In a simple interior with a Southern charm, Gator J’s serves up authentic Cajun cuisine for lunch and dinner, and also breakfast choices. You’ll find them on the northern side of Hobbs, near the City Park. The Cajun and Creole cuisine specialties include the all-time favorites like crawfish etouffée, fried catfish and gator bites. If you’re in the mood for seafood, try their sampler platter, which includes catfish, shrimp, alligator bites and other side dishes. They are also popular in town for their breakfast, ranging from salty options, to pancakes and French toast.
Gator J’s, 701 N Dal Paso, Hobbs, NM, USA. +1 575 391 1351
On the outskirts of the city of Hobbs, towards the north-west, the Zia Park Casino, Hotel & Racetrack is located just off the main highway, the complex also offering a fine dining option at the Centennial Steakhouse. The place is perfect for upscale dining, with a classic interior, high leather booths, large paintings on the walls and soft lights creating the relaxed atmosphere. The menu features the best options for steak and seafood with a touch of Mexican-inspired flavor. You can sample their prime ribs, the centennial filet, which is a piece of steak topped with crab meat, or the sirloin steak with roasted pepper sauce. Don’t miss out on their homemade jalapeño soup.
Taqueria Jalisco is located on the northern side of Hobbs and has a simple interior, decorated with large Mexican landscape paintings. They specialize in Jalisco-style Mexican food, served in hearty portions. Expect dishes like chicken fajitas, enchiladas, burritos and tacos, but also specialties from the grill like carne asada, steak with charro beans, and jalisco fajitas, a combination of chicken, beef and shrimp, with the typical beans, guacamole and sour cream. Wash down these delicacies with imported beers or the margaritas they prepare in house.
Taqueria Jalisco, 408 W Bender Blvd, Hobbs, NM, USA. +1 575 392 0013.