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Diner in Las Vegas

Charlie's Spic & Span Bakery & Cafe

This Las Vegas institution has listened to the town's gossip for more than 50 years, and is still the place to hang out and catch up over a cup of coffee (or vanilla latte) and New Mexican diner fare. Think bean-and…
Modern American in Las Vegas

El Fidel

Helmed by chef Miguel Velasquez, El Fidel is a remarkable find for such a small town. Stop by for scrumptious sandwiches or salad during lunch, or more elaborate mains at dinner, like the lamb meatballs with walnut-…
Cafe in Las Vegas

World Treasures Traveler's Cafe

With no sign of its presence outside, this plaza coffee-and-sandwich shop is not easy to spot. Once inside, though, it’s enormous, housed in a weaving gallery and filled with in-the-know locals enjoying espressos, b…
Cafe in Las Vegas

La Risa

En route along Hwy 3, you’ll pass the Spanish colonial villages of Villanueva and San Miguel. While here, don’t miss La Risa, a gourmet anomaly in the middle of nowhere, now serving delicious pizzas, with toppings s…
Wildlife Reserve in Las Vegas

Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

Five miles southeast of Las Vegas via Hwys 104 and 281, this 14-sq-mile refuge has marshes, woodlands and grasslands to which upwards of 250 bird species have found their way. Visitors can follow an 8-mile drive or …
Bar in Las Vegas

Borracho's Craft Booze & Brews

The local watering hole features a bit too much corrugated metal, but serves an excellent variety of New Mexico beers, well-mixed cocktails and green-chile-infused vodka.
Park in Las Vegas

Villanueva State Park

This pretty state park, about 35 miles south of Las Vegas via I-25 and Hwy 3, lies in a red rock canyon on the Rio Pecos valley. A small visitor center and self-guided trails explain the area's history: this was onc…
Museum in Las Vegas

City of Las Vegas Museum & Rough Rider Memorial Collection

This small but informative museum chronicles the fabled cavalry unit led by future US president Theodore Roosevelt in the 1898 fight for Cuba. More than one-third of the volunteers came from New Mexico, and the muse…
Historic Site in Las Vegas

Villanueva & San Miguel

Along Hwy 3, the Spanish colonial villages of Villanueva and San Miguel (which has a fine church, built in 1805) stand amid vineyards belonging to the Madison Winery, which has a tasting room.
Mexican in Las Vegas

El Rialto

Family-run Mexican restaurant; enter through the swinging saloon doors, and you’ll doubtless find local families chowing down on huge, great-value plates of cheese-smothered burritos, tacos and fajitas.