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66 Diner

1405 Central Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM - (505) 247-1421
Posted By Michael Stern on 3/2/2007 9:30:00 AM
The 66 Diner looks like a Mother Road classic, and in some ways it is. You can come here and eat a hamburger or a sloppy joe with French fries and an expertly made milk shake. Or have a pounded-tender chicken-fried steak smothered in cream gravy with mashed potatoes on the side – both examples of immemorial roadside fare. There is a different blue-plate special every day, including chicken pot pie on Tuesday and hot turkey sandwiches on Saturday. The meat loaf is dandy, the liver ‘n’ onions is a truck-stop delight. The black and white tile floor has a built-in hopscotch game, and bright red ceiling lamps hang over aqua-blue counter stools. The staff of uniformed waitresses breezes through the dining area to the beat of rock-and-roll hits from the Elvis era blasting on the juke box.

It is a quintessential hash house experience, but beyond that, the 66 Diner also is a good place to taste food unique to New Mexico. First and foremost is the green chile cheeseburger, in which chopped-up spicy green chilies supplement the usual package of meat and melted cheese. You can also have enchiladas made with chile, and good ol’ green chile stew, served with wheat tortillas on the side. On Saturday and Sunday (the only days of the week breakfast is served), the menu features huevos rancheros, egg burritos, and cheese omelets supercharged with green chile.

We definitely recommend getting something from the soda fountain. If the “rich thick shake” so accurately described by the menu is too much and your appetite is waning, the kitchen also offers an item billed as the “teeny-weeny hot fudge sundae.”

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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The Teeny Weeny Sundae is the perfect $.99 dessert when you've already indulged in some of the famous 66 Diner meals.  

One little condiment cup holds a pool of thick fudge sauce, topped with a small (1/4 cup?) scoop of ice cream, then finished with whipped cream, peanuts, a drizzle of fudge, and a cherry.
"The Teeny Weeny Sundae is the perfect $.99 dessert when you've already indulged in some of the famous 66 Diner meals. One little condiment cup holds a pool of thick fudge sauce, topped with a small (1/4 cup?) scoop of ice cream, then finished with whipped cream, peanuts, a drizzle of fudge, and a cherry."
Andrea Lin





Open-face Southwestern burger.  Didn't realize it was an open-face sandwich when I ordered it, but I still enjoyed it.
"Open-face Southwestern burger. Didn't realize it was an open-face sandwich when I ordered it, but I still enjoyed it."
Larry Fendrick


It's a handsome place by day; at night, the 66 Diner glows.
"It's a handsome place by day; at night, the 66 Diner glows."
Michael Stern


Fresh Frito pie!
"Fresh Frito pie!"
Larry Fendrick


Route 66 burger.
"Route 66 burger."
Larry Fendrick


Central Avenue in Albuquerque is a bonanza of reminders of what Route 66 used to be like through most of the Southwest.
"Central Avenue in Albuquerque is a bonanza of reminders of what Route 66 used to be like through most of the Southwest."
Michael Stern


Chocolate creme pie.
"Chocolate creme pie."
Larry Fendrick


Chocolate milk shake.
"Chocolate milk shake."
Larry Fendrick


Homemade blueberry pie.
"Homemade blueberry pie."
Larry Fendrick


Dining at the 66 Diner is like going back in time.
"Dining at the 66 Diner is like going back in time."
Larry Fendrick



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