Grants Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Grants

April 14, 2018 Lashaunda Abraham

Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. It is located about 78 miles (126 km) west of Albuquerque. The population was 9,182 at the 2010 Census. It is the county seat of Cibola County.
Things to do in Grants

1. La Ventana

110 1/2 Geis St, Grants, NM 87020-2407 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 505-287-9393
Excellent
49%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 156 reviews

La Ventana

Reviewed By Linda B - Hanoi

We broke our whirlwind dash across several states at Grants, New Mexico for a solid night sleep, carefully choosing our hotel to be just five minutes from this steakhouse. It was well worth it! La Ventana offers a friendly staff, chalkboard jokes, Angus steaks, Prime Rib served rare or however you want it, signature New Mexico cuisine, fresh fish and other seafood and salads the way you want them, as well as a nice selection of wines and mixed drinks.They got our vote when they had our favorite sparkling water, San Pellegrino. The classic dive atmosphere includes leather booths and TVs for locals and travelers who may lack dinner companionship. We highly recommend La Ventana.

2. CoCo Bean Cafe

333 Nimitz, Grants, NM Seating Cafe Breakfast, Dinner +1 505-285-4143
Excellent
40%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

CoCo Bean Cafe

Reviewed By Kim W - Heiligenhaus, Germany

This coffee house is comfortable and even serves sandwiches. The coffee is a little over-priced, so I don't go often, There is a board advertising items for sale and for rent and couches and tables for relaxing or reading.

3. First Street Cafe

1600 W Santa Fe Ave, Grants, NM 87020-3527 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 505-287-7111
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 79 reviews

First Street Cafe

Reviewed By aerete - Minneapolis, Minnesota

The restaurant is located right off the interstate, so it couldn't have been more convenient. We had several servers freshening our coffee and waters. We had huevos rancheros, with a local flair of red Deming and green Hatch salsa...delicious.

4. El Cafecito

820 E Santa Fe Ave, Grants, NM 87020-2434 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 505-285-6229
Excellent
41%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 219 reviews

El Cafecito

Built new restaurant in 2011, same location for 31 years we now seat 113 and offer a banquet room that seats 50. We are on the corner of Nimitz and Santa Fe Ave. on historic Rt. 66, just 1 mile off of I-40. We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. New Mexican food made fresh daily at reasonable prices.

Reviewed By Mandyw30 - Cheltenham, United Kingdom

This is another of those reviews where I wish there was a good option because average seems a bit harsh but don't think it was quite good enough for very good.
We stopped here for dinner when we spent a night in Grants.
I had the chicken fried steak which was ok.
Mainly New Mexican food and my partner was happy with his mixed platter to sample as much as possible.
Service was good and staff friendly.

5. Surf Shack Pizza

320 E Stephens Ave, Grants, NM 87020-2420 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza Dinner, Lunch +1 505-287-8876
Excellent
48%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

Surf Shack Pizza

Reviewed By Phil L - Prescott Valley, Arizona

On the road with the RV and pulled in to the Bar S Campground. Hungry after a long day of travel & storms. Too tired to go out, looking for pizza delivery & bingo! We find Surf Shack Pizza delivers to the campground, and has a reputation for great pizza. They did not disappoint on either; delivery was ahead of the scheduled time, and the driver was very friendly. We ordered two pizzas and both were very enjoyable. Ultra thin was a little burnt around the edges but still I would say a very good pizza. Wife's regular crust with mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, extra cheese was cooked just right, but extra cheese may have been missing. We will definitely be back on our next trip through Milan.

6. Asian Super Buffet

1508 E Santa Fe Ave, Grants, NM 87020-4004 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 505-285-5505
Excellent
28%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 53 reviews

Asian Super Buffet

Reviewed By darrellstravel - Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Nice place to eat the buffet is ok. Service is good the place is family owned and operated. The menu for the buffet does not change much but it is good

7. Tasty Kitchen

907 N 1st St, Grants, NM 87020-2805 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 505-287-9012
Excellent
50%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Tasty Kitchen

Reviewed By Jerry K - Ft Lauderdale

When we are in New Mexico we don't usually think of Chinese food. Well were we pleasantly surprised
We decided on safe dishes beef and broccoli along with chicken with garlic sauce. Not only were we rewarded with large servings but great renditions of two classics.
The chef spent many years in the restaurant business in LA. Clearly he brought those talents with him
This is a restaurant worth getting off the 40 to visit

8. Kendalben Barbeque

314 West US Highway 66, Grants, NM 87021 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner +1 505-287-5095
Excellent
56%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
0%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Kendalben Barbeque

There is a saying that goes, "people who love food are the best types of people." There is something about good food and sharing it with those we love that rejuvenates the soul and is just plain fun. At Kendalben Barbeque, we believe that enjoying food should be an experience all its own, and we work hard to provide you with the best-tasting dishes in New Mexico! We only use the best quality meat and the freshest ingredients so that we can be sure we are giving you the best food possible. Barbeque is our passion, and we are dedicated to serving the most exquisite food our guests have ever had. Our slogan is "smoking the finest meats around," and we have a wide range of barbeque options for you to choose from, including smoked pork, beef, and bison. We are passionate about everything that has to do with barbeque, and that passion translates into every action we take. We also offer a fresh salad bar for you to choose from, and all of our drinks are made with filter-purified water. Are you hosting an event or party? Kendalben caters! You can rely on us to not only craft amazingly delicious food, but also provide efficient and professional service. Ready for a culinary adventure? Stop in today.

Reviewed By LLL160 - Columbus, Wisconsin

I can't say enough nice things about this restaurant! Do not hesitate to walk in as the inside of the restaurant is quite nice. The food is awesome and vegetarians will find the salad bar, fried okra, onion rings, and pickles to their liking.

We dined here twice and if I am ever in the neighborhood I would return. The owner uses high tech, servers have touch screen ordering capabilities and the same is used for charging credit cards. The servers wear the printer for your receipt! Very cool!

9. Canton Cafe

1212 E Santa Fe Ave, Grants, NM 87020-2429 Takeout, Seating Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 505-287-8314
Excellent
51%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Canton Cafe

Reviewed By Craig V - Grants, New Mexico

I am a little biased we have eaten here for years and it remains one of our very favorite places to eat. It is a family owed and operated establishment that is always good! The variety is very good and whether you eat from the buffet or order from the menu you will not be disappointed.

10. Blake's Lotaburger

Rt 66, Grants, NM Seating Fast Food Breakfast, Lunch
Excellent
47%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
15%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Blake's is a burger and burrito restaurant with a New Mexico twist, think chilis, red or green. Also serves breakfast

Reviewed By LizzyJB - Vancouver, British Columbia

Stopped by here while passing through Grants because the place we wanted to go to was closed. It was kind of depressing and has a very limited menu. Very disorganized and pales in comparison to other fast food chains in terms of cleanliness, organization and options.

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