La Mesa is a village close to both Las Cruces and the Mexican border with a nice year around climate.
16145 Highway 28, La Mesa, NM 88072 | 575-233-3420
Founded: 1915 Owners: Benevides Family
One of the state's most beloved institutions, Chope's has been handed down through multiple generations. The name came from Jose "Chope" Benevides, whose mother started the business in the family home. The neighborhood gives a charming glimpse of small town New Mexican life. Do not miss the chile rellenos, made with pods from nearby chile fields, or other New Mexican specialties. Full bar. Lunch and dinner, but call ahead.
Las Cruces is a city rich in history, the arts, and scenic beauty, and offering great year-round weather.
2305 South Valley Drive Las Cruces, NM 88005 | 575-524-1360
Founded: 1959 Owner: Adrian Perez
Dick's Café, an institution in Las Cruces, has been passed down through three generations of the Perez family. The café was founded by Dick and Sue Perez, who served Mexican and American food similar to the menu today. The burgers are a particular favorite, as is the salsa, now bottled and sold widely. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Double Eagle Restaurant
On The Plaza, Historic Old Mesilla
2355 Calle De Guadalupe
Mesilla, NM 88046
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 160 year old historic building housing the elegant Double Eagle Restaurant is filled with art, antiques, Baccarat crystal chandeliers, a gold ceiling and even two Ghosts! Famous for aged steaks from the only dedicated beef ageing room in the state, the Double Eagle is the crown jewel of historic Old Mesilla which is so well known for its dining establishments.
Owner, C.W. Buddy Ritter, perfected his margarita recipe at the start of his over 50 year career (so far) in the New Mexico hospitality business and, as Buddy says, things have been going "sippingly" ever since. Offering aged steaks sizzling from a custom built grill, award-winning margaritas and a nationally recognized wine list may seem like more than enough, Ritter wanted to show off more traditional New Mexican cuisine and opened the more casual Peppers Café inside the Double Eagle Restaurant.
With an emphasis on Green Chile, Peppers Café puts a special twist on the traditional recipes to deliver the unexpected. Green Chile and Cheese Stuffed Crispy Wontons served with a Pineapple-Jalapeno Salsa is one example. Banana Enchiladas is another surprising dish, perfect with its vanilla ice cream and a New Mexican pecan caramel sauce! And Ritter insisted on offering the now famous World's Largest Green Chile Cheeseburger!
Be it a superb white table cloth dining experience or asking for extra napkins for the juiciest Green Chile Cheeseburger in the state, the Double Eagle Restaurant is a 'must stop' for any visit to southern New Mexico.
El Sombrero Patio Cafe
363 S. Espina Street, Las Cruces, NM 88001 | 575-524-9911
Owner: Pat Crawley
1008 E. Lohman Avenue, Las Cruces, NM 88001 | 575-524-9251
Founded: 1969 Owners: Lydia Rivas-Guaderrama, Norma Lopez
Hiebert's Fine Food
525 E. Madrid, Suite 7 Las Cruces, NM 88005 | 575-524-0451
Founded: 1947 Owner: Anna Medina
The small restaurant has an outsized reputation for its tender batter-dipped and fried steak fingers with gravy, red chile sauce, jalapeños, or chile con queso, originated by Danny Medina, father of the current owner Anna. The elder Medina began working at Hiebert's in 1958, under the founder, J.W. Hiebert, and eventually was able to buy the business. You can get classic diner specialties, New Mexican dishes, or another Medina family creation, the steak finger burrito. Friendly family oriented atmosphere with customers who come for multiple meals a day or week. Oh, and those steak fingers have even been featured in magazines as diverse as Maxim and Saveur. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
La Posta de Mesilla
2401 Calle de San Albino, Mesilla, NM 88046 | 575-524-3524
Founded: September 1939 Owners: Jerean and Tom Hutchinson
La Posta de Mesilla originated in a corner of a pre-Civil War adobe that served as a freight and Butterfield Stagecoach Line stop and hotel, where such personalities as Billy the Kid, Kit Carson, President Ulysses S. Grant, and General Douglas McArthur have wandered the halls. Katy Griggs Camuñez opened a restaurant here in 1939. Many of the recipes have been handed down through the Griggs, Fountain, and Chavez families, dating back at least 100 years. La Posta originated the "tostada compuesta" and is a favorite for its chile dishes and steaks with chile too. Specializing in margaritas and over 100 tequilas. The Territorial-style La Posta compound is on the National Register of Historic Places. The family history continues as well. The restaurant is owned today by Katy's great-niece Jerean and her husband Tom who take pride in continuing the tradition begun so many years ago. Lunch and dinner.
My Brother's Place Restaurant and Billiards Parlor
336 S. Main Street, Las Cruces, NM 88005 | 575-523-7681
Founded: 1967 Owners: Gutierrez Family
My Brother's Place, is indeed family affair, handed down through three generations. The broad Mexican menu is composed of heirloom family recipes from the kitchens of the Gutierrez, Barela, and Romero families from the Mesilla Valley. Full bar. Lunch and dinner.
310 S. Mesquite Street, Las Cruces, NM 88001 | 575-524-0003 and
2605 Missouri Avenue, Las Cruces, NM 88011 | 575- 522-0440
Mexican specialties. Lunch and dinner.
908 E. Amador, Las Cruces, NM 88005 | (575) 523-1851
Owner Robert Estrada is the creator of The World's Largest Flat Enchilada" at the annual Whole Enchilada Fiesta. Lunch and dinner. Fast Mexican and New Mexican specialties.
Turn-of-the-century Las Vegas featured all the modern amenities, including an electric street railway, the "Duncan Opera House", a Carnegie library, a major Harvey House hotel, and the New Mexico Normal School (now New Mexico Highlands University). Since the decline of the railroad began in the 1950s, the city's population has remained relatively constant. It's streets were once roamed by legends of the Old West such as: dentist Doc Holliday and his girlfriend Big Nose Kate, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Mysterious Dave Mather, Hoodoo Brown, Durango Kid and Handsome Harry the Dancehall Rustler.
Charlie's Spic and Span Bakery & Cafe
715 Dougla,s Las Vegas, NM 87745 | 505-426-1921
Founded: 1940s Owner: Charlie Sandoval
Charlie's specializes in northern New Mexico foods prepared fresh daily. The biscochitos, red and green chiles, and hundred dozen flour tortillas made on an average day are stand-outs. Charlie's calls itself "The meeting, eating, greeting place of Las Vegas," an apt description. Locals refer to the café affectionately as "The Spic." Founded by Richard Childs, who first sold chile and tamales, the café was owned for many years by Carmen Fernandez before being purchased by Charlie in 1998. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
148 Bridge Street, Las Vegas, NM 87701 | 505-454-0048
Owners: Gonzales Family
Local favorite still run by Stella's family. New Mexican specialties.
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