Esteban A. “Steve”
AGUILAR & AGUILAR
INJURY – MEDICAL
Los Compadres on Historic Route 66 has become
my favorite restaurant for authentic New Mexican
food (the menudo and posole are dynamite), while El
Pinto is our go-to recommendation for visitors. Even
though we are in the heart of the high desert, Sushi
Xuan has incredible food, which is always fresh.
FAVORITE QUOTE ABOUT ALBUQUERQUE
Bugs Bunny and his infamous wrong turn. He should
have just settled down and enjoyed the weather and
culture, not to mention authentic Hatch green chile.
I like going to Taos and staying at El Monte Sagrado. I
also enjoy Chama or Red River for breathtaking views
of the mountains of northern New Mexico. The southern part of the state has amazing national parks,
from Carlsbad Caverns—where you can watch the
local Mexican free-tailed bats fly out in unison each
evening in summer months—to White Sands, where
you can actually surf the gypsum dunes.
FAVORITE LOCAL BEER
Albuquerque has really made a name for itself as
one of the top craft beer cities in the nation. Favorite
places to go are Bosque Brewing Company (
River-walker IPA is fantastic), the original Marble Brewery
downtown (great IPA and Red Ale, plus great live
music), and Boxing Bear on the west side (Umbers
Cucumbers is a really nice saison).
The Albuquerque attorney tells us
what’s good in the neighborhood
FAVORITE BREAKFAS T SPOT
The Grove Café and Market on Historic Route 66 has
the best English muffins around. Gold Street Caffe in
downtown Albuquerque is always a favorite of mine,
as well as Tia B’s La Waffleria in Nob Hill.
BEST PLACE TO REFLECT
ABQ Biopark is gorgeous. I love going to the lake at
the Sasebo Japanese Garden in the Botanic Garden
during the summer to read.
The best view of the lights made famous by the 1986
Jim Glaser song is at The County Line Barbeque of
Albuquerque on Tramway Blvd. NE. Ask for a table in
the front room—you may wait a little bit longer, but
there are great views.
GO-TO SPORTS VENUE
Isotopes Park is the stadium for our Triple-A baseball
club, named from the team in The Simpsons.
FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP
Michael Thomas Coffee Roasters. Make sure to ask
for a siphon—you won’t be disappointed.
FAVORITE PIZZA JOINT
Dion’s Pizza is a must-try, having been in the Duke
City for nearly 40 years. Be warned, though: Once
you try their homemade ranch dressing you can
never go back.
FAVORITE CIT Y EVENT
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta just
celebrated 45 years. Each year, more than 30,000 visitors
come to enjoy hundreds of hot air balloons take flight.
You can go to the grounds and watch weekend mass
ascensions, or in the evenings you can watch balloon glows
and the always-popular special shapes rodeo.