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El Sombrero Patio Cafe
Ranked #20 of 382 Restaurants in Las Cruces
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Delivery
Reviewed February 28, 2013

Sooner or later locals and snowbirds pick a favorite neighborhood eatery in Cruces. Of course, part of the joy is to keep looking. And to compare notes at social occasions. After six winters in Cruces, my choice now is El Sombrero. First hint came when the parking lot was full, about 3 dozen, on a Wednesday evening. No 2 for 1 specials or such on tap, just a regular weekday night. Meanwhile, about five minutes away a much, much higher rated place had a total of 2 diners. That was a very big hint. Inside, the place is just funky but lean New Mexican, one brick wall, south-of-the-border murals, a couple of bright green shamrocks for upcoming St. Paddy's day, assorted posters and notices. Get the picture? Close quarters, square tables with oil cloth checkered tablecloths, packed with large families, couples, college students, retirees. All animated with smiles on their faces and piles of New Mexican food before them. Cuisine would be too presumptuous a word; what is served is one family's version, since1956, of New Mexican food. Don't be fooled by reviewers who maintain there is something called 'authentic' NM food; it's just one variation or another. Of course, avoid fast food joints. Hint number 2: there was a 50/50 split of happy diners. Half Latino American, half Anglo. One keeps the food 'genuine' and home made, the other keeps it easy on the taste buds. Everyone knows the fare is reasonably priced. Meanwhile, down the street one couple has a quite, romantic meal, while El Sombrero rocks along with a gang of boisterous eaters. Beware, reports are that weekends and lunchtime can have a long wait if you arrive late. Enjoy.

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Reviewed January 28, 2013

The queso was the best we have had in Las Cruces. What makes it even better is El Sombrero serves it with fresh corn tortillas! The green chili sauce was the perfect combination of spicy and tasty. The red chili was spicy but far too bitter to enjoy. The sopapillas were made with whole wheat flour and very greasy. The restaurant was packed, loud, and too few servers/bus staff (greeters were unwilling to help other staff) made the service sub-standard.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

El Sombrero is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in town. The food is fantastic and the price is very reasonable. It can certainly get crowded on the weekends; try it on the off times. The chile conqueso is fantastic.

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Reviewed November 3, 2012

They don't have hard liquor; beer and wine only, but the wine Margaritas made with Blue Agave wine have all the flavor at 1/4 the alcohol!
I had 3 of them (less alcohol than 1 standard drink) and a huge burrito with beans and rice for $16.
I ate there 3 more times during my trip.

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Reviewed September 6, 2012

El Sombrero is probably my favorite Mexican restaurant in Las Cruces. The food and service are both top notch.
I agree with some of the others who say that parking can be a challenge. You might have to park down the street. But it's worth the walk. Inside can be crowded, a bit noisy and not real fancy.
People flock to restaurants with great food. El Sombrero draws a great flock!

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