Top Choice American in Carlsbad

Trinity Restaurant & Wine Bar

This elegant split-level dining room – the ceiling is so high there’s room for a mezzanine floor – offers Carlsbad’s finest dining, with a menu of steaks, seafood and Italian specialties, and pasta and salad for veg…
Top Choice Cafe in Ruidoso

Cornerstone Bakery

Totally irresistible, hugely popular local bakery and cafe, where everything, from the breads, pastries and espresso to the omelets and croissant sandwiches, is just the way it should be. Stick around long enough an…
American in Cloudcroft


Up at the Lodge, Rebecca's is the classiest choice in Cloudcroft, with rich, meaty dishes such as chile-crusted rack of lamb to match the opulent Victorian setting. Kick back on the outside deck, have a beer and che…
Mexican in Alamogordo


Service can be a bit brisk at this no-frills place, but it's still one of the town's most reliable eats. In addition to all the usual suspects, you'll find gorditas (corn pockets), carne asada fries (topped with abo…
Italian in Ruidoso

Michael J's

Excellent and very convivial Italian restaurant, cozy and romantic in winter and offering outdoor patio seating in summer. The delicious pasta dishes concentrate on seafood such as clams and shrimp, but it also serv…
American in Roswell

Big D's Downtown Dive

From the Tomahawk burger (served on fry bread) to the chicken tortilla soup, and the Southwest chicken wontons to the Hard Apple salad, there are enough unique choices on Don Nason's menu to distinguish it from your…
Bistro in Ruidoso

Village Buttery

Go gourmet in Ruidoso: freshly made soups and quiche, tortellini salad and whole-wheat tuna sandwiches, all followed up with just-baked croissants and pie. The catch? (You knew there would be a catch.) It's lunch on…
Thai in Roswell

Taste of Thai

You can still ask yourself New Mexico's state question here (red or green?), but you'll no doubt appreciate that it applies to curry for a change. The kitchen whips up good standards, from pad Thai to tom yum soup.
New Mexican in Ruidoso

Casa Blanca

Dine on Southwestern cuisine in a renovated Spanish-style house or on the pleasant patio in the summer. It's hard to go wrong with the New Mexican plates, but it's also got big burgers and chicken-fried steak.
Diner in Lincoln

Smokey Bear Restaurant

This little diner next to the Smokey Bear park serves all of Smokey's personal favorites – who knew bears were partial to chicken quesadillas and breakfast burritos?