american fare

So Many American Fare Restaurants To Choose From!

Ruidoso offers a wide variety of American Fare restaurants to suit every dining desire, appetite, and budget.

Maybe you are craving a thick, juicy steak or casual local cuisine. Ruidoso has plenty of options!

If you’re looking for the ultimate in dining and entertainment combined, consider the Flying J Ranch, which serves up chuck-wagon style suppers and Western entertainment and family fun.

American Fare

american fareApache Tee Restaurant
Apache Tee is frequented by golfers and Inn of the Mountain Gods patrons alike, with a large outdoor deck overlooking Mescalero Lake and the surrounding 18-hole course. In the summertime, “Wine Down Wednesdays” features wine tastings from New Mexico wineries and live music. Great views of Sierra Blanca peak, shrimp cocktail by the pound, and a full bar round out the attractions at this laid-back spot. Recommended: the Indian taco, served on fry bread.
287 Carrizo Canyon Rd. in Mescalero
Seasonal Hours: Daily 8am-5pm

american fareBilly’s Sports Bar and Grill
Wedged conveniently between the grandstands of the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Billy the Kid Casino, Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill features 10 televisions, nightly specials, and occasional live music. Be sure and try the signature 5-inch rueben. Recommended: chicken fried steak.
1461 Hwy 70 E in Ruidoso Downs
Hours: Daily 11am-9pm

american fareTrolley Burger Depot
Often included in the any legitimate discussion of “Best Burger in Town,” Burger Trolley offers a limited menu — burgers and more burgers! — alongside Two Rivers Park. Pony rides are also a seasonal attraction. Come hungry, and don’t skip out on the onion rings. Recommended: the burgers (obviously).
800 Sudderth Dr.
Seasonal Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

american fareHidden Tap
Hidden Tap is known more as a casual drinking establishment, but their ever-changing menu has steadily improved since they opened their doors in 2016. Don’t come expecting run-of-the-mill bar fare (although baskets of wings and quesadillas are available). Creative offerings such as savory stuffed mushroom caps and lobster mac-n-cheese are stand-out choices, with dozens of beers on tap and plenty of bar games to entertain guests of all ages. Recommended: the bacon-wrapped dates.
2408 Sudderth Dr.

Hours: Monday-Wednesday 12pm-1pm, Thursday-Saturday 10am-12am and Sunday 11am-10pm

american fareGrill Caliente
Grill Caliente puts a creative, healthy twist on New Mexican fare, with fresh ingredients and consistently delicious food. Burger lovers will appreciate their hard-to-choose selection, and appetizers like their famous green chile rings (think onion rings, only with Hatch green chiles) and Brussel sprouts glazed with honey and spicy sriracha sauce are must-tries. Bright salads, a friendly staff, indoor and outdoor seating, a hand-picked wine and beer list, and occasional live music make Grill Caliente one of the most popular lunch and dinner spots in town. Recommended: skillet chicken (fair warning, though… spicy!).
2800 Sudderth Dr.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-2pm & 5pm-9pm Closed Sunday & Monday

american fareCircle J BBQ
Circle J is Ruidoso’s oldest barbecue establishment. Inspired by classic Texas barbecue, this is a no-frills joint that serves up hearty fare to hungry patrons. A friendly staff and plenty of local charm make this a long-standing local treasure. Recommended dish: The brisket.
1825 Sudderth Dr.
Summer Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-8pm , Friday & Saturday 11am-9pm
Winter Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-7pm Closed on Tuesdays, open Friday & Saturday 11am-8pm

american fareCree Meadows Country Club
Cree Meadows has been a gathering spot for friends throughout the decades. Their menu offers sandwiches for hungry golfers and typical Texas, dine-in fare, such as a full breakfast menu, or the chicken strip plate for lunch or dinner. Mexican specialties, soups, salads, and chef specials round out the menu. The dining room at Cree Meadows also just happens to offer one of the best views of Sierra Blanca in Ruidoso. Recommended: All-You-Can-Eat Catfish, on Friday nights (note: this popular event can get crowded, so reservations are a good idea).
301 Country Club Dr.
Hours: Daily 8am-8pm

american fareThe Dolan House
The Dolan House, located in historic Lincoln, New Mexico, is a bed and breakfast with an adjoining restaurant that serves up home-cooked meals. A full breakfast selection, lunch menu, and mouth-watering sweets make this an excellent place for weary travelers to stop in and have a bite. They also cater to special occasions, so call ahead if that’s of interest. Recommended: desserts (any of them!) and tea.
826 Highway 380, Lincoln, NM
Hours: Friday-Tuesday 9:30am-3:30pm, closed on Wednesday & Thursday

american fareFarley’s Food Fun & Pub
Farley’s Food, Fun, and Pub’s name says it all, as does their tag line: “Great people…even better food.” Serving up standard bar fare, Farley’s is a goods spot to watch a game, play pool, and catch up with friends. One of three locations in southwest New Mexico, the Ruidoso restaurant is spacious and features a large outdoor deck for your fair-weather enjoyment. Recommended: the pizzas.
1200 Mechem Dr.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-9:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-10:30pm

american fareFlying J Ranch
The Flying J Ranch isn’t just a restaurant — it is an experience, in and of itself. “Old west” authenticity is the name of the game, here, with and old-fashioned chuckwagon supper and accompanying musical show by the Flying J Wranglers. The menu os true cowboy fare: brisket, biscuits, beans, coffee, and more. Tickets are required, but they can be purchased upon arrival. Recommended: the entire Flying J experience, of course!
Highway 48, 1 1/2  miles past Ski Apache turnoff
1028 State Hwy 48 in Alto
575.336.4330, 888.458.3595
Hours: Nightly 5:30pm-9pm (except Sundays) from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. After Labor Day, open Saturdays only through mid-October. They are open two Sundays a year. Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day weekend because of the Monday Holiday.

american fareHall of Flame Burgers
Ask anyone around Ruidoso who serves the best burger in town (do you sense a theme, here?) and chances more than one person will say Hall of Flame. Tucked into Ruidoso’s only “mall,” HoF is a no-frills burger joint, good for take-out or dining in. Tacos, chicken sandwiches, and daily special round out the menu. Recommended: the green chile burger.
2500 Sudderth Dr.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday & Saturday 11am – 8pm (Closed Sundays)

american fareGathering of Nations Buffet
If a sprawling, all-you-can-eat buffet is what you seek, then seek no further. The namesake isn’t kidding, with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and American cuisine all represented, here. Prices vary, depending on the day. Recommended: the Champagne brunch, on Saturdays and Sundays.
287 Carrizo Canyon Rd. in Mescalero
Hours:Daily 11am-9pm

american fareLincoln County Grill
The popular Lincoln County Grill, located on the west side of Midtown, epitomizes the small-town diner, only without the table service. Their motto is “It’s All Good,” and they don’t disappoint. Has browns, bacon, biscuits, chicken fried steak… it’s all here. The LCG is particularly popular for breakfast. Recommended: the “Ski”llet breakfast.
717 Sudderth Dr.
Hours: Daily 7am-9pm

american fareLog Cabin Restaurant
Log Cabin Restaurant is comparable to Lincoln County Grill (above) for American fare, in that it brings in early-morning breakfasters in droves. The great big dining room has an open floor plan, with vaulted ceilings and eclectic art and taxidermy adorning the walls. Recommended: the Belgian waffles (there are a lot to choose from!).
1074 Mechem Dr.
Hours: Monday 7am-1:45pm, Wednesday-Sunday 7am-1:45pm, closed Tuesdays

american fareOso Grill
Located in Capitan, home of Smokey Bear (and situated right across the street from his namesake’s museum and visitor center), Oso Grill bring s a much-needed fresh face to Capitan’s eatery options. A bright, cheery interior and friendly service compliment a well-rounded menu that features both standards and new twists on old favorites; Recommendation: it’s a tie between the fried green chile strips and the molten lava cake.
100 Lincoln Ave. in Capitan
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-8pm, Sundays 11am-3pm, Closed Mondays

american fareThe Quarters Restaurant & Grill 
Located directly across the street from Win, Place & Show in the heart of downtown Ruidoso, The Quarters attracts all stripes of patrons, from Harley riders to families. Serving up standard bar food backed by a full bar, The Quarters has a dance floor and plenty of televisions, as well as pool tables. Live music and karaoke are also featured. Expect a parking lot full of “hogs” during the Golden Aspen and Aspen Cash motorcycle rally weekends. Recommendation: cold beer and people-watching.
2535 Sudderth
Hours: Daily 11am-12am

american fareSmokey B’s at Apache Casino
Smokey B’s is a better-than-average dining option housed within a casino and highway travel center. They take their name from Lincoln County’s resident claim to fame, Smokey Bear, but be advised you’ll need to walk through the smokey casino floor to get to the restaurant. Once there, you will be rewarded with a alrge menu and consistently decent food. Recommendation: the chopped BBQ brsket sandwich.
Hwy 70 W. in Mescalero
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 7am-10pm, Friday & Saturday 7am-2am

Can’t Stop Smokin’american fare
Can’t Stop Smokin’ expanded its dining room in 2016, doubling the size of their popular BBQ establishment. They serve up hometown barbecue and plenty of sides, but the standard brisket and sausages are the real star, here. Recommendation: the hearty “Pete’s Pick” combination, which includes, ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and sausage.
418 Mechem Dr.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10AM – 8PM, Friday-Saturday: 10AM – 9PM

american fareCornerstone Bakery Café
Cornerstone Bakery moved into a much larger, completely renovated building in 2016, but that doesn’t seem to have curbed the crowds at this popular eatery. Known in particular for their mouth-watering baked goods and satisfying sandwiches, plan on calling ahead or having to wait for a table on busy weekends. They now serve beer and wine, as well, another new feature. Recommendation: the huge, made-to-order, “Hand Held” breakfast burritos.
359 Sudderth Dr.
Hours: Daily 7am-2pm

american fareSmokey Bear Restaurant 
If you’ve never been to Capitan, it’s worth a quick day trip to check out the Smokey Bear Visitor Center and take a lazy stroll around this quaint little town. Outdoor parks, general stores, and a pleasant little library provide additional attractions, and Smokey Bear Restaurant is waiting for you when you get hungry from all the sight-seeing and shopping. Recommendation: fried catfish with tater tots.
310 Smokey Bear Blvd. in Capitan
Hours: Daily 6am-8pm

american fareRio Grande Grill & Tap Room
Rio Grande Grill & Tap Room provides two floors of dining and a dedicated bar in the front, where they serve up classic American fare and a variety of New Mexico-made craft beers. This casual spot is popular with both visitors and locals alike, particularly hungry skiers and snowboarders coming off the slopes of Ski Apache. Recommended: spicy buffalo wings and an ice-cold green chile beer.
441 Mechem Dr.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm

american fareTina’s Café
Tina’s is a hidden gem, but once you know about it you definitely won’t forget it is there. Perched above the Rio Ruidoso across from the large, public swimming pool on Sudderth Drive, Tina’s provides a perfect place to eat down-home cooking outside on their spacious patio. When the weather isn’t cooperating, duck inside and enjoy a hot chocolate by the cozy indoor fireplace. Recommended: the puff pastry stuffed with pork and smothered with green-chile gravy, followed by Tina’s famous green-chile peach cobbler.
522 Sudderth Dr.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 8am-2pm, Closed Mondays