Southwestern New Mexico restaurants

Top Choice Gastronomy in Silver City

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When a restaurant is only open three nights a week, you know you'll have to reserve well ahead. Menus change daily and are drawn up in advance according to available ingredients and the chef's whims – expect creatio…
Top Choice New Mexican in Las Cruces

Chala's Wood-Fired Grill

With house-smoked carnitas and turkey, housemade bacon and chile-pork sausage, plus calabacitas (squash and corn), quinoa salad and organic greens, this place rises well above the standard New Mexican diner fare. Lo…
Top Choice Steak in Silver City

Buckhorn Saloon

Once part opera house, this venerable saloon is Silver City's most atmospheric dining option, offering serious steaks and seafood amid 1860s Wild West decor – try the fresh and tasty buffalo burgers. There's lve mus…
New Mexican in Las Cruces

¡Andele!

It's the salsa bar here that everyone raves about, and with good reason. Follow up the homemade chips with tacos el castor or smothered enchiladas, or just dig in to a simple bowl of chile. Located at the edge of Me…
Steak in Deming

Adobe Deli

This amazing, cavernous barn-like structure, on a rundown farm 12 miles east via US 549 (follow Pine St), is filled with stuffed animals from mouflon to marlin and even a mermaid. Food ranges from excellent sandwich…
American in Silver City

Diane's Restaurant & Bakery

Diane's is the local restaurant of choice, especially for weekend breakfasts. If you visit then, order the Hatch Benedict eggs, doused with chile. There's a busy lunch trade during the week, while the romantic appea…
New Mexican in Las Cruces

Chope's Bar & Cafe

Worth every second of the 15-mile drive south of town, Chope's may not be much to look at, but the hot chile will turn you into an addict within minutes. From chile rellenos to burritos, you've seen the menu before;…
Cafe in Gila National Forest

Purple Onion

One of the few inhabitants of the virtual ghost town of Mogollon, the Purple Onion claims to serve the best burger in New Mexico. We’re not sure if it’s the best, but given the location it’s pretty darn good, as are…
Cafe in Truth or Consequences

Passion Pie Cafe

Watch T or C get its morning groove on through the windows of this espresso cafe, and set yourself up with a breakfast waffle; the Elvis (with peanut butter) or the Fat Elvis (with bacon too) should do the job. Late…
Burgers in Socorro

Owl Bar Cafe

Leave I-25 at Exit 139, 10 miles south of Socorro, to sample the finest green chile cheeseburgers this side of Hatch. The potent mix of greasy beef, soft bun, sticky cheese, tangy chile, lettuce and tomato drips ont…