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 each links 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:
1609 Indian School NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Bocadillo's operates primarily as a catering service, but its carry out 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 Burritor, and melt in your mouth sandwiches.
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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.
3. The Cube BBQ
1520 Central SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
The Cube restaurant offers up what they call real food--food that is fresh, local and feeds both belly and soul. Everything is made from scratch, real home cooking. The Cube has a loyal following and is popular with the University crowd. Pulled pork, brisket, sausages, mashed sweet potatoes, candied yams, collard greens, burgers, and sandwiches are just a few of their specialties.
Known for: BBQ by the pound: brisket, pulled pork, baby back ribs and turkey legs.
Albuquerque, NM 87102
The baked breads, 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.
3916 Central SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105
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 classic steakhouse. The food is so good and has such a following, some dishes sell out early.
Known for: Pork kabobs, steaks, Greek chicken.
6313 4th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Sophia's Place is unobtrusively situated along a commercial strip of Fourth Street in Albuquerque's north valley. It offers a no-frills atmosphere and lots of surprises, as chef Dennis Apodaca cooks up whatever is seasonal and fresh.
Known for: Duck enchiladas, many flavored pancakes with house made honey butter, and scallop tacos.
See the video on Sophia's Place.
320 Central Avenue SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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 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 papardelle 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: Papardelle with spezzatino, meat lasagna, scampi.