Reader's Choice: Best New Mexican Restaurant in Albuquerque

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[May 2020] Papa Felipe’s was featured in a marketing blog for its online customer communications during Covid-19. The article, by Zenbox Marketing (Santa Fe), explained how keeping in touch with customers during the pandemic was vital. Papa Felipe’s was one of the New Mexico business who “got it right” with their homepage information pop-up and outreach across multiple social media channels.

Best New Mexican Restaurant in Albuquerque, 2019 Readers Choice Award -

[Updated 2023] Thanks to votes from Albuquerque Journal readers, Papa Felipe’s Mexican Restaurant took top honors in the Readers’ Choice Award, winning Best New Mexican Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Today, Papa Felipe’s still carries on the tradition of serving authentic regional cuisine, wowing locals and visitors alike.

Albuquerque, can you handle the heat? If so then we have got two words for you: chips and salsa. They are a part of almost any New Mexican meal. We gobble them down, almost taking them for granted. But, you know that feeling when the tortilla chips are hot and fresh, and the salsa has just the right balance of heat and flavor? Yeah! It’s good! And, according to YOU, Papa Felipe’s has some of the best chips and salsa in Albuquerque!

best chips and salsa near me, AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque voters choose our chips and salsa as one of their Top Five favorites in the 2018 Best of the City Awards, and they are just as fresh and tasty today! Our crispy chips can stand alone, but paired with our salsa, this time-honored New Mexican snack shines. This classic combo is great for enjoying during parties or watching the big game.

[Aug. 2018] Thanks to votes from Albuquerque Journal readers, Papa Felipe’s Mexican Restaurant earned a Readers’ Choice Award for Best New Mexican Restaurant.

We have Some of the Best Guacamole in Albuquerque

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[Dec. 2017] For the fourth year in a row, Papa Felipe’s has earned a Best of the City award from Albuquerque voters. This year, our guacamole took the honor — Best Guacamole -Top Five.

Of course, we make our guacamole, fresh, in-house, using real avocados. Creamy avocados gently mixed with tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, lemon juice, salt and a hint of garlic. For our Guacamole Salad, the guacamole is served atop crisp iceberg lettuce and topped with more diced tomatoes and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese with warm tostadas (tortilla chips).


Our guacamole accompanies many of your favorite dishes, like our fajitas and chimichangas. Plus, for a real treat just order the Guacamole Salad — available as an appetizer on our lunch and dinner menus.

  • In 2014, Papa Felipe’s won a Best Hidden Gem, Top Five award.

To see more of Papa Felipe’s accolades and honors be sure to see our Reviews page.