One of the tastiest waffle shacks in New Mexico, Tia B’s Waffleria has been serving Albuquerque a slappin’ breakfast menu for some time. A little shack resting in the heart of Nob Hill, this little adobe house has been converted into one of the best breakfast and lunch spots in town. If you haven’t heard about it yet, now you’ve been warned. Word will eventually catch your ear, telling you that you need to try their fluffy, delicious and creative waffle menu.
Tia B’s has suffered like any restaurant during the pandemic, but their losses are few and far between. The restaurant switched up the menu to sustain during the hard times. They balanced the gain and loss of their profit margins. The one determining factor was the loss in staff. After losing their general manager, it forced Executive Chef Jeremy Jordanian to step up from behind the kitchen and control the front of the house as well.
“Since our menu really wasn’t made for takeout, I had to buckle down and figure out how to adapt to the new climate,” Jordanian explains. “We shut down for a month, put in a walk-up window and worked off the hip to figure out what worked and what didn’t. After the front house manager didn’t show up, it was a bit of a learning curve, but my cooks stepped up to the plate and helped Tia B’s keep its traction.”
And, boy, is this true. During the pandemic, I made my way up to the newly constructed walk-up menu to grab my favorite dish, The Elvis ($9). Jordanian trained the cooks on how to continue the Tia B’s consistency of waffle preparation. My Elvis waffle was perfectly made. Beautifully topped with bananas, bacon and peanut butter sauce, it made the boxed entree look like a five-star packaged delight.
As Jordanian remains in full control of Tia B’s daily operations, he seeks to get as creative as possible with the future of the Albuquerque staple. “We got some things in the works, especially with springtime rolling around,” Jordanian says. “We got some cool ideas, some different items we may be featuring soon, but now we are focusing on opening to our original hours again.”
If you get a hankering for sweet or savory waffles with unique toppings, seek the Albuquerque waffle king. Check out waffles featuring more of a spice such as the Rancheros Waffle ($9.50) or a waffle that tastes like home cooking like the Biscuit and Gravy Waffle ($9.50), Tia B’s gives you a range of mouth-watering breakfast dishes—oh, if you’re looking to avoid the gluten, all of these dishes have the option to be free of the “g.”
Stop by, grab a bite and make sure to tell say “hi” to the kitchen staff. I’m sure they would love to see you smile as you take your first bite of homemade goodness.
Tia B’s Waffleria
3710 Campus Blvd NE
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Phone: (505) 492-2007