Burro Alley Café
207 W. San Francisco St., 505-982-0601 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily; lounge 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Thursdays-Sundays Takeout available Vegetarian options Handicapped accessible Patio dining in season Noise level: restaurant and patio quiet; lounge moderate to loud Full bar Credit cards, no checks
The Short Order
The Burro Alley Café seems to have everything going for it: location, a wonderful patio, a certain Franco-New Mexico feel, and a pastry case full of tempting treats. While one can have a wonderful breakfast or lunch here, dinner tends to be disappointing. Service, snappy during the day, also takes a fall at night. The lounge is a good bet as long as one sticks to drinks. It offers an array of specialized and garden-to-glass cocktails expertly crafted, though the
recent loss of their mixologist might change that. Recommended: pastries, quiche Lorraine,
croque monsieur, and rack of lamb.