New Mexico April 23, 2017
11 Scrumptious Restaurants In New Mexico You Never Even Knew Existed
Some New Mexican restaurants are featured time and again in the media – usually for good reason. However, that kind of concentrated focus means that other eateries get overlooked. While locals may know about these 11 under the radar restaurants, chances are that there are several you haven’t visited. From Mexican to Greek food, you’re bound to find food that’ll whet your appetite.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. High Chaparral Café (Roswell)
For a breakfast buffet that’ll start your day off right, you’ll want to check out this lesser-known Roswell restaurant. The café's enormous, juicy burgers are also popular. High Chaparral is located at 5500 N Main Street in Roswell.
2. Santorini (Las Cruces)
At this Mediterranean restaurant, you’ll find dishes from countries like Lebanon, Syria, and – of course – Greece. Order any menu item that comes with the restaurant’s scrumptious garlic cream sauce. Santorini is located at 1001 E University Avenue, Suite E3 in Las Cruces.
3. Silver Stallion Coffee & Bread (Gallup)
The menu at this breakfast and lunch joint may be small, but everything – from the sandwiches to the pizza – is packed with flavor. Head to 213-B W Coal Avenue in Gallup to see for yourself.
4. Pollito Con Papas (Albuquerque)
If you like chicken, you’ll be a fan of this restaurant after your first bite of rotisserie chicken. The aji sauce, a Peruvian sauce with some kick, is delicious – pair it with the chicken chimichangas. Pollito Con Papas is located at 6105 Gibson Boulevard SE in Albuquerque.
5. Mucho Gusto (Santa Fe)
This restaurant is located near the heart of Santa Fe (at 839 Paseo De Peralta) but, because it’s tucked away behind some other buildings, many people fail to realize it’s even there. Those who take the time to find this eatery are rewarded with succulent tequila shrimp, and addictive suiza enchiladas.
6. Junior's Restaurant (Carlsbad)
Inside Junior’s, you’ll find authentic Mexican food that includes carne asada tacos and menudo that you won’t want to miss. The restaurant is located at 401 E Greene Street in Carlsbad.
7. La Parrilla Restaurant (Deming)
You’ll receive a warm welcome at this family-owned restaurant that is known for gorditas, enchiladas, and burritos. La Parrilla is located at 120 N Granite Street in Deming.
8. Big Dawg’s Chuck Wagon Café (Espanola)
If your eyes have never been bigger than your stomach, check out Big Dawg’s for ginormous portions that’ll hit the spot. The carne adovada is a menu standout. This restaurant is located at 107 Riverside Drive in Espanola.
9. El Maguey Mexican Food (Rio Rancho)
We’re guessing you haven’t heard of this hidden gem that offers great value and even better flavor. Try the breakfast burritos and tacos. El Maguey is located 1520 Déborah Road in Rio Rancho.
10. 2000 Vietnam Restaurant (Albuquerque)
This restaurant, which is attached to an emissions testing center, looks decidedly underwhelming. Those who venture inside discover a menu thick enough to bring to book club. There’s no need to feel overwhelmed though. Just order the pho or bahn mi (pictured) – you won’t regret it. 2000 Vietnam is located at 601 San Mateo Boulevard SE in Albuquerque.
11. Luna’s (Hobbs)
Luna’s may not have a reputation that extends across the state but, locally, this joint is famous for the sizzler and the suicide burrito. Delectable dishes like these have helped keep the restaurant in business since 1968. It is located at 1121 E Broadway Street in Hobbs.
Which New Mexico restaurant do you think deserves more love?
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