Guy Fieri Ate Here and So You Know I Would Too
Guy Fieri ate at Standard Diner, Albuquerque’s famous Route 66 diner, while filming Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives in 2008.
The building where this restaurant sits today was originally the Carothers & Mauldin Service Station selling Texaco gas and General Tires which opened in 1938. Check out the photo of the Service Station on their opening day at the diner front entrance.
Located on the famed Route 66, this building later become a classic car dealership where one of the now owners, Matt DiGregory bought a 1969 Cadillac convertible. Matt, along with his two brothers Vince and Cris, bought the building in 2006 and turned it into a diner like the ones which used to line the iconic highway. However the diner wasn’t named after the service station. It refers to a dictionary definition of setting a standard of service. And the service here is warm, friendly and out going. Our waitress made sure we were settled in properly before bringing fresh coffee and warm muffins of the day, Banana Chocolate Chip, for us to try.
The eatery is decked out with memorabilia of times past when diners were the best place to stop and eat while traveling by car. The BIGFINS large art piece of 18 hood ornaments was made by Matt. The vintage typewriter in the hall is from the 1940’s. The Art-O-Mat machine located near the restrooms is a vintage 1040’s cigarette vending machine. And the large chandelier near the bar is made from chicken feeders. Be sure to look around while you are visiting the restaurant and see other antiques.
We came in to try breakfast and it was as hearty and down to earth as you would expect. Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives filmed an episode here in 2008 and Guy Fieri gave the meatloaf his bite of approval.
It’s a no brainer that I was going to try the Diner classic “Meatloaf & Eggs” selection. This dish isn’t for the faint of heart with two eggs my way plus a huge slice of house-made meatloaf, bacon wrapped with a wine brown gravy and hashed browns. I have to give this meatloaf my stamp of approval too!
Then there was the Rail Runner with two eggs your way, chorizo, black beans and those crispy hash browns topped with that famous red or green New Mexico chili along with pimiento queso and white cheese. It also comes with one of Standard Diners famous cheddar & herb crazy big biscuits. This biscuit is put in a waffle iron and stamped with their logo. This interesting country biscuit is a must try for any foodie and very delish.
The Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs is another one of their classic dishes at breakfast. It is also a classic diner meal of the 1950’s so be ready to dig in with all you’ve got. Two eggs with a chicken fried steak, sausage, white gravy and hash browns make this a fill you up dish. Mmmm, mmmm…..
At Standard Diner you will find classic comfort food from the 50’s diner era with a modern twist. This eatery is located in up and coming downtown Albuquerque and offers made-from scratch diner food that will make your mouth water. Brother Matt DiGregory is also owner of the original Range Cafe with three locations and Freight House Kitchen + Tap.
Standard Diner serves breakfast until 3pm and starts serving lunch at 11am. They have a full service bar that serves craft cocktails and local craft beers as well as wines. You can also get specialty coffee drinks, and for that true diner experience, order a milkshake!
Location: 320 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM
Sun – Thu 8am – 9pm
Fri – Sat 8am – 9pm