3820 E Highway 66
Gallup, NM 87301
Phone: (505) 863-3535
Fax: (505) 722-3737
Jerry's Cafe is a popular small local eatery located a little off the beaten track. The restaurant has a warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere and offers typical old-fashioned diner style seating at tables or booths. The restaurant serves up tasty portions of typical New Mexican cuisine full of Latin spice and flavor. The portions are generous and the prices fair, making it a popular choice with both locals and visitors. Follow the flashing neon sign into the restaurant and order popular favorites like the stuffed sopapillas prepared with generous portions of guacamole, beef,beans and red or green chile topped off with cheese or the Te Gusta, prepared with grilled pork, red chile and melted cheddar served with a soft tortilla. Jerry's Cafe is a nice choice if you're craving some local cuisine and aren't considering your diet anytime soon.
This simple eatery with its brightly colored walls is a popular local and visitor favorite for delicious Latin-style cuisine. Authentic, fresh and simple, the menu is replete with home-style comfort food like stuffed sopapillas, machacha, tamales, barbacoa and tostadas in options from chicken, beef, pork and even vegan options are available. While the restaurant doesn't serve up any fancy cuisine, for a filling, flavorful and budget friendly meal, El Metate is a good option. The restaurant offers a special children's menu as well as their regular one. Portions are generous and one main dish or combo plate with a side can easily be shared between two people. Ask the friendly staff, or more likely the owner, for their specials as they are happy to recommend choices. A little off the beaten path, the restaurant may be hard to locate, but is worth a try for a welcome change from the usual frozen roadside fare.
Badlands Grill offers both travelers and locals a classy dining experience. The restaurant is a popular choice along the historic highway and offers a welcome respite from the typical burger and taco joints peppering the route. With a casual, Western themed atmosphere and friendly service, the restaurant is a good option for families and couples too. The menu is classic steakhouse, so vegetarians may want to look for an alternative as it is heavily centered on meat. While the restaurant is a little on the pricier side, the portions are generous and can be shared. Popular favorites include the baby back ribs, smoked pork chops, scorpion burger and New York Strip. For reservations, call the restaurant.
Located along historic Route 66, Virgie's Restaurant & Lounge offers tired travelers as well as locals a place to enjoy a simple Mexican meal in a casual, friendly environment. The menu is composed of Latin comfort classics like cheesy enchiladas, tasty burritos, chile rellenos, tacos and green chile. The restaurant is family run and meals are prepared using fresh, local ingredients and offers a tasty, budget friendly dining option that is a pleasant change from the usual chain restaurants. Stop by this local dining spot to try out some New Mexican favorites. Diners may be approached by local sales people and artisans selling souvenirs, jewelry and hand-crafted knick-knacks along the way in case they want to pick up something small as a gift or memento. For additional information, contact the restaurant.