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Hwy 48 And Gavilan C, Alto, NM 88312
505-336-1980
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Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good diner-food in a wonderful Christian establishment

Convenient, decent diner food in Alto, about 15-min NW of Ruidoso. Saying this is one of the best dining places in town doesn't mean much though when the local Shell station deli ranks in Alto's top-five eateries. Nice Christian owners who lead by example. Chow/down is the reason you come here... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
ggrodhaus
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Convenient, decent diner food in Alto, about 15-min NW of Ruidoso. Saying this is one of the best dining places in town doesn't mean much though when the local Shell station deli ranks in Alto's top-five eateries. Nice Christian owners who lead by example. Chow/down is the reason you come here. Daily buffet adds 1-1/2,lbs to the average Alto citizens... More 

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Thank ggrodhaus
Port Aransas, Texas
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54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is a place frequented by locals. The breakfast here is great. Try the BELT (bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato) sandwich on sourdough bread. They also serve lunch with weekdays having a lunch buffet. But the burgers are really good too. They are hand pattied not frozen already made patties. Service is very friendly.

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Thank Cyndi C
Pipe Creek, Texas
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is my favorite resturant in Ruidoso (Alto). It is a small, family-run, diner-type eatery with good American and Mexican food. It is Christian-run, offering free New Testament bibles on its bookshelf. Although the resturant does not offer itself as being a barbecue establishment, it serves the best barbecue in town. The meat is smoked on-site and is as tender... More 

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Thank William K
Oklahoma
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We were going to eat at the Log Cabin for breakfast, as it was so highly rated and was disappointed when we drove up and they were closed on a Tuesday! We were driving over to Ski Apache and just lucked onto seeing this little café. My companion had Chocolate chip pancakes, and I ordered an omelet and biscuits. They... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

Parking lot was crowded so I u-turned and was rewarded with a great breakfast of huevos rancheros. The atmosphere was that of a neighborhood hangout and a place where regulars abound.

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Thank jdhutch42
Georgetown, Texas
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Tasty Omelets. Fast service. Close to RV parks outside of Ruidoso and near Capitan. They serve lunch too (not sure about dinner). We liked it.

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Thank Carol M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

This little cafe is consistently good. You get a lot of food for the money. Waitstaff is always friendly and they get the food out fast. We have only eaten breakfast here, several times, and have not been disappointed. It is cafe style food, nothing fancy just home style cooking.

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Thank dblagrave
Ozona, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Cute little place! Love the diner feel! We eat here every time we are in Ruidoso! Good food and service!

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Thank Janet T
El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Every time I visit Ruidoso I know a sure place where I'm not going to be desapointed. Staff is friendly. They are quick and wait time is good. Coffee is great and the breakfast is a good size for the kiddos. They ate every single crum. Good value for the amount of food.

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Thank julio c
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Good ol classic breakfasts here or a good lunch buffet, fast, easy and friendly. Meat smoked there on sight and very good!

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  • Address: Hwy 48 And Gavilan C, Alto, NM 88312
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Alto
  • Phone Number: 505-336-1980

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