Gwynne Ann Unruh is an award-winning reporter formerly of the Alamosa Valley Courier, an independent paper in southern Colorado. She covers the environment for The Paper.

The original Range Café started out in a funky five-seat former gas station in 1992. Their “ordinary food done extraordinarily well” and quirky atmosphere now have four locations in Albuquerque and one in Los Lunas. Local beer, wine and locally sourced ingredients are featured. The Bernalillo Range has a gift shop with cool stuff from local artisans. There’s also a full bar and free live music. Gift Cards. Dine-in/carry-out. Holiday menu. Range Rewards for free food.

various locations

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This local neighborhood restaurant in historic Nob Hill features made-from-scratch food that’s unique and familiar at the same time. Lots of local ingredients including produce, coffee and baked goods fill the menu. Just ask for gluten free, vegetarian or vegan. Enjoy the best food experience in a comfortable place with the company of your friends and family. Shop Merch online offers clothing, mugs, hats and coffee shipped anywhere. Gift Cards. Dine-in/carry-out. Catering.

2933 Monte Vista Blvd. NE

(505) 433-2795

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Modern General Feed and Seed is a craft food emporium in a former roadside motel on historic Route 66 that’s connected to a cozy wine bar. Everything is made from scratch, the slow and delicious way. Plus, there’s a great juicery! Their General Store offers an inspiring selection of books, curated tools, glass and copper ware, health and beauty products and house-made grocery items. Brunch, all day, seven days a week. Happy hour features half-price baked goods 3 to 5pm, every day. Gift Cards. Dine-in/carry-out. Holiday menu.

1720 Central Ave. SW, Suite B

(505) 242-6928

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The St. James Tearoom is for those that need to escape the modern-day frenetic pace of life. Using the medium of the British tradition of tea, they give guests the feeling of being transported to a different time and place. Enjoy a full two hours of elegant afternoon tea, seated in your own private parlor. Online Tea & Gift Shop offers Christmas gift boxes, loose teas, cotton and Eurotech tea strainers. Gift cards. Dine-in/carry-out. Holiday menu.

320 Osuna Rd. NE # D

(505) 242-3752

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The Grove Cafe & Market, in Albuquerque’s trendy EDo neighborhood, is committed to hospitality and community in a fun, casual atmosphere. It’s breakfast, brunch and lunch cafe supporting sustainable agriculture by using quality ingredients and working with local farmers and artisans throughout New Mexico and the Southwest region. Breakfast all day, brunch and lunch, beer, wine and mimosas. Shop The Market for cookbooks, candles, journals, cards, old fashioned candy and their food. Gift cards. Dine-in/carry-out. Catering.

600 Central Ave. SE, Suite A

(505) 248-9800

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