Over Mother’s Day weekend, my parents, husband, and I traveled to the eclectic town of Madrid, New Mexico. (Note: Madrid is pronounced Mad-rid, not Ma-drid, like Spain). Madrid was a mining town until around 1950’s, when most of the mines closed and Madrid became a ghost town for the next 20 years. We enjoyed walking around the small town, taking our time exploring each shop & trying the wonderful restaurants! If you’re thinking of visiting Madrid, I definitely recommend coming in around lunch time, grabbing a bite to eat, and taking the rest of the afternoon to explore the different shops along main street! I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite restaurants that are definitely worth checking out!
The Mine Shaft Tavern
Known for its incredible burgers, the Mine Shaft Tavern has become “Madrid’s living room”; A must-try eatery for anyone from bikers, tourists, and artists alike. The restaurant is also connected to the ever-haunted Mine Shaft Museum as well as the Mine Shaft Cantina! Inside seating only.
The Mine Shaft Cantina
Although we’ve never eaten here, it’s on our list for next time! Indoor & outdoor seating available.
My husband and I ate here on our first trip to Madrid last year. We enjoyed a basket of red & green chili fries, as well as delicious burgers! It’s mainly outdoor seating, with some availability indoors. The atmosphere is very relaxed, with tourists and locals often enjoying a nice afternoon in the shade (yes, it is shaded!), after a day of shopping & working.
Stop in for a nice pick-me-up after spending the afternoon checking out the shops! Even in the heat of mid-May, their hot chocolate was delicious! Pastries are also available if you decide you’re not quite ready for a full meal, or, if you want to indulge in a little more food before leaving this wonderful town ;).
Soda Fountain & Café
Connected to a beautiful art studio, this little shop offers an assortment coffee & Jones soda, as well as souvenirs and gifts to take home. My husband & I picked up the neatest handmade succulent wall decor for our back patio. Inside and down the right hallway, you’ll find gorgeous hand made pottery!
If you find yourself traveling to Madrid, New Mexico anytime soon, definitely make time to enjoy a bit to eat at one of the delicious restaurants! You won’t be disappointed!
Thanks for reading,