Mac’s Steak in the Rough

Mac’s Steak in the Rough has been an institution in New Mexico for over 70 years. Founded by Dave McCarty in 1949 in Artesia, NM, McCarty opened Albuquerque’s first Mac’s Steak in the Rough in 1960 and the restaurant has been a New Mexican favorite ever since. The local chain was acquired by Fresquez in the early 1990’s. Featuring freshly cut and breaded juicy steak fingers, crispy fries, and our Signature Taquitas – voted the Best Taquitas in Albuquerque by Alibi magazine year after year.

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Sunday – Thursday 11 AM – 8 PM

Friday & Saturday 10:30 AM – 9 PM




4515 Menaul Boulevard Northeast
Albuquerque, NM
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2401 Rio Rancho Blvd SE, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States

4515 Menaul Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, NM, United States

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Mac’s Steak in the Rough Featured on CNN Travel

At Mac’s Steak in the Rough, carhop dining has been part of the operation since the 1960s. During the pandemic, many families and friends “eat together” at the restaurant by parking at side-by-side hops. At Mac’s Steak in the Rough in Albuquerque, New Mexico, carhops have been serving diners since the old-school eatery opened in the[…]

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Mac’s Steak in the Rough Featured in Lonely Planet Article

Mac’s Steak in the Rough – Albuquerque, New Mexico Mac’s Steak in the Rough in Albuquerque is a long-time family-run drive-in with a speaker system connecting its restaurant with red shirt and black pant uniformed carhops doling out boxed orders. The venue’s top order is the eponymous “Steak in the Rough” that’s made up of

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