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For the last 20 years Frontier has slowly acquired the better part of the block facing Central Avenue across from the UNM campus. You will see study groups, people having coffee and lunch or the famous Frontier Cinnamon Roll, which is a huge, fresh sweet roll swimming in butter. The atmosphere is western and simple, with booths and tables. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at no particular time. New Mexican dishes, sandwiches, soups, stew and salads, chicken, ribs, fresh squeezed juice, sodas, tea and cappuccino are also offered.
To reason that this restaurant is only popular because of its budget-happy prices would be a slanderous insult to the kitchen. The menu specializes in authentic New Mexican fare featuring popular choices as chicken tacos, hefty enchiladas, and a Chile Relleno that comes so smothered in cheese that one wonders if perhaps the chef has direct ties with the Wisconsin cheese industry. If the tongue begs for something other than Mexican there is also a decent selection of burgers and sandwiches. Beer and wine is available.
The Firehouse (an actual working fire station at one time) has been recognized as one of the finest restaurants located on Route 66. An historic landmark since 1935, this establishment has always drawn a variety of customers. Upstairs, you will find a more casual atmosphere and discover a great view of Central Avenue. Happy Hour on weekdays, safe on the pocket features drinks and food specials like Hot Chicken Wings. The menu includes various types of steak, seafood, pasta, fresh salads and soups.
As the name implies, Wing Stop specializes in wings, both traditional and boneless. Depending on how many wings you order, you can choose between one or more of the flavors, including traditional hot, mild, or atomic, Cajun, lemon pepper, garlic Parmesan, barbecue, Hawaiian, or teriyaki. All the wings come with either ranch, bleu cheese, or honey mustard dressing. With a very basic menu, the restaurant only offers a few side dishes. The freshly cut fries are made in house daily and come seasoned with a slightly sweet, slightly salty seasoning. Other side options include cole slaw, baked beans, or potato salad. Wing Stop is casual, but diners can order their wings online to skip the wait. Last, the restaurant usually offers special family packs for special events, like the Superbowl. - Lydia Schrandt