Church Street Café
Love a quiet patio breakfast? For some of us the feeling of privacy in the corner table, with the enticing odor of fresh bread and coffee, just sets the day. Or maybe you prefer to meander into your special place around brunch.
Church St. Café in Albuquerque’s Old Town offers that serene dining experience all day long. It sets behind the San Felipe de Neri church on a small street, Church Street, that runs between the main one-way streets, Romero St. NW and San Felipe St. NW. Breakfasts are the New Mexican versions of traditional breakfasts, steak, and eggs, omelets, also Huevos Rancheros, Breakfast Burritos are only a few dishes on their menu. After that consider the New Mexican dishes, Fajitas, even a vegetarian version, Costillas Rojo, Carne Adovado, and other delicious favorites. Don’t forget Postres and their drink menu.
As you enter the restaurant on Church St., behind the huge cactus, there is an outdoor patio. You will find yourself in a small bakery, and then a long, not well-lit dining room. Behind the first dining room is a larger room with a high ceiling and comparatively very well-lit. Then, behind this room, you will enter another outdoor patio. This patio is larger, has more tables, secluded corners, and a trickling fountain.
Wherever you feel most at ease, the restaurant opens at 8 a.m. and if you are going for breakfast you can easily find parking on those main streets and then can walk to Church Street. For lunch or dinner, you might need to find paid parking nearby since curbside parking on the streets fills quickly.
This historic house, known as Casa de Ruiz, dates to the early eighteenth century, the founding of Albuquerque. You can read a little of its history on the menu, but it has changed ownership from the original family, as you might imagine, and the current owner knows little about its exact history. Nevertheless, it is a historic spot in the state, and maybe you are just the researcher to uncover its past secrets.
ADDRESS: 2111 Church St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
HOURS: Daily 8 A.M. to 9 P.M.; Sunday from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.
RESERVATIONS: (505) 247-8522
PHOTO TIP: Use a fill-flash on the patio. However, the shadows are nice too, and it isn’t impossibly dark. In the large dining room, the light is more even, with a high ceiling, but you are still indoors. Consider the time-of-day. The main dining room, long and dark, will either require fill-flash or very long exposure. You’re the artist. 😊