The village of Fort Sumner is the spring and fall home of the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, and is home to the burial site of famed outlaw of the American West Billy the Kid.
1112 S. Sumner Avenue, Fort Sumner, NM 88119 | 575-355-1461
Owner: Margie Martinez
Gallup is sometimes called the "Indian Capital of the World", for its location in the heart of Native American lands, and the presence of Navajo, Zuni, Hopi and other tribes. One-third of the city's population has Native American roots.
Route 66 runs through Gallup, and the town's name is mentioned in the lyrics to the song, Route 66.
1400 East Route 66, Gallup, NM 87301 | 505-863-4201
Founded: 1947 Owner/Manager: Ralph Richards
New Mexican and American specials. Known for the bazaar-like atmosphere in which area Diné people sell their jewelry and other hand-crafted work.
El Rancho Hotel Restaurant
1000 East Route 66, Gallup, NM 87301 | 505-863-9311
Founded: 1937 Owner: Armand Ortega, Sr.
El Rancho Hotel is a New Mexico legend, famous for the many Hollywood stars that stayed there during the heyday of movie westerns filmed in the area. The restaurant offers a similar warm feeling of yesteryear. The menu ranges from burgers to steaks and Mexican fare, with dishes named after the movie stars of old, such as the Anthony Quinn bowl of green or red chile, the Carmen Miranda Hot Tamale Plate, and the Ricardo Montalban combination. The breakfast menu features all the expected classics, but adds in traditional local specialties like blue corn atole and Navajo tea. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Full bar.
Virgie's Restaurant and Lounge
2720 West Route 66, Gallup, NM 87301 | 505-863-5152
Founded: 1960 Owners: Charlie and Terri Chavez
Virgie's serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to locals and Route 66 travelers. The Chavez family offers a Mexican and American menu and suggests new diners try out the Mexican pizza or the burrito special. Full bar.
Hobbs holds the headquarters of the Soaring Society of America, is home to Zia Park racetrack that hosts thoroughbred and quarter horse racing, and the Black Gold Casino.
604 E. Broadway, Hobbs, NM 88240 | 575-397-1235
Founded 1957 Owners: Keith and Helene Morris
Family friendly café with Mexican food. Lunch and dinner.
The Village of Jemez Springs is one of New Mexico's most enchanted destinations! Nestled between stunning red rock mesas (remnants of ancient lava flows over a million years old) the Village is named for its famous mineral hot springs.
Los Ojos Restaurant and Saloon
575-829-3547 | www.losojossaloon.com
NM 4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025
Founded: 1947 Owners; Brian and Olga Appell
Serving cowpokes, city folk, drifters, hikers, bikers, drifters, and debutantes since 1947. Nostalgic décor, rustic small town feel, affable staff, full bar, and homemade New Mexican food.
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