Cafe BellaLuca has the finest food in Sierra County and Beyond. They are open for lunch and dinner (closed on Tuesday), and are within easy walking distance from Blackstone Hotsprings.
Their varied menu includes the pasta and lasagna you would expect, but there are lots of surprises:
- For a light meal (either lunch or dinner), try splitting a grilled pizza (thin cracker crust) with a caesar salad and a glass of wine.
- The Shaved Ribeye sandwich and fries is always a treat for lunch.
- Vegetarian options include lasagna, pasta pomodoro and eggplant parmesan, and our veggie friends give high marks to the "Cannellini Beans & Greens" (with choice of pasta).
- BellaLuca's Calamari is the most popular appetizer - it's served on a bed of greens with pepperoncini vinaigrette - however all of the appetizers are top-notch, and the bruschetta is outstanding.
- Sunday Brunch menu is served from 10am to 3pm. Burgers, salads, and pasta are on the menu, but Sundays are the only day you can get delicious specialties like Byron's Biscuits & Gravy, Steak and Eggs, Smoked Salmon & Bagels, Eggs Benedict or Florentine, and Cinnamon French Toast.
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Passion Pie Cafe (575-894-0008)
Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or just to hang out, Passion Pie's got sandwiches, soup and incredible pastries - both sweet and savory - with absolutely everything home made fresh every day. They serve very good coffee, tea and specialty drinks. Our current favorite is the Mango Lassi (a cold slushy yogurt mango smoothie drink) that is perfect after a hotspring bath!
Happy Belly Deli (575-894-3354)
Hearty home-style breakfast, and wonderful lunch sandwiches including vegetarian options (like the hummus sandwich), plus daily soups. Open daily til 3, on Sunday from 8am to noon, and Friday and Saturday nights serving pizza.
A small but delicious vegetarian menu is served here Friday through Monday from 8am-2pm - winters only, closed in the summer.
Pacific Grill (575-894-7687)
On Date Street (take your car unless you're up for a longish walk). Salad bar and TorC-style comfort food (chicken fried steak, Asian fusion, grilled fish, spaghetti). Lunch and dinner until 8-ish, with beer and wine. Closed Monday (call to verify seasonal hours).
Los Arcos Steakhouse (575-894-6200)
Within easy driving distance on Date Street, serving fine steaks and seafood, with full bar. Open for dinner every evening at 5pm.
SATURDAYS MAY - OCTOBER AT RALPH EDWARDS PARK:
Sierra County Farmers Market - 8:30-11:30 am
El Cortez Theater (575-894-4914)
OK ... it's not "shopping," but a good movie in a historic theater is a great find! When you are driving down Main Street, you will notice their neon marquis advertising what's playing. Call the box office for showtimes. You can even follow them on Facebook for regular updates.
Dust & Glitter (575-894-3613)
Check out Dust & Glitter Boutique and Gallery featuring an unusual collection of photography, jewelry, fine art, clayworks, and upcycled accessories and clothing! It's all handmade, all the time!
Second Hand Rose (575-894-4029)
Exotic imports from all over the world -- clothing, incense, jewelry, candles and more. Most items are by indigenous artists that Dee meets on her travels, but there's also some vintage and recycled clothing. Open at reasonable hours every day!
Sunlight Photography (575-740-1510)
We speak from experience when we say that it is great fun to put on costumes provided by Sinead Marron and pose for her camera! Look for Sinead at special events in Sierra County (including Art Hop, stop by her store on Broadway, or give her a ring. She's available for out-calls - meaning she'll come to the Blackstone courtyard for a photo session, and you'll have a wonderful memento to take home. She can photograph your weddings, family reunions, and other special events. Examples of her work are on her website: www.sun-light-photography.com
Proprietor January has created a warm and inviting retail space, with oodles of items to pique your interest. January's was originally a card shop, and many of the images are January originals. Pick some up to send to friends!
Black Cat Books & Coffee (575-894-7070)
Plenty of seating, lots of books, fresh coffee, and a small but great selection of bakery items - that's Black Cat. Open 8am-5pm Friday through Monday (but usually closed during the month of August).
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Big Food Express (575-744-4896)
Food ranges from excellent club sandwich or reuben with fries, to unexpected Asian dishes that round out the casual menu. A meal on the shady patio is fun in the summer! Check out their website for complete menu and details. Open everyday (call to verify seasonal hours).
Casa Taco (575-744-4859)
Very casual and fun patio for taco baskets (beef, chicken, shrimp or veggie), enchiladas, burgers. They're open every day but Tues/Wed. casa-taco.com
Turtleback Mountain Resort (575-744-7106)
Golf Course and homesites, with Country club style bar, patio and dining room. Open for breakfast, and "Lunch" until 7pm during the week. Dinner is served on certain nights. Full bar, expansive deck and beautiful views. Open every day (call to verify seasonal hours). Best place for appetizers during happy hour or at sunset if the weather is warm enough!
Elephant Butte Inn (575-744-5431)
Hotel restaurant with full bar and dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Good burgers and fries, taco or enchilada plates, and lots more on their full menu. Sunday brunch buffet. Open every day except Christmas (call to verify seasonal hours).
The Tourism website for Sierra County has
- an all-inclusive restaurant page that includes hours (subject to change)
- an all-inclusive shopping section that can be sorted by topic or location