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A Passion for Food at Slate Street Cafe

By Courtney Clark

Myra Ghattas has a passion for food. "My family has been in the restaurant industry my entire life and that is likely where my passion was first sparked. Also, we travelled often when I was younger and we were exposed to more international foods. My dad always had a big garden. I became accustomed to eating fresh vegetables and I loved it."

Today, Ghattas has her own big garden- and is the owner of Slate Street Cafe in Albuquerque. With made-from-scratch recipes and fresh, local ingredients, the cafe offers breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner. When asked why she chose not to specialize in a meal or two, she says that, "The answer is that I couldn't decide? I love them all!"

Ghattas understands the importance of nostalgia, and Slate Street's goal is to serve comfort food- at a notch up. For example the chicken fried steak is served not with traditional gravy, but with a New Mexican twist of locally-produced red and green chili. Pairing it with broccoli and potatoes, Ghattas calls the dish an "old favorite." Everything is made from scratch, because, as Ghattas says, "I believe food tastes better when you do that."

Slate Street aims to serve up dishes that are "reminiscent of your childhood." What your childhood may not have included is a complimentary wine or beer with your meal. With more than twenty-five wines, novice tasters and connoisseurs alike can find a new favorite. The menu was created to pair with the wines, with selections such as the New York Strip Sliders or Fried Olives stuffed with Boursin Cheese. Wine tastings are held twice a months, with changing themes. Common tastings are for Spanish wines, Rosé wines, and tastings that are paired with painting for a fun twist.

What are some of Ghattas' favorite foods? "When you love food and beverage, it's hard to pick just one item," she says. "Here are some of my favorites: grilled lamb, Lebanese style grape leaves, eggs benedict, heirloom tomato caprese (with homegrown tomatoes), pesto, and of course good wine."

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Courtney Clark graduated from Flagler College with a BA in English and Creative...

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