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Posted: 3/24/2021 6:35:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/31/2021 11:31:12 AM EDT by wickedbeernut]

Silver City, New Mexico


Preface

The topic of restaurant recommendations in Silver City comes up from time to time.  I thought I'd kick off and maintain a few recommendations here.  Please add your own recommendations and feel free to criticize mine.

Additional Notes

The name of each restaurant (in red) is a hyperlink to its web site (if available).

I'm a big fan of Yelp.  I've included a direct link to each restaurant's Yelp page (if available).  Please take the Yelp reviews into consideration in selecting a restaurant.

Here is an overview of how the Silver City restaurants on my list rated on Yelp (March 2021),
  • Revel (4.5 stars)
  • Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery (4 stars)
  • Forrest's Pizza (4.5 stars)
  • The Jalisco Cafe (4 stars)
  • Diane's Bakery & Deli (4 stars)
  • Diane's Restaurant (4 stars)
  • Adobe Springs Cafe (3.5 stars)
  • Don Juan's Burrito's (4.5 stars)
  • Corner Kitchen (5 stars)
  • Chentes Tarqueria (5 stars)
and restaurants in the surrounding area,
  • The Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House (4 stars)
  • Adobe Deli (4 stars)
  • M&A Bayard Cafe (4 stars)
  • The Patio Restaurant (4.5 stars)
  • Forghedaboudit Southwest Italian Cuisine (4 stars)
Restaurants on my list that rated rather poorly (proceed with caution),
  • Q's Southern Bistro (3 stars)
  • Wrangler's Bar and Grill (2.5 stars)
Coffee Houses

There are several great coffee houses in Silver City including the Tranquilbuzz (Facebook) and Javalina (Facebook).

Asian Restaurants

There are several Chinese restaurants in Silver City and Deming.  I frequent the Chinese Palace Restaurant (Yelp).

The W&Z Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar (Facebook) is surprisingly good, however, it's one of those restaurant locations that's been a revolving door for years.

I can't recommend an Asian restaurant in Grant County at this time.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

I know a lot of people travel with their dogs.  I've attempted to identify restaurants with dog-friendly patios.  However, I'd encourage you to call ahead to confirm.  Some patios that were dog-friendly pre-COVID, were not dog-friendly during COVID (suppposedly at the direction of the state).  Other restaurants I've identified as having patios may in fact be dog-friendly and I simply wasn't sure.  Again, please call to confirm.

Alcohol

New Mexico recently (March 2021) passed legislation creating a new category of restaurant liquor license.  More restaurants will be offering alcohol in the near future.  I've attempted to note the restaurants which currently serve liquor.

As my screen name implies, I'm a bit of a beer nut.  I won't eat dinner at a restaurant that doesn't have craft beer on draft.  Just my thing.  The one exception is The Jalisco Cafe which has good margaritas.

Of course, most restaurants that serve craft beer also serve "domestic" beer.  The one exception is the Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery.  This is a function of the state small brewer's license.  Don't visit the Toad expecting to order a Bud Light, however, you may be able to stomach their Lucky Toad Lager or Smarte Blonde Ale.  Ask for samples.

As with craft beer, Grant County as a whole isn't real big on wine.  Most of the restaurants that serve beer also serve wine.  Obviously, the nicer the restaurant, the better the wine.  Several restaurants serve New Mexico wine.  If you're interested and you've never tasted New Mexico wine, ask for a sample before you order a glass.

Events

Tour of the Gila (Five Stage Iconic American Bicycle Race)


Silver City Blues Festival


Recommendations from Other ARFCOM Members (click on member's name for recommendations)
Pro_Patria_431
In alphabetical order, here are the restaurants I frequent ...

(All of the restaurants are in Silver City unless otherwise noted.)

Adobe Springs Cafe $$
  • Yelp
  • Facebook
  • patio
  • great breakfast
  • personal favorite:  veggie omelet with bacon (inside) and a side of red chile sauce
  • good lunch
  • bottled and canned craft beer

The Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House (Pinos Altos) $$$
  • Yelp
  • Facebook
  • looks the same as when it first opened in the 1860’s
  • typicallly one or two craft beers on draft
  • good bottled and canned craft beer selection
  • very good food
  • small, casual saloon (in addition to the dining room) with "more affordable" pub menu (e.g., $14 burger and fries)
  • bar seating (no TV)
  • dinner menu certainly earns $$$ rating
  • live music on the weekends and open mic on certain weekdays (check Event Calendar or Facebook page)
  • liquor

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The Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House


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The Buckhorn Saloon


Chentes Taqueria $
  • Yelp
  • Facebook
  • California-esque street taco, burrito, or quesadilla
  • beef (carne asada or adovada), chicken, fish (tilapia or shrimp), veggie (Brussels sprouts, cabbage, green onion and cilantro), pork (carnitas)
  • patio
  • $1 Taco Tuesday

Corner Kitchen $$
  • Yelp
  • Facebook
  • limited menu
  • very good food
  • small patio
  • odd hours
  • no alcohol (yet)

Diane's Restaurant $$ - $$$
  • Yelp
  • Facebook
  • temporarily closed due to COVID (July 2021); rumored to reopen in August 2021
  • good selection of craft beer on draft
  • good selection of bottled and canned craft beer
  • very good food
  • small, casual parlor (in addition to the dining room) with "more affordable" pub menu (or order off the dinner menu)
  • bar seating (no TV)
  • live music on Fridays

Diane's Bakery & Deli $
  • Yelp
  • great baked goods
  • currently (July 2021) offering take-out from Diane's Restaurant

Don Juan's Burritos $
  • Yelp
  • drive-through only

Forrest's Pizza $ - $$
  • Yelp
  • Facebook
  • only non-chain, dedicated "pizza parlor" (i.e. quality ingredients) in Grant County
  • take-out only
  • very expensive pizza
  • available by the slice at times
  • limited throughput / order in advance
  • personal favorite:  The Classic (Italian sausage, pepperoni, bell pepper, onion and mushrooms) 18" - $27.50

The Jalisco Cafe $$
  • Yelp
  • Facebook
  • authentic, Southwest New Mexican cuisine
  • spicy hot by most standards (don't complain that it's too hot ... you've been warned)
  • order something with red and/or green chile (don't order something without chile and complain that it's bland)
  • the salsa (served with chips) is a good barometer of what you're getting yourself into
  • ask to sample the chile if in doubt
  • combination plate is popular
  • personal favorite:  New Mexico Cheese Enchiladas (red chile with egg overeasy on top)
  • strong margaritas
  • bottled and canned (non-craft) beer
  • sopapillas for dessert if you're still hungry

The Jalisco Cafe is a MUST!


Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery $$
  • Yelp
  • Facebook
  • good craft beer
  • beer styles are somewhat dated and subdued (possibly to suit Grant County tastes)
  • interesting canned cocktails for non-beer drinkers (Watermelon Jalapeño Mixed-Up Mule, Gin & Grapefruit Mixed-Up Mule, and Mojito Mixed-Up Mule)
  • good food
  • personal favorite:  Eric’s Burger (hand packed all-beef patty & fresh-sliced pastrami on a rosette bun with swiss, onions, green chile, sauerkraut, homemade thousand island dressing) $14.95 with a side
  • large bier garten (dog-friendly)
  • friendly, casual, relaxing vibe
  • bar seating with sports on TV
  • live music and dancing on the weekends
  • craft liquor

Mick's 33 Lounge $$$
  • Facebook
  • co-located with Q's Southern Bistro
  • good selection of craft beer on draft
  • very good food (probably the best in Silver City)
  • more intimate and formal / known to enforce reasonable dresscode
  • dinner menu earns $$$ rating
  • covered, enclosed patio
  • live, pleasant dinner music on the weekends
  • small dance floor for late-night dancing
  • limited bar seating (with sports on TV at appropriate times ... not during dinner)
  • generous, more affordable appetizers can serve as a meal at the bar
  • liquor

Q's Southern Bistro $$
  • Yelp (3 stars - proceed with caution)
  • Facebook
  • good selection of craft beer on draft
  • good food
  • broad menu
  • semi-enclosed, covered patio
  • bar seating with sports on TV
  • liquor

Revel $$ - $$$
  • Yelp
  • Facebook
  • good selection of (mainly New Mexico) craft beer on draft
  • very good food
  • limited menu
  • farm-to-table focused
  • definitely closer to $$$
  • patio (dog-friendly *)
  • bar seating (no TV)
  • temporarily closed for one month (August) for light renovation and deep cleaning

Scott's Tap Room (at Golf Course / Scott Park Golf Links) $
  • Facebook
  • patio (dog-friendly)
  • possibly the best restaurant view in Grant County
  • no draft beer at this time
  • modest selection of craft beers on draft
  • draft beer not the coldest in town
  • good food (pub menu)
  • personal favorite:  Old Fashion Burger (double all beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle) $9.00 with a side
  • affordable
  • bar seating with sports on TV
  • liquor

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View from Scott Park Golf Links Patio


Wrangler's Bar and Grill $$
  • Yelp (2.5 stars - proceed with caution)
  • Facebook
  • average food
  • great salad bar
  • raucous bar seating with sports on TV
  • good selection of craft beers on draft
  • cheap beer
  • good selection of craft beer at Silver City Beverage Co. next door
  • liquor

If you happen to be in the mining district ...

M & A (Mexican & American) Bayard Cafe (Bayard) $
  • Yelp
  • Facebook
  • good breakfast and lunch
  • small-town, same-family-owned cafe for 30+ years
  • great homemade cinnamon rolls (while they last)
  • no alcohol
  • closed on the weekends

The Patio Restaurant (Hurley) $
  • Yelp
  • Facebook
  • good breakfast and lunch
  • personal favorite:  Spanish omelet smoothered in red chile
  • large garden patio (highly recommended)
  • bottled and canned non-craft beer
  • Hatch green chile roasted-to-order August to September
  • Hatch green chile (frozen) and red chile for sale year-round

If you happen to be in the Deming area ...

Adobe Deli (Deming) $$ - $$$
  • Yelp
  • Facebook
  • a "little" out of the way (if travelling West on I10, get off in Akela and take 549)
  • think "From Dusk till Dawn" bar (@Allen-in-NM)
  • modest selection of craft beer on draft
  • great steaks
  • great onion soup
  • bier garten
  • bar seating (limited TV)
  • liquor

Forghedaboudit Southwest Italian (Deming) $$
  • Yelp
  • Facebook (Las Cruces and Deming)
  • modest selection of craft beer on draft
  • best (only?) Italian-focused restaurant in the area
  • as the name implies, some Italian dishes have a Southwest twist (e.g., green chile chicken alfredo, green chile lasagna, ...)
  • good wings
  • limited bar seating
  • Temporarily Closed from COVID

If you happen to be in the San Lorenzo / Mimbres area ...

3 Question Coffee Shop / Living Harvest Bakery & Restaurant (San Lorenzo) $
  • (pictures)
  • Yelp
  • "All You Can Enjoy!!!" breakfast for $6.50
  • simple, hearty, and a tremendous value
  • buffet-style breakfast includes coffee (the chocolate piñon / pine nut coffee is excellent), milk, orange juice, green chile stew, an assortment of baked goods including homemade cinnamon rolls, several scrambled egg dishes, hash browns, and more
  • only downside ... the dining area tends to be rather warm during the Summer months (no air conditioning combined with ovens / stoves)
Link Posted: 3/24/2021 9:56:57 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/24/2021 11:48:55 PM EDT
Jalisco Cafe is outstanding.
Link Posted: 5/29/2021 7:05:06 PM EDT
I made a few COVID-related updates (May / June 2021) to my restaurant recommendations, most notably,
Food and drink establishments: 75% of maximum capacity
and the following restaurants have re-opened,
The Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House
Mick's 33 Lounge
I'd strongly encourage you to make reservations at both restaurants.  All of the restaurants in Grant County are struggling to staff back up with the induced labor shortage.  Many restaurants still have reduced hours as a result.

The Buckhorn, Mick's, and the Toad are back to offering live music.  Check their respective event calendars.

Unfortunately, Diane's Restaurant and Parlor remains closed.  Rumor has it she's looking to reopen in the Fall.
Link Posted: 7/10/2021 3:47:19 PM EDT
I updated my restaurant recommendations, mainly to remove the COVID restrictions.  Huzzah!  About time.  Again, I encourage you to add your own recommendations and feel free to criticize mine.

All of the restaurants in Grant County are still struggling to staff back up with the induced labor shortage.  Many restaurants still have reduced hours as a result.  Wait times are longer than usual.  Service is slower than usual.  Please don't take it out on the wait staff.

Diane's Restaurant and Parlor remains closed.  Rumor has it she's looking to reopen in August.

The Tour of the Gila returns to Silver City September 29 – October 3, 2021.  This is an absolute blast ... especially stage 4, the downtown criterium, on Saturday, October 2.

Tour of the Gila


Link Posted: 7/20/2021 9:17:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/20/2021 9:45:16 PM EDT by Pro_Patria_431]
I like the little Burrito place in the trailer on Pinos Altos Rd up from McDonalds. Cash only, and usually has a wait around lunch.

I frequent La Cocina on College fairly often, usually crispy red carne asada enchiladas, but their burgers are pretty good too.

Irma's in Deming is worth a visit.

The Gateway in Hurley used to be part of my weekend routine, but I haven't been there since they changed owners.

ETA: Been going to Sunrise Espresso on Hudson for my morning coffee for years. They used to be in the shack by Billy Casper's but moved down by the carwash (used to be the tobacco shop).
Link Posted: 7/21/2021 5:31:40 PM EDT
I added a new category to the original post in this thread titled, "Recommendations from Other ARFCOM Members".  It directly links to your post.  Feel free to edit your post if you have additional recommendations.

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Originally Posted By Pro_Patria_431: I like the little Burrito place in the trailer on Pinos Altos Rd up from McDonalds. Cash only, and usually has a wait around lunch.
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Originally Posted By Pro_Patria_431: I like the little Burrito place in the trailer on Pinos Altos Rd up from McDonalds. Cash only, and usually has a wait around lunch.
I believe that's Tacos La Palma?

I frequent La Cocina on College fairly often, usually crispy red carne asada enchiladas, but their burgers are pretty good too.
There are several good New Mexican restaurants in Silver City.  Even the more "American" restaurants have a few uniquely New Mexican dishes.  Almost all of the restaurants have a bit of New Mexican flair.  For example, it's hard to find a hamburger that isn't available with Hatch green chile.  But for me, if I'm after authentic New Mexican food and a margarita, it's the Jalisco Cafe.

Your La Cocina recommendation is noted. I hope others will chime in with their recommendations as well.

Irma's in Deming is worth a visit.
I certainly haven't done Deming justice.  Deming deserves a list of recommendations all its own.  I included Adobe Deli and Forghedaboudit Southwest Italian because they're so "unique", although the Deming Forghedaboudit location is still temporarily closed from COVID as far as I know.

The Gateway in Hurley used to be part of my weekend routine, but I haven't been there since they changed owners.
I've tried it (both before and after).  Not my thing.  If I'm in Hurley, I'm sitting in the beautiful garden patio of the Patio restaurant.  Despite the name, I'm sure a lot of folks new to the area don't even know the garden patio is back there.  The Patio restaurant will have three or four green chile roasters going here in another month.  That alone is worth the trip.

ETA: Been going to Sunrise Espresso on Hudson for my morning coffee for years. They used to be in the shack by Billy Casper's but moved down by the carwash (used to be the tobacco shop).
Thank you for your recommendations!
Link Posted: 7/21/2021 9:14:26 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/30/2021 4:20:02 PM EDT
On a related topic ...

We were discussing the Chino mine (aka, Santa Rita mine, Santa Rita del Cobre, ...) vista point / overlook in another ARFCOM thread.  This open-air vista (which has panels with historical information) had been closed due to COVID.  I drove by this morning and it's open again.  This picture doesn't do it justice.  But if you're traveling through Bayard or Santa Clara on your way to or from Silver City, it's worth going a few minutes out of your way.  If you're traveling to San Lorenzo, Mimbres or possibly La Esperanza winery in Sherman from Silver City, you'll pass by it on your way.

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Link Posted: 7/30/2021 7:47:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/30/2021 8:32:26 PM EDT by wickedbeernut]
We visited the 3 Question Coffee Shop / Living Harvest Bakery & Restaurant in San Lorenzo / Mimbres this morning for breakfast.  As I pulled up, I noticed there was a length of thin blue painters tape stretched diagonally through the word "Restaurant" on the sign out front.  Humm.  As we walked into the restaurant, I noticed a similar strip of painters tape across the menu on the wall.  I thought to myself, "That's odd."  The breakfast is normaly "All You Can Enjoy!!!" for $6.50.  We proceeded to have a wonderful breakfast after which I walked up to the cash register, "I'd like to pay for two breakfasts, please."  The young woman said, "We don't charge for breakfast."  Huh?  She proceeded to explain that the state had imposed so many rules with COVID they decided to drop the word "Restaurant" from their name and not charge for breakfast.  Needless to say, I left a $20 "tip".

The "All You Can Enjoy!!!" breakfast is simple, hearty, and a tremendous value.  The buffet-style breakfast includes coffee (the chocolate piñon / pine nut coffee is excellent), milk, orange juice, green chile stew, an assortment of baked goods including homemade cinnamon rolls, several scrambled egg dishes, hash browns, and more.

The only downside ... the dining area tends to be rather warm during the Summer months (no air conditioning combined with ovens / stoves).
Link Posted: 7/30/2021 8:11:54 PM EDT
I have been trying to hit The Living Harvest on Saturdays since I learned they were no longer a "restaurant". They were flexible before covid, and I like to reward their determination to stay open. My breakfast is more than they historically asked for that reason.
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