China Best

12165 State Hwy 14
Cedar Crest, 87008
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I absolutely love China Best. The food is prepared deliciously with care. It is one of few Chinese restaurants where I don't feel like I've just eaten a pound of grease. The owners are Gracious and the service is always great. If you're headed up the 14- this place is worth a stop!
Love this place. The staff are super friendly and the food has never let me down. would definitely recommend
Very nice place, friendly staff, good food. This is where we go when we want something quick and easy and don't want to drive all the way to Albuquerque for it. My favorite dishes here are the Szechuan dishes. The restaurant is often empty, it seems most of their business is take-out. They have a web site where you can even order your take-out on line.

(505) 286-4898

Chinese

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Burger Boy

12023 State Hwy 14 N
Cedar Crest, 87008
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Excellent fried burgers! I had the green chili topping with cheese and my husband had a plain cheeseburger. You order at the counter, are given a number, and wait for your food. Our wait was about ten min. They were delivered with potato chips. The choc malt was good too and had a dark chocolate flavor that I enjoyed. This is a small old building in need of an update and good cleaning, so that took my rating down. The locals were coming and going so it is evidently popular - just off the interstate about a mile. Recommended!
This family owned burger joint / mini diner is an east mountains icon. The burgers that come off the well seasoned flat top are absolutely perfect (the green chile cheeseburger is one of the best in the state). The malts/shakes are hand mixed with real ice cream and the chile (red and green) is on par with the best in New Mexico.
It really looks like nothing from the outside, and you pass by a bunch of these kinds of places as you motor around between Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos. But this one's definitely worth stopping at for a really good green-chili cheeseburger. Not the one you get at that lotaburger chain, but a real one with fresh meat you know is fresh because it's right there in front of you. One tip - don't get it with everything. Ketchup, mustard, tomato, lettuce and pickle kind of drown out the taste of the green chile. Just meat, cheese, and green chile are all you need.

(505) 281-3949

Burgers

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Greenside Cafe

12165 N Hwy 14
Cedar Crest, 87008
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Had the Sangre de Cristo sandwich which was everything I hoped it would be, and a side salad with mango vinaigrette, which exceeded my expectations. The sandwich is made with battered Hawaiian bread filled with turkey, cheese, green chille, and comes with a raspberry chipotle dipping sauce. It was perfect. The mango vinaigrette, house-made, was flavorful of mango, a pleasant surprise! Service was fast and friendly without being intrusive. Highly recommended after a hike in the Sandias.
The Gluten Free can eat here! I wanted the trout gluten free they did it! Can't order a less than wonderful meal here! Come hungry, the portions are large. The hollandaise is Sundays only because it's from scratch, and perfect. The coffee may be the best in the East Mountains. Service is Excellent.
The green chili fries were great. I would recommend them to anyone. The veggie burrito was good until I got food poisoning. My guess is they infrequently get customers ordering the veggie burrito so the veggies were most likely old and contaminated. Don't get the veggie burrito here!

(505) 286-2684

Cafes

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Lazy Lizard Grill

12476 State Hwy 14 N
Cedar Crest, 87008
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A gem in the east mountains. Incredible microbrew selection, tasty pizza, spicy and sweet hot wings, and great customer service. Really friendly atmosphere and great views complete the experience. You can even "buy your buddy a beer" for their next visit. Definitely recommend!
A decent place to grab lunch with friends. Large beer selection, good atmosphere. Food was okay. Nothing spectacular, but it isn't what I was looking for in a small grill. All in all a good experience. We'll be back.
This review is specific to the food at the Lizard. The selection of beer and wine is good, and reasonably priced. Unfortunately they don't have a full bar. The food is extremely mediocre and priced very high for the quality. I've eaten there a number of times, gotten a different thing each time, and each time been very disappointed. The options as they're listed on the menu sound like the /could/ be good. Unfortunately they never are. The pizza isn't worth your time, the nachos are some of the worst I've had, the sandwiches (the three of them I've tried) were not good. I can't tell if the problem is the ingredients or the cooks, either way the owner would do well to spend a little bit more money on both, because if the food improved this could be the go-to spot in the east mountains. But beer. That's good.

(505) 281-9122

Pubs

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Ribs Hickory Pit BBQ

12220 State Highway 14 N
Cedar Crest, 87008
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You're in this little mountain town, Cedar Crest, and let's be honest, there's not a lot happening around here, am I right? I mean, the basics are here, I guess: groceries, a couple of cafes, a smattering of restaurants and shops. But for years and at the moment Cedar Crest remains something of a crest; elevation-wise it's relatively the highest of townships in central New Mexico, but it doesn't have the walkability or character of a ski town, or established mountain town, so it's cusp-y, it's getting there. Most of us locals are still waiting for it to be a destination. My experience at Ribs Hickory Pit was insanely limited, just lunch, but that sole hour warrants this plea to get out there, pronto. A word of caution to BBQ fans: you best love yo'self some smoke to love this food. The place is stanky smokey. You smell it before you walk in the door and seconds following, you're going to be drenched in it. Your clothes, hair follicles, hell, your very exterior will be soaked in the ambient smoke in the air, and you'll follow this up by ingesting that essence into your veins, your heart will pump that stuff through your blood. Thus, many hours or even days later, you'll still taste it in your very being. Smack all that up with some serious BBQ sauce, and you won't forget it. I never, ever expected good BBQ in this hobbled township. I was shocked and thrilled. And I absolutely loved the service. Straight up country hospitality, so, so solid.
I felt inclined to leave this review after the completely unprofessional and flat out offensive statement from this restaurant's manager. I had been here once before, and the food was "OK." It's one of those places you go to because there's no other place on the east side open at the time. After presenting an official military ID w/ date of birth and picture, a government issued CCW with picture and date of birth, I was denied ordering a beer, because it was quote: "Not a drivers license." Mind you, we came in the night before and ordered drinks and ribs, no issues. Hell, I even spoke with what have been the owner outside of his restaurant a few days prior (or possibly a manager). You'd think maybe even face recognition would come in to play, in any case - the ID's legally sufficed. After calling the manager to ask why I was denied (and very rudely so) (we left immediately at that point), he said and I QUOTE: ""You can review whatever the fuck you want, and put that in there too." This manager refused to give me his name - This occurred Friday night 8/14/2015 . I am leaving this review for what its worth. Possibly a forewarning not only for ID issues, but completely lack of any respect or politeness. It really is a shame, as we just moved here and would have possibly otherwise been regulars. Best of luck, but beware!
Discovered on yelp, using the yelp app, while driving on the scenic Tamarindo trail, enter places for lunch, filter by best match. Dis place came up... We knew we were having mexican for din-din so didn't want to overdue it and figured BBQ would be a nice option. The problem is coming from Louisiana and eating BBQ there (and also Mississippi) my standards are pretty doggone high. The BBQ was pretty good / fine... I had the pulled pork. It was okay. The cole slaw was actually a little better IMO. It's A-OK. Just didn't have enough to ratchet it up a notch from that.

(505) 281-4227

Barbeque

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Cedar Crest Country Cottage and Stables

47 Snowline Rd
Cedar Crest, 87008
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(505) 281-5197

Hotels, Bed & Breakfast

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