5 Eateries Perfect for Your Lunch Break


  1. Fork and Fig

Locally owned and operated, Fork and Fig is a modern eatery nestled on the southeastern corner of Menaul and Louisiana. Fork and Fig specializes in sammy’s, Paninis, and wraps, and emphasizes its fresh, local ingredients. So, what’s on the menu? Sammy’s range from their “NM Ruben” which includes pastrami, shredded pork, green chile slaw, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing all between marbled rye to their Crobster which combines butter poached lobster and crab, arugula, butter dill aioli, and bacon trapped between ciabatta. If sammy’s aren’t your thing, have no fear because burg’s, wraps, and greens are here! Choose their infamous chopped salad or their mushroom veg burg. All sammy’s, burg’s, and wraps include a delicious side.

Fork and Fig is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday. The venue is cozy, yet modern and provides a table for two or a community table if you don’t mind meeting someone new. Head to Fork and Fig for lunch if you are looking for a local eatery that serves up some of the best sammy’s in town!


  1. O Ramen

In the mood for something different? Head to O Ramen and Curry House! O Ramen serves up delicious Asian Soul food and has a huge menu sure to satisfy your palate. Located off Central, just east of Buena Vista, O Ramen is locally owned and serves up satisfying ramen Monday through Saturday, lunch and dinner.

O Ramen makes their broth in-house. Customers can choose their desired spiciness level, which is important for us New Mexicans since we like our heat! Add some chicken, maybe a hard-boiled egg, or opt for Chashu pork and you’re set. Menu favorites include chicken ramen, spicy, miso ramen, and Takoyaki balls. Vegetarian options are available!

Finish your meal off with green tea ice cream, topped with crushed oreo and fresh mint. The sweet treat looks like a little potted plant, but definitely doesn’t taste like one.  Have leftover broth? Order more noodles and save it for later.


  1. Cheese and Coffee

Love Your Lunch! Cheese and Coffee started off as a small shop selling bulk cheeses and coffee. In 2001, they started making sandwiches and soon found people were lining up outside for their sandwich masterpieces. Cheese and Coffee boasts a sandwich menu anyone would crave.  Customers can choose to build their own deli sandwich or select a special sandwich from one of their twenty-two sandwich menu options.   If sandwiches aren’t really your thing, maybe one of their nine salads will do it for you. Cheese and coffee offers produce and bread made right here in the Land of Enchantment. And, in case you haven’t heard the word “sandwich” enough times in this write-up, let’s take a look at some menu items.

Cheese and Coffee’s “Big Apple” comes with corned beef, pastrami, Swiss, thousand island, Dijon, red onion, lettuce and tomato on rye. Next up, we have the “Sweet ‘n Spicy” which features rotisserie chicken, bacon, pepper jack, lettuce, tomato, homemade sweet n’ spicy chili sauce all grilled atop a pretzel bun. Lastly, if your appetite is lacking (who are you?), go for the “Fruit & Cheese” which consists of fruit salad, wedge of brie, sliced cheeses, and a croissant. There is something for everyone at Cheese and Coffee. With two locations and quick service, you’re in for a great lunch. Don’t forget to ask about their cake of the day!


  1. Grandma Warner’s K & I Diner

Home of the Original Travis Mexican Special, K & I Diner was started by Grandma Warner and has been a staple in our community for over fifty years. K & I offers a variety of breakfast plates, sandwiches, and Mexican favorites all at affordable prices.  Located off Broadway, south of Gibson, K & I is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch and gives customers a true diner experience.

Let’s talk food! Sandwich specialties include the Sheila Club which consists of roast beef, ham, chopped green chile, and cheese on your choice of bread.  Mexican plates include Bert’s Mess – a pile of hot, crisp French fries topped with chunks of ham, bacon and sausage, then smothered with your choice of red or green and lastly, topped with two eggs. Perhaps the most infamous and featured on “Man vs. Food”, the Travis Mexican special features green chile enchiladas covered in French fries. If you finish the entire plate in under an hour – it’s on the house.

Stop by for breakfast and lunch! Service is friendly and quick, and you’ll be sure to leave with a full stomach. And, if they’re closed, just shove your money under the door.


  1. Tully’s Italian Deli

Voted Best Deli in Albuquerque the Magazine’s “Best of the City 2016”, Tully’s Italian Deli is sure to satisfy your hunger with one of their delicious subs. Tully’s has been serving up Italian specialties since 1970 and offers a variety of subs. Perhaps their most popular sub is “The Al Capone” – a sub you can’t refuse! This sub specialty includes Capacollo ham, Genoa salami, provolone, lettuce, tomato, and Italian dressing n a whole sub roll. Another option (and there are many) is Tully’s “Bella Mozzarella” – a real beauty. This half sub includes fresh mozzarella, olive tapenade, artichoke hearts, diced tomatoes, and extra virgin olive oil on a homemade 6” roll. Lastly, order “The Carmela” which features grilled chicken breast, fresh garlic, fried onions and peppers, extra virgin olive oil, and mozzarella – served hot!

It’s Facebook official – Tully’s manages a perfect five star average on their Facebook page.  Pick up a sub to-go, or stick around and enjoy the aroma of their homemade breads and sauces. Stop by their location on San Mateo, just south of Constitution. Don’t “Fa-getta-bout” their famous cannoli’s!