Several Albuquerque restaurants have been featured on Guy Fieri's Food Network show, "Diners, Dive-ins, and Dives." Fieri has discovered, as many locals have, that the real mettle of a restaurant isn't necessarily the way it's decorated, but more the way the food tastes. The restaurants are listed alphabetically, and some link to the Food Network video of Fieri's visit.
Looking for a diner experience in Albuquerque that hasn't yet been profiled by Food Network? Try these local hangouts for an Albuquerque-style diner experience:
Bocadillo's operates primarily as a catering service, but its carry out the sandwich shop, Slow Roasted, has made it a well-known place to eat. They slow roast their meats and source locally as much as possible. Breakfast is now part of the menu on Saturdays.
Known for: Duke City Reuben, the Roadrunner Burrito, and melt in your mouth sandwiches.
Cecilia's Cafe is tucked away on a corner of 6th and Silver downtown. Locals love it, heading there for breakfast burritos or lunch specials that change daily. The atmosphere is homey and basic, and the food just like Grandma used to make.
Known for: Sopaipilla burgers, red or green chile chicken soup.
Find Cecilia's at Food Network.
The baked bread, empanadas, and biscochitos at Golden Crown have long made them a local favorite. When Pratt Morale's son Chris became part of the business, sandwiches and pizza were added, and paired with social media, have put Golden Crown into the top everything. Guy Fieri stopped by the beloved bakery on September 6, 2013, to taste the fare. Their pizza crust stands on its own for flavor and texture. Try everything, it's all good. Dine inside or out on the patio. Look for the Food Network episode to air soon. Guy Fieri visited in September 2013; check for the airing soon.
Known for: Biscochitos, bread sculptures, green chile cheese bread, wings, pizza, and smoothies.
You'd never know a restaurant was inside the Monte Carlo, which has a liquor store in front, and a restaurant around the side. A family restaurant that's cooked up home dishes for decades, the decor is a classic steakhouse. The food is so good and has such a following, some dishes sell out early.
Known for: Pork kabobs, steaks, Greek chicken.
Nexus Brewery is known for serving up soul food with a New Mexico twist. Their one of kind dishes includes cajun chicken chicharrones, their chicken and waffle signature dish, southern fried chicken breasts, and their New Mexico soul burger with chili bbq sauce.
Known for: Chicken and waffles, BBQ pulled pork sandwich and southern fish tacos.
This restaurant along historic Route 66 was once a car dealership and is now home to a local favorite in east downtown's Huning Highland neighborhood. The diner serves up classic diner fare with unusual and flavorful twists.
Known for: Country drummies, finer loaf (meatloaf) and the bulldog burger with green chile and cheese.
Watch the video: The Standard Diner.
Torino's at Home
Torino's has been a local favorite for many years, and now Food Network has discovered it as well. Guy Fieri visited the Italian restaurant on September 3, 2013, and no doubt raved about the food while cooking with chef Maxime. Torino's authentic northern Italian dishes begin with fresh pasta and involve slow-cooked meats and sauces that pack in the flavor. Along with lasagna, ravioli and the like, there are specialty dishes such as beef cheek ravioli and fresh pappardelle with spezzatino (slow-cooked beef). They have a grab and go deli case filled with sandwiches if you're too busy to stop for lunch. Dine out on the patio in good weather. Try their Guys or Girls night out specials and get together with friends. The Food Network airing should be airing soon.
Known for: Pappardelle with spezzatino, meat lasagna, scampi.