Amarillo to Raton, NM -- Any Good Lunch Spots?
My grandparents live in Dalhart, and I doubt that Dalhart gets much Chowhound love, so I feel like I should drop a line!
While my memories of the place are likely tainted with sentiment, "The Grill" on 7th street in has a mighty fine cheeseburger and foot-long chili cheese dog we used to rock that place all the time.
I've heard great things about the Airport Cafe, though I've never been there and it's not really on your way at all. Here's some info: http://www.swaviator.com/html/issueMA...
My grandfather used to hit up Hodie's BBQ right off of the highway fairly regularly. I can't vouch for anything other than a reasonably tasty breakfast.
The other place that might be interesting is "Extreme Cuisine" at 416 Denrock Avenue. I'm not sure if they are open for lunch, but their dinner menu is well...interesting. It's as close to big city-style haute cuisine as Dalhart has ever come. Go with an open mind and understand that you are eating in a panhandle town of fewer than 8000 people, and you might find yourself going "Wow...not bad!".
Dick, having done this drive more than I care to remember, I never found anyplace I wanted to go back too, except a New Mexican joint in Raton. There is a locals place in Clayton on the northside of the main street that is interesting with passable food. I don't know the name, but its a tan, kind of southwest looking building (I know sounds like the whole town). And if you do a search on Amarillo, there are some Thai places along city I40. They are kind of run down looking.
The New Mexican joint in Raton is on 2nd Avenue (main street) near where 287 connects. Its on the west side of the street and its a white building with parking all around it. And pick up Colorado 69 out of Walsenburg to get here 45 minutes quicker.