It’s best to arrive at the cute old house that has now been converted into Tina’s Cafe when you’re very hungry. Their main dishes, which tend to mix classic American dishes with local New Mexican flavor, come in huge, delicious portions. That’s not all, though – guests love their long and varied dessert menu. Once you see what they’ve got, you won’t want to leave without trying some food yourself. Try the apple or peach green chili pie. You may leave stuffed, but that’s the best way to make sure you leave with no regrets.
Tina’s Cafe, 522 Sudderth Dr, Ruidoso, NM, USA, +1 575 257 8930
Great breakfasts and great Mexican food – this is what you’ll find at Pena’s Place, a Ruidoso local favorite that’s just open for breakfast and lunch. Before you even take a bite of your meal, you’ll notice the beautiful decorations and wood furniture, all made by the owner. It’s quite small (and therefore can involve a wait in the winter when the outdoor seating is closed), but has a cozy atmosphere. If you’re looking for a slightly spicier twist on an old classic, have their eggs Benedict – you won’t be hungry all day.
Pena’s Place, 2963 Sudderth Dr, Ruidoso, NM, USA, +1 575 257 4135
You can probably guess from the name that the good folks at The Village Buttery know their way around an oven. While their list of baked goods is impressive, that’s not all they’re known for. This is a great place to come if you’re trying to stay on the healthy side, as their soups, salads, and sandwiches are all excellent. For a real treat, try one of their fresh quiches, like the ham, green chili and cheddar option. Their specials may change every day, but one stalwart is the buttermilk pie.
The Village Buttery, 2107 Sudderth Dr, Ruidoso, NM, USA, +1 575 257 9251
You might go to Cornerstone Bakery Cafe just for the coffee, or the baked goods, or the breakfast, but then you’ll end up wishing that you had time and stomach space to just stick around and experience all of it. The staff here is the absolute epitome of friendliness and welcoming spirit, which you’ll feel as soon as you arrive, even on one of their many busy days. No matter whether you decide to get a loaf of their freshly baked green chili bread, one of their scrumptious cinnamon rolls, or some Mexican food for lunch, you’ll leave full and happy.
Cornerstone Bakery Cafe, 359 Sudderth Dr, Ruidoso, NM, USA, +1 575 257 1842
Locals agree that if you’re looking for the absolute best burger in the city, Hall of Flame Burgers should be your first stop. Wanting to live up to every bit of their name, they put a lot of care into getting the burger just right, from the meat to the toppings and all the flavor in between. The Philly cheesesteaks are also excellent, a hard sandwich to find done right this far west of the Mississippi. This is a very good place to leave your normal routine and try a new burger – like the spicy green chili cheese burger, for example, or the southwest burger – two of their specialties.
Hall of Flame Burgers, 2500 Sudderth Dr, Ruidoso, NM, USA, +1 575 257 9987
Every town needs a classy place for a fancy night out, and Texas Club fulfills that role for Ruidoso. Once you’ve gone and had a steak in the pleasant atmosphere at Texas Club, you’ll join all the other visitors in praising the steak for its expert cooking and flavoring. As it is with many of the best restaurants, it’s best to get a reservation here, especially on the weekends – it fills up fast with other people looking for the same high-quality meat and sides. If you can, it’s best to save some room for dessert here; their bread pudding and other various dessert options are highly praised as well.
Texas Club, 212 Metz Dr, Ruidoso, NM, USA, +1 575 258 3325
Zocca Coffee is a coffee lover’s paradise, or a chai latte lover’s paradise, or a fresh baked good lover’s paradise, or the list could go on. The bottom line is, when you’re in Ruidoso and you’re in need of a caffeine fix, don’t miss out on the charming and very intimate Zocca Coffee. You’ll love the pretty touches they put on your drinks, and your taste buds will be over the moon with the quality of both the drink itself and the food you get to go with it. They have sandwiches if you’re looking for something more substantial, but if you just want a sweet treat, you’re in for so much more than you bargained for.
Zocca Coffee, 1129 Mechem Dr, Ruidoso, NM, USA, +1 575 258 1445