Let’s do lunch! Three words that conjure up a good time with friends over some good eats. There are so many different venues for this midday meal all with an eclectic menu of food. From restaurant, to café, to food truck, you’ll find something to get you through to dinner at any one of these 10 great lunch spots in New Mexico.
A vagabond chef with a mobile kitchen and the culinary skills to change your eating habits is the story behind this food truck. The menu is compact: 10 burgers, a selection of “sammies,” some things with cheese and an assortment of sides. This is street food at its best with touches like maple bacon jam on the “Ooh Pap!” burger, trailer-made pickles with the “Who You Calling Chicken” sandwich and cheddar and asadero cheese on the “Trailer Patty Melt.” Call for location.
At first glance, this is not your stereotypical diner but once you try the food you’ll feel right at home. This is comfort food updated for the 21st century palate. The iconic favorites are on the menu: mac and cheese, meat loaf wrapped in bacon with smashed potatoes and a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup capture the essence of your mother’s home cooking. This fare is complemented with a new twist on sandwiches, burgers and sides. Everything is made-from-scratch daily with the freshest ingredients.
Earlene is the force behind her namesake restaurant. She makes everything from scratch, even the bread and bakery items, daily. She’ll greet you at the door and then you may even see her in the kitchen cooking. There’s a large menu with a delicious diversity of American and Mexican specialties. The green chile chicken soup is a favorite, as well as the tortilla crusted quiche. Vegetarian friendly. If you’re too stuffed for dessert, be sure to take a piece of homemade pie home.
Yes, you’ll find this tiny grill in the local Chevron station but don’t let that deter you from trying the top-notch food! With a selection of three dozen burritos on the menu, all with unique and fun names, you’re virtually guaranteed to find something you like. The tortillas are toasted, the fillings are hearty and the salsa is homemade. Sandwiches and quesadillas also on the menu. A great pit stop if you’re looking for something quick or headed out on the road.
The Carlsbad Current Argus voted this the best breakfast and lunch place in town last year, for good reason. The fully-loaded, hot-off-the grill sandwiches are more than a meal for one, and great for two. They make their red and green chile fresh every morning and use it on a variety of traditional Mexican fare from enchiladas to tostadas to quesadillas. Locals know to order the cream of potato cheese and green chile soup. Get there early, this small cafe fills up fast.
Since 1994, this small mom-and-pop restaurant has been a popular place in the community. It’s regularly on the list of “Best Lunch in Lincoln County,” not only because the food is delicious but also because the service is excellent. The menu offers a wide-ranging choice of sandwiches, salads, soups, pasta and when available their signature ham, green chile and cheddar cheese quiche. Desserts are baked fresh daily. Don’t miss Granny Guthrie’s Buttermilk Pie, famous throughout the county.
This place puts to rest the idea that an order-at-the-counter joint can’t offer amaz-ing food. It’s known for the burgers—try the “Bleu Burger,” made with melted bleu cheese, tomato, marinated red onions and bleu cheese bacon slaw. But the soups, greens, snacks and specialties like the green chile cheese steak are every bit as good. Be sure to try the Thanksgiving fries, sweet potato fries, with sweet whiskey butter, cinnamon and pecan smoked bacon.
Health-conscious food is the focus at this distinctive small cafe. Artistic expression is all around—in the food and on the walls. The lunch menu features a small but interesting selection of southwest inspired food. The freshest, organic ingredients are at the center of every sandwich and salad. A simple and unassuming spot that is full of delicious surprises.
Vegetarians and vegans will find this enviro-conscious cafe to be a road trip oasis. On the menu: veggie burger, veggie bite tacos, vegan grilled cheese and a Mediterranean platter of traditional Greek food. For those with a broader palate there’s also build-your-own burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups and daily specials. The gyro fries are topped with homemade tzatziki, grilled lamb, feta and tabouli. Homemade baked goods for those with a sweet tooth.
The good thing about a restaurant chain is that you know what to expect. This place delivers on those expectations. You’ll find freshly made sandwiches, salads, paninis, wraps and create-your-own pizzas that are consistently first-rate. Service is quick and dining fits into a lunch break. A yummy selection of bakery items for dessert round out the meal. A comfortable spot to hang-out.