The Gold Standard
In Gold Street Caffé we trust
It's hard to miss all the new coffee shops surfacing throughout Albuquerque. If you're familiar with this unique and apparently caffeine-addicted city, you know what I'm talking about—they're everywhere. Gold Street Caffé—the colorful restaurant seated two doors down from one espresso shop, across the street from another and just blocks from multiple more—is one such location that I've passed by multiple times but made the mistake of not trying until recently.
I entered the establishment on a busy Tuesday afternoon during the lunch hour. The café had a welcoming outdoor seating area with a cushioned bench, a few tables and chairs, and bright red umbrellas. “We're sitting outside!” I immediately told my friend, finding it hard to imagine a more appealing environment indoors. A friendly waiter handed us two menus and glasses of water, leaving us to choose our midday meal.
The menu offered breakfast, lunch and a variety of drinks including coffee, tea and even fancy-sounding cocktails like a blood orange mimosa ($7). I stuck with my water and ordered a chicken salad sandwich from the lunch menu with a side of fries ($8.95). Even though it was well after noon, we quickly learned that breakfast is served all day. This was an offer my friend could not resist, and he went with the Southwest eggs benedict ($12.95).
We didn't have to wait long for our food to arrive on two beautiful plates. My chicken salad sandwich was not served on bread, but rather on a house-made green-chile-cheese biscuit. I picked up the round sandwich held together by a toothpick and took a bite, crunching into a crispy lettuce leaf before tasting the sweet chicken accompanied with walnuts and firm green grapes. The flavors blended together nicely and the consistency of the salad was pleasantly crisp thanks to the deliciously fresh lettuce. A generous pile of french fries took up half of the plate and were delightfully warm and crispy. The crunchy texture was reminiscent of battered fish. By the time I got to the third bite of my sandwich, the biscuit was crumbling onto the plate, proving difficult to actually hold with my hands. Even though I ended up eating the crumbly biscuit and remaining chicken salad with a fork, the flavors were to die for. My friend and I were both happily full before finishing our plates of food, and I ended up taking my remaining french fries home in a box.
We didn't have to wait long for our food to arrive on two beautiful plates. My chicken salad sandwich was not served on bread, but rather on a house-made green-chile-cheese biscuit. I picked up the round sandwich held together by a toothpick and took a bite, crunching into a crispy lettuce leaf before tasting the sweet chicken accompanied with walnuts and firm green grapes.
I left fully satiated and caffeinated, content in knowing that I can most certainly depend on this particular stop for a delicious meal and a more than satisfying coffee fix.
218 Gold SW
Hours: Sun-Tue 8am-3pm, Wed-Sat 8am-3pm, 3:30-8pm
Vibe: Homey and bright
Alibi recommends: Cafe au lait, breakfast burrito with green chile