American Fare

american fareRuidoso offers a wide variety of American Fare restaurants to suit every dining desire, appetite, and budget. Maybe you are craving a thick, juicy steak or casual local cuisine. Ruidoso has plenty of options! If you're looking for the ultimate in American Fare dining and entertainment combined, consider the Flying J Ranch, which serves up chuck-wagon style suppers and Western entertainment and family fun.  

Apache Tee Restaurant

Apache Tee is frequented by golfers and Inn of the Mountain Gods patrons alike, with a large outdoor deck overlooking Mescalero Lake and the surrounding 18-hole course. In the summertime, “Wine Down Wednesdays” features wine tastings from New Mexico wineries and live music. In addition to the Great views of Sierra Blanca peak, shrimp cocktail […]

  • 575-464-7935
  • 287 Carrizo Canyon Rd., Mescalero, New Mexico, United States

Bear Bites

Hours: Closed Tuesdays, Monday-Saturday 10 am-6:30 pm, Sunday 10 am-2 pm

  • 575-315-0983
  • 2825 Sudderth Dr., Suite B, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill

Wedged conveniently between the grandstands of the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Billy the Kid Casino, Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill features 10 televisions, nightly specials, and occasional live music. Most noteworthy is their signature 5-inch Rueben. Recommended: chicken fried steak. Hours: Daily 11am-9pm

  • 575-378-4431
  • 1461 Hwy 70 E, Ruidoso Downs, NM, United States

Can’t Stop Smokin’

Can’t Stop Smokin’ expanded its dining room in 2016, doubling the size of their popular BBQ establishment. They serve up hometown barbecue and plenty of sides, but the standard brisket and sausages are the real star, here. Recommendation: the hearty “Pete’s Pick” combination, which includes, ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and sausage. Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10 AM […]

  • 575-630-0000
  • 418 Mechem Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Chef Lupe’s

Hours: Daily 6 am-10 pm

  • 575-257-4687
  • 1101 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Circle J BBQ

Circle J is Ruidoso’s oldest barbecue establishment. Inspired by classic Texas barbecue, this is a no-frills joint that serves up the hearty fare to hungry patrons. A friendly staff and plenty of local charm make this a long-standing local treasure. Recommended dish: The brisket. Summer Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-9pm Winter Hours: Sunday-Thursday […]

  • 575-257-4105
  • 1825 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Cornerstone Bakery Cafe

Cornerstone Bakery moved into a much larger, completely renovated building in 2016, but that doesn’t seem to have curbed the crowds at this popular eatery. Known in particular for their mouth-watering baked goods and satisfying sandwiches, plan on calling ahead or having to wait for a table on busy weekends. They now serve beer and […]

  • 575-257-1842
  • 359 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Cree Meadows Country Club

Cree Meadows has been a gathering spot for friends throughout the decades. Their menu offers sandwiches for hungry golfers and typical Texas, dine-in fares, such as a full breakfast menu, or the chicken strip plate for lunch or dinner. Mexican specialties, soups, salads, and chef specials round out the menu. The dining room at Cree […]

  • 575-257-9186
  • 301 Country Club Dr, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Farley’s Food Fun & Pub

Farley’s Food, Fun, and Pub’s name says it all, as does their tagline: “Great people…even better food.” Serving up standard bar fare, Farley’s is a goods spot to watch a game, play pool, and catch up with friends. One of three locations in southwest New Mexico, the Ruidoso restaurant is spacious and features a large […]

  • 575-258-5676
  • 1200 Mechem Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Flying J Ranch

The Flying J Ranch isn’t just a restaurant — it is an experience, in and of itself. “Old West” authenticity is the name of the game, here, with an old-fashioned chuckwagon supper and accompanying musical show by the Flying J Wranglers. The menu os true cowboy fare: brisket, biscuits, beans, coffee, and more. Tickets are […]

  • 575-336-4330
  • 1028 State Hwy 48, Alto, NM, United States

Gathering of Nations Buffet

If a sprawling, all-you-can-eat buffet is what you seek, then seek no further. The namesake isn’t kidding, with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and American cuisine all represented, here. Prices vary, depending on the day. Recommended: the Champagne brunch, on Saturdays and Sundays. Hours: Daily 11am-9pm

  • 1-800-545-9011
  • 287 Carrizo Canyon Rd., Mescalero, NM, United States

Gril Caliente

Grill Caliente puts a creative, healthy twist on New Mexican fare, with fresh ingredients and consistently delicious food. Burger lovers will appreciate their hard-to-choose selection, and appetizers like their famous green chile rings (think onion rings, only with Hatch green chiles) and Brussel sprouts glazed with honey and spicy sriracha sauce are must-tries. Bright salads, […]

  • 575-630-0024
  • 2800 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Hall of Flame Burgers

Ask anyone around Ruidoso who serves the best burger in town (do you sense a theme, here?) and chances more than one person will say Hall of Flame. Tucked into Ruidoso’s only “mall,” HoF is a no-frills burger joint, good for take-out or dining in. Tacos, chicken sandwiches, and daily special round out the menu. Recommended: […]

  • 575-257-9987
  • 2500 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Hidden Tap

Hidden Tap is known more as a casual drinking establishment, but their ever-changing menu has steadily improved since they opened their doors in 2016. Don’t come expecting run-of-the-mill bar fare (although baskets of wings and quesadillas are available). Creative offerings such as savory stuffed mushroom caps and lobster mac-n-cheese are stand-out choices, with dozens of […]

  • 575-257-0497
  • 2408 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Lincoln County Grill

The popular Lincoln County Grill, located on the west side of Midtown, epitomizes the small-town diner, only without the table service. Their motto is “It’s All Good,” and they don’t disappoint. Hash browns, bacon, biscuits, chicken fried steak… it’s all here. The LCG is particularly popular for breakfast. Recommended: the “Ski”llet breakfast. Hours: Daily 7am-9pm

  • 575-257-7669
  • 717 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Log Cabin Restaurant

Log Cabin Restaurant is comparable to Lincoln County Grill (above) for American fare, in that it brings in early-morning breakfasters in droves. The great big dining room has an open floor plan, with vaulted ceilings and eclectic art and taxidermy adorning the walls. Recommended: the Belgian waffles (there are a lot to choose from!). Hours: […]

  • 575-258-5029
  • 1074 Mechem Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Oso Grill

Located in Capitan, home of Smokey Bear (and situated right across the street from his namesake’s museum and visitor center), Oso Grill bring s a much-needed fresh face to Capitan’s eatery options. A bright, cheery interior and friendly service compliment a well-rounded menu that features both standards and new twists on old favorites; Recommendation: it’s […]

  • 575-354-2327
  • 100 Lincoln Ave., Capitan, NM, United States

Renee’s Real Food

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-3 pm

  • 575-973-0351
  • 435 Smokey Bear Blvd, Capitan, NM, United States

Rio Grande Grill & Tap Room

Rio Grande Grill & Tap Room provides two floors of dining and a dedicated bar in the front, where they serve up classic American fare and a variety of New Mexico-made craft beers. This casual spot is popular with both visitors and locals alike, particularly hungry skiers and snowboarders coming off the slopes of Ski […]

  • 575-808-8456
  • 441 Mechem Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Smokey B’s at Apache Casino

Smokey B’s is a better-than-average dining option housed within a casino and highway travel center. They take their name from Lincoln County’s resident claim to fame, Smokey Bear, but be advised you’ll need to walk through the smokey casino floor to get to the restaurant. Once there, you will be rewarded with a large menu […]

  • 575-464-7777
  • Hwy 70 W., Mescalero, NM, United States

Smokey Bear Restaurant

If you’ve never been to Capitan, it’s worth a quick day trip to check out the Smokey Bear Visitor Center and take a lazy stroll around this quaint little town. Outdoor parks, general stores, and a pleasant little library provide additional attractions, and Smokey Bear Restaurant is waiting for you when you get hungry from […]

  • 575-354-2557
  • 310 Smokey Bear Blvd., Capitan, NM, United States

The Dolan House

The Dolan House, located in historic Lincoln, New Mexico, is a bed and breakfast with an adjoining restaurant that serves up home-cooked meals. A full breakfast selection, lunch menu, and mouth-watering sweets make this an excellent place for weary travelers to stop in and have a bite. They also cater to special occasions, so call […]

  • 575-653-4670
  • 826 Highway 380, Lincoln, NM, United States

The Quarters Restaurant & Grill

Located directly across the street from Win, Place & Show in the heart of downtown Ruidoso, The Quarters attracts all stripes of patrons, from Harley riders to families. Serving up standard bar food backed by a full bar, The Quarters has a dance floor and plenty of televisions, as well as pool tables. Live music […]

  • 575-257-9535
  • 2535 Sudderth, Ruidoso, NM, United States

Tina’s Café

Tina’s is a hidden gem, but once you know about it you definitely won’t forget it is there. Perched above the Rio Ruidoso across from the large, public swimming pool on Sudderth Drive, Tina’s provides a perfect place to eat down-home cooking outside on their spacious patio. When the weather isn’t cooperating, duck inside and […]

  • 575-257-8930
  • 522 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States

Trolley Burger Depot

Often included in any legitimate discussion of “Best Burger in Town,” Burger Trolley offers a limited menu — burgers and more burgers! — alongside Two Rivers Park. Pony rides are also a seasonal attraction. Come hungry, and don’t skip out on the onion rings. Recommended: the burgers (obviously). Seasonal Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday & Saturday […]

  • 575-257-3868
  • 800 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM, United States