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.