Comfort food abound at Goldie’s


Ever find yourself craving Christmas dinner on a Tuesday in the middle of July?

Ungelbah Daniel-Davila-News-Bulletin photo: Goldie’s Diner in Rio Communities offers classic American cuisine. Pictured, from left, are Laurie Garcia, Antonia Martinez, Carlos Trujillo, chef Frank Ntforo, and owners Carol and Lawrence Romero.

Ever find yourself craving Christmas dinner on a Tuesday in the middle of July?

Well, if so, you’re in luck. At Goldie’s Diner, 480 Rio Communities Blvd., you can get your homemade turkey dinner fix every Tuesday, and so much more.

Specializing in good, old fashioned American cuisine — pot roast, meat loaf, burgers, fish ‘n’ chips, cob salad — Goldie’s has all the comfort food you can imagine, all whipped up by a trio of four-star chefs with extensive experience in the industry.

For lunch or dinner try an ever changing blue plate special, or a double delux or mushroom Swiss burger, a rib eye or petite sirloin, shrimp alfredo or salmon with rice pilaf, or a delicious bowl of Southwestern clam chowder, all at family friendly prices.

Owners Carol and Lawrence Romero say about 95 percent of their food is homemade, including the mashed potatoes for the turkey dinner, which are peeled, boiled and mashed on site.

And as for the blue plate, Carol says it is often something off the menu because she likes to give her chefs an opportunity to be creative. She says if a customer is having a craving and it isn’t on the menu, not to fear, they are welcome to order it anyway and the chefs will try and make it happen.

For breakfast, stop by on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the all you can eat buffet for $7.99 or $5.99 for a child’s plate.

Or, for the rest of the week, dig into a Denver or Southwest omelet, or go for the hungry man’s breakfast, featuring a big plate of three eggs, bacon, sausage links and smoked ham steak.

Or perhaps buttermilk biscuits smothered in gravy or buttermilk pancakes drown in syrup are more your style.

Still hungry? Grab one of Carol’s infamous cinnamon rolls; they’re almost bigger than the plate they come on.

“She’s getting a reputation for those rolls,” quips Lawrence with a knowing grin.

And if you’re sugar conscious, don’t despair, Carol makes a variety of sugar-free treats that could fool a honey bee, such as her coconut cream pie made with Splenda and topped with homemade whipped cream.

“Cooking is my therapy,” says Carol, who, with her husband, opened Goldie’s in February. “So now that I’m here all the time, I’m completely healed.”

The diner is home to 15 employees, including chefs Mike Pointer, formerly of The Range Café in Bernalillo, who has 32 years of experience.

Also on board are chefs Alisa Mastenbrook and Frank Ntforo, who boasts an impressive resume, beginning in 1983, that includes cooking for former President Ford and family, for whom he says he made veal.

The diner also offers meeting rooms for larger parties and WiFi accessibility.

Carol says this whole venture began out of her love of feeding people, and when the restaurant space became available, she says she “jumped in feet first.”

She says she’s cooked all her life, but it is a whole other experience from cooking commercially and praises her staff for their help and support.

Carol says the diner’s name, Goldie, is for her mother. She says it wasn’t until her mother passed that she was surprised to discover her mother’s real name was Goldie, as she had always known her as Ruth.

Carol says reactions to the restaurant have been positive since several local residents are originally from the Midwest or East Coast and are looking for a place that serves classic American food.

So far, she says, her favorite part of running this new business has been meeting and building friendships with the customers, and seeing them leave full, and happy.

Goldie’s is open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 864-3005.

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