Ella’s Cafe

96 Main St
Reserve, 87830
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Had breakfast/brunch/lunch here as we were driving through Reserve. The cafe is quaint, clean and accommodating. My husband got the chicken fried steak, poached eggs, hashbrowns and toast. He really enjoyed it and felt that the poached eggs were cooked perfectly. I got a green chile cheeseburger after I confirmed that it was indeed NM green chile. Weird question, I know, but I did spend the weekend in AZ where they don't know what green chile is exactly. I felt the burger was overcooked and heard a microwave in the background, but I think there is about one person in the kitchen, and one waitress. So, you can't hardly blame them. Nice place to stop and get some grub though. And would stop whenever I'm in Reserve again.
Reserve, formerly Upper San Francisco, is named Reserve because Gifford Pinchot and his Ivy Leage assistants decided half of Catron County New Mexico would be a great addition to the freshly minted National Forest system. The main office for this new forest reserve was established in USF and I suppose the first administrator decided Reserve would be a great name for this sleepy Spanish/Mexican/Texican town. A Catron County deputy named Elfego Baca made a name for himself in Reserve, standing up to John Slaughter's cowboys. You'll have to find the details for yourself on the amazing commemorative historical marker across the street from Ella's. The nation's first wilderness, the Aldo Leopold Wilderness, is near, fondly called "The Aldo" by the people who cherish it. My high school friend Sherry likes to spend time at a working cowboy dude ranch down the road. I was camping in Reserve around Memorial Day 2012, and heard distant wolves two different nights. That's got little to do with Ella's. I'll start by saying I rarely take pictures of food or post them because photos by we novices, rarely do food justice. I broke the mold at Ella's becuase the a la carte meat and bean burrito with green sauce may have been the mother ship for all the UFO's people see in Catron County. It was a two or three person burrito. The really good lunch I had here was the tamale combination with red sauce. Just about a five. Real New Mexican style, two small beef tamales, tastefully hot to my palate, served up with frijoles and rice. I suggest bringing friends or family, order two or three different plates, and share them. You'll get a good sense of the New Mexcan comfort food here, but not get too full. Don't bring any roosters. Although there are hundreds of rooster-themed knick kncks filling every niche, the owner really likes the ones she put up in the northwest wall corner. The rest have just showed up and make for a tough day of dusting.
As good as you're going to get in Reserve! Okay, that sounded sarcastic, but seriously, there ain't much in Reserve. Ella's Cafe is a quality restaurant. Enjoy the local western / cowboy / rancher culture here.

(575) 533-6111

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101 Main St
Reserve, 87830
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This is the first place that I have seen stuffed sopapillas on a menu. They are very good! Reserve is a small, quiet little town and I try to stop in at Carmen's every time I roll through. I have never been disappointed!

(575) 533-6990

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Reserve, 87830
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(575) 533-6369

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