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What are some good restaurants in Las Cruces

Before you fall for the Chopes "hype" read some of the recent reviews of this restaurant on Urbanspoon.

Jul 26, 2012
Fieldmarshall in Southwest

Food in Las Cruces, NM (long)

Interesting post Jalcruces, but I must offer a few comments. Los Campas is an interesting place that serves authentic New Mexican food. I like the restaurant, but rate it fifteenth on my scale of Mexican restaurants in Las Cruces. (But out of fifty or more that's not bad.)This is because I have found the food less than exceptional. It is good, but not "that" good. The chile sauces are ok. It is a decent place and the price is right. A lot of locals eat there who do not want to go across the street to the more upscale Si Senor with its slightly higher prices and tipping. Enriques makes the top twenty. It is ok also. Ambiance is ok in this smallish cafe and the food is good. Si Senor is the number one rated Mexican restaurant in Las Cruces because of its overall ambiance. service, and the high quality of the food. However, they do not have many exceptional dishes...although the Akela Chicken can be very good. Red sopapillas also are delicious. La Posta is worth a visit, but one does usually not eat there regularly...the food can be very mediocre and it is touristy. I agree with you about Go Burger. Their burritos are huge, but I have found on several occasions that the ingredients were old and had been sitting around awhile. This is essentially a takeout joint besides. Mi Pueblito has some good carne adovada, but their quality overall can be shaky. Nellie's is a dump. despite their crowds, and the food is clearly the most overrated in the city. Forgetaboutit! For non-Mexican cuisine Si Bistro is nice. One should really try the St. Claire Bistro...pretty nice with good food. Also, Give Los Mariachi's a try. Most of the food is real good. Andele (especially good is the pork tacos al carbon) and El Comedor are top ten places. I like Cha Chi's, but their chile sauces are not so good. Carne adovada tacos are good and their al pastor tacos are wonderful. Chilito's had very good Steak Tampiquenia and their chile sauces are excellent...the green has lots of chunks of real chile peppers in it. There is a new fast-food type of restaurant in town, Fidencio's. It is right next to the Cattle Baron. They serve real traditional Mexican food. Good prices. Try the Asada Tacos and the Carnitas Tacos. The best traditional Mexican restaurant is, of course, Beltran's. Try their pork and chicken parrilladas and a torta with pork al pastor, milanesa, or asada...all tremendous! Farley's is good fun, but the food is a little ??? Ciros is subpar. There are no good Chinese restaurants in Las Cruces...that is true as another poster said! Remember also, that every restaurant has its limitations. Some have better this and others have better that. Such is life.

Jul 01, 2008
Fieldmarshall in Southwest

Cincinnati Chili

Montgomery Inn is probably the most overrated restaurant in Cincinnati. Most food is mediocre. Go somewhere else.

Jun 14, 2008
Fieldmarshall in Great Lakes

Cincinnati Chili

Sorry, there is a reason that Chili Time only has one restaurant in the Queen City. It plainly is not that good. It moved from Roselawn a few years ago and its businness is simply a local affair. No one goes out of their way to go to Chili Time....as they would Pleasant Ridge Chili or Blue Ash Chili. As to whether Skyline or Gold Star is better, take your pick. I believe Gold Star is, but the difference is so slight it is hard to say. Blue Ash Chili is probably the best chili restaurant in Cincinnati.

Jun 14, 2008
Fieldmarshall in Great Lakes

Cincinnati Chili

Choose Blue Ash Chili!! While Skyline is the big chain with the classic three-ways etc....Blue Ash has that plus much more. All Cinti chili is comparable (I know some will argue this, but it is the truth. It is all about the same.) Blue Ash Chili has a much broader menu is more of a real restaurant!

Jun 14, 2008
Fieldmarshall in Great Lakes

Just what IS Cincinnati Chili?

First Off...don't tell me you don't like Cincinnati Chili if you are trying to eat it like regular chili (call it Texas chili or whatever). Cinti chili is watery and has very little meat. It does contain chocolate and cinnamon among other unorthodox ingredients. Cinti chili is not supposed to be eaten all by itself. It is pretty bad that way. No one eats it like that. It, however, does make for a savory dish if served over spaghetti with onions and cheese and beans. It is also served with onions and mustard and cheese on hot dogs, aka chili dogs. I know a number of people who still don't care for it very much after having eaten it for years. But, then again, there are those who love it and can not do without their three, four, or five-way fix now and then. It is part of a great dish if used properly. A substitute for "real" chili it is not!

Jun 14, 2008
Fieldmarshall in General Topics

Food in Las Cruces, NM (long)

Fieldmarshall again. In Las Cruces the best true Mexican restaurant is the Beltran Mexican Grill (Carneceria). It is inside a Mexican meat market...pictures of Poncho Villa all over the walls...the real stuff! The deshabrada at Chihuahua's, however, is delicioso.

Mar 18, 2007
Fieldmarshall in Southwest

Green Chili Cheese Burger

For an outstanding green chile double burger try the "Burger Nook" on Madrid in Las Cruces. Everything finest quality and made fresh. You may have a little wait!

Mar 18, 2007
Fieldmarshall in Southwest

Once and for all -- rice in a burrito -- Yay or nay?

Definately NAY!! While a burrito with rice is edible, a person who has had the best burritos filled with carnitas, chile rellenos, carne asada, carne adovada, barbecoa, carne al pastor, or New Mexican green chile con carne, etc. would not even think of using rice in it. Only people who have never had a fantastic authentic Mexican or New Mexican burrito think rice filled burritos are good. One may find them ok, I guess, when the real thing is not readily at hand.

Jan 31, 2007
Fieldmarshall in General Topics

Food in Las Cruces, NM (long)

This is the Field Marshall.....sorry, the reply above mentioned Jaan's and made me realize I had for forgotten it. Jaan's is a very nice restaurant with terrific food from the sub-continent of India. It is truly one of the best restaurants in the Las Cruces area. It should definately not be missed. Don't be intimidated because you are not familiar with the terms...the servers are very helpful. Prepare for a wonderful dining experience and flavors you have never experienced. I have eaten at perhaps a dozen Indian restaurants around the USA and Jann's had the best food!!!

Aug 31, 2006
Fieldmarshall in Southwest

Chope's near Las Cruces (long)

It is ridiculous to claim that Chope's Restaurant is not very clean. Just because it is in a little old building and doesn't have a lot of windows to let in a lot of light doesn't make it unclean. I have personally inspected its kitchen and it is very clean. The place is well managed by some respectable older women who treat the place with loving care. I have also lived in many cities around the USA and have never seen an area where the "food inspectors" from the health dept are so vigilant as in this area. Enough said!!!

Jul 29, 2006
Fieldmarshall in Southwest

Food in Las Cruces, NM (long)

I have eaten at just about every restaurant in Las Cruces. Here are my conclusions: the regional southern New Mexico (border) cuisine is fantastic...but because these restaurants are so predominant down here it can be a little monotonous. There are other options however which I will detail later. The best Mexican New Mexican food is found at Anele, El Comador, Las Trancas, Carrillo's Cafe, and Maria Bonita. Nellie's and Chope's are very good also, but ambiance and crowds deter some people. Si Senor and the "new" Gardunos are the nicest places (to take out of town guests!)for New Mex-Southwestern food, but the food is not necessarily the best or most classically New Mexican. For real authentic Mexican try Chihuahua's, the new El Ranchero (took over Pete's Hacienda), Mi Pueblito and the little Good Luck Cafe. The little La Nueva Casita is good also. In the overrated category and not so good...place Cha Chi's, La Fuente, Roberto's, Los Campos, Napolitos, the very popular Delicia's, the Spanish Kitchen, and the Kiva. El Sombrero, Los Mariachi, and Mariscos Cancun are pretty good..above age. Las Posta appeals to tourists..it is kind of a cool place to go, but the food is uneven..some good, some disappoints.
Other types of food...good dining at Sunset Grill, the Pepper Mill on Roadrunner, Johnny Carino's Italian (very good), Si Italian Bistro (very nice place with good Italian food), The Double Eagle/Peppers in Mesilla is a great place to dine with above average food. The Cattle Baron is a nice place with above average food. I also like the chains Texas Roadhouse and Outback. These are nice places to eat, but there are no premier steakhouses in this town. (And don't even pretend that the typical Western Steakhouses in the West are great places...yuck! They wouldn't know a good steak if they had it in their mouths.)
There are no outstanding Oriental restaurants in Las Cruces. The New Chinese Super Buffet is pretty good for a buffet, and Lemongrass is ok for the area...wouldn't be top notch in a big city. Mix is a decent place, but the food lacks character and often disappoints. The Joy Luck is not run by Chinese but is not bad..service can be a problem when it is busy.
Tiffany's serves outstanding Greek food, the little Casablanca good Mediterranean and Middle Eastern, Lorenzo's Avanti not bad Italian, Dion's has good toasted sandwiches, Bountiful Baking Co is overrated, but they do have good Pizza. International Delights is a disappointment, but a nice place. The Shed is ok, but nothing special. Eddie's Bar and Grill is a nice place with above average food and service. The Mesilla Valley Kitchen has some good food for a casual breakfast-lunch place, but I think it is overpriced. Some of the best Mexican places, of course, are down in El Paso...Barrigas, Los Bandidos, and Kiki's come to mind. State Line BBQ is also a classic in Sunland Park. I plan to try Billy Crews Steakhouse next week...hear it is exceptional.
Of course, opinions will differ over food...but take my word for the above and you can't go far wrong. If you have not had Southern New Mexican cuisine with a real good chile sauce..you are in for a treat. Try green chile on a steak! But, alas, not every restaurant has the same quality of chile. This is especially true when it comes to "red" chile...if in doubt, order Green! Good Luck.

Jul 29, 2006
Fieldmarshall in Southwest