What are some good restaurants in Las Cruces
We will be in Las Cruces for the weekend with our children and grandchildren the youngest is 10) and would appreciate a recommendation for a good New Mexico style Mexican restaurant (one that caters to locals rather than tourists) I searched the boards but saw mostly recommendations for other cities.
When I thought I'd have to go to Las Cruces last year, some people strongly recommended Paisano Cafe in nearby Mesilla. Sounds like an Italian place, but it's really a Mexican + New Mexican restaurant specializing in housemade salsas, mole's and seafood. I ended up not making the trip at all, but the menu looked interesting. It's the only NM restaurant I've heard of that has chiles en nogada (only in season, around September). They're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Another place they recommended, also in Mesilla, was La Posta de Mesilla. It looked more typically New Mexican, but it sounded like a very family-friendly place. Both have menus up online.
You're right that there isn't much on these boards about that area. If you find something you like (or dislike) please post a report when you have a chance.
I know you've already visited LC by this point, but Habaneros is a good place for lunch. You get a free bowl of welcome soup (sopa de fideo) when you walk in and everything I've had there is good with big portions. I recommend pretty much any of their burritos, but what I usually get is the potato tacos with a chile relleno and a horchata to drink.