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Lindy's Coffee Shop

500 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque, NM - (505) 242-2582
Posted By Michael Stern on 1/27/2014 11:21:00 AM
Opened in 1929 and originally known as the Coney Island Café (for the chili-topped “Coney Island” hot dogs on the menu), Lindy’s Coffee Shop is a culinary relic of old Route 66 through the heart of Albuquerque. Although it is no longer open round-the-clock as it once was, it remains a slice-of-life diner where many regulars come to chat at the counter all morning long.

Lindy’s is an especially good place to know about if you are breezing through town in a hurry and are hungry for breakfast. In a crockpot near the gorgeous antique cash register is an assortment of hand-holdable breakfast burritos, which are tortillas wrapped around bacon, egg, and cheese with red or green chili. Excellent on-the-go eats!

It is said that Muhammad Ali once came to Lindy’s to eat a bowl of red chili which, while not of the sophisticated and high-priced Santa Fe style, is a hearty bowl of good, rib-sticking diner fare with a genuine New Mexico zest. The menu is a big and familiar, including all sorts of hamburgers, Greek salad, and blue plate specials. We are especially fond of Lindy’s meat loaf dinner: big, chunky slabs of moist loaf accompanied by smooth whipped potatoes and blanketed with brown gravy.

At the counter or in an upholstered booth in the front room affords a fine view of life on Central Avenue, coming and going as it has now for more than eighty years.

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Eggs Mexicana is scrambled eggs with chopped onions, peppers and tomatoes.
"Eggs Mexicana is scrambled eggs with chopped onions, peppers and tomatoes."
Cliff Strutz





Lindy's warm, gooey, and buttery cinnamon roll is a fine way to start your morning.
"Lindy's warm, gooey, and buttery cinnamon roll is a fine way to start your morning."
Cliff Strutz


Known as a Pile Up, this dish consists of hash browns, bacon, and eggs topped by chile and cheese, with beans on the side.  The waitress told me this was their most popular breakfast item.
"Known as a Pile Up, this dish consists of hash browns, bacon, and eggs topped by chile and cheese, with beans on the side. The waitress told me this was their most popular breakfast item."
Cliff Strutz


Buried somewhere underneath all the red and green chile on the huevos rancheros are two fried eggs.
"Buried somewhere underneath all the red and green chile on the huevos rancheros are two fried eggs."
Cliff Strutz


These delicious orange mini-muffins came out hot and fresh from the oven.
"These delicious orange mini-muffins came out hot and fresh from the oven. "
Cliff Strutz


You can count on a couple of tortillas coming with all the breakfast entrees.
"You can count on a couple of tortillas coming with all the breakfast entrees."
Cliff Strutz


A Route 66 landmark in the heart of Albuquerque
"A Route 66 landmark in the heart of Albuquerque"
Michael Stern


Lindy's Coffee Shop has been renovated inside and out and is now known as Lindy's Diner.  Still the same owners and good food, though.
"Lindy's Coffee Shop has been renovated inside and out and is now known as Lindy's Diner. Still the same owners and good food, though."
Cliff Strutz



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