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Pete's Cafe
105 N 1st St Belen, NM 87002

Following World War II, Pete and Eligia Torres started his namesake one-room café across from the railroad tracks. Known for its New Mexican specialties today, the café served a more straightforward American-style menu for its first 20 years since most of the customers initially were railroad travelers unfamiliar with the state's signature cuisine. Trough hard work, the Torres' café flourished and grew to more than 3 times its original size. Pete and Eligia have passed away, but multiple family members now own the café and continue the hospitable spirit and wonderful homemade New Mexican food with its signature red and green sauces. It is managed by Theresa Torres Padilla and her niece Marie Torres.