3416 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM | Directions 8710635.079634 -106.606297
Neighborhoods: Southeast, Nob Hill
Over Priced/ Way Over Rated – I use to frequent Flying Star in college when it was Originally called "Double Rainbow" located on Central Ave. I thought it was such a neat awesomely decorated fun place to hang out with friends and/or meet new interesting people. Now that they have many more locations the food has gone Downhill, the service is way too slow for today's hustle, bustle, hurry to work etc., (I have tried to catch a quick coffee drink on the way to work and FORGET IT - the service took FOREVER! and there we're many people in line before me - also I had to wait a long time while watching the server take FOREVER to make my latte!!!) Starbucks coffee drinks taste BETTER anyway! AND Starbucks provides FAST SERVICE for those of us needing to be somewhere. Every time I eat at Flying Star I am disappointed in the food - and my kids won't eat anything there! The french fries are even BAD. The desserts are way too rich - what happened to making a nice basic chocolate cake without 90% of it being MOOSE?! For 2 pieces of cake/pie, and two coffee specialty drinks you'll easliy spend $20 and then end up not eating all of it! Sorry, but we don't ever go there anymore it's just a waste of money and a disappoinment every time. (It's embarassing to bring company there - because the ambience is nice but the service and food are BAD! not to mention pricey.
In the heart of Nob Hill, a varied crowd convenes for a supreme caffeine fix and baked goods. – In Short
Vibrantly painted walls and juxtapositions of colored wood and metal give a feeling of energy and excitement to dining rooms. College students, power lunchers and well-heeled coffee sippers enjoy the atmosphere and the diverse but simple menu. The bakery cases are full of straight-off-a-magazine-cover treats. Choose between croissants, oversized muffins, Danishes, fruit tarts and thick-crusted fruit pies. Breakfast includes huevos rancheros and burritos. Lunch and dinner cuisine varies but there's always sandwiches, pastas, burgers and soups.
One of Albuquerque's Best – I adore The Flying Star-every location. The food is excellent and the places themselves are gorgeous. Yes, it's a tad expensive, but not when one considers the quality and massive portions one is presented with. Anyway, $5 for a huge bowl of some of the best soup I've ever had is quite a bargain! And ordinarily I would agree with above assertion that $4 for a piece of pie is too much, but not when the pie in question is as deliriously delicious as the heaven-sent pieces at Flying Star. Best. Pie. Ever.
Favorite Place in Town – This is a great restaurant, especially those with a taste for interesting flavors and those who just want a good old fashioned meal. I'm a vegetarian and my boyfriend is not. He can get a big meaty burger while I'm satisfied with a yummy tofu entree. The Flying Star is a bit pricey, but for a treat, it's well worth it. I bring all my out of town relatives here for a bite to eat. The desserts are more of a feast for the eyes than for your palate. They tend to lack flavor. My Boyfriend and I met at the Downtown Flying Star and have been to every one in town! Food is great at every single location. The Italian Sodas (my favorite) tend to differ, they're great at the Downtown & Heights locations, but lack everywhere else.
Bad experience – Today I simply wanted to buy a cake. I don't mind the 10 minute wait in line. I don't mind that its right in front of the exit so you are constantly moving around. I do mind when a staffmember would rather give me a lecture on personal etiquette when I ask her for the price on a cake instead of saying hello. With a whole line of people behind me I didn't think hello was a priority. Thats ok there are plenty of other bakers that I can get a sunday cake. That would rather just have my buisness.
Best Bakery in town! – Well, the prices are slightly steep if you plan on eating there on a regular basis. However, the food has never disappointed me and the bakery is, without a doubt, the best you'll find in Albuquerque. I haven't let a special occasion go by without dropping in to pick up a cake or a dozen of their giant cookies. The staff is never particularly in a hurry, so if it's crowded, expect to wait a bit.
Dependable eats – Good food. Always a nice selection. HOWEVER, the desserts are not nearly as good as they look. The entrees are better. Try Assetts Bar and Grill. Better over all....
From a newbie – Being new to Albuquerque, I'm very gunshy about the restaurants here. I've been to quite a few bad restaurants. Flying Star, fortunately is not one of the bad ones. It's a great place for any meal. It can get crowded at times, so you may have a bit of a wait, but the food is worth it, particularly the chicken pot pie.
Fancy and Flying – Upscale quick eats. I spend a lot of time eating great foods I have never tried before. The specials are always as good as they sound. If its Sunday morning and you can't decide where to eat...Flying Star is your restaurant. Take your pooch to the Rio Grande restaurant there is a really nice patio.
a gobackto – food good, service usually fast, sometimes crowded and noisy, but worth it
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