New Mexico

You must eat a green chili cheeseburger in NM, particularly at the Bobcat Bite in Santa Fe, NM

Blakes Lotaburger is a chain that sells green chile cheeseburgers.  Theres a green chile cheeseburger map

Alamogordo, NM


Hi-D-Ho Drive In-414 S White Sands Blvd, Alamogordo, NM 88310- (575) 437-6400-Awesome burger stand. Since 1952

Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque has a weekly newpaper called the Alibi.

They Also have the weekly wire, which was under construction last time I checked

Amusement Park-

Cliff’s Amusement Park 4800 Osuna NE, Albuquerque, (505) 881-9373  Small park with tiny coaster.


Mary & Tito’s Cafe-2711 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107-Since 1963, cafe serving regional food with a signature red chili  (505) 344-6266

Golden Pride BBQ-Local chain of bbq restaurants.

The Frontier-2400 Central SE, Albuquerque, NM , 505-266-0550-Highly recommended gooey cinnamon rolls, green chili and the Frontier burger, a big mess made with hickory-flavored sauce, cheese, and 1000 Island dressing. mmm. Or try a bonanza burger, double burger, thousand Island,  cheese and bacon and hatch chiles.  They have a copy cat burger.

66 Diner-1405 Central Ave. NE, Old Rt. 66, Albuquerque, NM 505-247-1421-Get a green chile cheeseburger and a milk shake.

El Pinto -Way too fancy a joint for this site, but they fresh roast Green chile, have fresh sopaipillas with honey, and have these chilil coated ribs that are the bomb.: 10500 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114 (505) 898-1771

Sadie’s Of New Mexico-6230 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107-They also have the chili coated ribs.  New Mexican food.

Dog House Drive In-Small burger, chili cheese dogs joint almost 70 years old.  They split grill their dogs before topping with Chili.-1216 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 (505) 243-1019  Amazing Dachsund on their sign.

Giovanni’s Pizzeria– 921 San Pedro Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108 (505) 255-1233-Red checkered tablecloth joint with good NY Style Pizza.

Lindy’s Diner-500 Central Ave SW #3114, Albuquerque, NM 87102-Open Late-Route 66

Casa de Benavidez– 8032 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114  (505) 897-7493-Closed Sundays-“Home of the Sopapillo Burger” A beef patty with refried beans, cheese, lettuce, tomato and choice of red or green chile placed between two sopaipillas-Newer location on the sleek side.

Duran Central Pharmacy- 1815 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 (505) 247-4141-Route 66 Vintage pharmacy with Lunch counter serving mexican specialties with green or red chile

Cecilia’s Cafe-Traditional New Mexican food chicharrones, red & green chile & sopapillas-230 6th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 (505) 243-7070

Theres a huge chain of regional burgers called Blakes Lota Burger.  The location at 6210 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107 is one of the oldest.   It makes chain style green chiliburgers.

Live Music-

Launchpad-618 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 505-764-8887

Sister Bar- 407 Central Ave. SW Albuquerque, NM 87102

Carlsbad, NM


Becky’s Drive-In Restaurant-901 W Church St, Carlsbad, NM 88220(575) 885-3262-Since 1955, drive in restaurant with burgers, tacos and more.

May’s Dari-Lea Drive In-2216 W Lea St, Carlsbad, NM 88220-Another old timey drive in burger taco burrito spot.

Clines Corners, NM

Eats and Everything
Clines Corners is located at the junction of Highway 285 and Interstate-40 (once Route 66)
One Yacht Club Drive-Clines Corners, NM 87070 (575) 472-5488
Clines corners is on your way to Everywhere when you are traveling in New Mexico.
Stop by on your way through for fuel, gifts, and food as well as maps and directions to all of the great destinations

Clovis, NM


Twin Cronnie Drive-In- 709 Commerce Way, Clovis, NM 88101  (575) 763-5463-Green Chile Cheeseburgers in an old fashioned drive in.

Cuba, NM


El Bruno’s Restaurante y Cantina-6453 Main St, Cuba, NM 87013-Said to be one of the best food stops in NM.-Closed Tuesday and Wednesday-Also a location in ABQ but this one is since 1975.

Deming, NM


Adobe Deli– 3970 Lewis Flats Rd SE, Deming, NM 88030 (575) 546-0361-Very Kitchey “steakhouse” and deli sandwiches

El Rito, NM

Eats-El Farolito,  NM-554, El Rito, NM 87530-Closed Monday and Tuesday.  Open other days til 7 pm.  Tiny small town burger and taco place.(575) 581-9509-Get the frito pie.

Embudo, NM


Sugar’s BBQ & Hamburgers- 1799 NM-68, Embudo, NM 87531(505) 852-0604-BBQ shack with Smoked Brisket burritos and Chile Burgers

Espanola, NM


Stop & Eat Drive-In-Amazing burger (and Frito pie) restaurant with super limited hours, Ten am to 2 pm-Closed on Sundays-208 Paseo De Onate, Española, NM 87532

Gallup, NM

The local weekly entertainment paper for Gallup is the Independent.


Jerry’s Cafe-406 W Coal Ave, Gallup, NM 87301  (505) 722-6775-A must for travellers along I-40, Green Chile Sopapillas, Chili Rellenos, etc in a non fancy diner. Chips and salsa have to be ordered separately.  One note, the owner lets local tribal folk sell their wares and can be distracting to many.  Just say no thanks and they will go away.

Hatch, NM

Home of the Chili Festival in Early September.


Sparkys– 115 Franklin St, Hatch, NM 87937  (575) 267-4222-BBQ  and Green Chili Cheeseburgers, green chili shakes and a must stop photo op.

Hillsboro, NM

Eats-Hillsboro General Store-10697 NM-152, Hillsboro, NM 88042 (575) 895-5306-Kitchy joint for Green Chile Burgers, currently only open Friday to Sunday-Since 1879

La Mesa, NM


Chopes Bar & Cafe-: 16145 NM-28, La Mesa, NM 88044 (575) 233-3420

Las Cruces, NM

Eats-Burger Nook –1204 E Madrid Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88001  (575) 523-9806-Tasty green chili cheeseburgers.

El Sombrero Patio Cafe-363 S Espina St, Las Cruces, NM 88001 (575) 524-9911-Closed Sundays-Since 1956 (though recently renovated)-Sopapillos and Chile

La Nueva Casita Café-195 N Mesquite St, Las Cruces, NM 88001-(575) 523-5434-Since 1957 (though renovated) More classic Mexican

Alanberto’s Mexican Food-1495 S Solano Dr, Las Cruces, NM (575) 532-8888-Open Daily, no frills Mexican in an old Neba Roast Beef.

El Jacalito Restaurant-Mexican dishes & burgers in an A-frame-2215 Missouri Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88001 (575) 522-0211

Mesilla, NM

Eats-La Posta De Mesilla– 2410 Calle De San Albino, Mesilla, NM 88046-Since 1939, located in an old stagecoach station.(575) 524-3524

Pietown, NM

Two pie shops, and a free campground!

I won’t pick pie sides.  All the info on Pietown is here.  The Daily Pie Cafe though does have a Mexico Apple pie with hot peppers.

San Antonio, NM


Buckhorn Tavern-: 68 US-380, San Antonio, NM 87832 -Closed Sunday-One of the most famous Green Chili Cheeseburgers.  No Reservations.  Since 1943.  Gets super slammed. (575) 835-4423

The Original Owl Bar & Cafe-77 US-380, San Antonio, NM 87832  (575) 835-9946-Since 1945, Old diner with dollar bill wall and green chile burgers

Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe Mainstream Event Calendar


Meow Wolf-1352 Rufina Circle in Santa Fe, NM.  Permanent art installation.


El Rey Inn, 1862 Cerrillos Rd. 800-521-1349 On old route 66. Awesome but super pricey.

The Chapelle Street Casitas Santa Fe, New Mexico Bed and Breakfast-209 & 211 Chapelle Street – Santa Fe, New Mexico-505-988-2883-Rooms of different types in this typical santa fe style building.


Plaza Cafe Downtown– 54 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (505) 982-1664-Oldest Restaurant in Santa Fe since 1918-Get the Carnitos Platon, braised pork in a citrus and beer marinade topped with onions and green chile, eggs and pinto beans or chilaquiles (simalar to Frito pie but with Tortillas)

Jambo Bobcat Bite-418 Old Las Vegas Hwy, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 467-8654-Specializing in a regional specialty, the green chili burger, made of home ground steak and covered with chopped Green chilies but now is a Jamaican influenced restaurant. On old route 66. Closed Sunday

Bumble Bee’s Baja Grill-southwest style fast food, no lard, no MSG and no microwave with a do-it-yourself bar of  homemade salsas. Chipolte rotisserie-roasted chickens-301 Jefferson St., 820-2862
11 a.m.-8 pm 7 days

Santacafe-231 Washington Avenue 505-984-1788-New Mexican food but fancy and also pretty affordable.

Cowgirl BBQ-319 South Guadalupe.505-982-2565.Exactly what it sounds like. Live music most nights

El Parasol-local fast food mexican; The original is in Espanola, about 20 miles north-298 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87508 (505) 995-8226

The Shed Restaurant-113 1/2 E Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-Classic tourist trap/locals joint in historic building operating since the 1950s-Closed Sundays and closed from 2:30 to 5 pm between service. (505) 982-9030

Tomasita’s -500 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (505) 983-5721-More of the famous type of NM restaurant, red and green chili enchilladas.

Five & Dime General Store– 58 E San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501-Daily  8AM–10PM-(505) 992-1800-Said to be the inventors of the in bag frito pie.


Desert Dogs Brewery and Cidery– 112 W San Francisco St Suite 307, Santa Fe, NM  : (505) 983-0134-Occassional punk rock shows

The Matador-116 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87503-punk rock dive bar. Doesn’t seem to have an internet presence so can’t find out about bands. Ca

Tucumcari, NM

Eats-Kix On 66- 1102 E Rte 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, NM 88401 (575) 461-1966-Newish Diner in an old Dennys with Rock face walls.

Vintage postcard, Lunch Room, Carlsbad Caverns