Glad it's not just me who gets the "creeps" or senses something strange in some towns. I was hoping I wasn't the only one...thanks Adrian, I didn't plan on going to Mexico anyway and now I am definitely not! I will be going through Las Cruces, NM on my trip back to CA once this work camping job ends. Hmmmm, guess I won't stop over...lol
I'm sorry Monica, but I was kidding about Las Cruces.
Cruces has been my hometown for some 38 years and I can not think of a better town to live in.
You would have to hunt for a spooky/creepy area, I am sure we have a few as any place in the county will.
If you need to stop here, no problemo. What I had in mind when I composed my reply was that Las Cruces is off I-25 as well as off I-10.
Here are some nice places to get Southern New Mexico Mexican Style Food in Las Cruces. Somewhat simular to Northern Cuisine, at least I often see the dishes with tomatoes. Enchiladas are often flat, not rolled, not always. I ask for whole beans, so much better if they have them than re-fried. Salsa can be really great, not so good...depending on the kick & the taste.
El Sombrero Patio Cafe http://www.activediner.com/El-Sombre...profile/359827
363 S Espina St, Las Cruces, NM
very good maybe #1 for us
Good Salsa, great whole beans
not open on Sunday
Espina is just past a bowling alley both on the right. A long block past.
Nopalito Restaurant http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/R.../3650/nopalito
310 S. Mesquite St.
Las Cruces, NM 88001
second to El Sombrero
Mesquite crosses Amador and Lohman
From the West: Turn Left off Lohman, From the East: Right off Amador, Mesquite is 4 or 5 Blocks past Espina &
Not open on Wednesdays.
Great Salsa, but no whole beans. Re-fires are good.
Nellie's Cafe http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Reviews/4041/nellies
1226 W Hadley Ave, Las Cruces, NM
many in town really like this one
it can be very hot as well
only breakfast & lunch
Si Senor Restaurant http://www.sisenorrestaurants.com/
1551 E Amador Ave, Las Cruces, NM
A chain but good food, mild to hot chile
It will be before you get to Solano a large intersection.
West: Left off Lohman just pass Solano
with the plates, you get sopias included
They now have a Si Senor Express at the corner of Lohman & Solano across from the Carl's Jr. as well.
Roberto's Mexican Food http://local.yahoo.com/info-20221201...ood-las-cruces
908 E Amador Ave, Las Cruces, NM
Can be very hot
Not open on Sunday
This is across the street and down a bit from El Sombrero Patio Cafe.
Roberto is the man who makes the largest enchalata in the world [at] The Whole Enchilada Fiesta http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whole_Enchilada_Fiesta
All of these (Except Nellie's) are on or just off E Amador Ave and if you are getting off I-25 at (exit 3) Lohman Ave, Lohman Ave turns into E. Amador Ave as one travels west as it becomes a one way street. And traveling from the west, Amador will turn into Lohman once it becomes a one way street.
Oh, yes. One thing Texas came up with which is really good are Fajitas. None better than at Taco Cabana in El Paso (I believe they have them in San Antonio, TX as well), we normally get them when we are down in El Paso. They have fajitas in most of the Las Cruces places as well, but we really like Taco Cabana Fajitas.
If you are looking for things New Mexico, just to the west of Las Cruces is Historic Old Mesilla. If you will be looking for Indian jewelry or other crafts, Mesilla may have better buys than up north, mostly the same stuff.
Mesilla has a couple of restaurants, the Double Eagle ( http://www.double-eagle-mesilla.com/
) and La Posta ( http://www.laposta-de-mesilla.com/
), both with more atmosphere than the ones I listed above. Not sure if the food is any better.
For really spooky, no just joking, but some do claim Ghost of Mesilla: http://www.oldmesilla.org/html/the_hauntings.html
More listings of eating places:
Gina D, Oh, Poor Albuquerque has NO vibe.. just flat.. nothing good, nothing bad.. just nothing
Hardly all flat, hardly nothing good, I know you can find some really bad there, but that's another story. I've seen "Cops" when they visited there. For some good one can find in Albuquerque check this out:
As for the town of Santa Rosa is famous for its natural sinkhole lakes, where divers from around the country come to learn scuba skills. I have driven through town a few times, never anything out of the ordinary for a small town.
As for getting ripped off, the first time we drove from Texas to California after we were married, my wife & I got ripped off at a gas station in Lordsburgh, NM. Stopped for gas, I let them check my oil. The starter would not work then, had to by a new one. A scam. This was in '98, before I-10 was completed around the town. I had the bad feeling, but tooo dump to know what to do. Which would have been to push start the Mustang, drive to a food dealership and see what was really wrong. Makes me mad even now. At myself. A dumb 22 year old. 41 yrs ago or soon will be. But it was not the town, it was the people's actions. They were as nice as can be out wardly. Those creepy people in some little town might be as nice as can be inside, just not outwardly.