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Nellie's

1226 W. Hadley, Las Cruces, NM - (575) 524-9982
The sign on the wall of the cozy cinderblock and glass brick restaurant confirms the kitchen's priorities: "A day without chile is like a day without sunshine." The red tastes of pure pod; the green is hot enough to require tongue-tamping with the kitchen's pulchritudinous sopaipillas. It is a breakfast-and-lunch eatery.
90% Approval Rating (11 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Fajita Burrito
Huevos Rancheros
Red Chile Meat
Huevos Garcia
Green Chile
Chips and Salsa
Eggs with Chile and Meat
Sopaipillas

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (7)
Roadfood.com Editor
"A passing police officer was suspicious when he spotted us loitering outside of Nellie's one morning before the cafe's 8am opening. "We're waiting to eat," we responded to his inquiry about our intentions. Good answer. He broke into a big grin and said, "Best ..."   [Read More]

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1226 W. Hadley, Las Cruces, NM
(575) 524-9982

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
New Mexico's favorite breadstuff: puffy sopaipillas, so hot from the fry kettle that they're a little hard to handle when you want to pick one up, tear it open and pour honey inside. Sopaipillas are great for mopping the last of the chile from a plate.
"New Mexico's favorite breadstuff: puffy sopaipillas, so hot from the fry kettle that they're a little hard to handle when you want to pick one up, tear it open and pour honey inside. Sopaipillas are great for mopping the last of the chile from a plate."
Michael Stern





Huevos Rancheros -- ranch-style eggs -- come with green chile, sided by refried beans and rice.
"Huevos Rancheros -- ranch-style eggs -- come with green chile, sided by refried beans and rice."
Michael Stern


A close view of Nellie's four-alarm green chile. It is a star at both breakfast and lunch.
"A close view of Nellie's four-alarm green chile. It is a star at both breakfast and lunch."
Michael Stern


The salsa that comes with preprandial tortilla chips is complex, earthy and tongue-tingling hot.
"The salsa that comes with preprandial tortilla chips is complex, earthy and tongue-tingling hot."
Michael Stern


Here's an eye-opening morning meal: sunnyside-up eggs hugged by dual servings of red chile (hot stuff) and green chile (very hot stuff). The red and green combo is known hereabouts as Christmas.
"Here's an eye-opening morning meal: sunnyside-up eggs hugged by dual servings of red chile (hot stuff) and green chile (very hot stuff). The red and green combo is known hereabouts as Christmas."
Michael Stern


The fajita burrito doesn't really look like a fajita or a burrito, but made a fine breakfast anyway.
"The fajita burrito doesn't really look like a fajita or a burrito, but made a fine breakfast anyway."
Cliff Strutz


Nellie's is decorated with attractive art, usually featuring the chile pod.
"Nellie's is decorated with attractive art, usually featuring the chile pod."
Cliff Strutz


In what other region of the country is the local crop so imbued with personality?
"In what other region of the country is the local crop so imbued with personality?"
Michael Stern


Danny and Nellie Hernandez began selling burritos from a wagon in 1962, which earned Danny the appellation of Las Cruces' Burrito Man. They opened a mobile kitchen and Nellie's restaurant soon followed. Danny has passed away; Nellie is still around; and their son Danny Ray and daughter Josie Marie now run the business.
"Danny and Nellie Hernandez began selling burritos from a wagon in 1962, which earned Danny the appellation of Las Cruces' Burrito Man. They opened a mobile kitchen and Nellie's restaurant soon followed. Danny has passed away; Nellie is still around; and their son Danny Ray and daughter Josie Marie now run the business."
Michael Stern



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