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.