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Nellie's Cafe

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1226 W Hadley Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88005-2423
575-524-9982
Today
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 72
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Family special

This is truly homemade Mexican food! Loved the spices and the heat! I also enjoy the family who works at Nellies! Not fancy but super good food! Go early or late because there is always a line at lunch!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Marilyn K
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

This is truly homemade Mexican food! Loved the spices and the heat! I also enjoy the family who works at Nellies! Not fancy but super good food! Go early or late because there is always a line at lunch!

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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77 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

Very good red Chile enchiladas. Their chips and salsa are great. Get there early as lines form quickly. Dress light though as it does get warm in the restaurant.

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Lebanon, Connecticut
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic Mexican food. Went for breakfast and had a huge plate of huevos rancheros and coffee for $10. Green chilli is hot, so beware. Red chilli was yummy. A must visit!

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Las Cruces NM USA
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Great food and true old time Las Cruces Mexican café. I cannot add to what earlier reviews have said. If you are ready to step up from the Taco Bells of the world, then visit Nellies.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I've been going to Nellie's since I was a kid. The food at Nellie's has remained the same despite the minor changes the building has seen over the years. My opinion is that Nellie's has the best green chile sauce in New Mexico. Be aware that your first experience here may be off-putting, the service is geared towards locals who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

Nellies is a small place but u will wait un line to be seated thats how terrific the food is my dad has been going there for years but also ate there back in the late 1930s and 40's when the original owner ran it. He said they used to really pile the food on the plate back then Well... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Food is always good. Friendly staff. Been going there for 30 years and never a bad experience. Fresh food every time.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Nellie's is a long-time institution in Las Cruces, NM. They have some of the best Mexican food around, but it's not for "wimps"! Their enchiladas are "mucho caliente"!!! Also "mucho delicioso"!!

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Pueblo, Colorado
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We arrived just before they opened at 8:00 am and there were several people waiting to get in. We were warmly greeted, our server treated us like regulars even though this was our first visit. The red chili with meat and eggs was delicious and hubby loved the green chili scrambled eggs. Food was served promptly and the restaurant was... More 

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Rancho Mirage, California
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This is the place to go if you want authentic.. All the locals hang out here. Have a number 1 with both red and green sauce.

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Additional Information about Nellie's Cafe

Address: 1226 W Hadley Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88005-2423
Phone Number: 575-524-9982
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Las Cruces
Open Hours:
Tuesday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1226 W Hadley Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88005-2423
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Las Cruces
  • Phone Number: 575-524-9982

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Tuesday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

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