LSG is back! After a short hiatus (not sure if two moths counts as a hiatus, but I am going to go with it), the LSG blog is back in business. I’ll be turning out a new post every Thursday on the local food everyone should check out. Thanks for sticking with us!
Up first on the blog is Golden Crown Panaderia Neighborhood Bakery. For over 25 years, Golden Crown has been serving up authentic New Mexican baked goods, pizza, sandwiches, and much more. If you are talking about great local restaurants your guests have to try, you shouldn’t get too far without mentioning it. We heard great reviews from opinions we trust and decided to check it out.
Verdict: Good call.
When we drove up to the downtown address, we were immediately drawn in by the decor and vibe. There were bright-colored tables and wall art, and a cool, laid-back patio out front, primed for people watching. It was just a really fun place to post up for an afternoon and hang out.
If the decor doesn’t catch your eye right away, the smell certainly will! When you walk in, you can see the bakers out work, turning out fresh pastries and bread.
Then, we got to use my favorite of the senses: taste! Right after we placed our order we were given complementary bischochitos, which for you gringos, is an authentic New Mexican sugar cookie. They were warm, soft, and a great blend of sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. I couldn’t get enough of these.
For the main course, we had a classic Pepperoni and Green Chile pizza, made fresh on their very own green chile crust. Delicious, tasty, boss, enlightening are all great adjectives for this pizza. The crust was flavorful, and crispy without being burnt or crunchy. The sauce was great and not overpowering. The toppings were fresh, the pepperoni had a slight crunch (I dig this), and the fresh green chile had great heat. I’ve realized something after eating the pizza from here and Village Pizza. Some people would say pizza is pizza and it doesn’t matter where you get it from, but it just isn’t true. There is good pizza and there is great pizza. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles knew it and a couple of places in Albuquerque have reminded me of that fact.
But wait, there’s more! Golden Crown is home to so much more than great pizza! After dinner we hung out on the patio while my wife tried a soy latte, and a fresh blueberry empanadas, while I snacked on more bischochitos. She dug the latte, and mentioned how much she enjoyed the creamy taste, and even though we were already going to have to go shopping for some bigger pants for me after the meal, I ate a few bites of her empanadas. So good. The crust was flaky and flavorful, and the blueberry filling was warm and delicious. If was bigger, I’d drop a few more adjectives to describe how good it was, but just know it was good.
Summary: this bakery is excellent. It looks cool, offers something unique, and the only thing that tops the smell is the flavor. If you haven’t already, add this place to your list and be sure to check it out. Happy eating!
Atmosphere: Very cool patio, really fun to watch the bakers work
Price: Meal for 2 is probably around $20, depending on how much you get
Food: Pizza, Sandwiches, Baked Goods and Pastries, Smoothies, and more!
This restaurant is a great representation of the local food scene in Albuquerque. If it is not on your list already, be sure to check it out!