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From Houston to Long Beach, CA on Interstate 10

I agree. I was really happy I stopped at Old Mesilla. As it turned out, after a large breakfast at home, an early start, and fruit, water and nuts in a cooler, I made it all the way to H&H without stopping for lunch, right before it closed. The place had a lot of character, but I wasn't very excited about the food. The gravy on the huevos rancheros was quite bland, even with the special salsa, and the chile rellenos and enchilada were just okay, from my point of view. But again, a really neat place to visit.

Although I got into the area early enough for dinner at Chope's, I learned they aren't open on Mondays, which broke my heart. So, rather than give up, I decided to stay in Las Cruces until they opened for lunch the next day. In the interim I visited Old Mesilla, and was very, very happy I did. The plaza around sunset was beautiful, and the award-winning margarita (with a little orange in the mix) at the elegant handcarved wooden bar in Double Eagle was a real pleasure.

Lunch at Chope's was great. I had a combo plate that included a green enchilada, tamale and chile relleno. I enjoyed a taste of my companion's stacked red enchiladas so much that I requested extra red enchilada sauce which I used to spice up my combo plate. The sauce was smoky (almost to the point of being burned, actually), and I loved it. The place was clean and welcoming, and everyone was very friendly.

We drove to Tempe and had a terrific dinner outside, next to a fireplace, at the Secret Garden. The mussels were swimming in a delicious fennel sauce that I sopped up entirely with the grilled bread, and the pan-seared pork belly with local dates and marscapone was rich and decadent.

We made it in to Santa Monica the next day, and after a terrific drink at Shutters of gin, different vermouths, curacao and bitters, ended the day with a terrific izakaya-style dinner at Musha's: of hand-tourched saba and black-sesame ice cream, among other delights.

Thanks, everyone, for your input.

Jan 25, 2012
skypark in Texas

Recs on drive on I-10 from Las Cruces to Long Beach, CA

Thanks, guys! I think I have the Las Cruces area suggestions covered, and the Tucson rec sounds great. Any suggestions from Tucson to Long Beach for dinner?

Jan 10, 2012
skypark in Southwest

From Houston to Long Beach, CA on Interstate 10

Okay, I'm sold on Chope's! Does anyone have a view on Milky Way or Issacks at Junction, TX?

Jan 10, 2012
skypark in Texas

From Houston to Long Beach, CA on Interstate 10

I looked up H&H and Chope's and they look terrific! Unfortunately I think I'll get into that area too late (probably around 8 pm) to eat there. I may backtrack from Las Cruces to eat breakfast at H&H, though. It certainly sounds worth the trip.

Jan 08, 2012
skypark in Texas

Recs on drive on I-10 from Las Cruces to Long Beach, CA

I'm travelling I-10 from Houston to Long Beach. On my second day, I'll probably be in Phoenix around lunchtime. Any suggestions for a delicious pit stop? Anywhere else along I-10 that I should be sure to visit?

Thanks.

Jan 08, 2012
skypark in Southwest

From Houston to Long Beach, CA on Interstate 10

I'm travelling I-10 from Houston to Long Beach very soon. Do you know of any good places to eat on that route? Since I'm starting early morning, I'll probably be way past San Antonio around lunchtime, so I'm afraid I'll have to pass on San Antonio restaurants. I plan on spending the night in Las Cruces, if I can endure it in the car that long.

Jan 08, 2012
skypark in Texas

Restaurants near Sheraton North Dallas

I won't have a car, but I always have an appetite for good food. Any suggestions?

And do you know whether there's an easy public transportation way to get from the hotel to Twisted Root (on Sunday)?

Feb 26, 2009
skypark in Dallas - Fort Worth