Northwestern New Mexico restaurants

Top Choice Bakery in Gallup

Silver Stallion Coffee & Bread

The smell of fresh bread permeates this bakery and cafe, by far and away the most urbane spot in Gallup. Pop in for coffee and a pastry in the morning, or sample one of the just-baked pizzas or veggie-friendly sandw…
American in Farmington

Three Rivers Eatery & Brewhouse

Managing to be both trendy and kid-friendly, this hip spot spreads through three different buildings along one block, serving pub grub, pizzas and its own microbrews. Try the homemade potato skins or artichoke and s…
Steak in Chama

High Country Restaurant & Saloon

The round-the-clock throng of diners tells you this Wild West diner, at the Y-junction south of town, is something out of the ordinary. Whether you order a simple chile burger, a Mexican staple or one of the pricier…
New Mexican in Gallup

Jerry's Cafe

Slide into a booth at this busy old-timer for a generous serving of Gallup atmosphere. Keep it simple with a bowl of green or red chile, or, if you haven't eaten since yesterday, try Cherelle's Choice – a sopaipilla…
Chinese in Aztec

Wonderful House

The dynamic young staff here, on the main highway next to the Step Back Inn, work hard to live up to its far-from-bashful name, serving up quick-fire platefuls of tasty Chinese food. A recommended stop if you need a…
New Mexican in Gallup

Genaro's Cafe

Smart New Mexican restaurant, three blocks up from Route 66, serving a good range of dishes alongside bowls of posole and chile. If you like it hot, you'll feel right at home here, just like the rest of Gallup – thi…
Mexican in Cuba

El Bruno's

The best place to eat for many miles, this riverside restaurant, close to the bridge, serves high-class Mexican specialties from carne asada to steak, and has a shaded outdoor patio. The green chile here is tops.
Barbecue in Aztec

Beer Belly's

This roadside shack just west of town has plenty of chile-smothered everything: smothered burgers, smothered fries, smothered potato skins and delish BBQ to boot. The only problem you'll have is finding a seat.
Cafe in Northwestern New Mexico

Ancient Way Café

The cozy Ancient Way Café makes for an excellent pit stop along Hwy 53, serving home-cooked American, New Mexican and veggie specialties in simple wood environs.
New Mexican in Navajo Dam

El Pescador

Standard but decent grub – burgers, enchiladas, fish ’n’ chips – in Abe's Motel, 6 miles west of the dam. Staff also prepare picnic lunches for fishing trips.