Howdy all! I've got a friend coming to visit for several days, and am wondering--
What's your favorite thing to show visitors about Albuquerque? or do with visitors? We'll have a Balloon Fiesta day, and probably a visit to Taos and Santa Fe, but I've got a couple more days to fill up!
Number one thing to do in ABQ is take the trolley ride! These guys are fun and informative-even for locals-you see downtown,old town, tingley beach, nob hill....
The Frontier for breakfast. Everyone else says the breakfast burrito is the thing to have there. I disagree. I like their incomparable Huevos Rancheros with Cheese and Green Chile Stew.
Then, the Sandia Crest is always good if you have healthy people who can stand the thin air and the walk up the last block. If not, take them out on Central Ave. west of town to Nine Mile Hill, and look back. The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is a great place, too.
Good food is always a big attraction. Downscale, there is the aforementioned Frontier, and El Modelo on 2nd St south--the thing to get there is their incomparable stewed ribs. Then there are upscale places like Paisanos on Eubank, and Salo in Nob Hill, the Slate Street Cafe, and CoolWater on Wyoming near Northeasern. For family eating, the Range Cafe is incomparable. They offer burgers and mac and cheese for the kids, fine dining for the adults.
If they're dog lovers, I take them to one of Albuquerque's incomarable dog parks. I was not a big fan of Marty Chavez's (I am critical of him from his left, not his right), but you have to give him the quintupling of our dog parks as one of his premier achievements.
And finally, get a little perch in a parking lot just east of Tramway, and relax and watch the sunset most any night.