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“A hidden gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Duran Central Cafe

Duran Central Cafe
1815 Central NW, Albuquerque, NM 87106
505 247 4141
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Ranked #105 of 1,501 restaurants in Albuquerque
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Southwestern
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
albuquerque
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62 reviews 62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Tucked away as it is in a real pharmacy (Duran's Central Pharmacy), you could walk right by and never know. I'm sure many have. But if you're in the Old Town area and in need of lunch or early-ish dinner, you'll be treated to incredibly hot salsa, satisfying if straightforward New Mexican fare and great service. And excellent iced tea, by the way. It's not a big place and it's not fancy, but it's really, really good. Every time.
While you're there browse the aisles for unique gifts, you'll be amazed and delighted.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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62 reviews 62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Excellence and worth the extra cost.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

They have held there high standards regardless of the cost on the menu! The Red chilli is very flavorful and rich! Yum. This is a treat that every visitor to Albuquerque should experience. It is located in a active pharmacy, which adds to the shopping experience and fun. The wait staff is busy and very friendly.

Visited January 2013
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Boca Raton, Florida
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Best green chili”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

Best green chili and buttered tortilla I've ever tasted. Also tried the stuffed sopapillas with red chili - also amazing. You can watch the ladies behind the counter making everything fresh, and the food had that homemade taste that's hard to find outside of one's home. I definitely recommend stopping here for New Mexican food.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Funky Spot, Fine New Mexican Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We never go through Albuquerque without a stop at Duran's for breakfast. They do a mean heuvos ranchero and an excellent carne adovada (usually just on Thursdays). Best of all are the hand-made tortillas - warm, slightly thick, and buttered. This is New Mexican comfort food at its best. Couple that with the wait staff who've been there forever and the locals who come for breakfast and you get a real slice of New Mexico.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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82 reviews 82 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Always great food and a super pharmacy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

What else can you say about Duran's pharmacy and Duran's Station, they are the masters in providing the BEST New Mexican food in the country!! After all these years of eating at both restaurants, no other place compares! All you have to do is ask the locals and they all agree Duran's is the best!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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