the food they offer at their restaurant and even carry ready-made masa and biscochito dough for you to take home and use.
1601 4th St NW, Albuquerque 87102
If you’re looking for delicious and local sweet treats, this dessert shop offers all your favorites like chocoflan, biscochitos, tres leches cake, and more. They can even make you a gift box sampler.