For baseball fans in New Mexico, fans of the Colorado Rockies who like to travel and see what the future could have in store in the majors, going to Albuquerque Isotopes games at Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park is something that they enjoy doing all summer long.
In 2021, the Isotopes had the 12th-highest average attendance and 11th-highest overall attendance of all 120 minor league teams. Before the pandemic in 2019, the Isotopes were 10th in both overall and average attendance in the minors.
But if you’re visiting the area or the stadium for the first time, here are some restaurants and bars near the ballpark that you should check out.
Frontier Restaurant (2400 Central Ave SE, 1.3 miles from Isotopes Park)
Frontier Restaurant has been a mainstay in Albuquerque for more than half a century.
The restaurant opened in 1971 and is a counter-serve restaurant offering authentic New Mexican-style food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They open at 5 AM and close at midnight every day of the week.
For breakfast, they are known for their large cinnamon rolls (aka the “Frontier Sweet Roll”) and their breakfast burrito.
For lunch and dinner, they are known for their Frontier Burrito (beef, beans & green chile inside, green chile stew & cheese on top, w/rice and flour tortilla) and their burgers (their Green Chile Cheeseburger, in particular).
It is also known to be a place that is easy on your wallet. Of the dozens of items on their menu, only four of them are even more than $10, as of this publication.
For takeout, they have bulk orders of some of their specialties for sale as well.
They’ve also been featured on a few different TV shows, such as The Travel Channel’s Man v. Food Nation.
Cecilia’s Cafe (230 6th St SW, 2.3 miles from Isotopes Park)
Cecilia’s Cafe is a breakfast and lunch spot that is only open on weekdays from 7 AM to 1:30 PM. They serve authentic New Mexican style food with the two New Mexican classics (red and/or green chile) accompanying most of their dishes.
For breakfast, the Firemen’s Burrito is a favorite as it has carne adovada (pork shoulder cooked with red chile), eggs, hash browns, chicharrones, bacon, sausage, and beans. It is served with red or green chile.
For lunch, their stuffed sopaipillas are recommended. Sopaipillas are a fry bread that are stuffed with either beans or beef (for their Sopaipilla Burger) and topped with cheese, lettuce, and either red or green chile.
They have been featured on TV shows such as Food Network’s Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives.
Slow Roasted Bocadillos (200 Lomas Blvd NW, 2.6 miles away from Isotopes Park)
Slow Roasted Bocadillos is less than three miles away from Isotopes Park but it is a bit hard to find if you’re just looking for a sign with it out on the road. That’s because it’s inside of the Wells Fargo Building. They are open weekdays from 7 AM through 2 PM.
For breakfast, their Biscuits & Gravy is one of their specialties. Their biscuits are made from scratch in-house and served with pork and (of course) a green chile-infused gravy.
For lunch, the Duke City Reuben and the T&A Sandwich are two fan favorites. The Duke City Reuben has roasted spiced corned beef with homemade red sauerkraut, cheese, and homemade Thousand Island dressing. The T&A Sandwich has turkey, avocado, homemade green chile apple chutney & muenster cheese on a whole wheat roll.
They’ve been featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives and their head chef has also been on Chopped and Guy’s Grocery Games.
Differential Brewing Co. (500 Yale Blvd SE, 0.9 miles away from Isotopes Park)
Differential Brewing Co. is less than a mile away from Isotopes Park and they brew a variety of their own beers.
They have a taproom that features about a dozen of their own beers and about half a dozen beers from other places as well. Differential also has a number of specialty cocktails and wine for those that aren’t fans of beer.
If you don’t want alcohol but still want to visit, they have a variety of different non-alcoholic beverages including tea (hot and chai), coffee, espresso, kombucha, sparkling pink grapefruit juice, ginger beer (beer with no alcohol), and over two dozen different flavors of Italian soda.