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The Flying Star – Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Flying Star on Albuquerque's burgeoning northwest side.

The Flying Star Cafe at the crossroads of Corrales, Albuquerque and Alameda

In the ancient Chinese art and science of Feng Shui, flying stars are used to assess the quality of the energy flow (qi) in a given place at a given time.  The positive and negative auras of a building are charted using precise mathematical formulas to determine the wealth, academic, career, success, relationships and health of a building’s inhabitant.  By understanding the course of harmful and beneficial flying stars, appropriate Feng Shui cures can be employed to mitigate the effects of those harmful stars while enhancing the positive effects of the beneficial stars.   

While owners Jean and Mark Bernstein may not have renamed their successful local restaurant chain for the Feng Shui principles of flying stars, there’s no denying the qi (energy flow) at Flying Star is  active, vibrant and positive.  It’s been that way from the very beginning, even before their restaurant was rechristened Flying Star (likely for its meteoric rise in popularity).

Mexican Latte and Chocolate Croissant

Mexican Latte and Chocolate Croissant

The Flying Star chain got its auspicious start in 1987 when the Bernsteins launched a high-energy restaurant named Double Rainbow in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill district.  A franchisee of a San Francisco ice cream store of the same name, Double Rainbow was an immediate hit.  It was renamed Flying Star in the millennial year when the restaurant struck out on its own.  A quarter-century later, it remains one of New Mexico’s most popular and successful independent restaurants.

The Flying Star is a ubiquitous presence–some would say institution–in the Duke City with seven locations situated seemingly not too far from every neighborhood.  Flying Star has also expanded to Bernalillo and Santa Fe. The burgeoning enterprise is the Duke City’s answer to Starbucks in the lucrative local coffee market, launching several Satellite Coffee shops throughout the city.  It seems the only area in which Flying Star has not been successful is in fulfilling the first part of its mission statement–“to fly below the radar of the larger chains and to cook where no one has cooked before.”  Flying Star is on everyone’s radar–restaurant chains, singles and families, blue- and white-collar workers, hipsters and nerds, doctors, lawyers and probably even a few Indian chiefs.

Morning Sundae: Organic vanilla yogurt, Fresh and dried fruits, Walnuts, House made granola     Honey

Morning Sundae: Organic vanilla yogurt,
Fresh and dried fruits, Walnuts, House made granola
Honey

From its onset,  Flying Star has been a welcome departure from the ubiquitous gobble-and-go fast food franchises.  It’s an inviting milieu, a haven from the mundane and a hangout for huddled masses.  It’s as unpretentious as restaurants of its high quality come with absolutely no tablecloths, reservations or waitstaff.  Over the years its menu has expanded from its core offerings of sandwiches, soups and salads to pastas, rice dishes, a variety of blue plates and regional specialties, serving food that’s “not fancy, but really delicious and plentiful.” The Flying Star’s bakery makes some of the best artisan bread in the city and its desserts continue to earn accolades a plenty. 

In 2008 Albuquerque The Magazine readers voted the Flying Star Albuquerque’s “Best Place to Overindulge,” indicative perhaps of the profuse portions American diners have come to expect.  Ironically, much of the feedback from readers who frequent the restaurant more frequently than I do has two themes: the Flying Star’s portions are increasingly parsimonious and its prices are increasing.  Two September, 2013 visits in three days certainly bore witness to the second contention–a burger which was nine dollars the last time I had it in 2009 is now nearly thirteen dollars.  I don’t visit the Flying Star often enough to validate the shrinking portion sizes, but had to smoosh the oversized burger down to be able to put it in my mouth.

Ranch Breakfast: Two Eggs,Home fries,  Bagel, Turkey green chile sausage patties

Ranch Breakfast

In September, 2002, Bon Appetit magazine named The Flying Star one of the “ten favorite places for breakfast in America.”  That’s an incredible honor considering the tens of thousands of restaurants across the fruited plain that serve breakfast.  Best of all, every item on the menu is available all day long.  You can have the Flying Star’s amazing French toast for dinner and you can have the rosemary chicken with couscous risotto for breakfast and the counter staff won’t look at you quizzically. It’s the best of both worlds, a perpetual brunch for diners who can’t decide what to have.

15 September 2013: Because of the menu’s “everything all day long” approach, you could easily plan to start off your morning wanting breakfast, but changing your mind as you peruse many options on display over the counter.  Any meal goes well with the Flying Star’s coffee which earned “best coffee or espresso” accolades from Alibi readers in 2009.  An invigorating option is the Mexican latte (Espresso, steamed milk, cocoa powder, sugar and cinnamon) Grande-sized.  A little chile would make it even better.  The Mexican latte pairs very well with a chocolate croissant, made in-house.  It’s flaky, buttery deliciousness laced with dark chocolate.

The New Mexico Burger With French Fries

The New Mexico Burger With French Fries

15 September 2013:  If the Mexican latte doesn’t wake you up, perhaps the Morning Sundae will.  Served in a glass goblet, it’s a rejuvenating elixir served slightly chilled.  The goblet is brimming with organic vanilla yogurt, fresh and dried fruits, walnuts, house-made granola and honey.  It offers an amazing world of contrasts in flavor (sweet, sour, tangy) and texture (nutty crunchiness, chilled firmness of the fruit).  More importantly, it’s as delicious a yogurt dish as you’ll find in the Duke City. 

15 September 2013: The Ranch is a more conventional American breakfast offering with an optional New Mexico touch you’ve got to have.  That option is turkey green chile sausage patties, one of the very few proteins good enough for diners to eschew an excellent smoked bacon.  Green chile doesn’t just make a cameo appearance on the sausage.  It’s very prominent in the flavor profile of a sausage which would still be quite good without it.  The Ranch also includes two eggs prepared any way you want them as well as your choice of a bagel or whole grain toast and home fries.  The home fries would be exceptional were they not in need of desalinization.

The ABC Patty Melt

The Patty Melt with French Fries

13 September 2013: If you’re craving a moist and juicy green chile cheeseburger, the Flying Star’s New Mexico burger, served on an egg bun, is an excellent (albeit pricey at nearly $13) option. The green chile is only slightly piquant, but the accompanying red onion, lettuce and tomato are garden fresh and the melted Cheddar cheese tops a perfectly seasoned slab of hamburger to form an excellent rendition of New Mexico’s favorite burger. Meatatarians will also appreciate the ABC Patty Melt–“A” as in avocado, “B” as in smoked bacon and “C” as in Jack cheese all served on grilled rye. It’s a beautiful sandwich when ordered medium done with a pinkish hue that would be the envy of many a blushing bride.  In 2009, the ABC Patty Melt was accorded the city’s “best burger” honors by Albuquerque The Magazine readers.

Sandwiches and burgers come with your choice of French fries, homemade potato salad, coleslaw or a fresh fruit salad. For a mere pittance you can also substitute a little greens salad or soup. While the fries are actually pretty good (crispy on the outside and soft on the inside), a refreshing alternative is a unique coleslaw flecked with red and green peppers as well as red onion. It’s not overly sweet or creamy and its component parts are invariably fresh and crunchy. Most coleslaw in Albuquerque is boring, but not at the Flying Star.  If you’re having a burger or sandwich, make sure your meal also includes a chocolate shake. It’s served cold and thick with what doesn’t fit in the glass served to you in a steely vessel. The chocolate isn’t teeth-decaying sweet as so many chocolate shakes tend to be.

The Miami Shrimp Stack

The Miami Shrimp Stack

The Flying Star’s menu provides food raised with a conscience.   The Bernstein were among the first Duke City restaurateurs to establish relationships with producers and growers of sustainable and humanely farmed meats, dairy and eggs. Burgers are crafted with 100% fresh and drug-free beef raised by seven New Mexican ranches while the chicken is cage-free, veg-fed and drug-free. Health conscious diners will appreciate the wide variety of inventive fresh salads; the menu showcases 45 freshly cut vegetables and fruits. All dressings are even made from scratch in the restaurant’s kitchen: Ranch, Bleu Cheese, Caesar, Spicy Sesame or House Vinaigrette.

One of my favorite salads anywhere is the Miami Shrimp Stack (no longer on the menu), a timbale of seasoned shrimp, black beans and fresh avocado chunks drizzled with Ancho BBQ sauce. This salad is served with freshly made blue corn tortilla chips and a crunchy little salad (cucumber, carrots, jicama and green onion). Its pretty as a picture plating resembles an expensive fusion dish and the high quality of ingredients belie the price (under ten dollars). Despite the seemingly disparate ingredients, flavors coalesce to create a happy harmony on your taste buds.  Hopefully the Flying Star will someday resurrect this happiness generating salad.

Papas Got a Brand New Mac

The Flying Star’s inventiveness is often best expressed in taking comfort food favorites and giving them a personality, an unconventional twist.  Sometimes this creativity works and sometimes it doesn’t.  When the latter occurs, it actually comes as a surprise. Such was the case when the restaurant’s Mac & Cheese, a 2008 “best in the city” honoree by Albuquerque The Magazine readers “morphed” into “Papa’s Gotta Brand New Mac”   The Papa dish was more of the same…with a twist. That would be the addition of sauteed crimini mushrooms, green onions and crispy chicken breast to the Curly Q cavatappi and creamy cheese sauce. The highlight of this macaroni and cheese is resoundingly the crispy chicken breast which is tender and delicious. The low point is letting Velveeta anywhere near the dish.  

15 September 2013:  One of the more interesting menu items to hit the Flying Star menu in quite a while is a risotto not made with arborio rice, but with couscous, a coarsely ground semolina paste.  Somewhat similar to rice in color, texture and shape, couscous is often used in dishes just as rice would be.  Despite being more filling than rice, it’s actually a bit lighter and more airy.  By itself couscous is a bit on the boring side, but the Flying Star prepares it with an herbed, grilled chicken breast, asparagus, fresh peas and feta crumbles with plenty of rosemary.  It’s an excellent entree with more creaminess and flavor diversity than you might expect.

Rosemary chicken with couscous risotto

Rosemary chicken with couscous risotto

As the Double Rainbo, this powerhouse restaurant was named in Southwest Airlines’ Spirit magazine as one of the best places in their routes for the most important meal of the day–dessert. The dessert offerings are lavish indeed, including the ice cream which is sinfully rich and creamy. In its Food and Wine issue (May 2007), Albuquerque The Magazine (ATM) accorded a “Hot Plate” award to the restaurant’s Raspberry Blackout, a decadent dessert worthy of adulation. A display case showcases some of the best looking desserts you’ll see anywhere. They’re so “pretty as a picture” perfect you might think they’re wax imitations of the real thing. Thankfully they don’t taste waxy. 

Singling out one dessert at Flying Star is akin to singling out a single star from a Northern New Mexico night sky. It’s a daunting task sure to invite deliciously contentious debate. One choice, especially on a hot summer day is the turtle sundae, among the best anywhere.  Perpetually on display under glass are some of the most mouth-watering baked desserts, baked fresh daily in the old-fashioned, hand-crafted manner of yore.  The Flying Star is one of New Mexico’s most lauded and lionized artisinal bakers.  Some of its decadent desserts are works of art in the form of irresistible post-prandial deliciousness.

One of the Flying Star’s decadent desserts

You can almost imagine Mary Ann in her tight, skimpy shorts serving you the coconut cream pie, which like the one served on Gilligan’s Island isn’t overpoweringly sweet as some of its genre tend to be. The caramel apple pie topped with sumptuous vanilla ice cream is “mom worthy.” Still, my vote might go to a gigantic wedge of bread pudding cake, served with a luscious caramel sauce. The adjective decadent has nothing on this oh so rich dessert. It’s so rich you’ll have to share it with a dining companion.

Being the proud “dad” of the two most beautiful dachshunds ever conceived, I also appreciate the Flying Star Cafe’s commitment to our four-legged children who sometimes eat from the floor. The restaurant is helping the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico build a low-cost or free medical treatment center for pets. The center will help families who can’t afford to provide even basic medical care for their beloved pets. How can you not love this altruism?

Chocolate shake

Chocolate Shake

As one of Albuquerque’s very favorite fun places to dine, Duke City diners agree the Flying Star really is in orbit around the city with its seven palate-pleasing restaurants.

The Flying Star
3416 Central, S.E.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(505) 255-6633

LATEST VISIT: 13 September 2013
# OF VISITS: 15
RATING: 23
COST: $$
BEST BET: Turtle Sundae, Machacado, Baked Bread, New Mexico Burger, Coleslaw, Raspberry Blackout, Bread Pudding, ABC Patty Melt, Miami Shrimp Stack, Morning Sundae, Mexican Latte, Ranch Breakfast, Rosemary Chicken With Couscous Risotto


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  • Innkeeper says:

    How appropriate that I was sitting in Flying Star and browsing my blog feed when I read this review. And one of my absolute summer favorites is the Miami Shrimp Stack!

    October 26, 2008 at 8:55 PM
  • Bruce says:

    As a long time customer, I am generally very pleased with the quality of the food. However a recurring problem which seems to be getting worse rather than better – Hot food, particularly at breakfast – is not consistently served hot. This is even more frustrating as once the server brings the food to the table, they rarely if ever come by to check if everything is ok.
    I have probably reduced the number of monthly visits to Flying Star by 1/2 in the last year.

    October 28, 2008 at 12:42 PM
  • Janice says:

    Since they got rid of the Miami shrip stack, I’ve stopped going as much. That was my favorite item. I don’t eat beef or chicken so this was a nice alternative. I tried a tofu dish but the tufu was fried past recognition. I can always have their blueberry scones and the tuna sandwich. The prices are getting higher so they aren’t quite the bargin they used to be.

    November 12, 2008 at 7:44 PM
  • Weirdsmobile says:

    While I enjoy the food at Flying Star as much as I ever have, the service seems to be getting worse and worse. With the prices they charge, they really have no excuse not to keep up their standards. That said, I haven’t had better croissants and soups in this town than at Flying Star.

    November 15, 2008 at 12:00 PM
  • Pat says:

    I’ve been out of town for awhile (about a year), have moved back to Abq, and am wondering what happened to the Flying Star, specifically the one west of Downtown. While the coffee is still good–even the “regular” coffee–the prices have gone up on many of the entrees and the quality has gone down. Fortunately the desserts are still good, but the prices have gone up.

    Just askin’.

    December 4, 2008 at 11:55 AM
  • Bruce says:

    We made a return trip to Fying star this past weekend – at least 8 weeks since our last visit.

    If I had any doubts before they were confirmed on this our final visit.

    Prices increasing – portions getting smaller!

    Luke-warm build your own omelet breakfast for 2 with coffee’s and a 1 side of sausage – over $36. It’s a shame – when done right their food has been excellent in the past – if a bit skimpy on the overpriced portions.

    In contrast we had a great, satisfying and hot dinner at the new recently reviwed by Gil -Blue Cactus Cafe – price for 2 less than $26.

    In the future we plan to stick to The Range, Calico Cafe and Slate Street Cafe for our local breakfast jaunts and will try the breakfast at the Blue Cactus soon.

    December 23, 2008 at 9:48 AM
  • Neil says:

    It’s official — I can’t afford to eat at Flying Star anymore. Not only are their prices way too much these days, but their portions are way too small. $15 for a meal that still leaves you hungry gets a thumbs down from me.

    July 1, 2009 at 3:26 PM
  • Noel Paz says:

    Yeah.. the prices have gone up like the altitude of a flying star. They do need to pay for those magazines. I wonder how many get sniped. I have to say though that it has the upward mobility feel like shopping at Whole “Paycheck” Foods.

    It is a good meeting place though for parents of soccer teams, meeting potential home buyers, craigslists point of contact, even bible meetings and study groups. What does tell you. I’ve been there a lot. And despite of the price hike they do seem to have a lot of patrons except for the Bernalillo branch.

    April 2, 2010 at 1:54 AM
  • Jackie says:

    My husband loves the coconut pie at Flying Star. I don’t care for coconut; so I’m not a good judge. We live in FL, and I’d like to make him a pie like this. Does anyone know the recipe, or can someone give me a hint as to how it’s different from a regular coconut meringue pie? All he knows is that he LOVES it, and we can’t afford to travel to ABQ for pie.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:42 PM
  • Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos says:

    Jackie, Lest you haven’t tried, here’s the contact page http://www.flyingstarcafe.com/contact.htm for FS where you can suggest/ask the Bernstein’s, the owners, http://flyingstarcafeandsatellitecoffee.wordpress.com/2010/06/ to consider offering a recipe now and then (which they could use as a re-hook to the website). More directly, the Exec. Pastry Chef is Willem Blom at http://flyingstarcafeandsatellitecoffee.wordpress.com/2010/05/
    ‘Chow’

    September 22, 2010 at 9:01 AM
  • Kathy says:

    Sorry to say, but my once-favorite, weekly hangout has been replaced by Weck’s. Flying Star’s soaring prices, mediocre food and even rude service have lost my business for good. Or rather, not so good. Friends have reported similar disappointment.

    October 25, 2010 at 3:28 PM
  • mary says:

    the cake price are ridicules high. My son didn’t want to be a sucker for paying those price for any food there. I do like the cake(resberry black out), but can’t afford to buy it often.

    I wish i can find high quality cake and reasonable price in town.

    November 2, 2010 at 10:40 PM
  • Bruce Schor says:

    Just came back from lunch at TFS and have an observation re the rising cost of food in the USA
    The Flying Star seems to have taken an approach to those skyrocketing prices which is counterproductive.
    Instead if raising their prices they are using a “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” approach.
    I particularly like their version of a Cuban sandwich which they call a Cubano Torta.
    Very tasty if not completely authentic.
    It was so small I had to check if the gave me a half sandwich with my soup.
    My wife’s Acapulco Salad, her fave, was also a shadow of its former self without the previously grilled shrimp which were replaced by a small non-grilled version.
    I do understand the economics of rising food prices but I would rather pay a bit more than pay the same price and get less.
    I think TFS is going about it the wrong way.

    May 27, 2011 at 3:13 PM
  • Matt Waters says:

    I just finished lunch at the Flying Star on Paseo and Wyoming NE.
    Nothing short of extreme disappointment.
    My wife oirdered one of the salads with shrimp on it,and I ordered the Turkey Jack sandwich. My wife was being polite when she critiqued the saled as “ok.”
    My sandwich was lightly toasted sourdough bread (barely toated) and sopping with some kind of grease. Everytime I lifted it to take a bite I had to use a napkin and wipe the grease from my fingers. It came with some chopped turkey breast, green chile, and jack cheese. Rather then put the cheese and chile on the same side they were on opposite sides, and the sandwich was slipping apart everytime I touched it. (maybe it was the grease on the bread I’m not sure, but if the put the chile and the cheese on the SAME side it might have held together better.) The sandwich came with a pile of fries that were cold (not even warm), and they were greasy. Along with two iced teas our bill came to $26.92.
    Stop!
    For thirty bucks I could have taken her to Pappadeux’s and had blackened catfish dinners. I could have gone to the cooperage and had prime rib sandwiches with soup and salad bar. I could have gone to Los Cuates and had the left side of the menu.
    THE VERY LAST TIME I go to Flying Star.
    THE VERY LAST TIME I let them ovecharge me for mediocre food at best!

    August 8, 2011 at 2:35 PM
  • Morgain says:

    Matt, believe it or not, the folks at Flying Star want to know when you’re not happy with the food. In this particular case, it sounds as if whoever prepared it did a lousy job. If you don’t let the management know, they can’t fix it. I do understand why you wouldn’t want to go back, but I encourage you to call the Paseo location and let the manager know about your experience.

    August 8, 2011 at 5:45 PM
  • Barbara says:

    Actually, I’ve found that the Flying Star does NOT want to know when you are not happy with the food. And their desserts are overpriced and often stale.

    August 8, 2011 at 7:10 PM
  • Jim Millington says:

    In truth I kissed off the Flying Star several years ago. The food seems to be factory made somewhere and shipped to the restaurant. I could be completely wrong about this but if I am they have made a great imitation of factory food. I always thought that their deserts were great but I never eat desert anywhere without challenging the waiter to sell the Child Bride on the idea. Born and raised in Korea she almost never buys, the only deserts she likes are the Korean cake stuffed with some sort of sweet bean that I just can’t stand. Imagine how porkulant I would be if she liked sugar. Barbara is probably right as I have a several year gap on the quality.

    August 8, 2011 at 7:54 PM
  • Morgain says:

    Barbara, I’m sorry to hear that that has been your experience. While I certainly agree that they can be overpriced and underwhelming, I’ve generally had success when having asked a manager to fix something that was ill-prepared. Clearly, mutiny is our only option. *grin*

    August 9, 2011 at 9:07 AM
  • Cheryl says:

    Live out of town and buy your gluten free peach raspberry muffins. I buy all you have when in town which is not very many ever because they are soooo good that you are out of them! May I have your recipe? Your restaurant is unique and I love your menu!

    June 30, 2012 at 8:12 AM
  • SMC says:

    I’ve eaten at FS since they opened, but I rarely go any more. Most of the food is insanely expensive (a bowl — very shallow — of chicken soup — tasty but basically empty — with a big fluffy motzah ball in the middle, for $10+? Are they CRAZY? Breakfast hash, newly introduced, gluten-free, and very tasty but basically made of *potatoes* and served as a smallish dollop in the middle of a plate, for $10+? Putting an egg on top doesn’t justify the price). At first, I assumed they jacked up their prices to help finance their ever-growing string of locations; then they went ape-shit with portion control. Now they sell ever less substantial slivers of cake and pie for the price of a good sandwich somewhere else. Baked goods are still high quality, but prices are outrageous.

    They seem to have pruned or kicked out their long-time, experienced staff (or rotated them to other sites, or the staff people quit) so they seem routinely understaffed and disorganized, not so much behind the counter as out on the floor. Plates sit under the hotlights for 10-15 minutes before the lone runner on duty picks them up for rather languid delivery, so everything is both lukewarm *and* overcooked (that is, withered by long spells under the hotlights). I really resent how the owners set up a pleasing and well-priced food experience, jacked up prices while spreading all over the city, and are now running it all into the ground. They seem to be sucking quality out at every level, which of course translates into more profit into the owners pockets but frustration for customers.

    Is this still a family-owned enterprise, or have the Bernsteins sold it all off and walked away, leaving it floundering in decreasing quality and increasing prices? If not, what *is* going on? Yes, these are hard times, but treating customers expectations of quality and reasonable pricing with contempt (Im talking about bosses now, not staff — let’s be clear about that) is not a good way to survive bad times. Wait — I re-read the posts above, and apparently the Bernsteins are still the owners; but I did hear from staff that they went “corporate” in a big way not long ago. Maybe that’s the genesis of the disastrous “pinche portion” policy that’s leading longtime customers like me to find better alternatives elsewhere.

    Altogether, a sad story, IMO.

    October 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM
    • Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos says:

      Alas Sad-SMC, I’ve tried to be supportive of FS as a “local” by being hush per the variety of great venues(including those with nice patios not overlooking parking lots), but I too feel the Bump…well actually a Poke…to 9 bucks for a half sandwich/soup or salad nowadays is going beyond the previously already edgy bucket(even with due respect to my Capricorn roots!!!) even tho the egg salad is to salivate for!
      Spurious Trivia for which I stand to be corrected: Originally, lest I be mistaken, this was originally named Double Rainbow…primarily a place for Yuppie Yum-Yums in ABQ’s Nob Hill. I’m purely guessing that a place in “Frisco” called them on the use of the name* per e.g. did ya ever try to trudge up to the top of Powell St. to what is known in SF as Nob Hill as well? http://tinyurl.com/9a2rzya? * Many years ago I tried to get the then ‘fledgling’ CheeseCake Factory of initially Calif. to come on out to ABQ in consideration of its menu items being yummy despite being more pages than Atlas Shrugged!!! They replied they couldn’t register the name in NM as there was already Dee’s Cheese Cake Factory on Menaul across from American Furniture!!!
      “Chow!”

      October 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM
  • Bruce Schor says:

    I feel somewhat vindicated after my comment of May 2011 offering my opinion of the approach to rising food prices by TFS.
    My only hope is that the owners read our comments and take heed and choose to remedy the situation and not by offering magnifying glasses with every meal.
    “We know our portions are shrinking, but try using the accompanying magnifier to view your meal” doesn’t seem to be the answer.
    The dining experience consists of food, service, ambiance and price. And one can’t live by desserts alone, although I’d consider it with TFS’s creme brûlée beignets.

    October 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM
  • Mara van der Pas says:

    Are you sick ,Gil? I haven’t read a review of yours for days, now.

    September 26, 2013 at 7:40 AM
    • Gil Garduno says:

      Hi Mara

      Thank you so much for asking. I’m working half days (twelve hours) at my paid job and haven’t had the energy lately to keep up with my reviews, but hope to catch up this weekend.

      Gil

      September 26, 2013 at 8:35 AM
  • BOTVOLR says:

    Alas, my back-to-nature G-son’s in town so we meet up at FS so his relatively new dog can join us on the patio on Rio Grande.

    Shock of Shock!!! NO MO (superb) Egg salad so I can do the Soup/Sand and feel like I’m getting something for the $$$ which their BLT does not sate. Ok Ok…I will confirm that today’s “Sweet Potato Poblano Lime” zupa is A-1.

    July 30, 2014 at 3:13 PM
  • Chocolate is seasonal? says:

    I’ve always thought Flying Star was too expensive for the quality of food you get. It is frustrating, especially considering all the other wonderful choices in ABQ.

    They do have good desserts; however, I find it almost comical how their Rio Grande Mud Pie is seasonal. There isn’t an ingredient in there that should be seasonal – as far as I know anyway…

    August 1, 2014 at 9:20 AM

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