Duran Central Pharmacy Duran Central Pharmacy

Duran Central Pharmacy

1815 Central NW
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Cuisine: Mexican / Breakfast
A historic Route 66 drugstore soda fountain with good red chile and buttered tortillas.
Openings: Open Mon.-Tues. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Wed.-Sun. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.


Duran Central Pharmacy, Albuquerque, NM

Duran Central Pharmacy Restaurant Review:

In a town famed for its chile, the oft-thronged lunch counter in the back of Duran Central Pharmacy serves up some of the best --- red or green. Thin and pure of flavor, it’s the ideal match for thick, griddled homemade tortillas dripping with butter, which, in turn, make great packaging for the chile cheeseburgers. Although New Mexico soul food doesn't get much better than that, old-timers will opt now and then for the pork tamales or cheese enchiladas topped with a fried egg, followed by a slice of pie if they’re feeling especially frisky. Meanwhile, if frills aren’t a priority here, don’t let anyone tell you the place lacks atmosphere: Duran looks every inch the full-service, independent drugstore it’s been operating as since 1942. That it happens to carry one of the best selections of perfumes in town is just gravy --- especially when your pores are oozing capsaicin. It's just too bad there’s no booze to ease the slow burn.

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