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Therma Drive, Eagle Nest, NM 87710
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Frisco, Texas
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275 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

My brother and his wife were visiting. We took a leisurely drive of the Enchanted Circle and stopped for a burger at Kaw-Lija's. Traditionally, we make a stop here frequently because we really like their burgers. We wanted my brother and his wife to have the experience. We were the only people in the restaurant and seated ourselves at a... More 

1 Thank teds759
Houston, Texas
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56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

This is a fun place to visit - service is friendly. Not a lot of choices in this small little town so glad they offer burgers/sandwiches/ice cream treats. For the price, I prefer Calamity Janes. Here at Kaw-Lija's, we split 3 small cheeseburger sliders, chilli cheese fries and had two teas. With tip the bill was over $24. Also, the... More 

1 Thank Teresa E
Booker, Texas
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Food was great. Service was excellent. Menu was limited and printed on an old record. Small space so might be crowded at meal time. Didn't have any ice cream but looked good.

Thank Mickey S
Amarillo, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

We've eaten here many times and this time was just awful. My family had to wait forever. The waitress was wonderful

1 Thank Mickey1019
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Kaw-Lija's restaurant is an amazing place. The owner is a very hard working man who's had that place up and running for over 25 years. They have A+ grading by the State, and the decorations and music is very nice. The bathrooms are very clean, and the staff is very friendly. They'll help you with anything. I really recommend. Take... More 

Thank Ariana G
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Not frozen French Fries which doesn't taste like Fries to children. Enjoyed dinner. Small salad bar and ice cream parlor.

Thank Betsy G
Lubbock, Texas
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016

We stop every year on the way home from Red River. It really hits the spot and is a favorite time for all to share.

Thank SHutch3
Belton, Texas, United States
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

In addition to having the best food & service in town, they have ice cream! Pets are welcome on the patio. They also do specialty coffees.

Thank David H
Cocoa Beach, Florida
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016

We arrived at 10:35 wanting breakfast. "We stopped serving at 10:30". Really? There were 3 tables eating biscuits and eggs. Really? The waitress asked the cook and he scowled from the kitchen "No!" 5 minutes... How about lunch instead? Sure. Nothing on the menu appealed to Mrs. so she left. I ordered a turkey bacon cheese sandwich and fries. I... More 

1 Thank NoPlaceLikeHome58
Thornton, Colorado
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016

I just needed a light dinner and this small place with a friendly staff has a more than 20 item salad bar. Very reasonable priced. Other diners seemed to be enjoying their selections.

Thank 67baron1983

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Therma Drive, Eagle Nest, NM 87710
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Eagle Nest
  • Phone Number: 505.377.3424
Kaw-Lija's is located downtown in beautiful Eagle Nest, New Mexico. We are a 50s-60s diner and also offer a complete old-fashion ice cream parlor and specialty coffee bar. We have been in business for 25 years! Currently our schedule is Friday-Tuesday...lunch and dinner...11am-8pm. Wednesday...lunch only...11am-3pm Thursday...closed all day. We have been written up in Sunset Magazine on three different occasions!!!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?