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

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very good breakfast

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
Carol M
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Georgetown, Texas
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

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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Georgetown, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

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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Ozona, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

Been dining here for years. It's a must stop for breakfast every trip to Alto/Ruidoso...and lunch if we're lucky. "Cafe" is the perfect term for this small diner. The owners built the furniture and will most likely be in the kitchen cooking or at your table taking orders. They may even show you photos of the grandkids. Breakfast is terrific,... More 

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Odessa, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Meet your Hunting Guide for lunch because this is where they will be eating. Horse trail guides or photos of Deers killed past and present. Local people with great food. Ps you will need a nap after walking out this place. The Cowboy Bibles are Free!

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Ruidoso, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went there for breakfast many a times and went away full and ready to meet the day - Friendly people with homemade foods for all ages.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Wonderful food, service, and friendly too. Only open for breakfast or lunch and there are specials during the weekdays. Lots of locals eat here too!

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

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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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