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Dec 13, 2010 10:21 PM

New Mexico for Xmas - Recommendations Please!!

I'm heading to New Mexico for Christmas. This will be my second time visiting. I will be in Alamagordo, La Luz, Santa Fe, and Hatch. Can you recommend some great places to eat? I am looking for some amazing green chili places, sopapillas, enchiladas, etc! Thanks in advance for the advice.

Oh, also if you have any native recipes from the region that you would want to pass along. I would love to try them out.


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  1. Casa de Suenos in Tularosa has some pretty good food. Tularosa is near Alamogordo and La Luz. In Alamo your best bets are Margo's and Si Senor. If you happen to go up to Ruidoso however, your choices dramatically improve.

    Si Senor Restaurant
    1480 N White Sands Blvd, Alamogordo, NM 88310

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    1. re: cathartic

      I agree with cathartic that Rui is the culinary hub of that area, and a charming town to boot.

      Now as to Alamagordo per se, both Si Senor and Margo's are decent.

      The green chile cheeseburger at the Outpost in Carrizozo is said to be out of this world, although I have not tried it.

      If you venture as far as Las Cruces check out Cafe Espana in Hotel Encanto. It is an undiscovered gem.

      Just south of Las Cruces in the town of La Mesa is the legendary Chope's. It's a bit far afield, but soooo worth it. As far as true, down home New Mexican food goes, Chope's is as good as it gets.

      Si Senor
      4015 E 30th St, Farmington, NM 87402

    2. I heard about Margo's and the Outpost. I will try Si Senor for sure. Do you think the burgers at the Outpost are better than The Owl Bar?

      There was a great place in Cloudcroft for burgers that recently burned down. I saw pics and it was scary.

      Any suggestions for Santa Fe - doing a one-nighter?

      Thanks to all,

      Si Senor
      4015 E 30th St, Farmington, NM 87402

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      1. re: LatinLovinEG

        Not sure if the burgers are better than The Owl's, but they've got an excellent reputation. You should probably find out for yourself.

        PS--Not sure if your plans include stopping in a bar, but the bar in Santino's in Ruidoso is very cool and they make one mean martini. The Ital food in the resto is good, too, but you definitely don't want to miss the bar.

        1. re: Perilagu Khan

          I do plan on stopping by some bars. Santino's is now on the list. Many thanks!!

          1. re: LatinLovinEG

            You're more than welcome. Drink a Magellan martini for me. Just don't put it on my tab. ;)

        2. re: LatinLovinEG

          The Cloudcroft burger joint that burned down was called Dave's. Just down the boardwalk is the Western Bar and Cafe that has great enchiladas, chips and salsa and a pretty darn good GCCB. Keep them in mind if you do head up to Cloudcroft.

          1. re: cathartic

            I will order the Magellin for you!

            I heard there's also a good pie place that is across the street from where Dave's was. I will keep Western Bar and Cafe in mind. Thanks all!

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