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The Standard Diner

320 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM - (505) 243-1440
Posted By Anne Ritchings on 7/26/2009 11:38:00 PM
We were searching for a fun place to have lunch on this day and remembered that several friends had recommended The Standard Diner. We decided to try it and we were so glad we did. The best part of this adventure is that this place is in our own hometown. We can come here whenever we want.

We started off by sharing an appetizer of country-fried tuna. The tuna is wrapped in a thin layer of phyllo pastry and then flash-fried to rare perfection. The ginger tartar sauce and the wasabi guacamole were so good that I could have eaten them alone.

Kay ordered the tempura-fried fish and chips. The Chimayo red chile dipping sauce offered just a bit of heat, enough to bring out the flavor, but not so much that the fish or the chips were overwhelmed. The fish was cooked just right, with not a hint of grease.

I had the chicken-fried steak. We have eaten this dish all over Texas and the South. Neither of us has ever had a better one. The meat was supremely tender, the crust was light and beautifully seasoned, and the peppercorn gravy was ethereal. This should be on your list of 500 things to eat before you die. Really! No kidding!

Our waiter was charming. When he discovered that this was our first visit, he gave us a bowl of the just-made guava ice cream. It was so good that we kept on eating even though we kept saying that we just couldn't eat another bite. We loved this place--the ambience, the service, the food. This was our first visit, but it certainly won't be our last.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Country-Fried Tuna
Homemade Ice Cream
Chicken-Fried Steak
Fish and Chips
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Standard Diner adds smoked salmon and green chiles to their mac 'n' cheese.  Delicious!
"Standard Diner adds smoked salmon and green chiles to their mac 'n' cheese. Delicious!"
Cliff Strutz





This mint chip shake is thin, but very rich.
"This mint chip shake is thin, but very rich."
Cliff Strutz


The green chile cheeseburger is known on the menu as the Bulldog Burger.  While the green chiles did provide some heat, the burger itself was ordinary.
"The green chile cheeseburger is known on the menu as the Bulldog Burger. While the green chiles did provide some heat, the burger itself was ordinary."
Cliff Strutz


If there is a better chicken-fried steak in this country, I have yet to taste it.
"If there is a better chicken-fried steak in this country, I have yet to taste it."
Anne Ritchings


Fish and chips: the batter was light and the fish was cooked perfectly.
"Fish and chips: the batter was light and the fish was cooked perfectly."
Anne Ritchings


The freshness of this tuna  would suit the best sushi chef.
"The freshness of this tuna would suit the best sushi chef."
Anne Ritchings


Rich, creamy, and delicious.  You keep on eating even when you think you've had enough!
"Rich, creamy, and delicious. You keep on eating even when you think you've had enough!"
Anne Ritchings


The dining room is large and comfortable.  There is plenty of room between tables.
"The dining room is large and comfortable. There is plenty of room between tables."
Anne Ritchings


The restaurant has interesting art on its walls.  If you see a piece that you really like, you can add it to your own collection.
"The restaurant has interesting art on its walls. If you see a piece that you really like, you can add it to your own collection."
Anne Ritchings


This sign makes it easy to spot the diner.
"This sign makes it easy to spot the diner."
Anne Ritchings



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