3416 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM | Directions 8710635.079634 -106.606297
Neighborhoods: Nob Hill, Southeast
Well, if you like Flying Paycheck you might want to stop reading. Once a great thing, the prices have climbed, the portions are still too small. The service is solid, the environment is great, a must dine place for those in their 30s to 60s who want to feel groovy. And the food is good (though, with tons of butter, salt, and sugar, most things can taste good). And Flying does do good things for the community…wait a second…you’re doing good things for the community. At 9 dollars for a lemonade and a refill, that’s YOU doing good things. And this is what we tell ourselves on the rare occasion that we still find ourselves in Flying Paycheck.
Best Breakfast I've ever had – Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, I admit - and I eat breakfast every chance I get no matter what time of day. When I ate at the Flying Star Cafe in Albuquerque for the first time yesterday while on vacation, I expected the typical menu with the typical breakfast foods. When I looked at the menu I had a hard time finding something that I normally get so I tried something new: South by Southwest; a dish with a grits cake topped with a green chile stuffed turkey sausage patty, 2 eggs over medium then a creamy red chile sauce and cheddar jack cheese. I wasn't expecting much, as again I've had a LOT of breakfast dishes. When I took the first bite my eyes nearly popped out of my head. Stunning flavors, interesting & varied textures that worked together to create truly the best breakfast I have ever had. WOW is all I've got left to say. I'm only sad that they don't have a cafe in the Denver area.
Not Impressed... – Can't deny that there are a lot of good deserts, but prices are way out of line and the food is just ok. Ordered Peach-Raspberry pie to go and when I got home discovered some weird rhubarb garbage. No AC when it's 95 degrees outside. Not even close to the same place I visited 6 years ago. You can tell how much it has declined if you haven't been there for a long time. You'll like it if you enjoy watching masses of the unwashed order coffee and take up a table for 3 hours.
Same room for dessert!! – We were at a different location in town and loved everything about this place. I had the chicken pot pie and loved every bite of it. To finish things off everyone in our group picked a different dessert and passed them around. Make sure you safe room because they were all amazing :)
Bland and overrated – Overcrowded, overrated yuppie hangout. Food was less than mediocre... kindof bad really. It smelled really bad inside, like sewage. The restroom was disgusting. The only positive... it looks good inside, and the desserts look good (didn't stay for dessert). But looks don't make it when you've come to eat food, not look at it.
Best Bakery & Restaurant in the state – Incredible consistent and amazing. Best key lime pie.
Better than Florida places that specialize in it. Wonderful Russian coffee cake (lots of cardimun).
Great cakes. Been consistently good for 18 years. We always go back when we are in town and its always as good. If you live here appreciate it since bakeries this good, with good cofee, good service are not easy to find. If youLve just found it you've found a gem.
Good coffee, desserts, and free wifi – A good place for coffee and wifi. Desserts are on average $7-10. The food is decent, but way overpriced for the area.
Awesome bakery and coffee – Had to sleep in Albuquerque and driving by down town stopped in a Flying Star. At least on that day the coffee was awesome (actually hard to find any better) and the muffins great. Food was just average. I live in SC and cant confirm my finding.
Awesome food! – If you plan a trip to Albuquerque you have to make sure to eat at least one of the Flying Star's around town. (Or if your a local hiding under a rock unaware that Flying Star has the most delicious food in town) The food is so good we actually ate there two days in a row and even got bagels to take home to Houston. My sister eats there every Sunday and always tries a new dessert which are made fresh daily. So far she has eaten half a dozen different types of pie, cake, and cookies and is eager to make it through the endless list to retry her favorites. The menu consists of breakfast that is serverd all day, traditional New Mexican dishes and some classics with a twist (Sandwiches, Hamburgers etc). The mac and cheese, yes mac and cheese, was so unbelievably fantastic that I even ate it for breakfast! The food is fresh, organic, locally grown and made to order. There are a couple of unique drinks, E-Tea and Red Stuff, which you must try. I have no idea what's in them but they are incredibly refreshing and yummy! Each of the restaurants has their own quirky interior complete with a LARGE variety of magazines to purchase and read. All in all I think I could happily eat here the rest of my life and never get tired of it.
Food's great; coffee sux! – i've been a fan of flying star for many, many years. i've spent more time in their restaurants than i care to admit. the food is tasty, innovative. has quality ingredients. is well-prepared. lots of variety.
but let me tell you, their coffee is awful. grossly overroasted. i'd rather consume office coffee that's languished on a hotplate for 4 hours than flying star's offering. i've never understood why the management insists on peddling that stuff.
but it's about the only blemish on an otherwise fine dining experience.
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