RESTAURANTS ON THE PLAZA
El Encanto Restaurant, 1816 E. Plaza, (505) 454-9195, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. A family-run business with thirty years of experience specializing in fresh, homemade New Mexican cuisine: Huevos Rancheros, menudo, tamales, tacos, and green chile are only some of the specialities. El Encanto also offers catering for parties, and sells special cookie plates during the Christmas holiday season.
Located inside the Plaza Hotel is the Landmark Grill, 230 N. Plaza, (505) 425-3591, Open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, and Sunday Brunch from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Landmark menu includes steaks, seafood, salads, pastas, sandwiches, and New Mexican food. Though the period décor appears somewhat formal, the ambience is friendly and casual, and the food reasonably priced. Byron T’s Saloon, (505) 425-3591, also inside the Plaza Hotel, is a good place to meet Las Vegans, to learn more about its history and hear some regional lore.
Plaza Burgers, 233 S. Plaza, Monday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Fresh burgers, hand-built on the premises, served on sesame buns with lettuce, tomato and pickle: Mushroom Swiss, Jalapeño, Green Chile, Bacon Cheese, Kids burger. Curly and regular fries.
World Travelers Cafe, 1814 E. Plaza, (505) 426-8638. Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Saturday 8:00 – 6:30, Sunday 10:00 – 4:00. Coffee shop serving breakfast and lunch. Also offers a selection of locally made jewelry, and hand-blown glass, hand-woven textiles, and Talavera pottery, which Ms. Victor purchases traveling in Mexico and South America.
RESTAURANTS AND CAFÉS ON BRIDGE STREET
Abraham’s Tiendita, 151 Bridge Street, (505) 425-0930, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. A variety of hand-held burritos for breakfast and lunch, ‘stuffies,’ homemade tamales, quesadillas, biscochito, fruit turnovers, fudge, and other treats to take home or for a picnic in Plaza Park.
El Rialto Restaurant & Lounge, 141 Bridge Street, (505) 454-0037 (NEED HOURS). This family restaurant has a salad bar and offers grilled steaks and chops, a New Mexican menu including El Rialto’s delicious fajitas served with grilled chicken or steak and guacamole, and their famous stuffed sopapillas, served with cocktails, wine and beer in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.
JC’s New York Pizza Department, 131 Bridge Street, (505) 454-4444, Monday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
RESTAURANTS AND CAFES ON NATIONAL AVENUE
Beans & Sweets, 1209 National Avenue, (505) 425-6699, 8:00 – 5:00, Monday and Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday; Sundays 10:00 – 5:00. Coffee, espresso coffee drinks, fruit smoothies, fresh-squeezed lemonade and granita’s. Homemade bakery treats, including brownies, pecan rolls, scones, biscotti, and pastries. Made to order: special occasion cakes, dozens of kinds of cookies, cookie and cake plates, and holiday/seasonal cookies and cakes. Slush cake, green chile-cheese and cobblestone bread, salads, sandwiches, soups.
RESTAURANTS AND CAFÉS ON AND NEAR DOUGLAS AVENUE
Charlie’s Bakery and Café, 715 Douglas Avenue, (505) 426-1921, Monday – Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sundays 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Specializing in New Mexican cooking, with an American menu as well. Salsa and tortillas made fresh on the premises. Breakfast and dinner entrees, and sandwiches. A complete assortment of bakery items, including French pastries and cheesecake. Specialty coffee drinks and Italian sodas. ‘Las Vegas’s ‘Meeting and Greeting Place’ also offers catering.
Dick’s Liquors, Deli, Pub and Restaurant, 705 Douglas Avenue, (505) 425-8261, Monday – Saturday. Store hours: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.; Bar is open 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.; Restaurant, Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and on Saturdays for dinner only, at 4:00 p.m. Full American and Southwest menu, with great dinner entrees, good vegetarian choices and salads, burgers and ribs, and deserts made on the premises. The deli makes a fresh assortment of sandwiches to take out, and the store offers a large selection of beer, ale, wine, and quality liquors, aperitifs and liqueurs. Caters small, informal events.
El Burro Catering, 518 Douglas Avenue, (505) 426-7150
El Fidel Restaurant, 510 Douglas Avenue, (505) 425-3805; 429-1710, Daily from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., serving Sunday Brunch at 10:00 a.m.
RESTAURANTS AND CAFÉS IN THE RAILROAD DISTRICT
Pedro’s Bakery, 525 Grand Avenue, (505) 454-1999, Tuesday – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. An authentic panaderia offering pan dulce, tres leches cakes to order flavored with vanilla and cinnamon, La Zamorana confections, fresh rolls, sandwiches, fresh fruit drinks and shakes, espresso drinks, and ice cream.
Mary Ann’s Famous Burritos, 528 Grand Avenue, (505) 426-8929, Monday – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Mondays 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Offers tacos and 32 kinds of burritos. Breakfast and lunch menus include pancakes, omelets, burgers, sandwiches. Call to confirm Monday night dinner choices of sea food, or BBQ ribs. Menudo, posole, and Mexican dinner plates. Mary Ann’s takes pride in consistency and quality control.
The Original Johnny’s Mexican Kitchen, 717 Grand Avenue, (505) 454-1769, Sunday – Monday, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Since 1981. Homemade Northern New Mexican dishes. Fajitas, sopapillas, honeycomb menudo, carne adovada, combination plates, and a Pecos BLT are only some of the dishes offered. Try the Cimmaron or fried banana sundae. Displays an interesting assortment of historic memorabilia.
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