Loyola’s Family Restaurant
When Jimmy McGill (in a fake British accent) asks Craig Kettleman, the county treasurer accused of embezzling $1.6 million, and his wife Betsy to meet him at Loyola’s Cafe, he couldn’t have given the long-time family eatery a better endorsement (not that it needed it).
Located on historic Route 66, this diner with maroon vinyl booths and wrap-around counter has been packed with University of New Mexico students, cops, and chili-loving locals since it was opened by Loyola Baca in 1984. Her daughter Sarah Cordova now runs the joint that also sells posole, menudo, and red and green chili that will make your nose run, your brow sweat, and your heart dance the flamenco.
Fried chicken, chicken fried steak, and liver and onions go for $9.19. For a New York strip, be prepared to pony up $11.99. And even though Loyola’s appeared to be open into the wee hours in Breaking Bad (“Cornered” — Season 4, Episode 6), it closes by 2 PM each afternoon. Don’t miss the roadrunner lamps.
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