Last Spring we went on a family trip to New Mexico that included a self-guided Breaking Bad Tour of Albuquerque. “Put on your headphones baby, Mommy and Daddy need to look at few places fictional drugs were dealt.”
It’s pretty easy to find the addresses for these locations on-line and in most cases you can walk right up, snap a few candid shots and imagine yourself hanging out with Walt and Jesse.
1001 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
The first spot we came across was the Crossroads Motel, where Wendy took care of business and Jesse laid low. It is right off the freeway and it’s crazy how much smaller the place looks in person. The perspective and how they shot the scenes at Crossroads made me picture the area totally different. Management has a sign up that requests you pay to take photos at their business. Don’t be a jerk—pay the people!
600 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Right on the other side of the highway is The Grove, where Spledna is plentiful, but you might not want to use any of it! Be sure to check their hours if you plan to go inside. We attempted to eat here twice before we were successful. That’s our own fault though for not researching properly, so you have been warned! If you’re lucky Lydia’s favorite table may be free!
The Dog House
216 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
The Dog House is every bit as awesome as I expected. You should go at night so you get to behold the full majesty of that memorable neon sign. I am pretty sure the patrons thought we were nuts for taking so many photos in the parking lot, but one lady did put down her dog and offer to snap a few shots of us together. Love you ABQ!
322 16th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Jesse Pinkman's home is in a quiet neighborhood and people live here, so be sure to respect the owners and don’t tramp all across their yard taking pictures. The house has been remodeled a little, which is disappointing, but you can still get some great pictures from the street. Be respectful here because the neighborhood isn’t a huge fan of the BrBa traffic.
Albuquerque Civic Plaza
1 Civic Plaza Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Near Jesse’s house is the Albuquerque Civic Plaza where wire taps and tense phone calls were made. This was right by our hotel and we walked through, but didn’t snap any photos.
Jesse and Jane’s Duplex Love Nest
323 Terrace St SE Albuquerque, NM 87106
Jesse and Jane’s duplex isn’t too far from Civic Plaza. When we were there it was vacant. I wish we had taken pictures on the stoop, but the photos we got from the street were pretty great too.
The White House
3828 Piermont Dr NE Albuquerque, NM 87111
No Breaking Bad tour is complete without a trip to The White House. I’ve read that some people have actually thrown pizzas on the roof over the garage just for the sake of an epic photo opp. Don’t be this person! We met the owner when we were taking photos and she was super friendly.
Saul Goodman, Attorney at Law - "Better Call Saul"
9516 Snow Heights Circle Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87112
Saul’s office is right around the corner from the White House. When you need to LAWYRUP as much as Walt did I guess that’s smart. As you know, the office is just in a little strip center so it’s not a super exciting location to visit. When we drove by it I believe the location had been converted to a pub. I would have killed for Saul’s sign and the giant inflatable to be present! Maybe with Saul’s show coming up this location will return to it’s past state. We didn’t take a picture since it wasn’t much to look at.
Mike & Kaylee’s Park
La Palomita Park, Albuquerque, NM 87111
We also went to Mike’s park where he loved to take Kaylee and I suggest visiting it after your lawyer if you’re interested. It’s a cute park and our daughter enjoyed playing there every bit as much as Kaylee. As far as I could tell we were not followed or watched by any law enforcement personnel.
9516 Snow Heights Circle Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87112
If you want to have an A-1 Day head over to Octopus Car Wash. It’s not far from Walt’s/Saul’s and Mike’s Park. We read that they usually have A-1 souvenirs for sale, but when we went they were sold out, probably because of all the spring breakers about.
Osuna Rd NE & Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111
Did you fuck up? Do you need to disappear? Head over to the John B. Robert Dam. That’s where both Walt and Jesse went when they thought all was lost and they needed to get the fuck out of dodge. This is a pretty busy road so we parked in a nearby shopping center and walked down to the dam.
Walt's favorite Denny's
2608 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Walt has a pretty sad birthday breakfast here. Bonus points if you break your buddy's bacon up and lay it across their plate in the shape of their age.
Schrader Family Home
4901 Cumbre Del Sur Ct NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111
We drove by Marie and Hank’s house and it is in a pretty sweet neighborhood. I completely expected to see lavender curtains in the windows, but clearly the owners did not share Marie’s affinity for the color.
Los Pollos Hermanos
4257 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105
Your Breaking Bad Tour must include a meal at Los Pollos Hermanos; “But don’t take my word for it. One taste, and you’ll know.” Los Pollos Hermanos is actually a Twisters chicken chain. There are several in Albuquerque, but only one that Breaking Bad was filmed at so make sure you go to the right location! We had dinner and stewed about being shafted by Gus.
Our Breaking Bad Tour Fails
We drove by the nazi compound where much and more occurred, but alas it was behind a tall fence and in the middle of a neighborhood so we couldn’t get close enough for a real good look.
Another fail for us was Tohajalle. We drove out to the reservation and ventured into it to find the O.G. cook-site and the setting for "Ozymandias," but the sunset was against us and we were not able to find the spot before it got dark. Next time we are in ABQ we will plan better and check out that spot earlier in the day. I really want to stand up top and spot the “cow houses.”
Breaking Bad Bonuses
Albuquerque seems to really embrace it's Breaking Bad connection. As you explore the city you will come across lots of souvenirs and other photo opportunities you may want to take advantage of.
The Candy Lady sells bags of blue crystal to satisfy your sweet tooth. Although her shop was closed for renovations when we were in Albuquerque we were able to get our hands on some of the blue stuff through other avenues.
If you are still jonseing for more blue, stop by one of Rebel Donuts' locations and order a Blue Sky donut, their delicious tribute to Walt's special recipe. Not only is this donut a must-have as a fan of Breaking Bad, it is seriously tasty as well!
There are so many more locations you could visit!
We had a great time in the Albuquerque area. There’s a lot of hiking and fun to be had for those who aren’t enthralled by checking out locations where BrBa was filmed. There are also tons of other filming locations you can track down. We had a limited amount of time and hit our own personal BrBa Bucket List spots. You can also pay and take a guided tour of these spots, but when we were there in the Spring the tours were in off-season so we went the DIY route and it worked out quite well for us.
Have fun and tread lightly!