I’m currently in Albuquerque, New Mexico as I write this, and couldn’t resist the chance to take a personal tour of some of the main locations from the show Breaking Bad. It was quite a fun adventure. Many of these locations turned out to be right around the corner from one another. The filmmakers didn’t have to go far when they were shooting this series. On our tour, I picked out six major locations that I figured were the most recognized spots. We managed to hit them all before sundown. So here for your viewing pleasure, I present a tour of the locations of Breaking Bad!
WALT AND SKYLER’S CAR WASH
This is the car wash used in the first season where Walt had his second job, and later in Season 5 where Walt and Skyler buy it to use as a money laundering system for their drug money. In actuality, Walt and Skyler’s Car Wash is part of a chain of car washes in Albuquerque called Octopus Car Wash. I saw several of them as I was touring around with my friends. The place was closed by the time we got there, so there was no BB insignia or anything we could see related to the show, but it was still pretty cool as it became a major part of the show.
LOS POLLOS HERMANOS
This was the Chicken Restaurant owned by wealthy drug lord Gus Fring. The place is actually part of a fast food chain in Albuquerque called Twisters. It’s not much different than what you see here, but the cool part is the Los Pollos Hermanos sign remained inside the Twisters restaurant!
This site was used, known to everyone as Crystal Palace. The family thinks Walt Jr. has been smoking pot, which was left over from Walt Sr. To teach Jr. a lesson, Hank takes him to the Crossroads in a funny scene where he calls over a hooker to show him the depraved life that awaits him. Crossroads as it turns out is a real life hooker motel. Whats funny is if you look at the sign below, they decided not to change it, and it was the same when I saw it. It reads: WELCOME. FREE CABLE TV. OPEN 24 HOURS. YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME.
This is the location where Jesse’s drug dealer buddy Combo is shot and killed. It’s also the same place where Walt runs down and murders the two guys who went after Combo. It is what it is, a big empty lot, but big stuff happens here, and it was cool to see.
SAUL GOODMAN’S OFFICE (“Better Call Saul”)
Last on our tour, we found the location for Saul Goodman’s office! And yes, funny enough, Hooligans is the name of the actual place used for exterior shots, which is a bar. What’s also funny is they kept the May Hong vietnamese restaurant next door, which I guess looked tacky enough for the shopping mall where it was located. You will also noticed the buildings were repainted to a kind of puke green from its original brown, which just adds to the tackiness.
I visit Albuquerque quite a bit, so the more I watch the show in the future, the more I will pick up on other places to visit. The only places I won’t be going to is residential homes just because I think it’s weird to have strangers taking pictures of your house. As a bonus, we also visited the Atomic museum where portions of the show were shot, although I couldn’t find the spot where they filmed and figured they must have brought their own backdrop props to the set. Also as part of our tour, we stopped at the Candy Lady in Old Town, where they sold Breaking Bad T-Shirts, Heisenberg Hats, and even Blue meth rock candy! It was a great experience. I’ll keep you all posted when I make future visits and see some other locations.