Pecos River Cafe (Carlsbad, NM)

On the 4th day of our first road trip, we crossed over from Texas into New Mexico, absolutely starving for some breakfast. We rolled into Carlsbad and happened upon Pecos River Cafe where we grubbed on huevos rancheros with sides of bacon and sausage. Having fond memories of the food from that trip, we decided to head back to Pecos River Cafe for a hot breakfast on our first full day in Carlsbad this time around.

Pecos River Cafe is a small local spot serving up breakfast and lunch. This place gets packed! Clearly the locals enjoy the food here, too. They serve up Mexican/New Mexican fare at pretty reasonable prices.

Huevos Rancheros

Scott opted for a repeat of the dish he tried before with one small change. He ordered up the huevos rancheros with medium green chili sauce instead of red this time. The huevos plate was served with sides of beans & hash browns and a diced tomato & shredded lettuce garnish.

The huevos rancheros is a decent-sized portion without being overwhelmingly large. It was good; no better or worse than your average huevos dish. This was very cheesy though – almost too cheesy, and we LOVE cheese!

Egg Burrito

Edie decided to try the egg burrito with sausage – scrambled eggs stuffed inside a flour tortilla topped with cheese and chili (mild green chili in Edie’s case) with 2 sausage links served alongside. This dish was also served with beans & hash browns and a diced tomato & shredded lettuce garnish.

No skimping on the eggs or the cheese in this dish. The tortilla was stuffed full of eggs and heaped with cheese and green chili. The mild green chili was definitely mild – not much kick at all, but the flavor was excellent.

Extras

Sausage

The sausage on the side of the egg burrito was pretty basic link sausage. It had good flavor and even a little bit of spice.

Beans

The beans were basic pinto beans topped with cheese. Most were well-cooked and soft, but a few were unfortunately under-cooked and crunchy.

Hash Browns

Again, pretty basic – shredded and fried potatoes. Nothing exceptional here.

Service

The restaurant was packed when we arrived and stayed packed until we left. Despite that, our coffee and meals arrived quickly, and our cups stayed full.

Overall Value

Total, including coffees, a 20%+ tip and the meals above, was just under $25.00. Not super cheap, but pretty reasonable for a good-sized meal that held us through a hike until dinner.

The Doggy Bag, By Knox

Restaurants really need to adopt the “man’s best friend” attitude toward dogs. I’m so tired of getting stuck waiting in the truck for Mommy & Scott!

Come on, restaurant industry, get with the program. Dogs would be so helpful! No wasted food. No messes to clean up off the floors (yes, even the 100,000 Cheerios babies always drop). Servers could concentrate on the customers instead of the clean-up! Plus, the food scraps are payment enough for dogs. It’s a clear win-win – why has it not caught on?

But I’ll get off my soapbox and get on to the food at Pecos River Cafe…

Scott and Mommy were nice enough to bring me a good sampling – eggs, sausage, tortilla, hash browns and even a few beans. Of course, I practically inhaled it. My only complaint? The method of transport. Seriously, Scott & Mommy, to-go boxes instead of napkins, please! I’m tired of eating paper!

Overall Ratings

Huevos Rancheros
Egg Burrito
Extras
Service
Overall Value
Final Rating
Knox’s Rating