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“Don't bother.” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Nellie's Cafe

Nellie's Cafe
Ranked #29 of 377 Restaurants in Las Cruces
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Level Contributor
26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Don't bother.”
2 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“awesome authentic Mexican food”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank Jody G
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2012

I have started going to Nellie' regularly. Consistently some of the best green chile. I especially like the green meat banado.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank wphenckel
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
Level Contributor
26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“PURE MEXICAN”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2012

If you've never been to Little Nellies, you've never had REAL Mexican. Out of the way, off the beaten path - but SO WORTH IT. try their Enchiladas!! yummy

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Laverne T
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SOUTHERN MISSOURI
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Wow we are big fans!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2012

We travel and we love to find excellent restaurants lovingly supervised by owners/ managers who are wise enough to use high quality ingredients freshly prepared daily- no wonder there was a wait for lunch-WORTH waiting!! We will stop here every chance we get- yeah!!!

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ESCAPEDODOWNERS
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