Better Call Saul is the prequel to Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s smashing success Breaking Bad. As such, we’ve seen many familiar faces and places in Better Call Saul that originated from Breaking Bad. Fans have picked up on the more obvious references found in both series, but more recently, subtler location easter eggs have been revealed. That includes Kim Wexler‘s (Rhea Seehorn) client, Mesa Verde Bank and Trust.
With the idea that Mesa Verde could be disguised as Mesa Credit Union, fans are wondering what other Better Call Saul locations the show creators hid throughout Breaking Bad.
These are a few other locations from Better Call Saul that can be spotted in Breaking Bad.
Mesa Verde becomes Mesa Credit Union
In the pilot of Breaking Bad, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) frantically drove to his credit union to withdraw money so that Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) could buy the R.V. that will become their mobile meth lab. Walter pulled into the parking lot of Mesa Credit Union — a bank many fans are speculating was once Mesa Verde.
While Mesa isn’t an unusual name for a business in New Mexico, fans still think the two are connected in some way. It wouldn’t be that far fetched for show creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould to have made that detail work — after all, they’ve created a whole new story out of details from Breaking Bad!
Loyola’s Family Restaurant
Another location that is seen in both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul is Loyola’s Family Restaurant. When Jimmy is first starting to gather clients, he meets Betsy and Craig Kettleman at Loyola’s. There, the thieving treasurer who embezzled $1.6 million bribed Jimmy to help him cover it up.
Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) is another Better Call Saul/Breaking Bad character that frequents Loyola’s. He often dines alone, but Mike is seen with Hector Salamanca and Jimmy at different points throughout Better Call Saul.
In Breaking Bad, Loyola’s remains Mike’s go-to meeting place. He and Jesse share lunch there after they recover stolen cartel drugs. Later, Mike meets Lydia at the restaurant to discuss the death of Gus Fring.
Diehard fans have visited the actual restaurant, which has become an Albuquerque landmark since being featured in both series.
Juan Tabo Boulevard
Gilligan is a sucker for subtly, which means there were a few other locations in Better Call Saul that Breaking Bad fans may have missed their first time around. Jimmy’s office in Better Call Saul is located at 160 Juan Tabo Boulevard — the address of an actual nail salon, by the way!
In Breaking Bad, the ill-fated chemist Gale Boetticher lives on the same street at 6353 Juan Tabo Boulevard. Gale is seen briefly in Better Call Saul when Gus visits his chemistry lab at the University of New Mexico to have methamphetamine samples tested by the brilliant chemist.
Early on in Better Call Saul, Jimmy works hard to prove himself as a lawyer and grow his elder law business. Many of his clients reside in senior living facilities. On the hunt for new clients, Jimmy visits Casa Tranquila, the home of Hector Salamanca and eventual place-of-death for Gus Fring.
Better Call Saul has highlighted the most minute of details in the past and fans have caught on. The granular details, like these locations and the anagrammatic episode names, are what fans have come to expect from Gilligan and his partner-in-crime Gould.
With only one more season of Better Call Saul left, fans are eager to see if Walter White and his partner Jesse Pinkman make an appearance before the show concludes.