Good eats around Truth or Consequences NM

By the time this post goes up, we’ll be on our way back to Santa Fe from a busy, yet relaxing weekend in Truth or Consequences NM, the town that renamed itself after the popular ‘50s TV game show. Busy because it was a working weekend gathering information for an upcoming series on weekend getaways from Santa Fe and relaxing because this quirky town is built an aquifer of thermal mineral water. Just about everywhere you turn, there’s a hot spring.  We took advantage of relaxing bounty. Sierra Grande Lodge, owned by Ted Turner (yes, THE Ted Turner), the hotel that hosted us  offers guests a complimentary half-hour soak in a private tub each day they are there plus there are soaking tubs in each room. If you want, you can soak until your skin turns pruney.

Of course, food is an integral part of our travel and we love to share where we ate with our readers. When traveling, if you want to know where the locals eat, just ask them. Here are a few of the T or C dining places we tried. They were mostly discovered through the recommendations of locals. We also took a ride to Hatch for our Sunday evening meal. We just had to see the town famous for it’s green chile.

Cafe Bella Luca's forno, sunrise to moonrise, photo Steve Collins

Cafe Bella Luca’s forno, sunrise to moonrise, photo Steve Collins

If we hadn’t been invited as guests at Café Bella Luca and Latitude 33, we still would have found them and dined there. They were mentioned by just about anybody we asked where we should eat. Bella Luca, the Wine Spectator Award winning Italian eatery, has been busy since the night it opened: Valentine’s Day 2008.

Latitude 33, photo Steve Collins

Latitude 33, photo Steve Collins

The well-priced Latitudes, with its Asian fusion menu, is a hot spot for lunch and catching on for dinner. They are both winners. We won’t tell you about either here as they will both be highlighted in future Food Thoughts posts.

Casa Taco in Elephant Butte, photo/Steve Collins

Casa Taco in Elephant Butte, photo/Steve Collins

On our way to explore the Jornada del Muerto on the Camino Real and the “ghost town” of Engle where you’ll find an entrance to Turner’s Amanderis Ranch, hundreds of thousands of acres of high desert land, we stopped for lunch at another highly recommended place in the City of Elephant Butte. The uber casual, order at the counter, Casa Taco has a reasonably-priced menu of Mexican-inspired fare including tacos and burritos. The hard-shell tacos are fried to order.

Tempting baked goods at Reva's White Coyote Cafe, photo/Steve Collins

Tempting baked goods at Reva’s White Coyote Cafe, photo/Steve Collins

For breakfast on Sunday, we tried the recently -reopened Reva’s White Coyote Cafe, 113 Main Street (575) 894-5160. Formerly a vegetarian spot, the new owner, has introduced meat to the menu. The décor is homey and like many places here a bit retro. It was friendly and welcoming. The glass counter was lined with mouth-watering house-baked pies and other treats and prices were really reasonable.

Sparky's BBQ, Hatch, NM, photo/Steve Collins

Sparky’s BBQ, Hatch, NM, photo/Steve Collins

We’ve been hearing about Hatch and its green chile for years so when someone mentioned Sparky’s BBQ to us we had to head down to see the town and try the ‘que. When asked what to order, the locals in line with us all suggested we go with the green chile cheeseburgers, but we’d come for the BBQ and that was what we were going to have. We should have listened. The ribs and smoked sausage were good, the brisket a bit dry and they were out of the pulled pork. We figured there must be a reason for that.

License plates deck the walls at Bar-B-Que on Broadway photo Steve Collins

License plates deck the walls at Bar-B-Que on Broadway photo Steve Collins

On our last morning, we headed to Bar-B-Que on Broadway 308 N Broadway (575) 894-7047, for our breakfast before heading back towards home. We’d asked locals where the old-timers had breakfast and this was where we were sent. The retro place was just what we were looking for. Big portions and basic, tasty breakfast food. The Spanish Omelet was a variation on the Denver (Western). Ham, peppers, onions and cheese. The difference: the peppers were NM green giving the eggs a bit of a bite. The sausage patties were big and there were biscuits and gravy as an option instead of toast. Home fries were the kind we remember from diners with crust coming from a well-seasoned grill. We loved the decor; license plates from all over the USA grace the walls along with a few interesting signs, including one reading “Skinny people make bad cooks.”

There were a few more T or C dining places we meant to get to, they’ll have to wait for our next visit. We had a blast and we’ll be back.

 

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4 Responses to “Good eats around Truth or Consequences NM”

  1. Karen
    March 12, 2019 at 7:17 am #

    Been meaning to get back to TorC for a weekend-I think it’s been about ten years and the scene there has broadened a bit! But shame on you for not going with Sparky’s burgers-they’re very good!

    • Billie Frank
      August 4, 2019 at 8:05 am #

      We loved it and it’s so close!

    • ben
      January 21, 2019 at 5:17 pm #

      Hatch is a good 30 miles away from TorC. Maybe they should do a thing on Hatch?

      • Billie Frank
        January 21, 2019 at 5:24 pm #

        Is they us? We don’t know enough about Hatch to write about. Maybe next time we’re in the area we’ll do some exploration.

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