600 Central SE
The Grove in SE Albuquerque has the following motto: local and organic produce, all-natural meats, artisan breads and cheeses. We love good food and this certainly sounded like where to get it, so we went to The Grove to see what it was all about.
The restaurant itself has a very pleasing environment. The walls are painted light blue with green accents and the white plank ceiling is charming. There are lots of windows, pretty organic sort of pictures on the walls, a concrete floor, and large patio area outside. It was rather warm so we decided to eat inside.
|Clockwise from top left: Banana Salted Caramel, Passion Fruit, Chocolate|
There is a water refill station in the dining room where you can get more water if you like, but the entire time we were there – over an hour – the water container was empty. Several diners went for water and were disappointed as they did not notice that the far right register at the ordering counter is designated for to go orders as well as refills. The refill station was refilled just before we left.
We did not eat all of our lunch at The Grove. After a few bites of each sandwich we determined they were just average and we picked at the parts we wanted, but left a good amount on the trays. Overall this is a nice, pleasant restaurant, but the quality of the sandwiches, the options available and the whole experience were not enough to make us want to go back. If we were in that part of town and hungry, we might try it again. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t that great. And in our opinion, when you’re going out, you want something great, something more than you would make at home, something to make you smile. That didn’t happen here. It was fine. Nice, clean, pleasant, but just fine. Nothing to write home about.