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Some love for the Grove Cafe & Market in ABQ


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Some love for the Grove Cafe & Market in ABQ

finlero | Oct 21, 2009 03:08 PM

I've been to the Grove a handful of times now, for both breakfast and lunch, and have yet to have a bite or sip of anything that falls short of outstanding.

Coffee - without a doubt the best drip coffee and espresso drinks I've had in NM. I like Ohori's in Santa Fe quite a bit, but ultimately find their coffee a little coarse and overroasted. The Intelligentsia beans Grove uses are much lighter, but with a terrific level of nuance you just don't find that often, in ABQ or anywhere. And the folks manning their La Marzocco know how to pull an espresso.

Baked goods - love their scones, homemade English muffins (great to take home by the bag too), and cookies (slightly unexpected combinations, like chocolate chunk with candied ginger).

Sandwiches - once again, the best cafe-style sandwiches I've had in New Mexico, in this case by a hefty margin. Best I've had is the pressed salami, arugula, tapenade, and provolone. But I've also got to rave about their mozzarella, tomato, basil, and arugula, with housemade mozzarella (?!?!). And props to them for knowing what they can't do effectively; the bread is sourced from the excellent Sage Bakehouse in Santa Fe.

I'll quibble that the modern hipster vibe vaguely annoys me, particularly the "Follow Us on Twitter" for (admittedly oustanding) daily specials, and I have yet to go without the line descending into some stratum of anarchic chaos. That said, for this type of establishment, the chow is in a class all by itself for the state, so I'll be visiting early and often.

Grove Cafe & Market
600 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM

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