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So, you wanna eat like a New Mexican? ABQ-Duran’s Central Pharmacy

Family Owned and Operated Since-1942

In business since 1942, Duran Central Pharmacy is one of the oldest commercial establishments in Albuquerque. The original owner of the drugstore was Pete Duran, a graduate of Notre Dame and the Colorado School of Pharmacy. As a resident of Old Town, he wanted his business close by on or near Central Avenue, Route 66.

In 1965, Mr. Duran retired and sold the store to his staff pharmacist, Robert Ghattas, a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Pharmacy. The business began to outgrow its location and in 1975 the pharmacy moved to its current location at 1815 Central Avenue NW, where it has since been located.

In 2010, Robert decided it was time to step back from the business and retired. Mona, his daughter, has continued the family business credo, sharing her passion in the care of their patients.  The pharmacy has grown considerably over the years, reflecting changes in the health and medical fields. In addition, the business now includes a large selection of toiletries, gift items, and medical supplies. The original soda fountain has evolved into a full blown restaurant, serving fantastic New Mexican food, and is famous worldwide for its red and green chile.

Duran Central Pharmacy is proud to be an independent community pharmacy supporting other small and locally-owned businesses in West Downtown Albuquerque.

So, ya wanna eat like a New Mexican? So do we! 

Historic? Homestyle food? Old school? Family-style dining? Do these phrases pull on your heartstrings and give you a warm fuzzy feeling? For me they most certainly do. Duran’s Central Pharmacy in Albuquerque, New Mexico hits all of those notes. I met with fellow Santa Fe Foodies Heather Nordquest and Greg Lee to continue our exploration of real-deal New Mexican eats in Albuquerque. Duran’s is a must go place if you are looking for authentic New Mexican eats. Everything is made fresh and the staff are like family. Stop reading this and go! 
Let’s eat!

Other posts from this series:
Ramblin’ Cafe-Santa Fe, New Mexico
El Comal-Santa Fe, New Mexico

AUTHENTIC, MADE FROM SCRATCH, AND DELICIOUS! Their soda fountain was converted into a New Mexican diner in the late 1960s and is world famous for its authentic red and green chile.  Serving made-from-scratch tamales, enchiladas, burritos, hand-rolled-to-order flour tortillas, plus beer & wine, in a warm and welcoming lunch counter atmosphere.

Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas Smothered with Red and Green Chile. Wow!
Blue Corn Cheese Enchiladas smothered with Green Chile
Bowl of old school Chile
Homemade Buttered Tortilla
Happy customers!
Entrance at the back of the Pharamcy

3571 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507
1815 Central Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
505 247 4141

Diner Hours
Dine-In & Takeout
Sun-Tue 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Wed-Sat 9:00 am-7:00 pm

Pharmacy Hours
M-F 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Sun Closed

Gift Shop Hours
M-F 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Sat & Sun 9:00 am-4:00 pm

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