O.K. I know it’s trite. But it is a fair question to ponder when considering the name of the Standard Diner in Albuquerque.
The large windows looking out on a small dining patio were once the service bay doors back when the building was a car dealership.
“(Matt) DiGregory, a local restaurant impresario owns the Standard Diner with his brothers Chris, Vince and Jon. He also owns the very popular Range restaurants…. The Brothers DiGregory couldn’t have found a better location for their high-end diner which specializes in fresh, homemade comfort foods. The restaurant is situated in Albuquerque’s East Downtown (EDO) area, a burgeoning residential and business district regarded by real estate experts as one of the ‘top five up-and-coming’ areas in the nation…” (nmgastronome.com).
So what finally brought us here? Chuck’s hunger for blue corn pancakes and my need for new restaurants to research and write about.
Chuck’s plate contained a large blue corn waffle upon which sat two pieces of a boneless chicken breast.
When faced with a breakfast menu, my first stop is always at the list of Eggs Benedict variations. And the Standard Diner’s menu didn’t disappoint. I had my choice of: the Crab benny with two poached eggs, Baltimore crab cakes, and fresh hollandaise; the Scotch benny with two poached eggs, smoked salmon, grilled tomato, and fresh dill hollandaise; the Edo benny with two poached eggs, sautéed spinach, mushrooms, grilled tomato, and fresh hollandaise; and the New Mexican with two poached eggs, house-made green chile turkey sausage, and green chile white cheddar queso. All bennies come with hash browns and fresh fruit.
I chose the New Mexican and the dish had both some high points and low points.
As is apparent from our photos, the diner was virtually empty at the time (10:00 a.m.) of our visit.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.