Continuing on the Southwest Chief, Chef Madi will arrive at Albuquerque’s Alvarado Transportation Center (ATC). ATC is a multi-modal transit hub that not only serves Amtrak’s nearly 80,000 passengers who travel through the station, but also passengers for the New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter rail line, ABQ RIDE and Greyhound buses.
With a population of about 660,000, Albuquerque has long been known for its traditional New Mexican culinary scene, but recently that has been changing. The city has seen a growth in chefs shining a spotlight on new food trends, innovative flavors and techniques. There has been so much growth in the cuisine that many are starting to recognize that there is so much more to be discovered in Albuquerque beyond the chile pepper.
Just take a look at Summer by Rail sponsor Visit Albuquerque’s Cuisine page, which highlights the booming food industry in the city. And while you’re at it, check out some of these great culinary innovators: Pueblo Harvest at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, CAMPO at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm and the immersive dining experiences offered by Electric Playhouse Studios.
If that’s not enough, celebrity chef Bobby Flay recently named New Mexico as one of the hottest food destinations in America, highlighting Albuquerque as one of the state’s most interesting food cities. And, in 2016, Zagat wrote that Albuquerque is one of the eight best under-the-radar food cities in the Southwest, “as more and more quality restaurants, craft breweries and culinary talent take over the desert town.” Zagat also wrote, “The beer culture in Albuquerque has also taken a wonderful turn, and now the city sports over 20 craft breweries.” Albuquerque’s booming craft beer scene shows no sign of slowing down either, as the city’s metro area is now home to over 50 breweries and taprooms, and continues to climb.