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Your guide to the 5 most popular spots in Albuquerque's Highland neighborhood

Your guide to the 5 most popular spots in Albuquerque's Highland neighborhood
Duke City Kitchen. | Photo: Heide P./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on October 22, 2019.

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 body piercing shop to a breakfast and brunch spot.

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.

1. Evolution Body Piercing

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Topping the list is Evolution Body Piercing. Located at 4517 Central Ave. NE, it's the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting five stars out of 111 reviews on Yelp.

The business's Yelp page states, "Evolution opened in April of 1999 as Albuquerque's only studio dedicated solely to the art of piercing. We continue to set ourselves apart by offering the highest quality jewelry, safe and accurate procedures and guidance through the experience."

2. Dia de los Takos

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Next up is food truck Dia de los Takos, situated at 5110 Copper Ave. NE at  Albuquerque Indoor Karting. With five stars out of 93 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite.

Taco varieties include beer-battered fish, confit pork carnitas, beef brisket, Vietnamese sticky chicken, soy-braised pork belly and maple-glazed fried chicken breast.

3. Lantern Hair & Nails Beauty Salon

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Lantern Hair & Nails Beauty Salon is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 333 San Mateo Blvd. SE, Suite B, 4.5 stars out of 194 reviews.

The salon offers manicures, pedicures and waxing services.

4. Frank's Famous Chicken and Waffles

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Frank's Famous Chicken and Waffles is another neighborhood go-to, with four stars out of 259 Yelp reviews. Head over to 400 Washington St. SE to see for yourself.

The Southern-style soul food restaurant features its signature dish, chicken and waffles, as well as grits, fried okra, coleslaw and fried pickles.

5. Duke City Kitchen

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And then there's Duke City Kitchen, a local favorite with 4.5 stars out of 31 reviews. Stop by 5016 Lomas Blvd. to hit up the restaurant next time you're in the neighborhood.

In addition to burgers and sandwiches, the restaurant offers all-day breakfast, featuring eggs with biscuits, bacon and sausage gravy, omelets, burritos and pancakes. 


This story was created automatically using local business data, then reviewed and augmented by an editor. Click here for more about what we're doing. Got thoughts? Go here to share your feedback.