I like food. A lot! I also like locally owned restaurants because I like to give my business to the community. I had an idea to blog about local restaurants in the Las Cruces area. Las Cruces is dominated with local Mexican restaurants and I figured I would start off my first blog with my favorite one. Nellie’s Cafe. Keep in mind, this is my first blog and I am not an English major. My punctuation might be a little off and I may have some run on sentences. I am sure I will get better at this if I continue to post. If you are wondering what is up with the name, Lick The Knife. Have you ever had a dish at a restaurant that was so delicious you had to Lick The Knife? Also, I was inspired by my dear friend Justin who licked the knife once and that memory is forever etched in my brain. Enjoy!
Nellie’s Cafe is considered a “hole in the wall” type of restaurant. You may have seen this restaurant on your way to the High Desert Brewery. The restaurant itself is very intimate. By intimate, I mean crowded, but that just means you get to have an up close view of what the strangers right next to you ordered so you can decide on what to order yourself. Nellie’s Cafe offers traditional Mexican food. Their menu consists of your typical Mexican dishes, and also offer both breakfast and lunch. Their portions are HUGE so wear your stretchy pants. Nellie’s Cafe accepts cash only so be prepared. They also have an ATM inside which is convenient. Nellie’s Cafe is opened Tuesday through Sunday, 8:00am to 2:00pm.
Today, I went for breakfast and had a breakfast burrito. You have your choice of two ingredients, but went all out and asked for all the ingredients including both red and green chile. The server said the nickname for this burrito was the “Kitchen Sink.” It consisted of: Egg, Potatoes, Cheese, Ham, Bacon, Sausage, Chorizo, and red and green chile. (Note: I usually order my burritos “Christmas” style, which is both red and green chile, but one time I asked for my dish “Christmas” style here in Las Cruces and the server looked at me weird and asked what that meant, so I have stopped using that term. It might be a Northern New Mexico term.) This burrito is probably my favorite Mexican breakfast dish in all of Las Cruces. It has everything you want and all at a decent price.
Nellie’s Cafe is located on 1226 West Hadley Avenue, Las Cruces, NM 88005.