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Paletería Michoacana de Paquime

6500 Zuni Road SE, Albuquerque, NM -
Posted By Chris & Amy Ayers on 12/2/2012 9:31:00 PM
Paletas are Mexican popsicles made with chunks of fresh fruit, and paleterías are beginning to sprout up all over the country. While boutique-type stores prominently placed in fancy strip malls may be more commonplace, it is the more authentic locations that we favor. In a formerly crime-ridden stretch of Zuni Road SE in Albuquerque is Paletería Michoacana de Paquime, a squat cinder-block building with a brightly painted fruit mural out front. Inside, it’s a multi-item snack shop with paletas, nachos, ice cream and candy. No English is spoken here, but there are so many attractive choices that the non-Spanish speaker can easily get by simply pointing and nodding.

The paletas are thick, weighty and bursting with the flavors of fresh watermelon, cantaloupe, mango and strawberry, among dozens of other fruits. Their convex sticks are much more substantial and easier to hold than their flat American cousins. As fabulously delicious as the paletas are, the esquimales (Spanish for “Eskimo”) must be the focus for first-time visitors. Various flavors of ice milk are dipped in a very thin chocolate coating then rolled in chopped pecans, much like Eskimo Pies. Every bite is an absolute joy for lovers of ice cream novelties. On our visit, we noticed that some patrons were also enjoying nachos covered in gooey cheese and sliced jalapeños. Though they resembled the kind you’d get in a convenience store, we immediately regretted not ordering some! Without a doubt, Paletería Michoacana de Paquime is a truly unique dessert shop and an unquestionable must-stop in the Duke City.

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The watermelon paleta has large chunks of juicy fruit suspended in the ice, but the chocolate-dipped pistachio esquimal is the true star here.
"The watermelon paleta has large chunks of juicy fruit suspended in the ice, but the chocolate-dipped pistachio esquimal is the true star here."
Chris & Amy Ayers





Our favorite paleta yet is this beauty, which is an amazing combination of kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, mango and cherry.  Don't miss it!
"Our favorite paleta yet is this beauty, which is an amazing combination of kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, mango and cherry. Don't miss it!"
Cliff Strutz


Like ayersian mentions in the review, most of the patrons were eating nachos. Although they resemble the cheap versions you get at ball games, the freshness of the cheese and beans elevates it to something much better.
"Like ayersian mentions in the review, most of the patrons were eating nachos. Although they resemble the cheap versions you get at ball games, the freshness of the cheese and beans elevates it to something much better."
Cliff Strutz


We can't resist cantaloupe agua fresca anytime we see it. About a half dozen other flavors are also offered.
"We can't resist cantaloupe agua fresca anytime we see it. About a half dozen other flavors are also offered."
Cliff Strutz


Ice cream, paletas, aguas frescas, churros, nachos and chicarrones are merely a sampling of Paletería Michoacana de Paquime's offerings.
"Ice cream, paletas, aguas frescas, churros, nachos and chicarrones are merely a sampling of Paletería Michoacana de Paquime's offerings."
Chris & Amy Ayers


The vividly painted mural of Paletería Michoacana de Paquime is hard to miss, and the items depicted only hint at the treats found inside.
"The vividly painted mural of Paletería Michoacana de Paquime is hard to miss, and the items depicted only hint at the treats found inside."
Chris & Amy Ayers


This sun-faded sign might not catch your eye, but we can't imagine coming to Albuquerque with at least one visit to Paletería Michoacana de Paquime.
"This sun-faded sign might not catch your eye, but we can't imagine coming to Albuquerque with at least one visit to Paletería Michoacana de Paquime."
Chris & Amy Ayers



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