With so many students traveling to Las Cruces for the football game against the NMSU Aggies, the Daily Lobo has put together a list of the finest dining the Three Crosses has to offer.
As a Las Cruces native, and with 21 years of dining experience, I have put together a list of my favorite spots for tacos, tostadas, custard and coffee.
Andele’s Dog House
Located in the heart of Old Mesilla, Andele’s has two locations with the Dog House being the more casual of the two, the perfect spot to get a bucket of beers and a plate of cheesy enchiladas. Andele’s Dog House has an extensive menu consisting of a variety of mexican dishes to hot dogs and hamburgers.
The walk up salsa bar consists of five different spicy salas, including their signature traditional salsa and fresh, chunky pico de gallo. Their outdoor patio is adorned with televisions in every corner to watch pre-game shows and post-game highlights. I recommend the shrimp tacos or the build your own burrito.
Caliche’s Frozen Custard
If you’re looking for a sweet treat, Caliche’s has two locations in Cruces, one off of Roadrunner Parkway and one off of Valley Drive. Not only does Caliche’s have dessert ice, floats and shakes, they also carry a large variety of flavored teas, hot dogs and sandwiches.
You can also choose from the custard shop’s specialty signature caliches or they can be customized with your choice of either vanilla or chocolate custard and can be blended with a combination of any of their 10+ toppings. I recommend the mango dango, with pecans… salted.
Milagro Coffee y Espresso
The local favorite coffee shop, Milagro, is located in the Pan Am Plaza right across the street from Aggie Memorial Stadium. Although they have basic coffee drinks that you can’t go wrong with, their hidden gem is the green chile bagel, slathered in green chile cream cheese. Milagro has other flavors of bagels as well.
Milagro’s homemade chai tea is unique to the quaint little shop that has vaulted ceilings, and is decorated with art from local artists. I recommend just asking for the green on green.
Roberto’s Mexican Food
Roberto’s is a hole-in-the-wall, walk up counter and drive through which is located off of East Amador Avenue. Their traditional Mexican food is perfect for any college student, quick, tasty and cheap. The crunchy rolled tacos come in sets of three or five, and can be ordered stuffed with either chicken or beef.
I recommend the tasty tostadas. The tostada is a flat, fried corn tortilla smothered in refried beans, topped with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and sprinkled with cheese, and comes with their fresh salsa on the side.
And for a taste of home...
Bosque Brewing Company is located right across from New Mexico State University, and is a great place to grab a beer before the game. Although their beer list and food menu is slightly different from the locations in Albuquerque, they have their signature Elephants on Parade and Scotia on tap.
If you’re in the mood to try something new, the Pistol Pete's 1888 Ale is named after the Aggie’s mascot and the year that the university was established. The pale-ale has a slight malty-sweetness and addition of hops. I still recommend the Scotia.
Shayla Cunico is the culture editor for the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted by email at email@example.com or on Twitter @ShaylaCunico.