southwestdinerexteriorI’ve heard a lot about this restaurant since I moved to St. Louis 7 months ago, so I thought it was time I checked it out.  Anyone who knows me, know that I am crazy about Southwestern food. My little paws get trembling with such excitement every August when the green chiles are harvested in New Mexico because I know, 10 to 20 pounds of those beautiful green chiles will be coming my way. I so wanted to like Southwest Diner, but unfortunately my first visit did not impress me.

We knew we would have a wait as it was a crowded Sunday morning, but as luck should have it, we were seated within 5 minutes.  The restaurant looks and feels like any local mom and pop restaurant in Santa Fe, and I was getting more excited by the minute.  I knew I was overdoing it, but I order the Southwest Slinger. If I was going to experience a true Southwest brunch my little doggie bowl was going to overflow with all those amazing one of a kind flavors.  For those not in the know, the Southwest Slinger consists of 2 beef patties, home fries, 2 eggs, cheese, and red or green chile sauce, and if you like for $2 more you can get it covered in sausage gravy.

All the components were there for a great Southwest meal, unfortunately it just didn’t come together in the end. The green chiles which usually have a wonderful smoky flavor was so overpowered by other spices that you would never have know they were green chiles. Green chiles should be the shining star, not a walk on role. The home fries were sitting in grease beneath the layers of cheese, overcooked (almost burnt) beef patties, sausage gravy and two eggs. This was not a good experience. The only thing that made up for the terrible food experience was the excellent service. A 2 paw hi-five for those folks, it can’t be easy working at that pace with a smile for each and every customer.  Well done guys!  Now if the kitchen crew could only learn a few things about true Southwest cooking.

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Reservations Accepted: No

Food: 3 Paws
Service: 3 Paws

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ShatasSignature_2-2-1With love from my dog bowl to yours….happy eating.