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Cactus Cafe

26 Carlsbad Caverns Highway, Whites City, NM
575-785-2291
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Price range: $4 - $15
Cuisines: American, Mexican, Steakhouse, Sandwiches
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Takeout
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Takeout
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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Service was fast and breakfast was good. Read previous review's not so flattering, so didn't have high expectations but food and service were good.

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Bartlesville, OK
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Went for breakfast the morning we left. Service was okay and the food was good ( we just had the usual breakfast items). There were only two other couples in there when we were there. It's the only restaurant in White's City which is essentially a few buildings and an RV/campground. Carlsbad, NM is about 20 minutes north so you... More

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Nampa, Idaho
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I was scared after reading all the horrible reviews on this place but I had 4 very hungry kids so we decided to chance it. I was pleasantly surprised. The service was adequate but not overly friendly. The food was average but not bad, the prices were fair to a bit high. There are better places to eat in Carlsbad... More

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2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

We waited forever for a burger and some flautas. The service is terrible, and the place looks like it needs a remodeling job pronto. Avoid!!

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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148 reviews 148 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

What I liked: the restaurant was right next door to my motel. The food was inexpensive. What I disliked: the food was bland and there wasn't many choices on the menu. It was the only restaurant in town. The next nearest restaurant is in Carlsbad which is about 20 miles away.

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Macon, Georgia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Pros: Only place to eat in Whites City, BUT, the cafe at the Carlsbad Caverns visitor's center (7 miles away) was MUCH better. Cons: Food was bland. Only one vegetarian option which is strange for a Mexican themed restaurant. Servers couldn't care less, they just looked sad. 6 tables and 3 servers, and we waited for 10 min for the... More

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Nomad
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

They actually have a decent salad, everything else is standard fare. Prices are decent for the quality and remoteness, staff is reasonably friendly and it's worth trying again! ...which is pretty good for a place that really could take advantage of the situation.

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

The only restaurant open in town at the time of our visit here. Not especially good, not terribly bad. It's run by a nice family of Mexicans for the owner. Atmosphere was very good. better than expected. Service was quick and friendly. Place wasn't real busy. Frajitas was good, but tacos were small and a little dried out. Chicken fried... More

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Pearsall, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Staff is really sweet. They will help you with your needs. Food was good. Nothing special. We ate their twice within our two months stay. It was close to camper which made it convenient for us.

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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

bad customer service, bad food, the fries were decent. when asked if they good reheat some fajitas, the waitress never showed back up at the table and seemingly tried to avoid it. when checking out, her response was: i forgot., multiple complaints from other customers appears unanswered, some screaming at other waitstaff and generally just rude and not seeming to... More

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