RE: Where in Ruidoso?
I was in Ruidoso about 18 months ago and was blown away by this place called Disco Taco, which is right off the main strip, right outside the eastern part of town... it reminded me of a hole-in-the-wall neighborhood taqueria every Chicagoan likes to claim as their own, only the food was ten times better. There's nothing quite like a place where your first visual upon entrance is a popcorn machine filled with fried pork fat.
I also ate at Chef Lupe's, which is on the main drag in town, and was quite good; I think people tend to suggest it more than Disco because it's cleaner and the service is better. My brother, who moved there, eats there like twice weekly; he swears by the place, so there's your rec from a local. i was so impressed at the quality of mexican food down here that I ate at a bunch of places, their names I've unfortunately forgotten; if it doesn't have a tacky name--stay far away from casa blanca, trust me--and looks like a diner, chances are it should be good. Otherwise, franchise steak buffets were the big thing when I was there.
Oh, wait: there's this place called the Texas Club, in a condo development off Meechem, that supposedly has great steaks and chicken fried steak, but it remained illusively closed during my time there. I would check to see if it's open.