The nexus of words in print and a brain come alive by caffeine is why Duggan’s Coffee is perfect.
At its baseline level of service, Duggan’s offers locally roasted Fat Boy coffee beans augmented by a bevy of local newspapers, all set against a soundtrack of local gossip and friendly meet-ups, both planned and spontaneous.
Owner Kevin Scanlan oversees everything with a grin; he and his wife came back to New Mexico after decades away practicing architecture in California, ready for a little bit of a breather. T
hey renovated the space with bright colors and clean design; I have a feeling they wouldn’t have it any other way. Learn all this and more about the place by ignoring the free WiFi to have a chat while sipping a smooth Americano ($2.45 double).
Thumb through the papers, if you’d like, and then admire the menu themed around newsy phrases: Morning Edition, The Columnist, Metro, Classified.
The dozen food offerings all come from a tiny kitchen in back, so let’s start with the uncooked Spot News ($5.95), a parfait glass overflowing with layers of berry puree, yogurt and granola. Delicious with plenty of carbohydrates to rocket a person right through to … another cup of coffee ($2.70 for a bottomless cup).
If your breakfast preferences tilt towards the savory/protein side of the coin, the Op Ed breakfast burrito ($5.50, $6.50 with egg) is yet another rendition of a local staple, and a darn good one. One fat plank of bacon runs the length of this bundle of cheese, hash browns, egg and chile.
Diners staying put receive the bonus of a smothering with chile; the handheld to-go version is still a meal and a half in its own right.
Lunch-goers have several more options, like a chopped salad called The Journalist ($7.25), and regulars’ favorite The Editor ($7.50), a pulled pork barbecue sandwich with red chile and homemade coleslaw. Do the names imply anything about various news jobs, editors being hard-working and in need of some hearty meat, while journalists are the vegetable-eating health nuts?
Doubtful; everyone I’ve ever known in the news business works enough to earn everything on the menu and then some. Same goes for restaurant owners: stop in to Duggan’s and say hello to the neighborhood while you sip on a great cuppa.