The Oldest Lunch Counter In New Mexico Will Take You On A Trip Down Memory Lane
Old-fashioned pharmacies and lunch counters are hard to find these days, and they’ve largely become a part of our country’s past. But if you happen to be in Albuquerque, you can enjoy a good old-fashioned lunch counter experience Southwest-style at Duran Central Pharmacy.
Located at 1815 Central Ave. NW, Duran Central Pharmacy has been open since 1942.
The original owner was Pete Duran, a graduate of Notre Dame and the Colorado School of Pharmacy.
The lunch counter, which has a wonderful vintage look, is a frequent stop for locals and tourists alike.
It's open daily, although the hours vary.
But don't expect a fast food experience when you visit. Everything here, including the hand-rolled tortillas, is made in-house.
And you'll find plenty of authentic New Mexican chile on the menu.
The Blue Corn Enchilada Plate is a local favorite.
And if you can't make up your mind, the Duran Combination Plate offers a little bit of everything: one taco, one tamale, one enchilada, red or green chile, and beans.
It's really no wonder Duran's has been featured in culinary and travel publications.
They've earned shout-outs in New Mexico Magazine, Sunset Magazine, and Conde Naste, just to name a few.
Along with a full pharmacy and the award-winning lunch counter, Duran's is also a great place to shop for local gifts.
And if you can't get enough of their chile, you can order some to go in a jar.
If you love eating at this old school lunch counter, you’ll definitely appreciate dining at
New Mexico’s oldest restaurant.
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