Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
2201 Silver Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
5939 4th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
Vegetarian/Indian. Annapurna's World Vegetarian Café & Chai House serves Ayurvedic Indian cuisine along with specialty beverages. Vegan items include Cardamom Pancakes, Tofu Scramble, Lebanese Wrap, South Indian Sampler, and Shepherd's Pie. Annapurna's also has their own full service bakery specializing in wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free desserts. Classes are offered in their School of Ayurvedic Cooking next door to their Albuquerque restaurant on Silver Avenue. Each location offers their own specials which are updated daily on their website. Annapurna's on Silver Avenue is near the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Annapurna's on 4th Street is in the old Dion's building in the North Valley.
142 Harvard Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Mexican. Located near the University of New Mexico, this restaurant has vegetarian green and red chili and usually offers a daily veggie special. Try a vegetarian burrito with fresh avocados, tomatoes, and vegetarian beans.
2114 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Vegetarian/Chinese. Fei's Health Café is a small eatery offering tasty food at inexpensive prices. Their all-vegetarian menu includes many mock meats along with boba teas.
6910 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Indian. Soups, appetizers, and 11 vegetarian entrées are on the India Kitchen menu. Everything is prepared fresh to order daily.
4410 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111
Indian. Highly recommended by both "Fodor's" and "The New York Times," India Palace offers deliciously prepared vegetable dishes made with only the finest spices and sauces. They also have a lunch buffet.
3500 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Health foods store deli. La Montanita's deli features a wide variety of hot soups, healthy salads, entrées, and sandwiches.
3409 Central Ave., SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Vegan/Asian Fusion. Loving Vegan offers an all-vegan menu of Asian Fusion cusine and sushi. Enjoy the Vegan Spareribs Bowl, Spicy Udon Pan Fried Noodles, or Vegan Teriyaki Chicken Noodle Soup. Make sure to try one of their Bento Boxes for good food on-the-go. Loving Vegan is located in Nob Hill.
2110 Central Ave., SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Vegan/café/juice bar/organic. Mint Tulip Vegan Café, located in downtown Albuquerque, has a bright and cheery atmosphere, and their blog features several delicious photos of their food. They are known for both their vegan cereal bar and their vegan soft-serve ice cream, but they offer many other options as well. Baked goods include a lemon 'cheesecake' and chocolate peanut butter bars. They also offer entrées such as a vegan club with avocado and a vegan green chile grilled 'cheese' sandwich. Mint Tulip is located near the University of New Mexico.
5500 San Mateo Blvd. NE #101, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Thai. Siam Café offers a separate vegan menu with specialty appetizers, soups, salads, and curry dishes. Try tofu and vegetables sautéed with vegetables in green curry or hot and sour mushroom soup with lemon grass, onion, galanga, tomato, and lime leaves.
1605 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112
Chinese. Ten vegetable and tofu entrées, such as Broccoli with Hot Garlic Sauce and Sizzling Bean Curd, are included on the menu. Appetizers, soup, and daily vegetarian specials are also offered.
5505 Osuna Rd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
3804 Central Ave., SE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Vegan/Thai. Thai Vegan offers an extensive all-vegan menu. Enjoy Chef's Specials such as Mushroom Steak, Soy Shrimp Spinach Noodle, or Lentil Loaf. Prices are fair and their lunch and dinner combinations are especially good values. Thai Vegan on Osuna is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
5815 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
2103 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Natural foods store/café/juice bar. Enjoy daily hot vegetarian entrées, such as Tofu Fried Rice, Veggie Tamales, Tofu Foo Young, Roasted Rosemary Tempeh, Tofu Stroganoff, and more. Cold salads include mustard tempeh, veggie burgers, barbecue tempeh, and more. Also enjoy their juice bar, salad and soup bar, and pizza bar.
1620 Saint Michaels Dr., Santa Fe, NM 87505
Vegetarian/Indian. Annapurna's is located in the St. Michaels Village West Shopping Center. See description under Albuquerque, NM.
2621 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87505
Mexican. Enjoy fast and fresh Mexican food with no preservatives or additives at Baja Tacos. There's a vegetarian menu available which includes tofu burritos.
133 Water St., Santa Fe, NM 97501
Mexican. Blue Corn's vegetarian options include tamales, fajitas, and veggie-fajita burritos.
333 Cordova Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87505
Natural foods. The Body Café is contained within the Body Center, which also has a spa, yoga studio, boutique, and child care center. Although the menu includes chicken and fish, they have quite a few meals which are vegetarian and vegan, including the body burrito with tofu, avocado or hummus pannini, and pad Thai. They have many raw dishes - like lasagna and pizza - and also serve organic beer, wine, and sake. Live music and other performances are held in the yoga studio weekly.
121 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Natural foods/organic. A Santa Fe classic, Café Pasqual's is known for its breakfasts and delicious Southwestern fare. They pay particular attention to quality and authenticity. The menu is based on simple ingredients, such as red and green chiles, pinto beans, garlic, onions, blue and yellow cornmeal, and white cheese. There is a decent selection for vegetarians, and specials are offered. Café Pasqual's is closed between lunch/brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Dinner reservations are recommended.
2501 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87505
Indian. Try some of India House's vegetable samosas, pakoras, or any of its other vegetable dishes. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
1203 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87501
Mexican. Known for its breakfasts, Tecolote features fresh baked goods and original atole-pinon hot cakes made with blue cornmeal and roasted pine nuts. The café offers various Mexican classics with a New Mexican twist on its lunch menu. Beans and chili sauces are made with pure soy oil and no lard. The work of local artists is displayed on the walls.
1710 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87501
Vegan/Thai. See description under Albuquerque, NM.
1090 S. Saint Francis Dr., Santa Fe, NM 87505
753 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87505
Natural foods store/deli. See description under Albuquerque, NM.
112 Dona Luz St., Taos, NM 87571
Vegetarian/Middle Eastern. El Gamal is a small vegetarian eatery serving Middle Eastern cuisine. Enjoy Baba Ghanouj, Tabbouleh, Falafel, Hummus, and Dolma. The Sampler Platter is very popular and allows you to try several different foods. Service is good, prices are low, and portions are large. Each table has a lovely little vase of flowers on it. El Gamal is located behind Taos Plaza. Outdoor seating is available. Cash only.
105B Quesnel St., Taos, NM 87571
Vegetarian/raw foods/organic. Raw To Go is a completely vegetarian and mostly vegan eatery. This raw foods restaurant features entré;es like Curry Lemon Spice-Filled Bells, Raw Burgers, and Quinoa Tabbouleh. Enjoy a dessert such as Coconut Cashew Cheesecake. Outdoor seating is available. Cash only.
303 Jones St., Truth or Consequences, NM 87901
Italian. Café BellaLuca is located in historic downtown Truth or Consequences. Vegetarian items include Eggplant Parmesan, Cannelloni Beans & Greens, and Pomodoro Linguine; these dishes can be made vegan upon request. Café BellaLuca uses local and organic ingredients as much as possible and is happy to accommodate special diets such as lactose-intolerant, gluten-free, and wheat-free. The restaurant is closed between lunch/brunch and dinner so please call ahead for hours.