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The 66 Diner has established itself as a favorite among the locals as well as out of town visitors. Bring your appetite for great home cooking, blue-plate specials and the best milkshakes in town. The diner is located just west of the University of New Mexico on Historic Route 66. This diner is fun and fresh, lively and nostalgic. The decor is friendly and upbeat, definitely maintaining a retro-1950s and 1960s spirit. The jukebox is stocked with music from that era, and takes you down memory lane.
Don't be misled by the curiously inappropriate name of this establishment. Their tag line is "Not your average diner!" and indeed it could be argued that this is not actually a diner at all, but a relatively high-end restaurant. Neither is it in any way "standard"; its innovative and quality dishes include Beet Box (a roast, stuffed beetroot appetizer), a Lobster Caesar in which the lobster is served tempura-battered, Fried Game Hen and Sweet Potato Pie and burgers topped with bourbon butter or crab cakes. Housed in a former gas station on Route 66 in the rapidly developing "EDo" area, the Standard Diner is spacious and trendy.
The Range is a local favorite, offering an extensive menu of American fare such as pancakes and chicken fried steak, with some New Mexican-style dishes thrown in. Portions are enormous, and desserts are delicious. There are two additional locations: one in the Northeast Heights, located at 4401 Wyoming Northeast, and the original and best location out in Bernalillo, at 925 Camino del Pueblo. The Bernalillo restaurant is enormous, has beautiful windows and décor, features live bands and a gift shop, and makes for a fun Sunday brunch trip on the Railrunner train.
Located just West of the Rio Grande on famous Route 66, this popular steak house and liquor store has been serving up favorites since 1970. The salads are simple and served with soda crackers and big, puffy, Texas Toast. The grilled New York Strip is served with all the fixings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Shrimp and Salmon is offered as well as an outstanding, juicy, Green-chili burger. A complete bar with a big TV screen for sports viewing is available.