Red or Green? is Desert Exposure’s guide to dining in southwest New Mexico. We emphasize non-national-chain restaurants with sit-down, table service
With each listing, we include a brief categorization of the type of cuisine plus what meals are served: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner. Unless otherwise noted, restaurants are open seven days a week. Call for exact hours, which change frequently. All phone numbers are area code 575 except as specified. We also note with a star (*) restaurants where you can pick up copies of Desert Exposure.
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Adobe Springs Café, 1617 Silver Heights Blvd., 538-3665. "Under new ownership and refocusing on what has made it a longtime Silver City favorite: excellent breakfasts and lunches." (April 2011) Breakfast items, burgers, sandwiches: Mon.-Thur. B L, Sat. & Sun. B L D.*
Alotta Gelato, 619 N. Bullard St., 534-4995. Gelato, desserts and hot drinks: All day.*
Billy’s Wild West BBQ & Steakhouse, Hwy 180E, 388-1367. "A freewheeling mixture of barbequed ribs and brisket, freshly made pasta and pizzas baked in a genuine Italian brick oven featuring a wide range of innovative
toppings." (November 2010) Barbecue, steak, pasta, pizza: Tues.-Fri. D. Sat. L D. Italian nights Weds., Sat.*
Bryan's Pit Barbecue, Mimbres Valley Self Storage and RV Park, (660) 247-3151 or (660) 247-3160. "Authentic Southern-style barbecue.…. Brisket, pork ribs, chicken and sausage dinners, pulled pork and chopped brisket sandwiches." (August 2010). Now also BBQ tenderloin and smoked turkey. Barbecue: L D.
Café Oso Azul at Bear Mountain Lodge, 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road, 538-2538. "Bear Mountain Lodge blends food, art and natural beauty into a memorable experience that pleases all the senses.… The menu changes daily, with entrées that are always imaginative and tasty — comfort food in a form that most of our mothers would never have thought of producing." (March 2011) Weekend brunch, weekday L by reservation only.*
Chinese Palace, 1010 Highway 180E, 538-9300. “All the food is cooked to order. This means that not only does every dish arrive at the table freshly cooked and steaming, but also that you can tailor any dish to suit your taste.” (October 2012) Chinese: Mon.-Fri. L D.
Courtyard Café, Gila Regional Medical Center, 538-4094. American: B L, with special brunch Sundays.*
Curious Kumquat, 111 E. College Ave., 534-0337. "A hotspot of modern culinary innovation. Lunch features soups, salads and sandwiches. Dinners are elaborate, imaginative, exotic five-course culinary creations. Entrées always include vegetarian and vegan options… plus others determined by what local ranchers have available." (July 2010) Contemporary: Tues.-Sat. L D.*
Diane’s Restaurant, 510 N. Bullard St., 538-8722. "Always evolving, always interesting, Diane's has it all." (Sept. 2013) Fine dining (D), steaks, seafood, pasta, sandwiches (L), salads: Tues.-Sat. L D, Sun. D only (family-style), weekend brunch.
Diane’s Bakery & Deli, The Hub, Suite A, Bullard St., 534-9229. "Always evolving, always interesting, Diane's has it all." (Sept. 2013) Artisan breads, sandwiches, deli, baked goods: Mon.-Sat. B L early D, Sun. B L.*
Don Juan's Burritos, 418 Silver Heights Blvd., 538-5440. Mexican: B L.
Drifter Pancake House, 711 Silver Heights Blvd., 538-2916. Breakfast, American: B L, breakfast served throughout.
El Gallo Pinto, 901 N. Hudson St., 597-4559. “Breakfast dishes are served all day, along with all the other traditional Mexican favorites like burritos (with a long list of filling options)… plus a vertical grill cooks sizzling chicken and carne al pastor.” (October 2013) Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L D, Sun. B L.
Gil-A Beans, 1304 N. Bennett St. Coffeeshop.*
Golden Star, 1602 Silver Heights Blvd., 388-2323. "If you sometimes long for the guilty pleasures of the Chinese food served at a mall food court — think Panda Express — or just want your wontons without waiting, there's good news…. Normal appetites will find the three-item combo tough to finish, so plan on leftovers whether you're eating in or taking out. All of it's plenty tasty, and you can enjoy it just like in the food court." (February 2007) Chinese: L D.
Grandma's Café, 900 Silver Heights Blvd., 388-2627. American, Mexican: B L.*
Green Turtle Noshery, 601 N. Bullard St. in The Hub, 200-6895."The menu varies somewhat from day to day, and reflects the seasonal availability of local fruits and vegetables. Most of the items on the menu are vegetarian,
but several non-vegetarian dishes have turned out to be popular and are likely to remain regular options." (July 2014) Baked goods, organic
breakfast and lunch items: Thurs.-Sat. B L, Sun. B L brunch.h.
Grinder Mill, 403 W. College Ave., 538-3366. Mexican: B L D.*
Healthy Eats, 303 E. 13th St., 534-9404. Sandwiches, burritos, salads, smoothies: L.
Jalisco Café, 100 S. Bullard St., 388-2060. Jalisco Café, 100 S. Bullard St., 388-2060. "Four generations of the Mesa family who have been involved in a restaurant that remains family-friendly." (June 2014) Mexican: Mon.-Sat. L D.
Javalina Coffee House, 117 Market St., 388-1350. Coffeehouse.*
Kountry Kitchen, 1700 Mountain View Road, 388-4512. "Since 1978, Kountry Kitchen has been serving up Mexican food that is considered to be some of the best that can be found in the area. All the dishes are tasty, unpretentious, attractively presented and reasonably priced." (February 2013) Mexican: Tues.-Sat. B L D, Mon.-Sun. B L.*
La Cocina Restaurant, 201 W. College Ave., 388-8687. Mexican: L D.
La Familia, 503 N. Hudson St., 388-4600. Mexican: Tues.-Sun. B L D.*
La Mexicana, Hwy. 180E and Memory Lane, 534-0142. "Carrying on the legacy of unpretentious but tasty and authentic Mexican food established many years ago at the family's restaurant in Chihuahua." (April 2013) Mexican
and American: B L, closed Tues.
Lion's Den, 208 W. Yankie, 654-0353. Coffeeshop.
Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery, 200 N. Bullard St., 956-6144. "The menu offers what they call ‘pub food’—but always with a bit of a twist." (March 2014) Burgers, wings, salads, fish, pasta, craft beers and cocktails: Weds.-Mon. L D. *
Masa y Mas Tortilleria, Suite C-The Hub Plaza, (505) 670-8775. Tortillas, tacos, chimichangas, burritos, enchiladas, menudo, tamales and more. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L.*
Mexico Viejo, Hwy. 90 and Broadway. "A remarkably extensive menu for a small roadside food vending stand, and the dishes are not what one normally finds in other Mexican restaurants." (July 2013) Mexican food stand: Mon.-Sat. B L early D.
Mi Casita, 2340 Bosworth Dr., 538-5533. New Mexican cuisine: Mon.-Thurs. L, Fri. L D.
Millie's Bake House, 215 W. Yankie, 597-2253. "From pies to pizzas, the food is oven-fresh and innovative." (November 2012) Soup, salads, sandwiches, baked goods: Tues.-Sat. *
Nancy's Silver Café, 514 N. Bullard St., 388-3480. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L D.
The Parlor at Diane's, 510 N. Bullard St., 538-8722. Beer and wine bar, sandwiches, light bites: Tues.-Sun. afternoons.
Pretty Sweet Emporium, 312 N. Bullard St., 388-8600. Dessert, ice cream: Mon.-Sat.*
Q's Southern Bistro, 101 E. College Ave., 534-4401. "Q's Southern Bistro has found its niche and honed its 'elevated pub' menu to excellence to serve its fun-loving, casual dining crowd." (October 2010) American, steaks, barbecue, brewpub: Mon.-Sat. L D.
Red Barn, 708 Silver Heights Blvd., 538-5666. "From the friendly staff to the down-home food — steaks, of course, plus chicken, seafood, burgers, sandwiches and a sampling of superb Mexican fare — you might be settling in for lunch or dinner at an especially large ranch house." (October 2009) Steakhouse: L D.*
Sabor, 1700 Mountain View Road, 388-2737. Mexican, sandwiches: B L D.
Shevek & Co., 602 N. Bullard St., 534-9168. “If sampling new types of food is part of the adventure of traveling for you, you only have to go as far as Shevek & Co. Restaurant in Silver City to take a culinary tour around
the world.” (May 2013) Mediterranean: Fri.-Tues. D.*
Silver Bowling Center Café, 2020 Memory Lane, 538-3612. American, Mexican, hamburgers: L D.*
Streetside Food, College and Bullard. "Its menu rarely offers more than three or four items on any particular day, yet it features an eclectic variety of food from all over the world on a revolving basis." (October 2014) Fusion: Mon.-Sat. L.
Sunrise Espresso, 1530 N. Hudson, 388-2027. Coffeeshop: Mon.-Sat. B L, early D.
Sunrise Espresso, 1212 E. 32nd St., 534-9565. Coffeeshop, bakery: Mon.-Fri. B L, early D, Sat. B L only.*
Terry's Original Barbeque, Hwy. 180 and Ranch Club Road. Barbeque to go: L D.
Three Dogs Coffeehouse, 503 N. Bullard St. Coffeeshop, baked goods, sandwiches, wraps: B L.*
Tre Rosat Café, 304 N. Bullard St., 654-4919. "The menu ranges from humbler (but not humdrum) fare like burgers, pizzas (at lunch and happy hour) and pastas to seasonal specials like duck confit, rabbit blanquette and Elk osso buco." (August 2012) International eclectic: Mon.-Sat. L, D. *
Vicki's Eatery, 315 N. Texas, 388-5430. "Sandwiches both cold and grilled, wraps and salads that satisfy in a homey yet sophisticated way. Don't miss the German potato salad." (Dec. 2009) American: Mon.-Fri. L, Sat. B L,
Sun. B (to 2 p.m.). *
Wrangler's Bar & Grill, 2005 Hwy. 180E, 538-4387. Steak, burgers, appetizers, salads: L D.*
Yankie Creek Coffee House, 112 W. Yankie St. Coffeeshop, coffee, home-made pastries and ice cream, fresh fruit smoothies.*
Fidencio's Taco Shop, 1108 Tom Foy Blvd. Mexican: B L D.
Little Nisha's, 1101 Tom Foy Blvd., 537-3526. Mexican: Wed.-Sun. B L D.
Los Compas, 1203 Tom Foy Blvd, 654-4109. "If you want to know how special a hot dog can be ... these Sonora-style hot dogs are masterpieces that please the eye as well as the taste buds. First, the beef hot dogs are wrapped in bacon and grilled, then nestled into a special soft, ever-so-slightly sweet bun custom-made especially for Los Compas at a state-of-the-art bakery located in Palomas. The dogs are topped with beans, melted cheese, guacamole, mustard, ketchup, grilled and raw onions, diced tomatoes, and then the whole thing is finished off with decorative squiggles of mayonnaise." (May 2012) Sonoran-style Mexican, hot dogs, portas, menudo: L D.
M & A Bayard Café, 1101 N. Central Ave., 537-2251. "A down-to-earth, friendly, unpretentious place — kind of a cross between a Mexican cantina and a 1950s home-style diner, serving tasty, no-frills Mexican and American food at reasonable prices." (October 2011) Mexican and American: Mon.-Fri. B L D.
Spanish Café, 106 Central Ave., 537-2640. Mexican, tamales and menudo (takeout only): B.
Sugar Shack, 1102 Tom Foy Blvd., 537-0500. Mexican: Sun.-Fri. B L.
D’s Café, 8409 Hwy 180. Breakfast dishes, burritos, burgers, weekend smoked meats and ribs: Thurs.-Sun. B L.
Parkey's, 8414 Hwy. 180W, 535-4000. Coffeeshop: Mon.-Sat.
Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern, 1122 Hwy. 35, 536-9649. "'Rustic gourmet'… designed to appeal to the eyes as well as the taste buds. And this is true of the items on the brunch menu, as well as those on the very different dinner menu.” (June 2012). Steaks, sandwiches, American: Thurs.-Fri. D, Sat.-Sun. B L D. Tavern with soups, sandwiches, Scotch eggs: Mon.-Sat. L D.
Spirit Canyon Lodge & Café, 684 Hwy. 35, 536-9459. "For the German sampler, café customers can choose two meat options from a revolving selection that may include on any given day three or four of the following: bratwurst, roast pork, schnitzel (a thin breaded and fried pork chop), sauerbraten (marinated roast of beef), stuffed cabbage leaves, or roladen (rolled beef with a sausage and onion filling)." (July 2011) German specialties, American lunch and dinner entrées: Saturday midday D.
3 Questions Coffee House, Hwy. 35, 536-3267. "Consistently good food based on the success of the family’s Living Harvest Bakery." (December 2013) Buffet: Tues.-Sat. B L.
Elk X-ing Café, (352) 212-0448. Home-style meals, sandwiches and desserts: B L.
Mimbres Valley Café, 2964 Hwy. 35, 536-2857. "You won't go home hungry from the Mimbres Valley Café, an oasis of down-home good food in a friendly atmosphere. The menu is simple and hearty, a blend of American and Mexican." (Jan. 2009) Mexican, American, burgers: Mon.-Tues. B L, Wed.-Sun. B L D, with Japanese tempura Wed. D.
Restaurant Del Sol, 2676 Hwy. 35, San Lorenzo. “Popular and unpretentious food, powered by a huge solar system.” (April 2014) Breakfasts, burgers, sandwiches, Mexican: Daily B L early D.
Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House, Main Street, 538-9911. "'The Buck,' as most locals affectionately call it, has a history of satisfying at the dinner plate with its long-favored menu including generous slabs of meat, hearty green chile stew with kick and 'honest pours' at the full bar." (December 2010) Steakhouse, pasta, burgers: Mon.-Sat. D.
DOÑA ANA COUNTY
Las Cruces & Mesilla
A Dong, 504 E. Amador Ave., 527-9248. Vietnamese: L D.
Abraham's Bank Tower Restaurant, 500 S. Main St. #434, 523-5911. American: Mon.-Fri. B L.
Andele's Dog House, 2184 Avenida de Mesilla, 526-1271. Mexican plus hot dogs, burgers, quesadillas: B L D.
Andele Restaurante, 1950 Calle del Norte, 526-9631. Mexican: Mon. B L, Tues.-Sun. B L D.
Antonio's Restaurant & Pizzeria, 5195 Bataan Memorial West, 373-0222. Pizza, Italian, Mexican: Tues.-Sun. L D.
Aqua Reef, 900-B S. Telshor, 522-7333. "Las Cruces' smashing, elegant sushi restaurant is more than dinner — it's a dining adventure…. Though Aqua Reef bills itself as serving 'Euro-Asian cuisine,' the menu feels (delightfully!) hard-core Asian, excelling in the fresh and raw." (April 2008) Asian, sushi: D.
Arabella’s, 1750 Calle de Mercado, 526-1313. Cuban, Italian: D.
Baan Thai Kitchen, 1605 S. Solano Dr., 521-2630. Thai: Tues.-Sat. L D, Sun. L.
The Bagel Shop, 1495 S. Solano Dr., 521-4784. Bagels: Mon.-Sat. B L.
The Bean, 2011 Avenida de Mesilla, 523-0560. Coffeehouse.
A Bite of Belgium, 741 N. Alameda St., 527-2483. Belgian food: Mon.-Fri. B L
Blue Agave Café, 1765 S. Main St. (inside Best Western Mission Inn), 524-8591. Southwestern: B.
Blue Moon, 13060 N. Valley Dr., 647-9524. Bar, burgers: Sat.-Sun. L D.
Boba Café, 1900 S. Espina, Ste. 8, 647-5900. "The signature Bubble Tea is just the beginning of an inventive eating experience. The menu — with a long list of soups, salads, sandwiches, appetizers, wraps and 'other stuff' — is the same for lunch and dinner, although Tuesday through Thursday nights Boba lays on special Caribbean fare and Friday nights are Asian-themed, with sushi." (June 2009) Sandwiches, salads, casual fare, espresso: Mon.-Sat. L D.*
Bradley D and William B, 2540 El Paseo Road, 652-3871. American comfort food: L, D.
Bravo's Café, 3205 S. Main St., 526-8604. Mexican: Tues.-Sun. B L.
Break An Egg, 201 S. Solano Dr., 647-3000. "Dedicated to owner Janice Williams' love of movies and theater, movie posters and stills dot the walls. The menu uses groan-inducing but fun movie-related puns, such as "The Ommies," for the nice selection of omelets. Lunch offers a full range of sandwiches, salads, burgers and a few wraps. Portions are done right — just enough to fill the gap without emptying your wallet." (Sept. 2008) Breakfasts, burgers, salads, sandwiches: B L.
Burger Nook, 1204 E. Madrid Ave., 523-9806. Burgers: Tues.-Sat. L D.
Burritos Victoria, 1295 El Paseo Road, 541-5534. Burritos: B L D.
Café Agogo, 1120 Commerce Dr., Suite A, 636-4580. Asian, American, sandwich, salad, rice bowl: Mon.-Sat. L D.
Café de Mesilla en la Plaza, 2051 Calle de Santiago, 652-3019. Coffeehouse, deli, pastries, soups, sandwiches: B L early D.
Carillo's Café, 330 S. Church, 523-9913. Mexican, American: Mon.-Sat. L D.
Cattlemen's Steakhouse, 2375 Bataan Memorial Hwy., 382-9051. Steakhouse: D.
Cha Chi's Restaurant, 2460 S. Locust St #A, 522-7322. Mexican: B L D.
Chicago Southwest, 3691 E. Lohman, 521-8888. Gourmet hot dogs and smoothies: Mon.-Sat. L D.
Chilitos, 2405 S. Valley Dr., 526-4184. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L D.
Chilitos, 3850 Foothills Rd. Ste. 10, 532-0141. Mexican: B L D.
China Express, 2443 N. Main St., 525-9411. Chinese, Vietnamese: L D.
Chinese Kitchen, 2801 Missouri #29, 521-3802. Chinese: L D.
Ciros Mexican Restaurant, 160 W. Picacho Ave., 541-0341. Mexican: B L D.
Cravings Café, 3115 N. Main St., 323-3353. Burgers, sandwiches, wraps, egg dishes, salads: B L.
Day's Hamburgers, Water & Las Cruces St., 523-8665. Burgers: Mon.-Sat. L D.
De La Vega's Pecan Grill & Brewery, 500 S. Telshor Blvd., 521-1099. "The restaurant uses local produce whenever possible, including the pecan wood pellets used in the smoking and grilling. A lot of the foods and drinks are infused with pecans, and also with green chiles from Hatch, processed on site. They even serve green chile vodka and green chile beer." (February 2010) Pecan-smoked meats, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, craft beers: L D.
Delicia's Del Mar, 1401 El Paseo, 524-2396. Mexican, seafood: B L D.
DG's University Deli, 1305 E. University Ave., 522-8409. Deli: B L D.
Dick's Café, 2305 S. Valley Dr., 524-1360. Mexican, burgers: Sun. B L, Mon.-Sat. B L D.
Dion's Pizza, 3950 E. Lohman, 521-3434. Pizza: L D.
Double Eagle, 2355 Calle De Guadalupe, 523-6700. "All the steaks are aged on the premises in the restaurant's own dedicated beef aging room… An array of award-winning margaritas and deliciously decadent desserts." (March 2012) Southwestern, steaks, seafood: L D, Sun. champagne brunch buffet.
Dublin Street Pub, 1745 E. University Ave., 522-0932. Irish, American: L D.
El Ahuua’s, 1001 E. University Ave., 556-9484. Mexican: B L D.
El Patron Café, 1103 S. Solano Dr. Mexican: Tues.-Thur., Sun. B L, Fri.-Sat. B L early D.
El Sombrero Patio Café, 363 S. Espina St., 524-9911. Mexican: L D.
El Tiburon, 504 E. Amador, 647-4233. Mexican, seafood, steak: L D.
Emilia's, 2290 Calle de Parian, 652-3007. Burgers, Mexican, soup, sandwiches, pastry, juices, smoothies: L D.
Empire Buffet, 510 S. Telshor Blvd., 522-2333. Asian: L D.
Enrique's, 830 W. Picacho, 647-0240. Mexican: B L D.
Farley's, 3499 Foothills Rd., 522-0466. Pizza, burgers, American, Mexican: L D.
Fidencio's, 800 S. Telshor, 532-5624. Mexican: B L D.
Fork in the Road, 202 N. Motel Blvd., 527-7400. Buffet: B L D 24 hrs.
Game Bar & Grill, 2605 S. Espina, 524-GAME. Sports bar and grill: L D.
Garduño¹s, 705 S. Telshor (Hotel Encanto), 522-4300. Mexican: B L D.*
Go Burger Drive-In, 1008 E. Lohman, 524-9251. Burgers, Mexican: Mon.-Fri. B L.
Golden Star Chinese Fast Food, 1420 El Paseo, 523-2828. Chinese: L D.
Good Luck Café, 1507 S. Solano, 521-3867. Mexican, seafood: B L early D.
Grandy's Country Cooking, 1345 El Paseo Rd., 526-4803. American: B L D.
Guacamole's Bar and Grill, 3995 W. Picacho Ave., 525-9115. Burgers, pizza, salads, sandwiches, Hawaiian appetizers: L D.
Hiebert's Fine Foods, 525 E. Madrid Ave. #7, 524-0451. Mexican, American: B L D.
High Desert Brewing Company, 1201 W. Hadley Ave., 525-6752. Brew pub: L D.*
International Delights, 1245 El Paseo Rd., 647-5956. Greek and International: B L D.
Japanese Kitchen, 141 Roadrunner Parkway, 521-3555. Japanese: L D.
J.C. Tortas, 1196 W. Picacho Ave., 647-1408. Mexican: L D.
Jesse's Kansas City BBQ, 230 S. Church, 522-3662. Barbecue: Mon., Tue., Thurs-Sat. L D.
Jireh's, 1445 W. Picacho. Mexican, American: B L early D.
Jose Murphy's, 1201 E. Amador (inside Ten Pin Alleys), 541-4064. Mexican, American: L D.
Josephina's Old Gate Café, 2261 Calle de Guadalupe, 525-2620. "A delicious change of pace. There are a variety of classic deli sandwiches to choose from, all served on freshly baked bread, as well as the soup of the day in a cup or bowl, and salads." (October 2008) Pastries, soups, salads, sandwiches: Mon.-Thur. L, Fri.-Sun. B L.
Katana Teppanyaki Grill, 1001 E. University Ave., 522-0526. Japanese: Mon.-Fri. L D, Sat. D.
Keva Juice, 1001 E. University, 522-4133. Smoothies, frozen yogurt: B L D.
Kim-Chi House, 1605 S. Solano, 652-4745. Korean: Tues.-Sun. L D.
Kiva Patio Café, 600 E. Amador Ave., 527-8206. Mexican, Southwestern, American: B L D.
La Cocina, 204 E. Conway Ave., 524-3909. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L.
La Guadalupana, 930 El Paseo Road. 523-5954. Mexican: Tues.-Sat. B L D. / Sun. B L.
La Mexicana Tortilleria, 1300 N. Solano Dr, 541-9617. Mexican: L D.
La Nueva Casita Café, 195 N. Mesquite, 523-5434. Mexican and American: B L.
La Posta Restaurant de Mesilla, 2410 Calle De San Albino, 524-3524. "A restaurant with history hard-wired into the fiber of its being. Through building, menu and ownership, its roots extend all the way back to the 1840s." (September 2011) Mexican , steakhouse: L D, Sat.-Sun. and holidays also B.
Las Trancas, 1008 S. Solano Dr., 524-1430. Mexican, steaks, burgers, fried chicken: L D, Sat.-Sun. also B.
Le Rendez-vous Café, 2701 W. Picacho Ave. #1, 527-0098. French pastry, deli, sandwiches: Mon.-Sat. B L.
Let Them Eat Cake, 2001 E. Lohman, Suite 136, 649-8965. Cupcakes: Tues.-Sat.
Lorenzo's Pan Am, 1753 E. University Ave., 521-3505. "Homey, classic Italian fare.… Also features ravioli dishes, in half and full portions, served with salad and a basket of warm, fresh bread. Save room for dessert." (July 2008) Italian, pizza: L D.
Los Compas Café, 6335 Bataan Memorial W., 382-2025. Mexican: B L D.
Los Compas Café, 603 S. Nevarez St., 523-1778. Mexican: B L D.
Los Compas, 1120 Commerce Dr., 521-6228. Mexican: B L D.*
Los Mariachis, 754 N. Motel Blvd., 523-7058. Mexican: B L D.
Mesilla Valley Kitchen, 2001 E. Lohman Ave. #103, 523-9311. American, Mexican: B L.*
Mesilla Valley Pizza & Subs, 3961 E. Lohman Ave. #21, 521-9293. Pizza, sandwiches: Mon.-Sat. L D.
Meson de Mesilla, 1803 Avenida de Mesilla, 652-4953. Steaks, barbecue, seafood, sandwiches, salads, pasta: L D.
Metropolitan Deli, 1001 University Ave., 522-3354. Sandwiches: L D.
Miguel's, 1140 E. Amador Ave., 647-4262. Mexican: B L D.
Mi Pueblito, 1355 E. Idaho Ave., 524-3009. Mexican: Mon.-Fri. B L D, Sat.-Sun. B L.
Milagro Coffee y Espresso, 1733 E. University Ave., 532-1042. Coffeehouse: B L D.*
Mix Pacific Rim Cuisine and Mix Express, 1001 E. University Ave. #D4, 532-2042. "For a true taste of Tokyo, a classic curry, a Vietnamese tidbit or big bite of Australia — all served up with the sophistication of San Francisco — head to Mix Pacific Rim Cuisine for an international dining experience that satisfies." (March 2008) Asian, Pacific: Mon.-Sat. L D.
Moongate Café, 9395 Bataan Memorial, 382-5744. Coffeeshop, Mexican, American: B L.
My Brother's Place, 334 S. Main St., 523-7681. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. L D.
Nellie's Café, 1226 W. Hadley Ave., 524-9982. Mexican: Tues.-Sat. B L.
Nopalito Restaurant, 2605 Missouri Ave., 522-0440. Mexican: L D.
Nopalito Restaurant, 310 S. Mesquite St., 524-0003. Mexican: Sun.-Tues., Thurs.-Sat. L D.*
Old Town Restaurant, 1155 S. Valley Dr., 523-4586. Mexican, American: B L.*
Oriental Palace, 225 E. Idaho, 526-4864. Chinese: L D.
Paisano Café, 1740 Calle de Mercado, 524-0211. Mexican: B L D.*
Pancake Alley Diner, 2146 W. Picacho Ave., 647-4836. American: B L, early D.
Parker's BBQ, 850 E. Madrid Ave., 541-5712. Barbecue carryout: L, early D.
Passion Ultra Lounge, 201 E. University Ave. (inside Ramada Palms), 523-7399. Steaks, burgers, salmon: L D.
Pepe's, 1405 W. Picacho, 541-0277. Mexican: B L D.
Peppers Café on the Plaza (in the Double Eagle Restaurant), 2355 Calle De Guadalupe, 523-6700. "Creative handling of traditional Southwestern dishes…. [plus] such non-Mexican entrées as Salmon Crepes and Beer Braised Beef Carbonnade." (March 2012). Southwestern: L D.
Pho Saigon, 1160 El Paseo Road, 652-4326. Vietnamese: L D.
Pit Stop Café, 361 S. Motel Blvd., 527-1993. Mexican, American, steak: Mon.-Sat. B L D.
Player's Grill, 3000 Champions Dr. (NMSU golf course clubhouse), 646-2457. American: B L D.
Pullaro's Italian Restaurant, 901 W. Picacho Ave., 523-6801. Italian: L D.
Ranchway Barbeque, 604 N. Valley Dr., 523-7361. Barbecue, Mexican: Mon.-Fri. B L D, Sat. D.
Rasco's BBQ, 5580 Bataan Memorial E. (inside Shorty's gas station). Barbecued brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage, ribs.
Red Brick Pizza, 2808 N. Telshor Blvd., 521-7300. Pizzas, sandwiches, salads: L D.
Renoo’s Thai Restaurant, 1445 W. Picacho Ave., 373-3000. Thai: Mon.-Fri. L D, Sat. D.
Roberto's Mexican Food, 908 E. Amador Ave., 523-1851. Mexican: B L D.*
Rosie's Café de Mesilla, 420 Avenida de Mesilla, 526-1256. Breakfast, Mexican, burgers: Sat.-Thurs. B L, Fri. B L D.
Saenz Gorditas, 1700 N. Solano Dr., 527-4212. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. L D.
Santorini's, 1001 E. University Ave., 521-9270. "An eclectic blend of Greek and Mediterranean dishes — gyros with different meats, such as lamb or chicken, hummus with pita, Greek salads — plus sampler plates and less-familiar items such as keftedes and pork shawarma. Vegetarian options are numerous." (July 2010) Greek, Mediterranean: Mon.-Sat. L D.
Sara's Place, 1750 N. Solano Dr., 523-2278. Mexican: B L.
Savoy de Mesilla, 1800-B Avenida de Mesilla, 527-2869. "If you are adventurous with food and enjoy a fine-dining experience that is genuinely sophisticated, without pretension or snobbishness, you definitely need to check out Savoy de Mesilla. The added attraction is that you can do this without spending a week's salary on any of the meals — all of which are entertainingly and delectably upscale." (March 2013) American, Continental: B L D.
Sheba Grill, 2265 S. Main St., 525-1100. Indian, Middle Eastern: Mon.-Thurs., Sat.-Sun L D, Fri. D.
The Shed, 810 S. Valley Dr., 525-2636. American, pizza, Mexican, desserts: Wed.-Sun. B L.*
Si Italian Bistro, 523 E. Idaho, 523-1572. "The restaurant radiates homespun charm and the kind of quality that is neither snobbish nor flamboyant. The menu ranges from classic Italian entrées like Chicken Piccatta, Chicken Marsala, Frutti de Mare alla Provençal, and Chicken or Melanzane Parmesan to burgers, salads, sandwiches, pizzas and pastas — all tweaked creatively in subtle and satisfying ways. Dessert offers an amazing variety of cakes, pies, cream puffs, brownies and cheesecakes." (September 2014) Italian: Mon. L, Tues.-Sat. L D.
Simply Toasted Café, 1702 El Paseo Road, 526-1920. Sandwiches, soups, salads: B L.
Si Señor, 1551 E. Amador Ave., 527-0817. Mexican: L D.*
Smoky Dick's BBQ, 2265 S. Main St., 541-5947. Barbecue: L D.
Spanish Kitchen, 2960 N. Main St., 526-4275. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L D.
Spirit Winds Coffee Bar, 2260 S. Locust St., 521-1222. Sandwiches, coffee, bakery: B L D.*
St. Clair Winery & Bistro, 1720 Avenida de Mesilla, 524-0390. "A showcase for St. Clair wines... rooted in the same attention to detail, insistence on quality and customer-friendly attitude
as the winery." (July 2007) Wine tasting, bistro: L D.
Sunset Grill, 1274 Golf Club Road (Sonoma Ranch Golf Course clubhouse), 521-1826. American, Southwest, steak, burgers, seafood, pasta: B L D.
Teriyaki Bowl, 2300 N. Main St., 524-2055. Japanese: Mon.-Sat. L D.
Teriyaki Chicken House, 805 El Paseo Rd., 541-1696. Japanese: Mon.-Fri. L D.
Thai Delight de Mesilla, 2184 Avenida de Mesilla, 525-1900. "For the adventurous, there are traditional Thai curries, soups and appetizers to choose from, all of which can be ordered in the degree of heat that suits you.… The restaurant is clean, comfortable, casual in a classy sort of way, and totally unpretentious." (January 2011) Thai, salads, sandwiches, seafood, steaks, German: L D.*
Tiffany's Pizza & Greek American Cuisine, 755 S. Telshor Blvd #G1, 532-5002. "Greek as the Parthenon, the only pure outpost of Greek food for 200 miles…. When the food arrives, it's in portions that would satisfy a Greco-Roman wrestler." (February 2005) Pizza, Greek, deli: Tues.-Sat. B L D.*
Ump 88 Grill, 1338 Picacho Hills Dr., 647-1455. "An authentic taste of the Emerald Isle in a delightfully authentic pub atmosphere." (December 2008) Irish pub: L D.
Valley Grill, 1970 N. Valley, 525-9000. American: B L D, Friday fish fry.
Vintage Wines, 2461 Calle de Principal, 523-WINE. "The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, the handful of tables situated snugly as in a real French bistro to encourage conversation. Kick off the evening with wine and tapas inside, or wrap up the night out on the charming, cozy patio with a dessert wine or port." (June 2008) Wine and cigar bar, tapas: L D.
Wok-N-World, 5192 E. Boutz, 526-0010. Chinese: Mon.-Sat. L D.
Zeffiro Pizzeria Napoletana, 136 N. Water St., 525-6757. "Owner Gary Ebert and his very attentive and efficient staff serve up gourmet-style pizza on hand-tossed crusts." (August 2009) Pizza, pasta, also sandwiches at adjoining Popular Artisan Bakery: Mon.-Sat. L D.
Zeffiro New York Pizzeria, 101 E. University Ave., 525-6770. Pizza: L D.
Ernesto's Mexican Food, 200 Anthony Dr., 882-3641. Mexican: B L.
La Cocinita, 908 W. Main Dr., 589-1468. Mexican: L.
El Bayo Steak House, 417 Chaparral Dr., 824-4749. Steakhouse: Tues.-Sun. B L D.
Tortilleria Susy, 661 Paloma Blanca Dr., 824-9377. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L D, Sun. B L.
Big Mike's Café, Thorpe Road. Mexican, breakfasts, burgers: B L D.
Country Cupboard, 827 Fort Selden Rd., 527-4732. American: B L D.
Billy Crews, 1200 Country Club Road, 589-2071. Steak, seafood: L D.
Adobe Deli, 3970 Lewis Flats Road SE, 546-0361. "The lunch menu features traditional deli-style sandwiches... The dinner menu is much grander, though some sandwiches are available then, too. Dinner options include filet mignon, flat iron steak, T-bone, ribeye, New York strip, Porterhouse, barbequed pork ribs, Duck L'Orange, Alaska King Crab legs, broiled salmon steak, shrimp scampi, pork chops, osso buco, beef kabobs." (March 2010) Bar, deli, steaks: L D.*
Balboa Motel & Restaurant, 708 W. Pine St., 546-6473. Mexican, American: Sun.-Fri. L D.
Belshore Restaurant, 1030 E. Pine St., 546-6289. Mexican, American: Tues.-Sun. B L.
Benji's, 821 W. Pine St., 546-5309. Mexican: Mon.-Fri. B L D, Sat. L D.
Campos Restaurant, 105 S. Silver, 546-0095. "Owner Albert Campos prides himself on the authentic Mexican and southwestern food he cooks up, inspired by his home in the Mexican state of Zacatecas — such as the fantastic BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich, a family recipe. But the restaurant has much more than Mexican fare." (June 2007) Mexican, American, Southwestern: L D.*
Cano's Restaurant, 1200 W. Pine St., 546-3181. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. L D.
China Restaurant, 110 E. Pine St., 546-4146. "Refreshingly different from most of the Chinese restaurants you find these days in this country. Chef William Chu, who owns the restaurant and does the cooking, is committed to offering what he calls the 'fresh and authentic flavors of Chinese food.'" (August 2014) Chinese: Tues.-Sun. L D.
El Camino Real, 900 W. Pine St., 546-7421. Mexican, American: B L D.
El Mirador, 510 E. Pine St., 544-7340. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L D.
"Forghedaboudit" pizza & wings, 115 N Silver St., 275-3881. "Direct from New York City, Bob Yacone and his wife, Kim Duncan, have recreated an authentic-style New York pizza parlor on the outskirts of Deming." (June 2013) Italian, pizza, wings: Mon.-Sat. L D, Sun. D.
Golden Sun Star, 500 E. Cedar St., 544-0689. Chinese: L D.
Grand Motor Inn & Lounge, 1721 E. Pine, 546-2632. Mexican, steak, seafood: B L D.
Irma's, 123 S. Silver Ave., 544-4580. Mexican, American, seafood: B L D.
La Bella Luna, 110 S. Silver, 544-3100. Italian: Tues.-Sat. L D. Sun. L.*
La Fonda, 601 E. Pine St., 546-0465. "Roomy, bright and airy, La Fonda is no mere taco joint. The extensive menu features all the Mexican favorites at bargain prices, plus a wide range of Anglo fare and a breakfast that's worth the drive to Deming. Famous for its fajitas: Choose chicken, beef or both, fajitas for two, or try the unusual stuffed fajita potato or seemingly contradictory fajita burrito." (September 2009) Mexican: B L D.*
Las Cazuelas, 108 N. Platinum Ave. (inside El Rey meat market), 544-8432. "This gem of a restaurant turns out perfectly cooked steaks and seafood, as well as a full line of Mexican fare." (June 2011) Steaks, seafood, Mexican: Tues.-Sat. L D.*
Mango Maddie¹s, 722 E. Florida St., 546-3345. Salads, sandwiches, juice bar, coffee drinks.
Manolo's Café, 120 N. Granite St., 546-0405. "The menu offers breakfast, lunch and dinner choices, and it's difficult to convey the immense range of food options available. In every section of the menu, there's a mixture of American-style 'comfort' food items and Southwest-style Mexican dishes which no doubt qualify as Hispanic 'comfort' food. There's nothing particularly fancy about the food, but it's fresh and tasty. And the prices are reasonable." (February 2012) Mexican, American: Mon.-Sat. B L D, Sun. B L.
Patio Café, 1521 Columbus Road, 546-5990. "The famed burgers are ground fresh daily from 85% lean beef — a half-pound apiece before cooking — and formed for each order. You can adorn your burger in any of a dozen different combinations of cheese, bacon, chiles, pico de gallo, sautéed onions, barbecue sauce, fresh mushrooms, even ham." (February 2006) Burgers, American: Mon.-Sat. L D.*
Prime Rib Grill (inside Holiday Inn), I-10 exit 85, 546-2661. Steak, seafood, Mexican: B D.
Rancher's Grill, 316 E. Cedar St., 546-8883. Steakhouse, burgers: L D.*
Si Señor, 200 E. Pine St., 546-3938. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L D, Sun. B L.
Sunrise Kitchen, 1409 S. Columbus Road, 544-7795. "Good-quality comfort food. There's nothing on the menu that is really exotic. But all the familiar dishes, both American and Mexican, are done well, and it's that care in preparation that lifts the food above the ordinary. This is not a freezer-to-fryer type of restaurant." (September 2012) American, Mexican, breakfasts: Mon.-Thur. B L, Fri. B L D.
Tacos Mirasol, 323 E. Pine St., 544-0646. Mexican: Mon., Wed.-Sat. B L D, Tues. B L.
Tocayo’s Mexican Restaurant, 1601 E. Pine St., 567-1963. Mexican, dine in or take out: Mon.-Sat. B L D, Sun. B L.
Apache Homelands Restaurant, I-10. Burgers, ribs, "casino-style" food: B L D.*
Patio Café, 23 Broadway, 531-2495. Burgers, American: B L.*
El Charro Restaurant, 209 S. P Blvd., 542-3400. Mexican: B L D.
Fidencio's, 604 E. Motel Dr., 542-8989. Mexican: B L early D.
Kranberry's Family Restaurant, 1405 Main St., 542-9400. Mexican, American: B L D.
Mama Rosa's Pizza, 1312 Main St., 542-8400. Pizza, subs, calzones, salads, chicken wings, cheeseburgers, shrimp baskets: L D.
Ramona's Café, 904 E. Motel Dr., 542-3030. "Lordsburg's quiet Mexican food treasure offers some unusual takes on traditional recipes." (December 2012) Mexican, American: Tues.-Fri. B L D, Sun. B mid-day D.
Panther Tracks Café, Hwy. 338, 548-2444. Burgers, Mexican, American: Mon.-Fri. B L D
Rodeo Store and Café. 195 Hwy. 80, 557-2295. Coffeeshop food: Mon.-Sat. B L.
Rodeo Tavern, 557-2229. Shrimp, fried chicken, steaks, burgers, seafood: Weds.-Sat. D.
Adobe Café, Hwy. 12 & Hwy. 180, 533-6146. Deli, American, Mon. pizza, Sunday BBQ ribs: Sun.-Mon. B L D, Wed.-Fri. B L.
Black Gold, 98 Main St., 533-6538. Coffeehouse, pastries.
Carmen's, 101 Main St., 533-6990. Mexican, American: B L D.
Ella's Café, 533-6111. American: B L D.
Uncle Bill's Bar, 230 N. Main St., 533-6369. Pizza: Mon.-Sat. L D.
Alma Grill, Hwy. 180, 539-2233. Breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, Mexican: Sun.-Weds., Fri.-Sat. B L.
Golden Girls Café, Hwy. 180, 539-2457. "Dig into an honest taste of the local scene and a down-home breakfast you'll surely wish your mama had made. The specials listed up on the whiteboard all come with biscuits and gravy, and the ample menu has all the usual suspects — omelets, pancakes, French toast and, of course, breakfast burritos — clueing you into the rib-sticking satisfaction ahead." (Nov. 2007) Breakfast: B.
Mario's Pizza, Hwy. 180, 539-2316. "This unpretentious eatery serves up better pizza than you'll find in many a big city. But a recent visit to the tiny, scenic mountain town will forever be remembered as the time I had, absolutely, the best calzone of my life." (Nov. 2008) Italian: Mon.-Tues., Fri.-Sat. D.
Other Catron County
Purple Onion Café, Mogollon, 539-2710. "Seasonal, quirky and way off the beaten path… serves eclectic fare and 'famous' pie." (August 2011) Breakfast, burgers, veggie melts, pita pockets, pies: Fri.-Sun., Mon. holidays, May-Oct.: B L.
Snuffy's Steakhouse and Saloon, Quemado Lake, 773-4672. Steakhouse: D (Dec.-April: closed Mon.-Tues.)
Barber Shop Café, Main St., 895-5283. American, Mediterranean, sandwiches: Thurs.-Sat. L.
Hillsboro General Store & Café, 100 Main St., 895-5306. American and Southwestern: Sun.-Wed., Fri.-Sat. B L.
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