Saturday November 28 was Small Business Saturday. It is the state of New Mexico’s way of helping promote small businesses throughout the state. It was a tax free day. This was an outgrowth of Black Friday.
I thought about all the small businesses, especially restaurants, who are hurting at this time. Since we were still on stay at home orders from the Governor, I didn’t venture out. But I tried to order items on line as part of my holiday shopping.
After our first shelter in place this spring, I decided that I could buy gift certificates to help out my favorite restaurants. They would get the much needed money and I could buy food with my gift card when it was safe to return.
So I found this State of New Mexico, Office of Economic Development website, Buy Local NM, on Saturday night. I thought this was a great idea. The website listed various New Mexican Businesses not just restaurants. They stated that you could be buying gift cards from all of the listed establishments.
I found the website to be clunky and hard to navigate. For example, in the search area, I typed in restaurant and all I got was Back Street Pizza. Hmmm. So I am going to make this easy and list the restaurants, breweries, food and spirit related websites in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. To be fair, I think this website is a work in progress. A good idea but not quite finished…
This website keeps growing. I will update this list as the weeks continue.
At the bottom of the page are some local establishments listed by the Santa Fe Report’s Fork column
*means that I have been there.
A New Addition is Tamales. It will be at the bottom of the Albuquerque Listings. These are the best places in Albuquerque to get Tamales based on the recommendation of the Albuquerque Journal.
Ajiaco Columbian Bistro: Columbian food
Amerasia/Sumo Sushi: sushi, vegetable tempura, rice bowl, and combination dinners, gift cards/ Go Fund Me
*Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Cafe: gift cards, They used to have some of the best samosas ever. ABQ and Santa Fe locations
Bar X Brand: Beef Jerky, Dried NM Chile, Pineapple Chips and more
*Bosque Brewing: beer, and bar food. A Santa Fe Location opened up in the Railyard.
*Buffets Candies: New Mexican Candy at its finest
The Burque Bakehouse: bakery. Moving to a new location. Temporarily closed
The Cornivore: popcorn
Cervantes Food Products: Salsa
Cinnamon Sugar and Spice Cafe:Breakfast and Lunch in Nob Hill
Conchita’s Cafe: CLOSED but you can still buy a Gift Card, serves breakfast and lunch, they also have a food truck
County Line BBQ: BBQ
Duran’s Central Pharmacy: New Mexican Comfort Food
*Farm & Table: Fabulous food, gift card!!!, a place to splurge, beautiful grounds. AS of Dec1, closed open for pick up Christmas Dinner
Fat City Eats, Treats & Sweets: I think the name says it all
The Ferm Brinery and Bakehouse:bread, coffee, flour,gift cards
Frank’s Famous Chicken and Waffles: I have heard lots of good things about Frank’s. They even have mac and cheese side(4). Frank’s has daily specials like A Shrimp Po’ Boy(9)
frenchish: A Jennifer James’ restaurant. She is an exceptional chef. I’m not a big fan of French or frenchish food. That is the only reason I haven’t been there. Dinner 4:30-8 Wed-Sat, Midday Sunday 11-2 (the week of Dec 2, there is a carrot dog for 9 dollars)
Gelatina di vino: jelly made with wine. (How come I never heard of this store before????)
Gourmet Delights: Just what the name says. Online shopping, gift cards
La Reforma Taqueria Brewery Distillery, tacos, beer, and cocktails
La Vida Mocha: a mobile coffee truck that serves breakfast and lunch
Las Golondrinas Pie Company: pies and gift cards. They had a calabacitas pot pie that looked yummy
Little Bear Coffee: coffee, gift cards
Old Barrel Tea Company: tea, herbs and spices, essential oils, honey, tea club
PopFizz: paletas, burritos, frito pies
Korn Patch Kettle Corn: Kettle corn popcorn
*Lescombes Winery & Bistro:Family Style Dinners. Gluten-Free Salads and Entrees
Luigi’s Restaurant & Pizzeria: pasta, pizza, Gluten-free Italian food(who knew), and sauce. Luigi’s is on 4th Street, I have driven by it many years. 2021 is going to be the year I finally stop. There have always been lots of cars there when I drove by.
*Mata G: Take Out food, vegan, vegetarian, gift cards
New Mexico Ferments: kombucha and Gift Cards
NM Prickly Pear Jelly: prickly pear products
New Mexico Sabor: Salsas
New Mexico Tea Company: teas
Punchy’s Pizza: Bruno’s 2nd food Truck, I have to update my Adobe Flash Player
Red Rock Roasters: Coffee, Gift Cards, subscriptions, accessories,Adobe Coffee
*Rio Bravo Brewing: Beer, Gift Cards, Good Bar Food( Black Bean Burger)
Santa Fe Bite, ABQ: great food, gift cards. I’ve been to the one in Santa Fe. It is a winner!!!!
Thirsty Eye Brewing:beers, merch, and gift cards
Tim & Larry’s Elixir Boutique Chocolates: this says it all
*Toltec Brewing: Good Beer and Bar Food( I haven’t eaten there yet)
Trifecta Coffee Company: coffee and bakery
Scarpas Pizza: pizza, pasta, salads, and gift cards
*Slate Street Cafe:Family Dinners, sandwiches, salads, bowls with curbside pickup
*Urban Hot Dog: Hot Dogs, Tofu Dogs listed on the Food Truck Menu Gift Cards
Vernon’s Speakeasy: Gift Cards, Meat and Seafood, mac and cheese, with vegan and vegetarian options
Zendo Coffee: coffee shop, coffee, gift cards
Albuquerque’s Best Tamales:
- Kathy’s Carry-Out
- El Modelo Mexican Foods
- La Mexicana Tortilla CO.
- Buen Provecho (Costa Rican Food)
- Vegos (vegan tamales)
- El Super Markets ( I had a hard time loading this website. The Market is on Central in the Atrisco Plaza. It used to be Pro’s Ranch Market and then Los Altos).
- B’s Home Cooking LLC.(food truck)
- Santiago’s New Mexican Grill
- Sabroso Foods (tortilla factory)
Artful Tea: tea, teaware, subscriptions, and gift cards
Back Road Pizza: A pizza place that I want to visit
*Beer Creek Brewing: starters, beer, pizza, sandwiches
Boxcar: starters, mac & cheese, sandwiches, salads, burgers
*Bruno’s Pizza: Some of the best pizza I have eaten
Cafecito Trailhead:Coffee and more(A place I want to check out for Lunch)
Cakes Corner Cafe: A Facebookpage. Sandwiches. Breakfast and Brunch
Caveman Coffee: Coffee, mugs, merch
*The Chile Shop: chile, cookbooks, candles, table linens, and more
Chocolate and Cashmere: bon-bons, and clothes
Coquette Cake Shop: artisanal layered cakes in Mason Jars, curbside pickup
Frogurt: frozen yogurt, Closed Nov23 until Jan. 2, 2021
Honeymoon Brewery: kombucha
*Iconik Coffee: coffee, home brewing supplies, and merch
*Joes’ Dining: A Santa Fe staple
Mucho Gusto: Mexican cuisine (I have wonted to go here for a long time) ((I never seem to be in that part of town)
Ohori’s Coffee Roasters: coffee, teas, coffee subscription
Pampered by Tea:loose leaf tea, I only found a website and a 1800 number. I couldn’t find any more info
Revolution Bakery: A 100% Gluten Free Bakery and organic. I’m on their email list. I am waiting for something incredible to come my way. You order ahead of time to pick up later.
*Rowley’s Farmhouse Ales: Gift Cards and to go food. I’m not sure they are open for food. I’ll check back. Hard to tell on their website.
*Santa Fe Brewing: Merch and Gift Card which can not be used for online purchases
*Santa Fe Spirits: Gin, Vodka, Whiskey, Hand Sanitizer, and more
*Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen:Vegetarian and Vegan options available Gluten-free baked goods and more.
*Tumbleroot Brewery: Beer, Gift Cards and Hand Sanitizer
Santa Fe Reporter’s List:
getting gift cards from *Atrisco Cafe, *La Choza, *Posa’s, Cafe Castro, the Burrito Spot, *Felipe’s Tacos, the Chang’s Dumpling House, *Pizza Centro, Pizzeria Espiritu, Yin Yang, *Ohori’s Coffee Roasters, *the Santa Fe School of Cooking, Honeymoon Brewery, *The Art of Chocolate/Cacao, and *The Chile Shop.