Dog House Drive In

Albuquerque, New Mexico

New MexicoDiningRoadside Attraction

The Dog House Drive In in Albuquerque, New Mexico is known for its fun neon sign, tasty chili cheese dogs, Route 66 location, and television cameos.

Opened in 1948 by the Frank Mead family, the Albuquerque Dog House was originally located at 10th and Central. In 1967 Jimmy Hartley took over the restaurant and eventually moved it two blocks west to its current spot on Route 66 (now Central Avenue) in 1969.

While Route 66 enthusiasts have been flocking to The Dog House for decades, today the drive-in equally attracts fans of the TV shows Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. The restaurant served as a backdrop to the story several times throughout both series when you would see characters like Jesse Pinkman, Jimmy McGill, and Kim Wexler eating (or doing something nefarious) there.

The first thing that might catch your eye about the Dog House Drive In is the big neon sign that tops the building’s exterior. While it is fun to see during the day, at night the sign lights up to say DOG HOUSE and features a dachshund dog consuming a string of sausages. The animated sign has fluctuating lights, making the wiener dog’s tail wag up and down and the sausages look like a never-ending feast.

But while the sign might draw you in, the food is what will have you come back again and again. The menu is small but has everything you would expect to order. Namely, hamburgers, hot dogs, and frito pie with sides of fries or tater tots and sodas and milkshakes to wash it all down.

Their signature specialty is the footlong chili dog (with or without cheese and/or onion) smothered in a thick, slightly spicy, chili. Be careful unwrapping this dog in your car, it’s messy.

And you will probably be eating your meal in your car. The small restaurant does have a small dining space, with a couple of tables and barstools, but after the Covid-19 pandemic indoor dining has remained closed. There are a couple of picnic tables out front, but with the amount of people stopping by, don’t bet on nabbing one. But the car-hop style ordering is still going strong.

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Dog House Drive In in Albuquerque, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant and Neon Sign

Dog House Drive In

5 based on 1 reviews

Address:
1216 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Hours:
10:30am-9pm (Monday-Saturday)
Closed Sunday

Cost:
$

Phone Number:
(505) 243-1019

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Dog House Drive In in Albuquerque, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant and Neon Sign
Dog House Drive In in Albuquerque, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant and Neon Sign
Dog House Drive In in Albuquerque, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant and Neon Sign
Dog House Drive In in Albuquerque, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant and Neon Sign

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Dog House Drive In in Albuquerque, New Mexico, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Hours may vary and during slow periods this Route 66 restaurant may not be open at posted times.
  • Parking in plentiful, but seating is not. While there are some tables out front, plan to eat in your car.
  • Though you won’t stop to eat here, this is a stop on the Breaking Bad RV Tour in Albuquerque.

Where to Stay Near Dog House Drive In

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these Albuquerque hotels near Route 66.

El Vado Motel

El Vado Motel opened in 1937 and was one of the first Route 66 hotels in New Mexico. The hotel has been fully renovated and features historic character and charm combined with modern comforts and amenities. Enjoy your room, relax by the pool, or grab a beer at the on-site tap room.

The Monterey Motel

The Monterey Motel has been attracting Route 66 travelers since 1946. The motel emits a vintage vibe while offering a modern touch . A stay here promises you’ll “go straight from the road to relaxation.”

Enhance your visit to Albuquerque with a tour! Whether you love walking tours, museums, or family-friendly adventures (like a hot air balloon ride), there are plenty of options for everyone.

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1 Review of Dog House Drive In in Albuquerque, New Mexico

  1. As both a fan or Route 66 AND Breaking Bad, Dog House Drive In was a must-stop for me on my road trip! Despite posted hours they weren’t open for dinner the first time I tried to go but I stopped by again for lunch the next day and they were open! My chili cheese dog was soooo good. Would definitely eat here again!

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