It’s the great American dream to take a cross-country road trip on Route 66. And while you’re living that dream, you’ll have to pass through Gallup, New Mexico. It may be a small town, but it’s definitely worth stopping in for a meal, especially if you’re looking for something spicy and meaty. Here are our picks for the 10 best restaurants in Gallup.
Lest you forget where you are, Aurelia’s Diner is here to remind you that you are, in fact, on the famed Route 66. This cozy diner is decorated in the style of the 1950s, full of nostalgia for a simpler time. The food is local, classic New Mexican fare, loved by all who visit here. This is the perfect place to find American classics from elsewhere in the country perfectly mixed in with the Mexican dishes. Many of their meals are smothered in their homemade chile sauces, which are not to be missed.
Aurelia’s Diner, 2502 E Highway, Gallup, NM, USA, +1 505 726 2800
El Metate might call itself a Tamale Factory, and that it is, but tamales aren’t the only thing that you can get here. They also have all manner of other Mexican dishes, like tacos, chiles rellenos, and enchiladas, all made as freshly and authentically as possible. They have a full range of options for your fillings, whether you’re looking for something meaty like pork or beef or you’re sticking to a vegetarian diet. The service aims to please, so you’ll be warmly welcomed in and they’ll be careful to cater to your schedule. Try the combination plate if you want to biggest variety possible.
El Metate, 610 W Mesa Ave, Gallup, NM, USA, +1 505 722 7000
We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and they really take that to heart at the Plaza Café. A place that’s quite unassuming from the outside, the Plaza Café puts its all into giving its guests the best start to their day. The French toast is one particularly good option, as are the green chiles, which you can get on the side of several other dishes, like their omelets, which also come highly recommended. The servers are warm and friendly and the food is fresh, and overall it’s just one of those places that you’ll be happy to return to again and again.
The Plaza Café, 1501 W Historic US 66, Gallup, NM, USA, +1 505 722 6240
If you need a break from the usual Southwestern cuisine, The 505 Burgers & Wings should definitely be your next stop. With their extensive menu of burgers, sandwiches, wings, and dogs, you’ll have a tough time deciding exactly which craving you want to fulfill. Just know that whatever you order comes with a heaping mound of french fries. You’ll be unsurprised to hear that the eponymous burgers are their particular specialty, and they have plenty of great toppings for them, including three great choices of buns.
The 505 Burgers & Wings, 1981 NW-602, Gallup, NM, USA, +1 505 722 9311