One of my favorite places in Albuquerque is Old Town. It’s a plaza of old adobe buildings, restaurants, shops, a gazebo, and a church that was built in 1793.
The thing I love about New Mexico is that they put local flavors in everything. Q Chocolate in Old Town makes piñon bark, green chile truffles, and spicy cayenne hot chocolate — fresh, original treats you really can’t get anywhere else.
Look at those truffles. Those beauties are the work of a man who has been making chocolate for over 14 years. Yeah, I asked him. I’m a chocolate nerd.
One of Old Town’s stars is the Church St. Cafe. It’s right behind the San Felipe de Neri church, and it’s a hot spot that serves all things New Mexican. I ordered up Chile Rellenos, and they were even better than they look.
Old Town has history, beautiful architecture, an authentic New Mexican style, and, of course, some pretty dang good food. It’s an Albuquerque treasure.
Q Chocolate is located at 111 Romero Street NW in Albuquerque.
Church St. Cafe is located at 2111 Church St. NW in Albuquerque.