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“Southwestern HOT” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nellie's Cafe

Nellie's Cafe
1226 W Hadley Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88005-2423
575-524-9982
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Ranked #4 of 307 Restaurants in Las Cruces
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
Kerrville, Texas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Southwestern HOT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

I have to leave home in Texas at 3 a.m. to make sure I can get a late lunch at Nellie's and it is absolutely WORTH IT. This is the way southwestern food should taste and the kind of place it should be served in! YES YES YES

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Victoria, Texas, United States
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Worth the visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Huevos Rancheros - good food, not too spicy, good restaurant,not fancy; Danny makes it a point to talk to you and be sure you are happy with the food

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Silver City, New Mexico
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68 reviews 68 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Local Flavor”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Friends told me about Nellie's Cafe so I had to try it out. When I entered there were all walks of life dining here - a good sign. From families to construction workers the place was packed. I was seated immediatly and service was prompt and efficient. Food was typical Mexican fare and very good. I will go back the next time I am in Las Cruces. There are many items I want to try so many visits will be made.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Don't bother.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

First of all: Read the filtered reviews. I don't know whether Nellie's is an advertiser with Yelp or not, but a lot of their two-star reviews gel filtered out, despite the fact that the poor rating is richly earned.

Here are all the things that are wrong with the restaurant:

1. It is so cramped that surely the fire marshal would have something to say about it. There's also nowhere to wait for tables, so when people are waiting it's in the heat outdoors.

2. Once you are inside, you get to be ignored by the waitresses for some unspecified amount of time. We've been there on several occasions and the waitresses' expressions and interactions with our table have been almost hostile (they do seem to be nice to some of the regulars). The guy who owns the place is nice but is a terrible manager.

3. The food may take forever to come to the table. This last time it took a half hour for the food to arrive, and more than 20 minutes for someone to bring chips and salsa over and take a drink order.

Here are the two things that are sort of OK about the restaurant:

1. The reason that this place gets 2 stars rather than 1 is that some of the food is OK. The chips are fresh, although it was obvious to me that the oil used for some of the chips and some of the beans was rancid this time. The green chile beef is very good, as are the eggs with chorizo. The rice is your average bad Spanish rice. Tortillas are good.

2. The prices are reasonable.

Overall, I find visiting Nellie's to be much more frustrating than it is enjoyable. If you are looking for good Mexican food in Las Cruces there are many, many better options.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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6 restaurant reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“awesome authentic Mexican food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

if you are looking for the Mexican food that is the real deal this is a long time local favorite!

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