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Selfish road trip vanity: Eating places in Las Cruces, NM/El Paso, TX?
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Posted on 01/04/2009 5:53:23 PM PST by DCBryan1

Hey Freepers on Las Cruces/El Paso area: I'm on PCS orders from CA back to AR and stopping in your area for the night. My honey and I would like some suggestions on some local good eats!

NO CHAIN RESTAURANTS!

We would like either a good steakhouse or the best Mexican food restaurant.

Thank you so much!


TOPICS: Food; Freeoples; Military/Veterans; Travel
KEYWORDS: elpaso; help; newmexico; roadtrip; texas
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1 posted on 01/04/2009 5:53:24 PM PST by DCBryan1
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To: DCBryan1

I haven’t been there in years, but there used to be a place in Old Mesilla that was great. I don’t recall the name tho. And it may be gone. If you go thru Capitan NM eat at El Paisano and in Santa Fe, the Shed.

susie


2 posted on 01/04/2009 5:55:10 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: DCBryan1

You might want to take a look at “Good Eats” “Alton Brown”...I vaguely recall his pointing out a family owned restaurant in Las Cruces as the best Mexican restaurant he’d ever been to...


3 posted on 01/04/2009 5:56:22 PM PST by Bunkasaurus (I'm indecisive....or am I?)
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To: DCBryan1

Haven’t been there recently, but in the past I’ve enjoyed Senor Fish in El Paso. Interesting combination of seafood and Mexican fare.


4 posted on 01/04/2009 5:57:55 PM PST by CedarDave (Under Obama, yesterday's pork-laden earmarks have become tomorrow's economic stimulus projects)
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To: brytlea
I will be on I-10 the whole way.

we just passed deming, NM

5 posted on 01/04/2009 5:59:00 PM PST by DCBryan1 (Arm Pilots&Teachers. Build the Wall. Export Illegals. Profile Muslims. Execute child molesters RFN!)
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To: brytlea

DC,
Susie is right...the Shed in SF is good...as is Maria’s, home of 99 different Margaritas from $5 to $49.


6 posted on 01/04/2009 5:59:14 PM PST by Bunkasaurus (I'm indecisive....or am I?)
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To: DCBryan1

Oh, south. Too bad. But, have a good trip!


7 posted on 01/04/2009 6:01:07 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: Bunkasaurus

We eat at the Shed every chance we get. Their food is great and their lemon souffle is to die for!


8 posted on 01/04/2009 6:02:10 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: brytlea

In Old Mesilla? It’s called, or was called, La Posta, I think.


9 posted on 01/04/2009 6:07:09 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: DCBryan1

I second Old Mesilla in Las Cruces. Several good Mexican restaurants there, but the most famous is La Posta de Mesilla.


10 posted on 01/04/2009 6:07:32 PM PST by NonZeroSum
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To: DCBryan1

How about Dennys :’)Last year I was headed home and had enough mountain driving but I had not been to LC before so my mom and I decided to check it out. I had no idea how high we were until I saw White Sands below us. So beautiful coming down. I forget the name of the town we stayed in but we were surrounded by mountains. We ate ate Dennys (which was very good) then took the military highway thru the desert to El Paso. My kind of drive...flat...beside the “hills” :’)


11 posted on 01/04/2009 6:07:46 PM PST by CindyDawg (I)
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To: DCBryan1

Nellie’s - Las Cruces, NM
Food Items: Chips and Salsa, Eggs with Chile and Meat, Green Chile, Huevos Rancheros, Sopaipillas

Nopalito - Las Cruces, NM
Food Items: Avocado Salad, Chiles Rellenos, Salsas, Stacked Enchilada

H&H Cafe & Car Wash - El Paso, TX
701 E. Yandel
Food Items: Chiles Rellenos, Hot Salsa, Huevos Rancheros

Smitty’s - El Paso, TX
6219 Airport Rd.
Food Items: beef, High Protein Plate Combo, hot links, Ice Tea

I’ve been to Smitty’s for BBQ, it’s quite good.


12 posted on 01/04/2009 6:09:15 PM PST by angkor ("All you could hope for ...in the world's most august deliberative body." - Baldwin on Franken)
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To: CindyDawg

Ruidoso, maybe? Been a long time since I’ve been out there.


13 posted on 01/04/2009 6:10:17 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: DCBryan1; patton

hey, patton, what was the name of the place we went to with
your friends from work? the food was good and zippy. :)


14 posted on 01/04/2009 6:10:35 PM PST by leda (if you put up with what you've got, you deserve what you get)
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To: DCBryan1

Sorry friend.......ain’t been to Mcgregor Range near Bliss for 15 years now. Drive safe !


15 posted on 01/04/2009 6:11:05 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: DCBryan1

Wait till you go thru Houston and stop at Goode Company BBQ on I-10 between Blalock & Voss...

Best BBQ in the state of Texas

Get the sliced brisket outside cut on the onion roll...YUMMO

http://www.goodecompany.com/


16 posted on 01/04/2009 6:12:35 PM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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To: RegulatorCountry

No. I’ll have to look it up but it was about 5 miles from the park and has a space museum. There was a good Chinese rest there too.


17 posted on 01/04/2009 6:12:38 PM PST by CindyDawg (I)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Bingo! I haven’t been there since the late 70s (I went to college for a year in Las Cruces) but as I recall the food was good back then.


18 posted on 01/04/2009 6:12:47 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: DCBryan1

There is a small place in Las Cruces, NM call ‘Dublin’s’. It was pretty good when I visited about two weeks ago. Kind of like a chain, but better. There are a group of Comfort Hotels, north in I-25 at the first exit north of I-10. Nice, cheap places to stay, and Dublin’s is almost next door.


19 posted on 01/04/2009 6:13:42 PM PST by devane617 (...And to the Republic For Which It Stood...)
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To: leda

Sadly, I can’t remember.


20 posted on 01/04/2009 6:14:14 PM PST by patton (+)
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To: CindyDawg

Alamogordo maybe? It’s just the other side of White Sands (my Mom worked at the missile range years ago) and is surrounded on one side by the Organ Mountains (Las Cruces is just on the other side of the mnts) and darnit I forget what the others are called but Cloudcroft is in them.


21 posted on 01/04/2009 6:15:18 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: DCBryan1

Forgot the addresses. And by the way, these are from Roadfood.com, to which I’ve subscribed for several years.

Nellie’s - Las Cruces, NM
310 S. Mesquite St.
OR 2605 Missouri
Lunch, dinner only
Food Items: Chips and Salsa, Eggs with Chile and Meat, Green Chile, Huevos Rancheros, Sopaipillas

Nopalito - Las Cruces, NM
1226 W. Hadley
Breakfast, lunch only
Food Items: Avocado Salad, Chiles Rellenos, Salsas, Stacked Enchilada


22 posted on 01/04/2009 6:17:16 PM PST by angkor ("All you could hope for ...in the world's most august deliberative body." - Baldwin on Franken)
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To: CindyDawg

Yes, the Space Museum is in Alamogordo. We lived there (before the museum was there) back in the late 60s and early 70s. Last time I was there a couple of years ago, a friend and I went and saw an Imax movie at the museum. It was so weird for Alamogordo to have that, as it was just a dustly little armpit place when we lived there (and actually kind of still is). I say that in the most loving manner as it was a GREAT place to be a kid back then! We had horses and rode them around town, it was a blast!


23 posted on 01/04/2009 6:17:55 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: patton

might be nellies from post #12.
that sounds exactly like what we had...


24 posted on 01/04/2009 6:18:38 PM PST by leda (if you put up with what you've got, you deserve what you get)
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To: DCBryan1

In El Paso, the best Mexican (traditional, not Tex Mex) is Carnitas Querétaro. There are several locations, but the easiest is on I10. Just ask any local where the ‘big pink pig’ is and they’ll send you there.


25 posted on 01/04/2009 6:20:26 PM PST by mnehring
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To: DCBryan1

Per 25, found a link for you with directions.
http://www.eskimo.com/~sockeye/ep/cqep.html


26 posted on 01/04/2009 6:21:03 PM PST by mnehring
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To: brytlea

Yep. Just looked it up. Mountains all around us. We just kind of stumbled upon it.


27 posted on 01/04/2009 6:23:31 PM PST by CindyDawg (I)
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To: leda; patton
Like this?


28 posted on 01/04/2009 6:23:48 PM PST by angkor ("All you could hope for ...in the world's most august deliberative body." - Baldwin on Franken)
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To: DCBryan1

Kiki’s Mexican Restaurant, close to Bliss, call for their hours first as my troop there didn’t know how late they are open on Sunday !

Hope it helps !

Exit I-10 on Piedras St. and Go North.

Continue North about a mile and a half.

To the intersection of Piedras and Mobile.

Kiki’s is located at 2719 N. Piedras

(915) 565-6713

http://kikismexicanrestaurant.com/findus/mappage.htm


29 posted on 01/04/2009 6:24:29 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: DCBryan1
I have to do this, absolutely the best BBQ for on the road Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's



Pard, you will thank me for this after you have eaten there. I do extensive travel and have eaten at many of these.
30 posted on 01/04/2009 6:26:09 PM PST by Fred (The Democrat Party is the Nadir of Nihilism and BO is a WHINING marxist)
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To: angkor; leda

No, it was don in town, just south of I-10. Sort of downhill from the Hilton.

It was really popular with the locals, and lots of families were bringing in their kids for a school celebration of some sort.


31 posted on 01/04/2009 6:26:43 PM PST by patton (+)
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To: CindyDawg

Hubby just reminded me the Mnts on the Cloudcroft side (I think that was East, I think the sun came up from that direction, but honestly I don’t remember!) were the White Mnts.


32 posted on 01/04/2009 6:31:28 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: angkor

OK, thanks a lot, now I have a hankerin’ for Mexican food....


33 posted on 01/04/2009 6:32:26 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: angkor

MMMM. My husband isn’t amused. I have a craving now for bacon and eggs and trying to get him to take me to IHOP tonight.


34 posted on 01/04/2009 6:33:16 PM PST by CindyDawg (I)
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To: brytlea

Yeah. Originally we were going futher east and coming back to North Texas. For days my mom had talked about burning rubber from cloud croft. Wasn’t going there:’)


35 posted on 01/04/2009 6:37:49 PM PST by CindyDawg (I)
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To: DCBryan1

Si Señor
1551 Amador Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88001
505-527-0817

good food, inexpensive.


36 posted on 01/04/2009 6:39:06 PM PST by jim-x (God help America survive its enemies within.)
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To: brytlea
When we lived in Las Cruces, we also enjoyed a restaruant in Old Mesilla. The church courtyard is interesting as is the jail where Billy the Kid was housed.
Hope it is still as nice as when we were there, which was 46 years ago.

The restaurant was great, but just can't remember the name. It was my introduction to Mexican cuisine.

37 posted on 01/04/2009 6:42:16 PM PST by mckenzie7 ( ANNA THE RETIREE)
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To: RegulatorCountry
Thank you for remembering. It WAS La Posta!
Oh my, what memories!
38 posted on 01/04/2009 6:43:22 PM PST by mckenzie7 ( ANNA THE RETIREE)
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To: DCBryan1

Forget Goode co. — they are a new chain.
Stay away from Pappas Bros. bar b que, but steaks are good though.

I suggest Hickory Hollow

http://www.hickoryhollowrestaurant.com/index.html
maps at bottom of home page.

another long time fav. is Demeris Barbecue,

http://www.houston.com/demeris-barbecue-b14248

Have heard consistent good on this but not tried by me recently.
Cleburne Cafeteria
3606 Bissonnet Street
713/667-2386


39 posted on 01/04/2009 6:44:34 PM PST by urtax$@work
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To: urtax$@work

Sorry for the omission, but these are all Houston locations,
but since I-10 runs through, thought you might find useful.


40 posted on 01/04/2009 6:46:33 PM PST by urtax$@work
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To: DCBryan1

Deming-Cruces is 62 miles. Going to be kinda late when you roll in there. But if some are open for breakfast... Yum!!


41 posted on 01/04/2009 6:52:13 PM PST by CedarDave (Under Obama, yesterday's pork-laden earmarks have become tomorrow's economic stimulus projects)
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To: DCBryan1

I remember a great steakhouse just off of I-10 on the west side of Ft. Stockton Texas. The steak was great and as I was leaving, I noticed a country western singing group had autographed the wall behind the cashier. I can’t remember the name though, but there may not be too many others in that area.


42 posted on 01/04/2009 7:04:29 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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FREEPERS! Thank you for the suggestions! We just sat down at La Posta de Mesilla in old town historic Mesilla. GREAT salsa and we just got our beer! Thanks again!


43 posted on 01/04/2009 7:07:17 PM PST by DCBryan1 (Arm Pilots&Teachers. Build the Wall. Export Illegals. Profile Muslims. Execute child molesters RFN!)
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To: DCBryan1

About ten years ago I ate at La Posta. It’s good food. The funny thing is the waitress seemed concerned I couldn’t handle the “heat” like the locals could and recommended a milder meal than I ordered. When I ate it didn’t seem that hot and when I told a cousin later that day (that lived in Las Cruces) she figured they had given me the mild meal anyway. A few days later I had another cousin in Hatch prepare the local style of enchilada and it didn’t seem that bad, either. New Mexican cuisine has the reputation for being much hotter than Tex-Mex, but if the seeds are removed it isn’t that bad.


44 posted on 01/04/2009 7:17:28 PM PST by Oklahoma
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To: urtax$@work

Goode Company is not a chain. It is owned by Jim Goode, a houstonian who has opened seafood, mexican and bbq restaurants in several locations in houston


45 posted on 01/04/2009 7:19:06 PM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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To: DCBryan1

Seven years I’ve been lurking here at FR, and finally I decide to register to respond to the ‘hugh and series’ topic of food in the southern NM area. Such priorities...

Lots of good suggestions already given here. Nellie’s is great, but only open these days for breakfast/lunch. La Posta is best for the classic Old Mesilla experience.

Others we like:

Andele
2184 Avenida de Mesilla, Mesilla

Delicias
1413 E. Amador, Las Cruces

Delicias del Mar
1401 El Paseo, Las Cruces

Fortis Mexican Elder Restaurant
321 Chelsea Street, El Paso

Yes, it’s a chain, but thought you needed a steakhouse suggestion:
Great American Land & Cattle Co.
7600 Alabama Street, El Paso

Hard to go wrong with the food around here—have fun!


46 posted on 01/04/2009 7:21:36 PM PST by Bokeh
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To: DCBryan1

Glad to see this thread! I’m going to Las Cruces in late April for the “Carmina Burana” at NMSU, and some sightseeing and hiking. Gonna be there a week...anyone recommend some good hikes within a 100 mile radius?


47 posted on 01/04/2009 7:22:14 PM PST by mozarky2 (Ya never stand so tall as when ya stoop to stomp a statist!)
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Head uphill from Cruces, toward the missile range. When you see a missile beside the highway, turn right. Park the car, start hiking.

PS - bring lots of water.


48 posted on 01/04/2009 7:39:07 PM PST by patton (+)
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To: jim-x; leda

That is the one I was trying to remember.


49 posted on 01/04/2009 7:40:24 PM PST by patton (+)
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To: CindyDawg

Sounds like Ruidoso- did the Denny’s look like a 50s diner? If so that is the best Denny’s I ever ate in- Hubby and I spent 4 days there last year and ate several meals there.


50 posted on 01/04/2009 7:52:01 PM PST by Tammy8 (Please Support and pray for our Troops, as they serve us every day.)
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