ABQ Vegan Chef Challenge: July 1 & 2

Rush of Prana

Acai Bowl. My OBSESSION with acai bowls is well documented. They do a build your own. Not sure if they had a special for this month, but I don’t care it is Aloha Friday Acai Bowl Time! Only slight downside is that they don’t do peanut butter. I get it, but next time, I need to remember to BYOPB. Oh, and I totally tried to make friends with the awesome human who took my order.

Acai Bowl from Rush of Prana — Photo by Jennifer Keene

Blue Door Patisserie

Vegan Cinnamon Pecan Crumble Coffee Cake. This reminds me SO MUCH of a favorite (non-vegan) childhood treat, the Cinnamon Swirl from Harry & David. They look totally different but the flavor and crunch texture totally hit the spot.

Inside the Coffee Cake — Photo by Jennifer Keene

Sawmill Market

Also, shout out to Sawmill Market for being RAD. Hanging out on your patio made working on a Friday afternoon before a long weekend actually enjoyable. Thanks for the Wifi. Don’t tell my boss.

Cinnamon Pecan Crumble Coffee Cake from Blue Door Patisserie — Photo by Jennifer Keene

El Káahal Nuestro

Vegan Chicken Taquitos. WOWZA. This place was not even remotely on my radar, so I totally owe it to the Vegan Chef Challenge and the ABQ Vegan for making this connection for me. We are staying Los Ranchos, so driving up to Corrales to Casa Vieja Brewery sounded like a lovely Friday evening, since we’d never been to either.

Vegan Chicken Taquitos from El Káahal Nuestro — Photo by Jennifer Keene
Flight of Beers — Photo by Jennifer Keene

Hummus King & Lady Falafel

I first visited the Downtown ABQ Growers Market when we were here on our first visit to NM for an epic round-the-state roadtrip. I fell in love with it then, and it is still one of my favorites, even after traveling all across the US for the last two years.

Falafel and Hummus Platter — Photo by Jennifer Keene

Mata G Vegetarian Kitchen

Have you ever used toast as sandwich ingredient? Don’t deny until you try…Having soft bread on the outside protects the roof of your mouth from getting torn up by toast, and then you still get the crunch and warm flavors from the piece of toast on the inside. And for the record, you can make a toast sandwich with nothing more than 3 pieces of bread, a way to toast, and your favorite spread.

Toast and Tofu Salad Sandwich — Photo by Jennifer Keene

B2B Garden Brewery

This brewery is fairly new to Albuquerque and although they are not officially on the AQB Vegan Chef Challenge, I am including them as a bonus, because they have some great vegan options. We stumbled across them while looking for a place with a patio where we could take a break from house hunting, relax, have a beer and get a bite to eat.

Beer and Cider Flight at B2B Garden Brewery
Chips and Dips from B2B Garden Brewery — Photo by Jennifer Keene
Tres Tacos at B2B Garden Brewing — Photo by Jennifer Keene

Vegan Chef Challenge:

  • Lucky Goose ✅ (Went 2x right before July, I’m counting it)
  • RubyReds Vegan
  • Vegos
  • Tia Mom’s Cocina
  • VeganVato
  • Rush Of Prana ✅ (Acai Bowl)
  • El Veganito
  • CZV
  • Annapurna’s
  • The Acre
  • Mata G ✅ (Grab & go on 7/1 before they posted their specials)
  • Trail Rider Pizza ✅ (Went right before the challenge)
  • Holmes Pizza & Arcade ✅ (Went right before the challenge)
  • M’tucci’s Bar Roma
  • Leona Banh Mi
  • El Cotorro
  • ClownDog Hotdogs Parlor
  • Kickstand Cafe
  • Hollow Spirits Distillery
  • Burrito Baby
  • El Mariachi Authentic Mexican
  • Soo Bak Seoul Bowl
  • Hummus King & Lady Falafel ✅ (Hummus, Falafel, and Babaganouj plate)
  • Blue Door Patisserie ✅ (Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake)
  • El Káahal Nuestro ✅ (Chicken Taquitos)
  • DDs Babycakes
  • ABQ Coffee
  • Zia Bros Pizza
  • Tokyo Bankok
  • La Posada Dining Hall at UNM

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Jennifer Keene

Jennifer Keene

I write short fun pieces that people actually have time to read. Topics Include: Algorand, Crypto, Travel, Fiction. I am a childfree, vegan, digital nomad.