Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Diner's Traditional Fare a Favorite With Locals.

Byline: Miguel Navrot Of the Journal

* Soul food, such as the Zia's meatloaf, is hard to come by in City Different

Santa Fe's restaurant scene has a pronounced intolerance for diner fare. It's the stepchild in a city that prides itself more on Southwest-Asian fusion and other culinary preciosities. Sure, a soul food of sorts posole and cheese enchiladas isn't too hard to hunt down. But try for spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese or chile dogs and the odds are you'll come up empty. After all, who wants to sell a boring turkey melt when kimchi-stuffed empanadas rule the town?

Well, the Zia Diner, for one. An anchor of the Guadalupe Neighborhood business corridor for 15 years, Zia has watched neighboring bakeries, pastry shops, chile houses and an ice-cream parlor fail or move. …

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