Quick trip to Las Cruces, NM
Boston 'hound here...We were in town this past weekend for a wedding, so most of our meals were planned (I won't report on those).
Saturday: Breakfast at The Bean. We loved this place! It was kind of ghost town-like outside and then the 10 of us walked into the Bean. I was amazed to find it packed and quite convivial! The coffee drinkers loved the coffee roaster. My loose green tea was good and the diffuser (a rubber ducky) was the talk of the town - too cute for words, really! My just-ok everything bagel was made tasty by the smooth cream cheese blend and very ripe tomato slices. Can't remember what hubby had.
We spent a few hours at White Sands (what a sight!) and headed to Lincoln National Forest. On the way, we stopped at Eddie's Burritos for lunch. What a find! I combined chile relleno + rice in a burrito and it was definitely greater than anything we can get back east. Nice variety at the salsa bar - I particularly liked the red salsa and the pico de gallo was fresh and pert. Everyone seemed to enjoy their food and their TALL Mexican Cokes in real bottles.
Saturday rehearsal dinner at La Posta.
Sunday breakfast again at the Bean. My Good Morning muffin was perfect - low fat, but full of nuts and carrot. Not too sweet, which I was afraid of. Oolong tea was a delight. B's steel-cut oatmeal with local pecans, banana and something else (blueberries?) hit the spot. Sunday lunch catered by Josefina's was fine - sustenance for the bridal party as they got ready. The sandwiches had meat so I didn't have any. I must say, the staff were very accommodating! Sunday wedding feast at Double Eagle.
We hope to return to delve more deeply in that corner of the world and to try more restaurants!
2355 Calle De Guadalupe, Mesilla, NM 88046
201 W 2nd St, Roswell, NM 88201
Small world, I had only been to Cruces once before, but it sounds like we were there the same time as you. Thanks for the review, as I'm sure you noticed, there's not a gargantuan amount of LC info on CH.
We were only there for a night, but we enjoyed our meals pretty well:
* Cafe España - located in the Encanto Hotel (where we stayed), the fraying midscale decor didn't inspire a huge amount of confidence, but we were surprised that the food was pretty good. Nothing too fancy, but the chef seemed to do a good job setting the bar slightly higher than necessary and clearing it without any trouble. Particularly nice soups and salads, with an impressive amount of chile heat mixed into each. Nothing I need to go out of my way for, but good stuff. Two odd drawbacks: (1) the entrees are remarkably highly priced for the area, high $20s into the $30s, and (2) the margaritas were made with sour mix, about as close to a hangin' offense as you can get in NM short of bringing in your green chile from California. NB if there was anything Spanish about this place other than the name, it was utterly lost on me.
* Mesilla Valley Kitchen - second Jackie007's rec. Fun and funky vibe, order at the counter, they bring the food out. Highlight was the home fries, some of the best I've had anywhere, dusted with a healthy dose of red chile, my breakfast sandwich was a notch or two above average as well. The sweeter things were ok; the pecan syrup was a clever idea but you couldn't really taste the pecans. Again nothing I'll go out of my way to seek out, but I'd absolutely enjoy going back if I were in the area.
Mesilla Valley Kitchen
2001 E Lohman Ave Ste 102, Las Cruces, NM 88001
Oy - The thought of being THIS close to my favorite (former) Boston 'hound is heartbreaking!!!
While at The Bean, I got a hearty recommendation for Los Mariachis in Las Cruces. Also, I wanted to check out High Desert Brewing Co, but you know how things go when it's a wedding weekend - the time seems to fly by, without much on-your-own time. I hope to be back to NM, at least to check out Santa Fe and/Albuquerque. I know who's posts I'll be checking out before I head out there again! Cheers!
BTW, the wedding was out past the pecan fields....they were amazingly beautiful, especially this time of the year - the rows and rows of trees were gorgeously gaunt. Made for a great background for wedding photos.
2790 Avenida De Mesilla, Mesilla, NM 88046
I've spent about a month and a half in Las Cruces total (NJ native) and I'm actually moving there.
One place I would definitely recommend for a good breakfast is the Mesilla Valley kitchen (http://www.mesillavalleykitchen.com/). I've eaten there a few times and never been disappointed.
Also, check out De La Vegas Pecan Grill. It's a brewery. Their green chile beer is good, as is their pecan-crusted stuffed green chiles and their velvet soup. That was always my standby meal there.