Quality Inn & Suites
1496 East Santa Fe Avenue
Grants, NM 87020
Phone: (505) 285-4676
Fax: (505) 285-6998
Bars & Cafes
The graceful, yet relaxing, atmosphere of Twister's embraces you as you walk in and gaze upon the massive fireplace. A comfortable lounge is located in the back where you can enjoy the company of good friends over an after dinner drink. This classic grill offers a wide range of menu options including burgers, sandwiches, Italian and New Mexican specials, steaks and more American favorites. The local favorite is the Twister Burrito, which comes in four sizes. Bring your appetite.
One of Albuquerque's favorite craft breweries, Marble Brewery, opened its doors in 2008, serving the downtown neighborhood of the city. A few years later, in 2012, this tap room was established, along the north west fringes of the city. It didn't take long for Marble Brewery Westside Tap Room to earn the same popularity as its parent branch. It's not just the name, but the delicious beers that speaks for this place. This Westside Tap Room offers more than ten home brewed beers on tap. You can enjoy these while seated at the bar, or at the patio, offering beautiful views of the desert landscape. A marble brew is ideal to beat Albuquerque's heat.
Located just West of the Rio Grande on famous Route 66, this popular steak house and liquor store has been serving up favorites since 1970. The salads are simple and served with soda crackers and big, puffy, Texas Toast. The grilled New York Strip is served with all the fixings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Shrimp and Salmon is offered as well as an outstanding, juicy, Green-chili burger. A complete bar with a big TV screen for sports viewing is available.
After a fun filled day of shopping and sightseeing, sit back and relax at Zia Lounge. It is located inside Rio Grande Inn and is a cool place to taste homemade margaritas and other amazing cocktails. Enjoy traditional music and the best in authentic Mexican cuisine. Zia is also a local favorite and is well known for polite service. Local artist David Schuman has made this place a visual treat. So come with a bunch of your friends and shoot the breeze!
St. Clair Winery and Bistro offers a variety of experiences to choose from: an affordable lunch or dinner, a beautiful outdoor patio packed with flowering plants and an indoor bar area for drinks, a special events room, and a tasting room. Whichever the occasion, you will be served St. Clair's wines from their own New Mexico vineyard, which is located in the Mimbres Valley in the southwestern corner of the state and has been run by the same family for six generations. St. Clair also offers a novel gift idea: buy a bottle of wine and they will hand paint a design onto it appropriate to the occasion.
Stop in this lively, new cantina located in a quaint shopping plaza near historic Old Town. Many locals meet here for happy hour featuring a great selection of Mexican and other imported beers plus tasty margaritas. You will not be sorry if you order the Beef Fajitas. The menu offers mouthwatering items such as Butterfly Shrimp. Roving Mariachis serenade guests inside and out on the patio during Friday night happy hour. The kitchen closes for the day at 9p.
Crave Ice Cream & Coffee is a centrally located place to stop in for a break from your Old Town plaza shopping. Indeed it is so convenient that you can loiter on its front steps to watch the activities taking place on the plaza, such as music on the bandstand on summer evenings. Crave doesn't have the most extensive ice cream selection you'll ever see, nor does it offer toppings, but it certainly offers convenience of locale. There are also sundaes, smoothies, malts, shakes, floats, espresso drinks, flavored syrups, iced drinks, sorbet, frozen yogurt, fountain drinks, muffins and cookies rounding out the menu. -Pip Lustgarten
Church Street Cafe was built in 1706, making it the oldest house in Albuquerque and one of the oldest in the country. The parlors and bedrooms that sheltered the Ruiz family for nearly three centuries are now dining rooms where modern-day guests enjoy the finest in New Mexican cuisine. There is something here to please everyone, from red and green chilly to hamburgers, breakfast standards and hearty sandwiches.
The Roasted Bean Cafe serves smoothies, milkshakes, and hot and iced espresso drinks, as well as breakfasts, burgers, salads, soups, sandwiches, dinner plates and desserts. Try the value menu, which offers half sandwiches, chili, hot dogs and the like for an extraordinarily reasonable price. The cafe features comfy chairs and free Wifi. Live music is offered periodically; this includes an open mic night that, rather unusually, mostly features opera performers. Additional Roasted Bean locations can be found in the eastern part of the city at 1501 San Pedro Drive Northeast, 3120 San Mateo Boulevard Northeast, and 414 Aberdeen Way Southeast. -Pip Lustgarten
Find your way to this little spot in Old Town and you will not be sorry. The atmosphere is cozy and friendly. A nice selection of meat and cheese is available, or you can enjoy a platter of fresh fruit and vegetables. The soft and hard crust bread is baked everyday from scratch along with the mouthwatering cakes, cookies, pies and pastries. Coffee, tea and a selection of soft drinks are available for take-out or you can retreat to a quiet, comfortable corner in the bakery/café to enjoy your refreshment.
This place is well worth the drive to Rio Rancho. Choose from 18 different Calzones, cooked to perfection. You will be delighted with the pizzas that are flavor-packed with a thin, delicate crust. The salads are gargantuan and fresh. Desserts are rich and substantial with treats like a warm Double Brownie. The brew-master micro-brews a half-dozen types of beer, including a snappy Rootbeer and a sparkling Cream Soda. Buy a 64 oz. Jug or bring in your own jug and refill it with your favorite soda at this “kid friendly,” informal pub.
Fat Squirrel Pub & Grille offers an upscale pub atmosphere serving traditional pub food, like Scotch eggs, shepherd's pie, fish & chips, sandwiches, steaks, and some of the best burgers in Rio Rancho. As you'd expect from a brewpub, Fat Squirrel pours over two dozen draft beers and serves dozens of other bottled craft, domestic, and imported beers. For non-beer drinkers, the pub has a fairly extensive menu of wines as well. The interior is dark and cozy with beautiful red brick walls and dark hardwood furnishings. - Lydia Schrandt