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4103 Natl Pks, Carlsbad, NM 88220
+1 505-887-8489
Today
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great green chili cheese burgers

Green chili on a cheese burger is unique to the Southwest. If you're ever in Carlsbad, Happy's does it best. We stop here every chance we get.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
ftoothman
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McKinney, Texas
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McKinney, Texas
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Green chili on a cheese burger is unique to the Southwest. If you're ever in Carlsbad, Happy's does it best. We stop here every chance we get.

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Glendale, Arizona
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This seems like a place a lot of locals go to, but I sure can't figure out why. We arrived just before the lunch crowd (just in time). Even so, we still waited a really long time for a relatively simple order. My burger was overloaded with black pepper and overcooked. Everyone else's food was ok, but it was not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Our other option was IHOP, so needless to say, the decision to try a mom and pop restaurant was a no brainer. We were not dissapointed. When we were there the place was clean and friendly. You place your order at the counter and they bring your food to the table. You get your drinks on your own at the... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 via mobile

Stay away from this local dive unless you have plenty of time to wait, and wait, and wait. The restaurant looks like a dive, but we decided to try it anyway. It's about as good as it looks. My husband got a cheeseburger, which he said was good. I got chicken fingers that were heavy breaded, over cooked, and had... More 

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Mesquite, TX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Great hole-in-the-wall diner on the south side of Carlsbad. Excellent home cooking, huge breakfasts, and very reasonably priced. Did I mention that the staff is very friendly, as well? The locals eat here and we loved it. Nice non-chain place. Check it out!

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Coppell, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The title says below average. But in there defence I think that's what they are shooting for. Not much to say after that, the place looks dirty the widows were smudged up. Food was horrible. The people were about the same. If your looking for a place like that, Happys should make it just that for you. Hum hum bad.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

Food is mediocre at best. Unfortunately after I ordered I witnessed an employee putting in a new stack of Styrofoam cups at the soda fountain. He dumped them all over the floor, picked them up and put them in the dispenser for everyone to use. The cashier watched him and did nothing. The floor is filthy. A customer told the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

From the outside, this place looks like a total dive. It's located on the southern end of Carlsbad off of 285. Actually, it looks more like a truck stop of sorts. The building is old and a bit run down. Looks don't always dictate the experience. Upon entry of this restaurant you are greeted with smiley face decor, and the... More 

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Mobile, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

One burger an order of fried pickles and an order of onion rings came to almost $20. $4.50 for 7 pieces of pickle that the coating was falling of off. $4.50 for an order of 5 pieces of onion rings that were partly burnt and the coating falling off? The burger was okay but I left the rest of the... More 

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We ate at Happy's twice, once for dinner and once for breakfast. It's an authentic down-home American Diner obviously loved and frequented by locals. The food was good and plentiful. You don't REALLY want the biggest burger. Trust me; take the smaller one. It's plenty. It's so nice to find a place that understand what you mean when you order... More 

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Additional Information about Happy's

Address: 4103 Natl Pks, Carlsbad, NM 88220
Phone Number: +1 505-887-8489
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Carlsbad
Open Hours:
Monday 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Wednesday 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Friday 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 2 - 9

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4103 Natl Pks, Carlsbad, NM 88220
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 505-887-8489

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 9
Open Hours
Monday
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 7:30 pm

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