The Standard Diner

One of the best

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.

What to Eat
The Standard Diner, Country-Fried Tuna
Country-Fried Tuna
The freshness of this tuna would suit the best sushi chef.
The Standard Diner, Chicken-Fried Steak
Chicken-Fried Steak
If there is a better chicken-fried steak in this country, I have yet to taste it.
The Standard Diner, Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips
Fish and chips: the batter was light and the fish was cooked perfectly.
The Standard Diner, Homemade Ice Cream
Homemade Ice Cream
Rich, creamy, and delicious. You keep on eating even when you think you've had enough!
Green Chile Chicken Chowder
Diner Burger
Coffee and Donuts
Vanilla Ice Cream – Single Scoop
The Standard Diner, Green Chile Mac & Cheese
Green Chile Mac & Cheese
Standard Diner adds smoked salmon and green chiles to their mac 'n' cheese. Delicious!
The Standard Diner, Milk Shake
Milk Shake
This mint chip shake is thin, but very rich.
The Standard Diner, Green Chile Cheeseburger
Green Chile Cheeseburger
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.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday8 am - 9 pm
Monday8 am - 9 pm
Tuesday8 am - 9 pm
Wednesday8 am - 9 pm
Thursday8 am - 9 pm
Friday8 am - 10 pm
Saturday8 am - 10 pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Duran Central Pharmacy

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    The lunch counter of a full-service Albuquerque drug store, Duran Central Pharmacy serves New Mexico fare at its best, including magnificent tortillas.

  • Santa Fe Bite

    Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Santa Fe Bite serves what many consider to be the best green chile cheeseburger in New Mexico. It might be the best hamburger of any kind, anywhere!

  • Model Pharmacy

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    A vintage lunch counter serving true New-Mex green chile stew, warm fruit cobblers, and soda fountain specialties, Model Pharmacy is a taste of old Route 66.

  • Tecolote

    Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Tecolote, Santa Fe’s premier breakfast restaurant, is a southwest treasure offering creative New Mexican fare and a grand bakery basket. Lunch is served, too.

  • Roque’s Carnitas

    Santa Fe, New Mexico

    A Santa Fe, New Mexico, food truck, Roque’s Carnitas wraps strips of char-cooked marinated beef with onions & chilies in broad wheat tortillas.

  • Golden Crown Panadería

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Green chile bread is totally worth a detour to this squat bakery near Old Town Albuquerque. New Mexico’s state cookie, biscochitos, are great, as are pizzas.