Visiting Highland, or just looking to better appreciate what it has to offer? Get to know this Albuquerque neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a brewery to a coffee joint.
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Highland, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.
Topping the list is Dion's, a spot to score pizza, sandwiches and salads. Located at 4717 Central Ave. NE, it's the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting four stars out of 53 reviews on Yelp.
On the menu, expect to find make-your-own, original and gourmet pizzas. Original pies include The Special (mushrooms, black olives, green chile, red onions, sausage, ground beef, smoked ham and pepperoni) and the Hawaiian (smoked ham and pineapple). Gourmet options feature The Duke City (cheddar cheese, turkey, green chile and Parmesan) and the Tuscany (peso, sun-dried tomatoes, provolone, artichoke hearts, pine nuts and Parmesan). Click here to view the full menu.
2. Frank's Famous Chicken And Waffles
Next up is chicken shop and soul food spot Frank's Famous Chicken and Waffles, serving waffles and more, situated at 400 Washington St. SE. With four stars out of 235 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite.
From the "Famous Plates" section of the menu, don't overlook the six, or 12, wings and two waffles, the Temptations Platter (wings smothered with muddy waters gravy and served with yams, mac 'n' cheese, green and corn bread) or the Kiss My Grits Bowl (grits topped with cheese, eggs, and either bacon, sausage or hot links).
3. High and Dry Brewing
Brewery High and Dry Brewing is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 529 Adams St. NE, 4.5 stars out of 38 reviews.
The small brewery makes small-batch beer and has a menu that is always changing with new flavors. In addition to its own beers, it serves local craft beer, wine and coffee. There are often food trucks on site to pair a bite with your drink.
4. Loyola's Family Restaurant
Loyola's Family Restaurant, a diner and Mexican and breakfast and brunch spot, is another neighborhood go-to, with four stars out of 108 Yelp reviews. Head over to 4500 Central Ave. SE to see for yourself.
At breakfast, look for egg dishes, burritos, biscuits and gravy and French toast, as well as Loyola's Special (three-egg omelet filled with seasoned ground beef, cooked with green pepper & onion and smothered with red or green chile). In the afternoon, the menu converts to a variety of burger options, including a burrito burger (wrapped in a tortilla with lettuce, tomato and onion) and sandwiches like the hot roast beef and tuna melt. To see the whole menu, click here.
5. Blunt Bros Coffee
Check out Blunt Bros. Coffee, which has earned four stars out of 73 reviews on Yelp. You can find the spot to score coffee and tea and more at 4400 Central Ave. SE.
Menu standouts are the The Boss (four shots of espresso and steamed Half-and-Half and sugar), the Magic Mocha (four shots of espresso, steamed milk and Chirardelli dark chocolate) and the Navajo Fog tea (Yanabah Novajo tea, honey and steamed vanilla milk. All drinks are served hot or iced (click here to sample the menu).