What to Do and Eat in Las Cruces and Beyond

What to Do and Eat in Las Cruces and Beyond

The best is yet to come. ~ William Shakespeare

You already know how awesome southern New Mexico food is.

Just like our skies and the very cool laid-back people. Or you have a good idea, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this blog.

Letting others in on our secret has been one of my goals in writing Mochi in the Desert. Judging by what California-based food blogger Steve Oliver is saying, the secret is out.

Steve stopped in at several local restaurants he had found featured here on a recent drive through Las Cruces. Then he read some more and  traveled up the I-70 to stick his sneakers in More mochi . . .

Southern NM Scenic Drive: Highway 28 in Winter

Southern NM Scenic Drive: Highway 28 in Winter

Life is too short for traffic. ~ Dan Bellack

If you’ve got a set of wheels and a free afternoon, Highway 28 is a beautiful cruise ~ especially in winter:

  • The quiet drive is even more tranquil this time of year.
  • Thousands of pecan trees, now empty of leaves, make shapes against the sky that look both odd and graceful; and ~
  • The climate that helps pecans and other crops grow so well here in the Mesilla Valley, even now, remains sunny and mild. Stepping away from your car or motorcycle as often as you please, whether to shop or take a picture, is easy to do.

More mochi . . .

Good Eats Review: Saenz Gorditas

Good Eats Review: Saenz Gorditas

Life without Mexican food is like no life at all. ~ Anonymous

Awesome. Food.

You find eateries where these two words go together throughout New Mexico.

But add a third word ~ Mexican ~ to the mix, and Southern New Mexico is the place to be. So if you’re in Las Cruces and in need of a quick but filling fix, Saenz Gorditas signature gordita is your huckleberry.

Some have called the Saenz gordita the best tasting gordita in the state. Others claim it is the best they’ve eaten outside of Mexico. More mochi . . .

Good Eats Review: Day’s Hamburgers

Good Eats Review: Day’s Hamburgers

I enjoy the burger joint the same way I enjoy fancy meals. ~ Aby Rosen

Visiting downtown Las Cruces doesn’t always mean drinking in the festive sights and tastes that come with the Wednesday and Saturday morning street market.

Sometimes it’s a quiet event, where you head over to the corner of Water Street and Las Cruces Avenue for one of the juiciest burgers in town.


Day’s Hamburgers, in business for over eighty years, has become an institution in Las Cruces.

The ambiance is frill-free. Tables with benches arranged picnic-area style. But never mind atmosphere ~ you’re here for the burgers.

And with these burgers, frill-free is is the point. More mochi . . .

Good Eats Review: The Curious Kumquat

Good Eats Review: The Curious Kumquat

I don’t like gourmet cooking or ‘this’ cooking or ‘that’ cooking. I like good cooking. ~ James Beard

QUESTION: What kind of person drives two or even four hours from home just to eat dinner?

ANSWER: A hungry one who likes really good cooking. And from Las Cruces and Albuquerque, respectively, two and four hours is how long it takes to drive to the Curious Kumquat in Silver City, New Mexico.

The city was once a center for silver mining as its name suggests. Young William McCarty, who would later gain fame as “Billy the Kid” also called it home.

Now Silver City is a regional mecca for adventurous travelers seeking something new in food and art and The Curious Kumquat is the place to find them both.

What has made the ‘Quat, as locals affectionately call it, a serious foodie favorite? More mochi . . .