Travel Tips for AIC’s 40th Annual Meeting

With the 40th annual AIC Meeting only a few weeks away, ECPN wants to remind you to visit the Annual Meeting’s Plan Your Visit feature of AIC’s website for useful information about accommodations, restaurants, transportation, and sites to see. We also want to share some travel tips that we hope will be useful. As you prepare for your trip, if you discover any additional tips, we encourage you to share them by commenting below. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Traveling from ABQ airport to the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque and other points downtown

According to google maps, ABQ airport is located approximately 5 miles from the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. A variety of ground transportation options can be found on the Albuquerque Official City Website. Some of the options you may find yourself exploring are the Sunport Shuttle, taxis, and the bus:

The Sunport Shuttle travels between the airport and area hotels, residences, etc. and offers individual and group prices. For example, a one-way fare to the Hyatt Regency downtown is $11 for the first person, $5 for each additional person in your party traveling on the same shuttle van. A round-trip is discounted to $20 for the first person, $10 for each additional person in your party. For more information about service hours and fares, visit: Reservations are recommended and can be made in advance by calling 866-505-4966 or visiting the preceding link.

The following taxi companies are recommended on the Albuquerque Official City Website. The taxis are located outside of baggage claim, can seat up to four people, and do not require advanced reservations. A fare from the airport to the Hyatt Regency runs between $15-18. Payments must be made in cash, though some of the Yellow Cab Company taxis are equipped with credit card machines.

Albuquerque Cab Company, 505-883-4888

Yellow Cab Company, 505-247-8888

ABQ Green Cab Company, 505-243-6800

If you’re looking to save some money and have a little extra time, you also have the option to take the bus from the airport to downtown Albuquerque. From the airport, ABQ Ride ( route 50 toward Alvarado Transportation Center will get you close to the Hyatt Regency in about 30 minutes for $1.00. Trip planners are available on the ABQ Ride website and through Google Maps.

Restaurants, cafes, bars, and music venues in relation to the Hyatt Regency

This list was kindly compiled by Jo Anne Martinez-Kilgore.

**highly recommended    ++longish walk

Breakfast and Lunch only

**230 6th St SW, Cecilia’s Downtown, 505-243-7070, 7 am – 3 pm

610 Central Ave SW, Crêpe Central, 505-573-0084, 10:30 am – 5:30 am

Inside and in back of “The Market” @610 a large flea market

Brand new business so not the place if you’re in a rush.

420 Central Ave SW, Schlotzky’s Deli, 505-242-1881

411 Central Ave NW, Al’s Big Dipper, 505-314-1118, 11 am – 5:30 pm

Small “eat in” space – yummy sounding sandwiches, salads, soups, cookies

700 Tijeras Ave NW, Café Lush, 505-508-0164, 7 am – 3 pm ++

222 Gold St. SW, Café Guiseppe, downtown, 505-246-4338, 7 am – 3pm

Great Coffee

228 Gold Ave SW, P’tit Louis Bistro, 505-314-1111, Lunch 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

319 5th St. SW, Café Green, 505-842-1600, 7 am – 2 pm


Serving Dinner in addition to other meals

723 Silver Ave NW, Flying Star, Downtown, 505-244-8099 ++

**218 Gold  SW, Gold Street Caffe,  505-765-1677,

**515 Slate Ave NW, Slate Street Café, 505-243-2210 ++

405 Central NW, Dublin’s Street Pub, 505-243-1807,

**125 2nd St NW, Lucia Restaurant  [4 star restaurant] 505-242-9080 and Ibiza [rooftop patio] at the Hotel Andaluz, 505-242-9090

509 Central Ave NW, Blackbird Buvette,  505-243-0878, 11 am – 2 am

Good food in a bar with music

**215 Central NW, Suite B, NYPD [New York Pizza Department], 505-766-6973, 11 am – midnight

Good food, outside seating, good beer and wine selection, but you must order and pay at the counter.

521 Central Ave NW, Sushi Hana, 505-842-8700, 11 am – 9:30 pm

722 Central Ave SW, Villa Di Capo, 505-243-2006. 11 am – 9 pm

Historic building

500 Central SW, Lindy’s Diner, 505-242-2582, 8 am – 9 pm

A friend told me this was the best breakfast location.

4th and Central in the Alley, Axxio Pizza, 505 843-9999, 11 am – 7:30 pm

325 Central Ave NW, Maloney’s Tavern, 505-242-7422

400 Central SW, Nick’s Crossroads, 505-242-8635

402 Central SW, Fresh Choices, 505-242-6447

$6.95 buffet

318 Central Ave SW, Asian Noodle Bar, 505-224-9119, 11 am – 9:30 pm

Noodle bowls and sushi and sake etc.

**118 Central Ave SW, Sushi King Downtown, 505-842-5099, 11 am – 9:30 pm

110 Central Ave SW, Tucano’s Brazilian Grill, 505-246-9900

Really big buffet.

301 Central Ave NW, BRGR, 505-224-2747, 11 am – 9-9:30 pm

Good Burgers, good beer.

317 Central SW, Waco’s Tacos, 505-848-8226

Quick bite at lunch or late night – $2 tacos?!

800 3rd St NW, Amerasia 505-247-1619 [11am-2pm] & Sumosushi  505-246-1615 [5pm-9:15 pm]


Take a daytime walk or evening cab into EDO (East Downtown)

[This walk, under the railroad tracks along Central Ave., is definitely not safe at night]

**320 Central Ave SE, Standard Diner, 505-243-1440

414 Central Ave SE, The Daily Grind, 505-883-8310, 7 am- 4 pm

**424 Central SE, Artichoke Café, 505-243-0200

Great food – prices to match.

**510 Central SE, Farina Pizzeria, 505-243-0130, 11 am – 10 pm

**600 Central Ave SE, The Grove, 505-248-9800

700 Central Ave SE, Holy Cow, 505-242-2991, 11 am – 10 pm


Take a long daytime walk or cab to Old Town vicinity

**2031 Mountain Road NW, Season’s Rotisserie and Grill, 505-766-5100

Great dining, drinks, and patio views.

**2111 Church St. NW, Church St. Café, 505-247-8522

Authentic NM food

321 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Monica’s El Portal, 505-247-9625

Authentic NM food

1520 Lomas Blvd NW, Monroe’s, 505-242-1111

Authentic NM food

1736 Central Ave SW, Garcia’s, 505-842-0273

Authentic NM food

**400 San Felipe Dr. NW, #C2, La Crepe Michele, 505-242-1251

108 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Old Town Pizza Parlor, 505-999-1949, 11 am – 9 pm



624 Central SW, El Rey Theatre, 505-242-2353

618 Central Ave SW, Launchpad, 505-764-8887

313 Gold Ave SW, Burt’s Tiki Lounge, 505-247-2878

509 Central Ave NW, Blackbird Buvette, 505-243-0878, 11 am – 2 am

[CAB RIDE] 2823 2nd St. NW, Low Spirits, 505-344-9555

[CAB RIDE] 210 Yale SE, Outpost Performance Space, 505-268-0044


Bars/pool halls/breweries

**111 Marble NW, Marble Brewery, 505-243-2739, 1 pm – 10:30 pm ++

Really good beer and a fun atmosphere, not much food.  Walk in groups to and from at night!

406 Central Ave SW, Distillery Bar, 505-765-1534 [bar with pool table]

409 Central Ave NW, Anodyne [bar and pool hall], 505-244-1820

106 2nd Ave SW, Chama River Brewing Co. Microbar, 505-842-8329, 4 pm – 2 am