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HIV Positive Former Cook for ABQ’s Garcia’s Kitchen Sues for Discrimination

One of our favorite breakfast spots in Albuquerque, Garcia’s Kitchen, is being sued for discrimination by a former employee. Pedro Maldonado worked as a cook at the Garcia’s near Old Town (there are seven Garcia’s Kitchens in Albuquerque) in 2014. Mr. Maldonado claims that he was fired after he told his boss he was HIV positive. Garcia’s Kitchen did not comment on this case but stated that they have a policy of not firing employees for serious medical issues. A crowd gathered outside Garcia’s Kitchen Friday night in support of Mr. Maldonado.

Much More Than Chile in Santa Fe

Sure, the you’ll find a blue corn this and roasted poblano that. The ubiquitous green chile cheeseburger (a good one!) can be enjoyed as well. A bit of red chile may even find its way into the occasional sauce or marinade. Just the same, the upscale 33-year-old Santacafé, in Santa Fé, NM, offers so much more than Southwest regional specialties – the menu probably sports as many Asian touches as Southwestern. If you’re visiting The City Different and plan to subsist on more than adovada and green chile (not that there’s anything wrong with that approach!), and don’t mind dressing a little, Santacafé may be just what you’re looking for. Read more about Santacafé in yesterday’s Albuquerque Journal review.

Top Burger in Every State

Hubcap burgers at Cotham’s in Arkansas… the original burger on toast at Louis’ Lunch in Connecticut… thin, crisp-edged burgers at The Workingman’s Friend in Indiana…green chile cheeseburgers at the Buckhorn Tavern in New Mexico… these are four of the 51 burgers selected as the best in each state by Business Insider. The selections are apparently a research and compilation job, in which most of the burgers were named in a previous local media poll or competition. Nonetheless, it’s a mouthwatering project to peruse for American burger lovers.

Where Do Sante Fe Chefs Eat?

We always enjoy stories about the restaurants chefs visit when they’re off the clock. And we love dining in Santa Fe. So we’re fans of the Santa Fe Reporter’s The Food Chain series, in which a chef talks about her favorite place in town to eat, and then they ask the chef of that restaurant for his favorite spot in town, and so on. This week the chain begins at Anasazi Restaurant, an upscale restaurant which we can highly recommend. Anasazi’s chef, Juan Bochenski, likes to eat burgers at Cowgirl BBQ. Continue reading

Not Grilling? Head out for the Best Dogs and Burgers

Not everyone will be grilling this holiday weekend, but most everyone will still want to partake in the 4th of July tradition of burgers and dogs. Larry Olmsted, writing for USA Today, surveys his favorite spots in America to consume beef and pork in disc and tube form, from the site of the annual Independence Day hot dog eating contest, Nathan’s of Coney Island, NYC (though we quibble with his description of Nathan’s dogs as “better-than-average but not-quite-great.” If you get a Nathan’s frank in natural casing — the casing’s important —  you are enjoying one of the world’s greatest dogs) to Santa Fe Bite‘s (yes, in Santa Fe, NM) truly superlative green chile cheeseburger. Have a look.

Albuquerque Restaurants Absorbing Soaring Egg Prices

The avian flu has decimated the Midwest egg-laying flock, and the result has been skyrocketing egg prices that are not expected to subside for a year or two. Garcia’s Kitchen, for instance, expects costs, in eggs alone, to increase about $45,000 a year. For now, at least, Albuquerque restaurants like Frontier and Garcia’s are resisting raising menu prices, choosing instead to absorb the increased egg costs. For more on how ABQ restaurants are dealing with rising egg prices, see this Albuquerque Journal story.

LAF in the A.M. March 7th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

 HAPPY NATIONAL CROWN ROAST OF PORK DAY!

A Visit to Crown Candy Kitchen

Making Salsa at Boca Tacos Y Tequila of Tucson

The Frito Pie Queen Has Passed Away

A Tale of a Huddy Burger Love Affair

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LAF in the A.M. March 5th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL CHEESE DOODLE DAY!

Fradiani Frenzy at Bishop’s Orchards in CT

Arcade of Memphis Now Open for Dinner

Chope’s of NM Added to State Register of Cultural Properties

The Best Sandwich in the World Is in Chicago

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LAF in the A.M. February 11th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL PEPPERMINT PATTY DAY!

America’s Best Burgers, Chosen by Chefs

Pine Club Incident Settled

Hodad’s Owner Died of Heart Attack

Top Pot Expanding in Dallas

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LAF in the A.M. January 31st, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL BRANDY ALEXANDER DAY!

A Ton-and-a-Half of Corned Beef

Powdrell’s of Albuquerque to Be Honored

Chicago Wining and Dining on Valentine’s Day

Revello’s Old Forge Pizza Coming to Kingston

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LAF in the A.M. December 30th, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Jacques Torres Pop Up Comes to Pittsburgh

Bauder Pharmacy of Iowa Closing?

Gooey Butter Cake, Frozen Custard, and Chocolate

Owl Bar and Cafe History

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LAF in the A.M. November 29th, 2014

A Morning Menu of Stories We Think You’ll Find Interesting

Local Paper Makes Holiday Visit to La Posta de Mesilla in NM

Wiles-Smith’s Future in Memphis

Graeter’s Watch

Santa Fe in a Day and a Half

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LAF in the A.M. November 16th, 2014

A Morning Menu of Stories We Think You’ll Find Interesting

David’s Country Kitchen in NYC?

How to Get By at a BBQ Chain

Top 101 American Breakfasts, Says Playboy

Tony Luke’s Watch

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Sadie’s on 4th, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque NM

REVIEW

Are you searching for that little, unknown, out-of-the-way mom-and-pop restaurant serving home-style New Mexican food? Then you should have come to Sadie’s 50 years ago. Today’s Sadie’s is huge and extremely popular. The portions are beyond huge and what’s on the plate is most definitely restaurant food. But if flavor is what you are after, you will be very happy at Sadie’s. Continue reading

Tecolote, Dropping Cafe and Updating Logo, Opening in Santa Fe Early November

It was a sad day in April when Tecolote Cafe received their eviction notice from their landlord of over three decades. They turned eviction lemons into summer lemonade, as they took the time to refocus and refresh. A new location has been found in the St. Michael’s Village West Shopping Center and the plan is to reopen early next month. They’ve dropped the word Cafe from their name; they will now be called, simply, Tecolote. With the updated name comes an updated abstract owl logo. Continue reading

Green Chile Cheeseburger Time in Santa Fe

Fall is prime time for green chile lovers in New Mexico, as that’s when the pods are harvested and roasted. One of the most popular uses for the vegetable is as a garnish on a green chile cheeseburger. There are as many thoughts on what constitutes a proper GCCB as there are GCCB fanatics. Should the chile be whole, chopped, or a sauce? Which should speak loudest, the beef or the chile? Hot or mild? A garnish or a flood? With or without lettuce, tomato, onion, or bacon? We love the GCCB as much as anyone, and our preferences are for hot chile and no other garnishes to dilute the chile flavor. And we think the chile is more important than the meat. Continue reading

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