Kaktus Brewery boasts the only brewery in Bernalillo producing craft micro-beer. The place is decorated in a 1960s and 1970s funky style, offering also a cozy backyard terrace, where you can enjoy American food with a few influences from German cuisine. They serve homemade pizzas, bratwursts with sauerkraut, pretzels and pies. Besides the great food, the biggest attraction here are their craft beers, ranging from lager and imperial stout to amber ale and German pilsner.
Kaktus Brewing Company, 471 South Hill Rd, Bernalillo, NM, USA. +1 505 379 5072.
Located on the city’s main road, Abuelita’s Kitchen has been serving up some of the best Mexican food in the area for years. Their interior has been recently modernized, now featuring a bright eating area with traditional artwork and tapestry hanging on the walls. Their menu features all the traditional Mexican dishes paired with hot green and red chili. Don’t miss out trying dishes like the Chicharone burrito, the tacopilla, enchiladas or chile rellenos.
Twisters serves New Mexican fare in a cozy place, suitable for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They have several locations throughout the state. One of the most popular items on the menu is the breakfast burrito, which comes in a variety of selections from the most basic to the one with bell peppers, potatoes or sausage. Other items on their menu include huevos rancheros, enchiladas and tacos, but also the all-American favorite burgers or chicken sandwiches. In Bernalillo they are located right in the center, on the main road crossing the town.
Twisters Grill, 130 E Hwy 550, Bernalillo, NM, USA. +1 505 867 9110
Located within the premises of the Santa Ana Star Casino, Mesa Grille specializes in burgers, often with monthly special creations. It’s a small, cozy place where locals and casino goers stop for a delicious bite. Their classic burgers are made with angus beef and they also offer a veggie burger option. Other local specialties on their menu include frito pie, beef taquitos or the green chile chicken stew. Mesa Grille is also known for their fresh pastries, from fruit danishes to cannolis, and their hand-blended milkshakes.
A local burger famed place, with over 60 years of history, Blake’s first opened as a burger stand, quickly expanding soon after. They specialize in blending the all-American classic burger with the New Mexican staple flavor, the green chile, creating the green chile cheeseburger. For breakfast they serve the New Mexico classic choice, burritos, in a variety of flavors from bacon to green chile and carne adovada. The jalapeño is another ingredient they like to add on some of their plates for a hotter culinary experience.
Blake’s Lotaburger, 297 W Highway 44, Bernalillo, NM, USA. +1 505 867 2658
Sadie’s has been in business for over 50 years, serving New Mexican traditional food prepared after family recipes. The house specialty are the enchiladas, a must-try, but their menu also features stuffed sopapilla, burritos or the chile bowl. Any dish you’ll order is coated with their hot salsas and chiles, which you can also buy at their shop next door. As for the drinks menu, they offer eight margarita varieties, from the ‘Santa Fe’ to the ‘midori’ flavors, local beer brews and a large selection of tequila options.
Sadie’s at the Star, 54 Jemez Canyon Dam Road, Bernalillo, NM, USA. +1 505 771 7140