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Duran Central Cafe

1815 Central NW, Albuquerque, NM 87106
505 247 4141
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Ranked #126 of 1,515 Restaurants in Albuquerque
Price range: $0 - $20
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cuisines: Southwestern
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
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Tucson, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

You might miss this place unless you are looking for Duran's Pharmacy! Walk through the drugstore to the small restaurant- several '50s kitchenette style tables and red vinyl stools at the counter...a lady making tortillas behind that counter. Red or green chili? Just chose Christmas (both). Friendly service, reasonable prices and good New Mexican style fare with a fun but... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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115 reviews 115 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Saw this restaurant on food TV show. Donna was our server and had also been featured on the show. She is a HOOT!!!!! Food was excellent - hubby had the green chili bowl and loved it! Excellent find. Super friendly and its a place where the locals go....that is a good sign!!!!! As far as the controversy over red or... More

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Wappingers Falls, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Wonderful southwestern fare. Chicken enchilladas were on special. The tortilla's are hand made and delicious. We liked it so much, we went back on our way to the airport.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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52 reviews 52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

"Flavor" both in food and atmosphere! The kind of place where locals come regularly, and where the staff gets to know your name. Tortillas made freshly in front of you are as good as any I've ever had, and the chili dishes are very flavorful. Moderate pricing, but sometimes a little slow getting your coffee cup filled if there are... More

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Sierra Vista
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79 reviews 79 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Located right on Route 66 (Central Avenue) near Old Town in Albuquerque, NM, this very come-as-you-are restaurant was recommended to us by locals. They have awesome guacamole and chips for an appetizer, and excellent chicken enchiladas and red or green chili. The service was excellent, and I believe it is run by a family. It is a very quaint restaurant,... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I have eaten here three times since I moved to Albuquerque in December. Wanting to discover what all of the fuss was about, I sampled different items on each visit. It was highly recommended by my sister who loves it – granted she was only a tourist. My first visit I had chips with guacamole and a non meat dish... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Being a local from NM I have always had friends or family members talk about Duran's. I myself have never been there myself until yesterday and it was a pleasant surprise. Their Thursday special is Carne Adovada with potatoes, beans and a homemade tortilla. The plate was delicious! The red chili is on the spicy side so chili sensitive people... More

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new mexico
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168 reviews 168 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

My husband and I went to Duran's with very high expectations based on previous reviews. The environment was so interesting and fun! The pharmacy shop had the most unique items and we spent lots of time just browsing and laughing. The restaurant is also unique in that it maintains the look and feel of a 50's soda fountain/lunch counter. The... More

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New Mexico
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77 reviews 77 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

After playing a tennis match my husband and I went to Duran's for lunch. He ordered the huevos rancheros and got the eggs cooked just right and both red and green chile (Xmas). He got a homemade, just rolled tortilla with the plate and it was just perfect. I begged for a piece of tortilla and it tasted just like... More

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San Diego, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

If I could just have one big fluffy tortilla it would be the one from Duran's. Homemade and the best. Their chili is great.

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