66 Diner

Review by: Michael Stern

The 66 Diner looks like a Mother Road classic, and in some ways it is. You can come here and eat a hamburger or a sloppy Joe with French fries and an expertly made milk shake. Or have a pounded-tender chicken-fried steak smothered in cream gravy with mashed potatoes on the side – both examples of immemorial roadside fare. There is a different blue-plate special every day, including chicken pot pie on Tuesday and hot turkey sandwiches on Saturday. The meat loaf is dandy, the liver ‘n’ onions is a truck-stop delight. The black and white tile floor has a built-in hopscotch game, and bright red ceiling lamps hang over aqua-blue counter stools. The staff of uniformed waitresses breezes through the dining area to the beat of rock-and-roll hits from the Elvis era blasting on the juke box.

Beyond its hash-house qualifications, the 66 Diner also is a good place to taste food unique to New Mexico. First and foremost is the green chile cheeseburger, in which chopped-up spicy green chilies supplement the usual package of meat and melted cheese. You also can have enchiladas made with chile, and good ol’ green chile stew, served with wheat tortillas on the side. On Saturday and Sunday (the only days of the week breakfast is served), the menu features huevos rancheros, egg burritos, and cheese omelets supercharged with green chile.

We definitely recommend getting something from the soda fountain. If the “rich thick shake” so accurately described by the menu is too much and your appetite is waning, the kitchen also offers an item billed as the “teeny-weeny hot fudge sundae.”

What To Eat

milk shake

Southwestern Burger

Blueberry Pie

Chocolate Creme Pie

66 Burger

Teeny Weeny Sundae


66 Diner Recipes


What do you think of 66 Diner?

2 Responses to “66 Diner”


February 5th, 2011

The 66 Diner has good food and a great nostalgic family atmosphere. It is also very busy. Avoid going there during prime time at all costs! We waited for over forty minutes for our food and had to finally leave to catch a show. We were continually told it would be out in “two minutes,” which quickly turned into forty.


Larry Fendrick

October 1st, 2005

Upon arrival in Albuquerque, I decided to try 66 Diner, after reading about it on Roadfood.com. I must say I was not disappointed. All food was served fast and fresh, and I really enjoyed the classic diner atmosphere.

I was a little taken aback when the Southwestern burger was served open-faced (it said so on the menu), but I enjoyed it nevertheless. The chocolate milk shake was one of the best I’ve ever had, and was served the classic way – with the metal mixer on the side for you to pour yourself seconds.


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