I am pretty excited about this week’s blog! One of the reasons I write this blog is to get my readers to try out new local restaurants in the Las Cruces community. I like to discover and experience new restaurants and I was thrilled when I heard about La Iguana restaurant.
La Iguana is located in the middle of the Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. You can enjoy your lunch either inside or outside. They have a huge patio area where you can dine and watch the traffic of the Farmer’s Market.
The interior space of La Iguana has a modern feel to it. There are plenty of artwork scattered across the walls. The one thing that stands out is the ceiling. It looks like a jigsaw puzzle where they left most of the ceiling tiles in place but cut zig zags around exposing the inside of the roof. I would have to say the interior is one of the most aesthetically appealing places in Las Cruces.
La Iguana has a breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner menu consisting of fresh food. La Iguana prides themselves in offering gluten free food items as well as minimally processed ingredients. La Iguana also has a full coffee and tea menu and also has a wine and beer list.
My visit to La Iguana was during their lunch menu hours. During lunch, they offer mostly sandwiches and salads. I ordered the Mike’s BLT which consists of bacon, lettuce, tomato on white, wheat, or a gluten free roll. It’s a classic sandwich and you can’t go wrong by ordering a BLT. It was very fresh and satisfying. You also have your choice of a side (house salad, pasta salad, potato salad, or fresh fruit).
You can visit La Iguana online at http://www.laiguanalc.com
La Iguana is open Tuesday 8:00am to 2:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday 8:00am to 8:00pm, Sunday 8:00am to 2:00pm.
La Iguana is located on 139 North Main Street, Las Cruces, NM 88001.
One of the most unique experiences you can find in Las Cruces is dining at the Boba Cafe. I say unique because the Boba Cafe offers the only dinner cabaret in the city. Besides the entertainment experience, Boba Cafe offers a wide range of entrees and I can’t forget to mention, they serve Boba Tea.
Boba tea, or bubble tea, is a beverage consisting of flavored tea containing tapioca pearls, or boba. The tiny bobas have the texture of rubber and take on the flavor of the tea. Boba Cafe offers a variety of fruity flavors of boba teas. My favorite boba tea is the mango with soy milk. You can either order your boba tea with soy milk or without.
Boba Cafe has a great entertainment lineup. You can catch musical performances, plays, and comedy shows. I suggest you arrive early for the cabaret performances because they are always packed.
The menu at Boba Cafe has soups, salads, sandwiches, and wraps. You may want to ask for a few extra minutes when ordering because there is so much to choose from. Last week during my visit, I ordered the California Club. It consisted of turkey, bacon, avocado spread, mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomato on a croissant. The highlight of the sandwich is the croissant, it was warm, buttery, and flaky. You also have your choice of sides such as: cole slaw, french fries, salad, or potato chips.
You can visit Boba Cafe online at http://www.bobacafelc.com/
Boba Cafe is open Monday - Saturday 10:30am to 8:45pm and closed on Sundays.
Boba Cafe is located on 1900 South Espina Street, Las Cruces, NM 88001.
Most restaurants you will find in the City of Las Cruces are Mexican restaurants which menus consist of burritos, enchiladas, tamales, beans, and Spanish rice. When you’re tired of Mexican food and feel like trying something new, check out Katana Teppanyaki Grill.
Katana Teppanyaki Grill is an Asian themed restaurant. You either have a choice of dining at a table or sitting around the Teppan grill. The Teppan grill is an iron, griddle like stove where the Teppan Chefs cook your entrees. If you have never experienced a Teppan grill I suggest sitting near the grill, it is definitely an experience.
Katana is located in the East University shopping mall. The inside of the restaurant has Asian themed decor. Large bamboo murals along the walls of the grills, bamboo plants in every corner, and along one of the walls there are Japanese arcade games that light up the corner of the restaurant with flashing neon lights. The Teppan grills take up most of the restaurant are the items that stand out in the restaurant.
Katana’s menu consists of mostly items that can be cooked at the grill such as steaks, chicken, fish, and shrimp. Also on the menu is sushi, soups, and vegetarian friendly items.
Last week I went during their lunch hours to check out their All-You-Can-Eat Mongolian grill. In the middle of the restaurant there is a vegetable cart where you take your plate and load it up with your choice of 12 different vegetables. The vegetables are your typical stir fry type vegetables: onions, mushrooms, carrots, cabbage, baby corn, etc. etc. Next, you choose the type of protein meat that you want: beef, chicken, fish, shrimp, or mixed seafood. Then the Chef gives you your choice of sauces to add flavor to your dish: Mongolian sauce, teriyaki sauce, Japanese BBQ, Chinese BBQ, Korean BBQ, sweet chili, Amakara sauce, and Yakisoba sauce. The chef then takes your vegetables, protein meat and sauce and grills them up on the Teppan grill. It is served with a side of miso soup and a side of either steamed or fried rice.
Below is a picture of one of the three different plates I had. Yes, I had three separate servings. My excuse is it was an All-You-Can-Eat grill! I tried three different protein meats: shrimp, chicken, and beef. The beef was my favorite. I mixed the beef with vegetables and the Japanese BBQ sauce. I would suggest going during lunch to try out the Mongolian All-You-Can-Eat grill menu.
Katana Teppanyaki Grill is open during lunch Monday - Friday 11:00am to 2:00pm and dinner 5:00pm to 9:00pm.
Katana Teppanyaki Grill is located on 1001 East University Avenue #E1, Las Cruces, NM 88001
There’s no question which restaurant in Las Cruces serves up the best breakfast. With a burrito on the menu called the ‘Hangover’ burrito, there’s no doubt that Mesilla Valley Kitchen is the place to go to after a night on the town.
Located in the Arroyo Plaza shopping center, Mesilla Valley Kitchen serves up both Breakfast and Lunch entrees. The inside of the restaurant has gone through a makeover in the last year or so. MVK is heavily promoting their famous ‘Hangover’ burrito with t-shirts hanging from the ceiling to large murals that say, “Home of the Hangover Burrito.” It still has that same feel that it used to have with a few touch ups.
Even though they are home of the ‘Hangover’ burrito, MVK should be home of the best pecan pancakes in Las Cruces. When visiting MVK, you have to order a side of pancakes with your order. They’re fluffy, golden, and the pecans add a taste of Las Cruces.
During my visit this weekend, I ordered the Carne Adovada breakfast plate. It comes with two eggs any style, a side of beans and spuds, cheese, and a flour tortilla. This dish is a great alternative when not ordering a ‘Hangover’ burrito. The servings are huge and leave you satisfied. I saved enough room for a side of Pecan Cakes!
You can visit Mesilla Valley Kitchen online at http://www.mesillavalleykitchen.com/
Mesilla Valley Kitchen is open Monday - Saturday 6:00am to 2:30pm and Sundays 7:00am to 1:30pm. Breakfast and Lunch is served all day.
Mesilla Valley Kitchen is located on 2001 East Lohman Avenue, Las Cruces, NM 88001.
In honor of the New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, I decided to blog about my favorite spot in Las Cruces to grab a cheeseburger. You still have time to vote for your favorite Green Chile Cheeseburger at NM Green Chile Cheeseburger Ballot. Voting ends March 31st at 4:00pm.
There are only a few places in Las Cruces that know how to cook a cheeseburger, and this is my favorite. I like my cheeseburgers greasy, cheesy, and loaded with green chile. That’s how they should be!
The Burger Nook is located in a little shopping center off of Solano and East Madrid. I call this area the ‘Hole in the Wall Area’ of Las Cruces because there are restaurants on this side of town that you would have never heard of unless you were from the city or by word of mouth. Also, these are some of the best restaurants in all of Las Cruces!
Definitely avoid going to the Burger Nook if you are in a hurry and need to be somewhere at a certain time or during the lunch rush hour. The Burger Nook is always packed and not only do they take orders in person, their phone is always ringing with phone orders! Expect your Burger Nook experience to last about an hour, this includes ordering, waiting, and eating.
The wait is DEFINITELY worth it! I actually went during the lunch rush hour today and ordered a Double Meat Great Burger with Green Chile and Cheese with a side of fries. It was delicious and I would go back for seconds, but was full after taking that whole burger down! The menu consists of hamburger sliders, regular sized hamburgers, hot dogs, burritos, tacos, french fries, and onion rings.
Burger Nook is open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm and closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Burger Nook is located on 1204 East Madrid Avenue, Las Cruces, NM 88001.
One of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Las Cruces has to be ¡Andele’s! in historic old Mesilla. If you love ¡Andele’s! but haven’t been to the area in a few years, they have since changed locations, but don’t worry, it’s just a stones throw away from their old location. ¡Andele’s! also has another restaurant in the area called ¡Andele’s! Dog House, but I will give that restaurant its own review in a later blog.
The new restaurant location is situated in the Onate Plaza in Mesilla. It has the typical Southwestern look of adobe that you will find throughout the historic old Mesilla plaza. The interior of the building is very well lit. During they day they have huge windows drawing in natural sun light and at night they have a lot of lamps throughout the restaurant. The restaurant is very festive with Mexican paintings and decor.
One of the reasons many enjoy ¡Andele’s! is the salsa bar! When you are seated, the host gives you a bowl of freshly prepared tortilla chips and welcomes you to the salsa bar. You have your choice from a variety of salsas, and they also have pico de gallo and roasted jalapenos. ¡Andele’s! menu consists of a variety of Mexican entrees which also includes breakfast during the morning hours.
I went this week during the dinner rush hour and was amazed how great the service was at full capacity. I ordered the ¡Andele’s! house specialty, the Tacos Al Carbon. They serve you your choice of flame broiled beef, pork or chicken with grilled onions, limes, cilantro, radishes, lettuce and tomatoes. On the side they give you tortillas and a cup of beans. They serve a lot of food at reasonable prices.
¡Andele’s! is open on Monday 8:00am to 2:30pm and Tuesday - Sunday 8:00am to 9:00pm.
¡Andele’s! is located on 2184 Avenida De Mesilla, Las Cruces, NM 88005.
I had always heard great things about Las Trancas Restaurant. The locals here in Las Cruces say it’s one of the best Mexican restaurants in the city. They were right! I visited Las Trancas during the lunch rush hour this week, and even though they were busy they were still able to provide excellent service.
When you are driving down Solano you want to keep an eye out for the restaurant, it is off to the side and they have a tall sign, but if you’re not paying attention you will drive by. At night they have very bright neon lights around the restaurant so it’s pretty hard to miss when it’s dark. Inside the restaurant is your basic Mexican restaurant. There are Southwestern murals and decorations. There are plenty of places to sit and you don’t feel crowded like at other smaller restaurants in the area.
One of the things I liked about Las Trancas was that they served you sopaipillas with your meal. Most of the Mexican restaurants here in Las Cruces either serve or offer you sopaipillas after your meal as a dessert. I like eating my meals with sopaipillas instead of tortillas sometimes to mix it up. Also, they have 40 ounce cervezas!
I ordered the Stuffed Sopaipilla. You have your choice of: Beef, chicken, carne adovada, deshebrada, or bean and cheese. It is also served with a side of beans and rice and you have your choice of red or green chile. I chose chicken with green chile. It was delicious and the chicken was very tender.
Las Trancas is located on 1008 South Solano Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88001.
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Miguel’s is one of the new kids on the block in Las Cruces. Opening in 2010, Miguel’s Restaurant is located straight across from the bowling alley right next to Pep Boys. The exterior of the building is vibrant in color and very inviting. Inside of the restaurant, the walls are colorfully decorated with Southwestern paintings.
Miguel’s may be a little deceiving. It feels like a fast food restaurant, but the quality of the food is comparable to a sit down restaurant. You get a lot of bang for your buck at Miguel’s. Expect to pay fast food prices. The staff at Miguel’s deserves a round of applause. They are very hospitable and make you feel at home. You order your food up front and the serving staff either delivers it to your table or packs it to go. They have your traditional Mexican dishes and serve both breakfast and lunch. On the menu you will find enchiladas, burritos, rellenos, etc. etc. Before entering the dining room, they have a salsa cart where you can grab salsas for your entrees.
I ordered the 3 Soft Tacos with Rice and Beans plate. Most of the items on the menu give you the choice of: Brisket, ground beef, pork, or chicken with either red or green sauce. I chose the Brisket with red. It was very tasty and also very filling! It had a similar taste to carne adovada. Miguel’s also serves imported and domestic beer and has a wide variety of bottled Mexican sodas as well as fountain drinks.
Miguel’s is open 7 days a week, 7am-10pm.
Miguel’s is located on 1140 East Amador, Las Cruces, NM 88001.
It is hard to find good sushi in New Mexico, especially in the city of Las Cruces. Mexican restaurants outnumber other types of restaurants by a lot here in Las Cruces. There are a few local spots that serve up some great sushi, but Aqua Reef has to be my favorite.
Aqua Reef is hidden in one of the suites behind Celebrate Liquors. The first thing you notice when you walk into the restaurant is the sushi bar, because it takes up most of the restaurant’s space. The sushi bar’s highlight is a moat filled with water and goes around the entire bar and into the kitchen and back. Boats filled with an assortment of tapas float on top of the moat allowing those who sit at the bar to pick and choose appetizers without having to wait on a server to order. I suggest sitting at the bar when going to Aqua Reef. Not only is it entertaining watching the boats float by, but the Sushi Chefs always strike up a great conversation with those at the bar.
When recommending a dish at Aqua Reef I always have a hard time, because I like so many of their entrees. When sitting at the bar, I would recommend picking up their Sesame Tahine Hummis or the 4 Piece California Roll off of the boats. When ordering from the menu, their Satay Skewers Sampler is always a great appetizer. It includes four different types of skewers: Pineapple, Chicken, Prosciutto Asparagus, and Negi Maki, which are scallions wraped in thinly sliced pieces of NY Steak.
Only in New Mexico can you find sushi with green chile. I usually order two rolls of sushi when I visit Aqua Reef, and one of them has to be their New Mexico Pecan Green Chile Roll. It is a sushi roll breaded in Pecans and stuffed with Green Chile and served with Sriracha sauce. This roll is a must have whether you enjoy sushi on a regular basis or you are trying sushi for the first time.
Aqua Reef is open Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm and Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm.
Aqua Reef is located on 900 South Telshor Blvd, Suite B, Las Cruces, NM 88011.
And the award for creating an artful masterpiece out of a delicious meal goes to… Drum roll please… The Shed! Eating at The Shed is like eating in an art gallery. On the outside, the building itself looks like an old, adobe, shed. I guess that’s why they call it The Shed. The interior look is very contemporary with abstract murals on the walls along with southwestern paintings. You definitely don’t get bored with the decor throughout the restaurant.
The Shed is also known as the Old Mesilla Pastry Cafe. It is known for freshly prepared meals made from scratch. The Shed also has fresh breads and desserts for sale. The Shed is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. They are open Wednesday through Sunday, 7:30am - 2:00pm. Breakfast is served all day.
I usually frequent The Shed during the morning when my body craves breakfast, so I always order breakfast. I have heard great things about their lunch menu though. During my visit last week, I ordered the Quiche of the Day. It was your basic quiche with Turkey and Green Chile. The quiche’s crust was flaky and amazing! On the side was a beautiful display of mixed fruit which included: Sliced red and green apples, strawberries, oranges, kiwi, melon, blueberries, and blackberries. The dish also came with a side of fresh bread. This dish hit the spot! It was light yet satisfying, and accompanied with the fruit, it was pretty healthy as well.
The Shed is located on 810 South Valley Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88005.