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“Uneven, but worth it!”
Review of Badlands Grill

Badlands Grill
Ranked #1 of 101 Restaurants in Gallup
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $35
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Not a chain, Badlands offers true New Mexico hospitality and taste- for those of you traveling through, it's the place where locals go when they want a meal that's truly a cut above the rest, and relax with friends and neighbors. There's no dress code...no pretentiousness...just beef that's been wet-aged for 21 days, cut in-house and cooked to order...combine these with an ice cold beer or excellent bottle of wine... and you've got the stuff a cattleman's dreams are made of!
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Uneven, but worth it!”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

We found this restaurant on Tripadvisor. We were glad we did. Gallup is not known for its outstanding cuisine, but the Badlands Grill does a very good job at raising the bar of cuisine excellence. The restaurant has a ways to go, but it's Gallup; and where Mexican food is prominent, it's nice to see change.

The Black Dahlia rib-eye was delicious, but the baked potato was way over done and not eaten. The chicken Cordon Gallup was very good; served over garlic mashed potatoes. The wine selection was limited, but then again, it's Gallup, NM, and what they had to offer was more than acceptable. Overall, a very pleasant evening. The service was excellent! Ask for Chandler.

  • Visited February 2014
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Bovey MN
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44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Try another place”
Reviewed February 4, 2014

The service was great very friendly staff and waitress. The food was below par, the steaks had a seasoning that was not to our liking and the steak was tough. The wine I ordered which was a red was not fresh, had been standing in the bottle too long. They did give me a new wine which was good. We definitely would not stop there again.

Visited January 2014
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Mundelein, Illinois
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great food & service”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

While traveling, we decided to try this restaurant based on the review on AAA. We were more than satisfied. We were greeted immediately by a friendly server and things got better from there. The waitress, Paulette, was very friendly and was able to tell us about the specifics on the items we asked about. The buffalo sirlion was very tasty, and my husband's rib-eye steak was spiced just as he liked it. The dinner included a very nice soup (I had salad) and potato. My husband's order of "poppers" was very generous and tasty -- if you like "zing," and he does. For dessert, we shared an outstanding Bananas Foster -- as good as any you would find in New Orleans! They also have a very nice wine list, at fair prices. When we come back this way, we'll definitely stop at the Badlands Grill.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank vimc12151
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New Mexico
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100 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Very Good Food -- Don't let the austere parking lot turn you off”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

Notable positives -- great service, very good food, nice décor

Notable negatives -- parking lot was spacious but a bit spooky feeling at night; bathrooms could be updated

Food -- a very good chicken dish and a good steak

Ambience -- western motif with nice background music (country from the 80's and 90's)

Best tables -- booths were best

Attire -- casual

Noise level -- low; easy to converse

Bar/TV -- not applicable

Outdoor seating -- not sure it has; we ate here on a winter night

View -- none, but the décor makes up for lack of view

Neighborhood -- industrial

Value -- very good food but a bit pricey, especially some of the entrees.

  • Visited January 2014
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Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
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“Great Ribs”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

After a 11 hr. day on the road we were happy to get to Gallup and the Badlands Grill. We both had the ribs and they were fall off the bone terrific. We chose the honey barbeque sauce and recommend it. They offer three sauces. We also loved their homemade chips. Had their potato skins as a free appetizer as we stayed at the Hampton Inn off Exit 16. Delicious. Place was clean and our server, Paulette, was pleasant and most attentive.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank UncleRicardo
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