By Stephanie and Walt Cameron
Publishers Stephanie and Walt Cameron are sharing some of their favorite finds around New Mexico in edible’s Eight Around the State. For this issue, they searched for breakfasts to fuel their travels.
Whether looking for a sweet or savory start to the day, here are a few of edible’s favorite from-scratch kitchens. We would love to hear our readers’ favorites. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your best finds from anywhere in the Land of Enchantment.
ZZQ BBQ Drive-In
What we are eating: Egg & Cheez Burrito with brisket.
Worth noting: Although it may not be your traditional New Mexican burrito, the smoked meats in this handheld delight make it exceptional. ZZQ BBQ is the perfect in-between, middle-of-nowhere stop to fuel up for the next couple hundred miles. Open Monday–Friday, 8:30am–6pm.
Find: 6539 US-380, Carrizozo, parked next to the Four Winds Motel
Europa Food Farm Festival
What we are eating: Belgian waffles with pecans and organic whipped cream, served with bacon.
Worth noting: Europa serves espresso drinks, charcuterie plates, sandwiches, quiches, and soups made with seasonal ingredients, most of which come from the adjacent farm. You can also pick up the farm’s grassfed beef from the freezer located in the cafe. Open 7am–7pm daily.
Find: 2105 NM-314, Los Lunas
What we are eating: Poor Man’s Eggs Benedict—two eggs any style, nestled between shaved ham, doused in red chile, and crowned with melted cheese on a toasted English muffin.
Worth noting: Michael’s Kitchen Coffee Shop and Bakery, established in 1974, has had some time to hone their craft. After dining, take home some of their homemade pastries, cream puffs, English muffins, doughnuts, or cinnamon rolls, along with a loaf of their raisin, rye, or wheat bread.
Open 7am–2pm daily.
Find: 304-C North Pueblo Road, Taos
Indulgence Bakery & Cafe
What we are eating: Country Fried Chicken Bowl served with roasted potatoes, sautéed onions, crispy fried chicken, two eggs any style, and country gravy.
Worth noting: Owned by a mother-daughter duo, Marybeth and Meagan Higgins, Indulgence is creating the ultimate comfort food. We also highly recommend splitting Meg’s Butternut French Toast with your dining companions. Open Tuesday–Sunday for breakfast and lunch.
Find: 2265 South Main Street, Las Cruces
What we are eating: Cherry fritter and strawberry turnover.
Worth noting: Glenn’s was founded in 1972, and since 1980 it has been owned and managed by the Chavez family, who turned a popular bakery into a favorite local eatery. Drive-through window and sit-down café open at 6am, Monday–Saturday.
Find: 901 Route 66, Gallup
The Grove Cafe & Market
What we are eating: Sweet Potato Hash with roasted sweet potatoes, feta, cauliflower rice, avocado, roasted mushrooms, tomatillo salsa, sunflower sprouts, and a sunny side up egg.
Worth noting: Owners Jason and Lauren Greene are deeply committed to the community. The Grove has been buying from a wide variety of local farmers since 2006 and today employs more than thirty culinary-minded individuals.
Open Tuesday–Sunday for breakfast and lunch.
Find: 600 Central SE, Albuquerque
Truth or Consequences
Passion Pie Cafe
What we are eating: Corn, Feta, and Green Chile Quiche and Carrot Cake Muffin.
Worth noting: Passion Pie’s walls are covered in eclectic local art that’s available for purchase. The café’s funky, one-of-a-kind tabletops commissioned by local artists are for sale, too. Open for breakfast and lunch every day but Wednesday.
Find: 406 Main Avenue, Truth or Consequences
What we are eating: Croque Madame served with ham, Swiss cheese, and topped with a sunny side up egg.
Worth noting: French chef Eric De Margerie prepares fresh-baked croissants, pain au chocolat, crepes, croque madame, French onion soup, and other classics. Dine on huevos rancheros and a few other non-French specialties, too. Breakfast is served all day. Open 8am–3pm daily.
Find: 1291 San Felipe Avenue, Santa Fe
Call first or check restaurant websites to find out if they’re operating at standard business hours—or offering carryout or delivery.