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Nellie's

1226 W. Hadley, Las Cruces, NM - (575) 524-9982
Posted By Jim on 1/30/2012 2:15:00 PM
Out of the many Mexican eateries in Las Cruces, Nellie's is one of the best no doubt! Awesome chile, and authentic dishes to what we in Las Cruces call Mexican food.

The restaurant is very small and always crowded, and often times you'll have to wait outside. The drawback about waiting outside is the elements, one being the sun as the waiting area is on the south side at the entrance i.e., hot!

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Red Chile Meat
Chips and Salsa
Green Chile
Sopaipillas
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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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