Las Cruces, New Mexico is well-known for having some of the best Mexican cuisine in the Southwest. The city has an abundant of restaurants and each one has its own style and ambience, but what really sets them apart is their food. One of the favorites in the city is La Nueva Casita Café located at 195 N. Mesquite Street.
Trip Advisor recently reaffirmed what local residents already know, the Café is a great place to enjoy an authentic home-style cooked meal. The café received the 2014 Certificate of Excellence from the travel website, and is classified as one of best places to dine in Las Cruces. Owners Melissa and Jaime Salazar, daughter and father duo, took ownership of the Café about nine years ago and inherited a restaurant with a well established reputation in the community.
The restaurant is located in the Historic Mesquite District and has served the community since 1957. The Café sits alongside the historic landmark route, Camino Real, which was a major artery for travelers in the early centuries. Many, including the Spanish Conquistadores, marched through this area from the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, (Mexico City), on their way to Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the oldest colonial Spanish settlements.
Today, people come here for the great food, friendly and timely service, and tranquil atmosphere, inside the colorful adobe style building.
The café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a variety of dishes. There is a little bit of heaven for everyone at the Café, and the Salazar’s are very proud of their establishment. Melissa describes their food, as “abuela’s” (grandma) home-style cooking. “Its soul food,” she says, “and it comes from the heart.” Her father is no stranger to the kitchen, his cooking roots began at a very young age, and it progressed through hard work and experiences. He crafted his culinary skills as the Executive Chef at the Holiday Inn of Las Cruces for many years. The pair feels blessed working with each other and serving some of the best Mexican food in town.
Their menu offers a variety of Mexican dishes that will delight the palate, including combination plates, flautas, tacos, chile rellenos, enchiladas, tostadas compuestas, chimichangas, menudo, caldo de res, burritos, steak, quesadillas and much more. Their signature dish, Tacos Estrellas, has a combination of special seasoned pork and beef, served on soft corn tortillas, with guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo. All dishes come with the patron’s choice of traditional refried beans and rice, or the borracho beans and mexican fideos (mexican noddle soup dish), which is most recommended. Either way, it’s delicious.
Their breakfast menu is just as intriguing as their lunch and dinner menu. People can order a traditional breakfast or tackle a tasty, spicy, Mexican amuerzo (breakfast), such as the Chile Relleno Omelet (Three eggs stuffed with green chile, smothered with your choice of green or red chile sauce and topped with cheese), Huevos Rancheros (Two eggs topped with red or green chile sauce or pico de gallo and cheese), Huevos Compuestas (Two corn cups filled with red or green chile meat, topped with eggs and cheese), or the Huevos Mexicanos (Three eggs scrambled with jalapeno, tomato and onions). The choices are abundant and the restaurant offers alternatives, such as salads and sandwiches, and for the sweet tooth, dessert. So make an effort to visit La Nueva Casita Café, see a little history and taste some of the finest food in Las Cruces.