Tomasita’s enjoys success in Albuquerque
March 28, 2019 – A staple of New Mexican cuisine, Tomasita’s has recently expanded their eatery and legendary food to the Duke City. With decades of success in Santa Fe, owner George Gundrey says business is booming in Albuquerque after opening their restaurant just off I-25. Read the article and watch George make Chicken Enchiladas! >
Tomasita’s in Albuquerque is NOW OPEN!
Tomasita’s Albuquerque opened in December 2017. Please visit us at 4949 Pan American Freeway NE on “restaurant row” between Papadeaux and Cheddars. Take the Jefferson Exit off of I25. Call 505-344-1204 for information or to place a to go order.
Tomasita’s Albuquerque is a homecoming. Our roots are at the corner of Atrisco Boulevard and Central Avenue. It was here from the 1940s to the 1970s that my grandmother, Sophia, operated the Central Cafe. My mother, Georgia, and her siblings grew up working at the Central Cafe in the Atrisco barrio. There they developed a love of chile while learning how to run a great restaurant. At Tomasita’s we are proud to serve food from the tradition of the Spanish families of New Mexico – from the Atrisco barrio to the rural villages of Northern New Mexico– simple recipes using the chile, corn, beans and other ingredients that have been grown along the Rio Grande for centuries. With the opening of Tomasita’s Albuquerque, we feel like we are coming home. We hope that Tomasita’s Albuquerque will be like home to you as well.
Tomasita’s in the Community
- Annual sponsor of the Santa Fe Bandstand
- Presenter at Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival since it’s founding.
- Tomasita’s Lowrider & Custom Car Show – a community fiesta. All proceeds donated to a local charity. In 2013 we donated to the Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico, in 2012 to Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe.
- Supporter of Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Fe
- Longtime sponsor of the Terry Fox Run for Cancer
- We donate food and gift certificates to countless charities and schools every year.
Tomasita’s in the Press
Over the years we have been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Travel and Leisure, Gourmet, and Southern Living…just to mention a few.
- Santa Fe New Mexican: MAKE WAY, WINE SNOBS, IT’S TIME FOR SANGRIA!
Tomasita’s, a Santa Fe mainstay for New Mexican food, makes its more democratic sangria with a mixture of fruit soaked in what owner George Gundrey describes as a “secret recipe of different liqueurs,”… read the article >
- USA Today: Santa Fe Specialties Sing at Tomasita’s!
- Portland Oregonian on the Magic of Tomasita’s red, green, and sopaipillas.
- Read a recent review in the Albuquerque Journal
- Read the recent customer reviews at TripAdvisor
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This month we will say goodbye to one of Tomasita’s longtime employees, Angel Amaya, who has been part of our family for the past 33 years.
Originally from Mexico, Angel worked for the Eldorado hotel for about a year, before joining Tomasita’s in 1983. Starting out as a dishwasher, washing everything by hand, he was soon promoted to the steam table, and from there went on to become a lead line cook. In the time Angel has worked at Tomasita’s he has seen many people come and go, and many changes. He is nicknamed “El Professor” because he knows the kitchen so well and has trained so many of his colleagues.
Asked why he has stayed for so long, Angel says simply, “I like every aspect of what I do and we’re treated well here.” Looking back, things have obviously changed over the years. “It was much harder in the 80s,” he recalls. “I remember the oven, in particular. We had to warm plates and melt cheese in a regular oven, so we were constantly bending down, and burning our hands too. Of course, the restaurant was much smaller then.”
As for what he will miss, Angel says it won’t be the food, because he can cook that himself, at home. But he will miss the people – the customers and his co-workers. “So when I get hungry and don’t feel like cooking,” he says with a grin, “I’ll come back to visit.”
Tomasita’s has gone Solar!
In March of 2014 we completed the installation of 68.67 kW grid-tied solar carport with 210 high efficiency solar panels. As a long-standing family-owned business in Santa Fe, we are not only committed to supporting our local culinary tradition, but also to being a role model as a socially responsible business. SOLAR IS HOT! Read about it >