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Penny's Diner

Highway 285, Vaughn, NM
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Ranked #1 of 2 restaurants in Vaughn
Cuisines: American
Description: on Hwy 285
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Description: on Hwy 285
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23 reviews from our community

69% Recommend
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I was on a coach trip and I think the tour manager had phoned ahead to Penny's to tell them to expect 30 people for breakfast. I don't know if they had got extra staff in for the occasion, but the service was quick and friendly and I had a classic American breakfast in a classic diner. Vaughn seems to... More

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Clovis, New Mexico
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101 reviews 101 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The only place to eat in Vaughan Penny's is a classic replica of old time diners. My husband and I split a Club Sandwich. It was okay and the contents generous but fell apart when we ate it. Menu is typical with blue plate specials, many of them Mexican since it's located in the SW. A plate of Nachos with... More

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Fredericksburg, Texas
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59 reviews 59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We were coming from Fort Stockton to Santa Fe for the International Folk Art Market and in the small town of Vaughn, only a cross roads but with my TripAdvisor app I found Penny's and was not disappointed. With the family we had the special hamburger, green chilies hot dog, enchiladas and Philly cheese steak. All were real old fashion... More

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54 reviews 54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

This diner is the only show in town. The food is good. Service was ok, but since we were the only ones in the diner, I guess they expected us to "yell" if we wanted anything.

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Houston, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

My wife and I live in Houston and drive to Santa Fe twice a year for vacation. There are many ways to go -- through Dallas and Amarillo....or by taking HIghway 36 and going through Abilene and Lubbock, or Interstate 10 to Fort Stockton and then north, which is the only route we take since we discovered Penny's. We love... More

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Santa Fe, NM
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Excellent fare for the price. Not only is this the only restaraunt in Vaughn, but it is probably the only restaraunt for 50 miles in any direction. Having that kind of monopoly one might ask "why would they care"? Apparrently they do. They were happy to make some off-menu items for me and the green chili cheese burger competes with... More

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6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Nobody in the kitchen is going all Cooking Channel on you here -- the fare covers all the bases of a standard diner. That said, the ambiance is adorable -- it's a retro diner they bought in a kit. You look out at the busy railroad tracks -- the heart of Vaughn and an important part of its history. (Lots... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

The item ordered was nothing like it has been in the four previous Penny's I've frequented When asked, the employees were extremely rude. I left without finishing the disgusting food. My fellow employees were still eating when I left, and observed the three employees working laughing about me and making jokes. Shameful.

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GM_OTI, General Manager at Penny's Diner, responded to this review

Dear Brian R. We deeply apologize that our Penny's Diner did not exceed your expectations! Please accept our sincere regrets, and know that we strive to meet all guests needs at all times. Although Penny's Diners are located through out the United States, each Diner has menu items that are based on the culture of the area, as well as... More

Waialua, Hawaii
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

An outstanding green chile cheeseburger in Vaughn, New Mexico, near the junction of Highways 60, 54, and 285. Disregard the dismissive reviews below: this was NOT "frozen food." The burgers are huge, shaped by hand right there behind the counter from fresh ground beef. We watched the fries being sliced from fresh potatoes. Nine dollars seemed a bit steep at... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

If you like hamburgers and frozen food you'll love Penny's. Nothing is fresh here, it's not a Diner by east coast standards. More like a Denny's but nowhere as good. The service is good, but slow and inattentive.

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GM_OTI, General Manager at Penny's Diner, responded to this review

Please accept our apologies that your dining experience was not what you expected. We would like to note, however, that all our menu items are prepared fresh daily. Our 8oz burgers are hand pattied out of 80/20 fresh ground beef, and all chiles, gravies and other side dishes are all made fresh in house. We take pride in the dishes... More

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