1815 Central Ave Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1143
AVERAGE USER RATING
Contact:+1 505 247 4141
Open Hours: 9a-6:30p Mon-Fri; 9a-2p Sat
Located on historic Route 66, this diner offers a small selection of some of the best New Mexican fare to be found in Albuquerque. This is a lively ... More
Duran Central Pharmacy
Located on historic Route 66, this diner offers a small selection of some of the best New Mexican fare to be found in Albuquerque. This is a lively place that is always busy around lunch time. With a classic soda fountain atmosphere, this joint has you work your way through the aisles of the drug store to get to the dining area. The menu remains small as everything is prepared fresh, daily. The specialty of the house is a bowl of Green Chile Stew, which is served with a homemade flour tortilla on the side. The enchiladas and the Huevos Rancheros are excellent choices for a Mexican-food fix.
For those who have frequented Duran's since Route 66 passed by in front, I can understand the "neighborly" appeal.
But, for first-timers to Durans like myself (and an Albuquerquean for over 20 years), why pay such prices to sit in the back of a pharmacy? There are dozens of "family-owned" New Mexican restaurants in the city, that offer similar prices (or better!), along with some NM "atmosphere!"
Good food, and fair service, but let's get real. I also had the huevos-rancheros recommended by another reviewer. Far from great! "w/Mashed potatoes?" I've never seen such a thing in all my years in NM! Also, a "very" limited menu, especially if you've got picky kids along.
P.S. Duran's is a very nice pharmacy. I saw things on it's shelves that you never see in the chains like Walgreens anymore. If you're a tourist, go here for your much needed sunscreen, not lunch!
Don't be fooled by the name of this place... There is no place on the planet with better huevos rancheros other than a native New Mexican grandma's kitchen!!!!And you don't need the butter on the homemade tortillas because they are superb by themselves drenched in green chili!
Used to be a lot of cafes/soda fountains in the backs of drugstores. They were probably replaced by fast food joints. Fast food, this isn't, thank goodness. Although the green chile is quite mild, it's among the most flavorful around. The dining area is very clean but stark. Not a lot of ambiance happening here. Just good food. It's not as inexpensive as I thought it'd be ($20 for breakfast for two, including tip) but if I lived in the area, it would probably be a regular breakfast haunt. As someone already pointed out, this is a cash only business, so be prepared.
If you are lucky enough to visit this caf� when it is open, your experience will most likely be enjoyable. The green chili is delicious and almost everything is homemade. It is so busy that its hard to get good service. If you eat here try to get a table inside so your waitress will come to the table more that once. Overall, this place is worth a try. Take cash, they don't accept any other forms of payment!!!
How often do you get to eat a really good meal in the back of a pharmacy? Not that often. Quality food, great and accomodating waitstaff and the price is right. Try the torpedo, you won't be dissapointed.
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