Hello, Kesira: Glad you asked. I consider Albuquerque to be vegan-friendly if you're not moving to here from places like San Diego or Olympia. Compared to the vast majority of the US, Albuquerque is a vegetarian Mecca.
Healthfood Stores:La Montanita Coop
-- 2 locations
Whole Foods - 4 or 5 locations throughout townSunflower Market
-- 2 locationsVitamin Cottage
-- 1 location
Trader Joe's -- 1 location
Annapurna Chai House -- Great Ayurvedic Cuisine, primarily vegan, run by a passionate Indian couple.
Fei's Cafe -- A family run Chinese mock meats restaurant.
There are a lot of vegan-friendly places but you must speak up and not be afraid to tell them what you want!
Tomato Cafe puts out an Italian buffet that you can eat pastas, salad, and a couple of the sauces from. Want a cheeseless pizza? Just request it.
Orchid Thai Cuisine understands what a vegan is and has quite a few vegan selections on their menu. Most of the Thai places are good.
Huong Thao is an awesome Vietnamese restaurant that offers tofu and gluten in many of their dishes. They make the best spring rolls ever.
La Salita is a classic, noisy New Mexican place that can serve many of their entrees vegan. I recommend one (just one) vegetarian stuffed sopapilla with beans and rice (inside the sopapilla) topped with green chile sauce, hold the cheese.
The India Kitchen and Rasoi are both very vegan-friendly Indian restaurants. Just tell them you're vegan and they will get you there the rest of the way with plenty of choices from the menu and no ghee!
There are many more places out there waiting to be discovered by you (or you can always just shoot me a line telling me what sort of place you'd like to go to and I can make a recommendation.)Albuquerque has at least 3 or 4 dog parks if not more. _click for map_
I highly recommend joining the ABQVEG Meetup
, which is run by yours truly. We have anywhere from 5 to 35 members showing up at any meeting. (Don't get discouraged if your first meeting features 5 whole members. We fluctuate.)
Of course, there's the Raw Food Meetup you read about run by Kaylee Tejeda which is well-attended too.
Albuquerque is only an hour from Santa Fe, so there's events to attend in Santa Fe as well. The only reason to be a lonely vegan in Albuquerque is because you did not seek out the company of other vegans. I hope this helps!