Guacamole sales up at Garduño's after 'Breaking Bad' episode

Posted at: 08/29/2013 7:12 PM
Updated at: 08/30/2013 10:06 AM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Pass the guacamole.

Last week's episode of "Breaking Bad" meant a big boost for Albuquerque's legendary Garduño's Restaurant.  In a key scene, meth mastermind Walter White has an intense family showdown with his wife, her sister and his brother in law, who is a DEA agent. 

Drugs. Suspicion. Accusations. Anger.

"How 'bout some of our table-side guacamole?"  The kid waiter just doesn't get it.

Rage. Threats. Angst and agony. Appetizers, anybody?

"So how 'bout that guacamole," the waiter urges. "We make it right here at the table!"

Since the episode aired Sunday night, business has been booming at Garduño's. People are asking for the "Breaking Bad" table. We found Beau Padraza and his mom there Thursday afternoon. They're from Houston.

"We're passing through to Seattle," Padraza said. "Rather than take the normal route we normally take through Colorado, I insisted that we come to Albuquerque just to check it out. I see it on TV with the show. I figured why not and it's been well worth it!"

Garduño's three owners bought it out of a highly-publicized bankruptcy two years ago.

"It was fantastic for Garduño's" owner Tug Herig said. "It gave Garduño's the exposure that it needed to let people know that we're still alive out there."

One thing about that scene – nobody orders the guacamole! You don't want to make that mistake! Maybe things would have gone better for Walter if he had some.