Cecilia’s Cafe

New Mexican
Worth driving from anywhere!

Not long after opening her namesake café in 1999, Cecilia Baca one morning discovered a small retablo placed just outside her door. This devotional painting on wood is of San Pascual, the patron saint of Mexican and New Mexican kitchens. The retablo now holds a place of honor in the cafe’s dining room. The gift was given anonymously and now, over 20 years later, the benefactor is still unknown. Cecilia’s Café is the type of place that will have you believing miracles are possible.

There have been visits when we walked in just as the restaurant opened and we were told that it will be a few minutes before the red chile is ready. Cecilia’s prides itself on making everything from scratch each morning. This is red chile worth waiting for. Our favorite way to enjoy it is the carne adovada and eggs breakfast: falling-apart, succulent chunks of pork, topped with a homemade flour tortilla, cheese, and finally doused with smoky, flavorful red chile. The heat level of the red varies day to day, from a mild slow burn to downright incendiary.

We love restaurants where everything on the menu is available at any time.  Want a green chile cheeseburger at 7:00am? Cecilia’s will be happy to make it for you. It is a wide, juicy patty in a soft, toasted bun, with the green chiles held in place by a layer of thick melted cheese. It’s the green chiles that make it sing. Unlike the red, we have found the green consistently ferocious, all the while still providing brilliant sunny flavor.

Other menu highlights: chicken fried steak smothered in creamy green chile gravy; long enchiladas encasing moist shredded chicken and covered Christmas-style (with both red and green chile); and a massive breakfast burrito stuffed with scrambled egg, potato, and onion.  Those with an especially robust appetite might consider the ten pound Fireman’s Burrito challenge.

What to Eat
Cecilia’s Cafe, Green Chile Cheeseburger
Green Chile Cheeseburger
Craving a green chile cheeseburger first thing in the morning? Cecilia's Café has what you want!
Cecilia’s Cafe, Shredded Chicken Enchiladas
Shredded Chicken Enchiladas
Shredded chicken enchiladas served "Christmas-style," smothered in both red and green chile
Cecilia’s Cafe, Carne Adovada and Eggs
Carne Adovada and Eggs
Many New Mexican food connoisseurs judge a restaurant based on its carne adovada. First-time visitors should start with this dish.
Cecilia’s Cafe, Chicken Fried Steak
Chicken Fried Steak
Chicken fried steak is modest sized, leaving plenty of plate space for luxurious green chile gravy.
Cecilia’s Cafe, Breakfast Burrito
Breakfast Burrito
Stuffed with scrambled eggs, potato, onions, covered with red and green chile, the breakfast burrito is a challenge.
Cecilia’s Cafe, Chorizo and Eggs
Chorizo and Eggs
Spicy, smoky chorizo is covered in cheese, red and green chile and layered on a bed of scrambled eggs.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday7:30am - 2:00pm
Monday7:00am - 2:30pm
Tuesday7:00am - 2:30pm
Wednesday7:00am - 2:30pm
Thursday7:00am - 2:30pm
Friday7:00am - 2:30pm
Saturday7:30am - 2:00pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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