finding information about restaurants in larger cities. It’s when you get to the smaller towns that problems arise. Sure, you can find lists with addresses, but more in-depth assessments are harder to come by. And forget about websites with menus.
So all we had to go on while visiting Las Vegas, NM, was one brief comment about Hillcrest Restaurant (so named because it sits on the crest of a hill) describing it as a 50’s style diner.
The diner was established in 1949 by George and Grace Fletcher. George had been a Santa Fe railroader, but an injury dictated his retirement. After retiring, George and his wife opened Hillcrest
But,…a diner is more than stainless steel.
The menu was a combination of New Mexican and American diner standards including burgers, sandwiches, fried chicken, and calves liver. One item that stood out was the Cattleman’s Steak Sandwich that included a chicken fried steak, green chiles, and “special” sauce on a toasted bun with fries. But neither of us chose this for our lunch.
Even though we had just eaten one of America’s best hamburgers at Bobcat Bite, I decided to order the blue cheese burger lunch special. The 1/3-pound patty had a nice crust from being cooked on a well-
Chuck ordered the Billy Whopper Burger. This name reflects a bit of Las Vegas history, having been named (we think) after Billy the Kid, who was “among the ‘who's who’ of Las Vegas, which also included:
The sandwich contained two 1/3-pound patties and American and Swiss cheeses and was accompanied by the same garnishes as my plate, along with a small cup of fire roasted green chiles and red peppers.
Both of our plates came with a side of coated fries. While I still haven’t found a definitive recipe for these, it seems that most coated fries are tossed in potato starch, corn starch, rice flour, or some combination of the three.
Well, we are off to photograph more of Las Vegas following our 3.5 Addie lunch.
(To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.)
And we’ll be on the lookout for that “disreputable gang of desperadoes.”
On our way out of town, we passed this sign: "Calumet says Howdy." "This sign is from the 1980s' Patrick Swayze commie invasion movie "Red Dawn," which was set in the fictional town of Calumet, Colorado" (roadsideamerica.com).
We also passed the campus of New Mexico Highlands University on
About five miles from Las Vegas was the town of Montezuma and Montezuma's Castle. We had wanted to get some photos of the Castle in its mountain top setting. However, it is now the main part of the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West and is basically closed to the public. The security person told me that only once a week are tours offered.
The Armand Hammer United World College of the American West (UWC-USA) is a two-year residential school that marks the beginning of an experience that is life-defining.
Arriving from over 80 different countries and representing a myriad of cultures, traditions, languages, and ethnicities, 200 students aged 16-19, selected on merit and not on ability to pay, begin their education as strangers and together confront a multitude of new ideas and opportunities.
Overall, an interesting and educational adventure in Las Vegas, New Mexico
*“Please, mister, please” was a popular song from 1975 sung by Olivia Newton-John.