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Route 54: Moriarty, Carrizozo, Tularosa, Alamogordo?

ejohn Sep 5, 2009 09:39 PM

We're driving from Albuquerque to Las Cruces this way. Anything to eat? Tularosa winery worth a taste? Any kind of food/place. On a road trip from Portland, Or. and finding no info on anything in this area. Thank you very much.

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    desert rat Sep 11, 2009 09:06 PM

    That is pretty much a wasteland for eating but... the Tularosa winery is definitely worth a try. All grapes grown in the Tularosa basin. We were just at the NM wine festival last weekend and were impressed with the unoaked chard and the sweeter "Symphony" (I think that's what it was called.) At the north end of Alamogordo is Eagle Ranch pistachio farm. Do stop there!! Great pistachios! Alamogordo is a Chowhound wasteland. My son used to attend Space Camp there and the only place we found was The Compass Rose, a pub-style spot with decent food. Don't even know if it's there anymore. On one of the main roads that heads east off towards the mountains. Last time I was through Carrizozo, it had a Dairy Queen or something similar. Carrizozo specializes in "cherry cider" in Carrizozo but that's about it and I wasn't all that fond of it. Good luck. Watch out for the big semis on 54.

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    1. re: desert rat
      ejohn Sep 12, 2009 03:54 PM

      Thanks, we'll stop by the winery and mebbe get some pistachios too.

      1. re: ejohn
        paoconnell Sep 13, 2009 08:57 PM

        There are good green chile cheeseburgers at the Outpost Bar in Carrizozo.

        The Eagle Ranch pistachio farm is well worth visiting.

    2. Perilagu Khan Feb 17, 2010 07:03 AM

      Way after the fact, but Si Senor in Alamogordo is not half bad.

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