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“True Mexican Cuisine”
Review of Paisano Cafe

Paisano Cafe
Ranked #10 of 15 Restaurants in Mesilla
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 13 February 2014

Paisano Café in Mesilla, NM (suburb of Las Cruces, NM) offers food unlike any other cuisine in this restaurant-rich town. The owner-chef is Mexican-trained and his food is not the usual "border Mexican" style this community is accustomed to. It is "fine dining" at its best and features flavors and sauces not found anyplace else. Three of us each had a different entre and each was tasty, beautifully presented, and honest to the cuisine it represented (true, sophisticated Mexican). There was a Tampiquena steak, shrimp, and salmon (cooked perfectly) with pipian sauce. The wine list offers a satisfactory selection. The salad was fresh and perfectly presented with a yummy house dressing of lime/cilantro. The appetizer of sautéed mushrooms was delicious with just a hint of spiciness. Prices are modest and the atmosphere is ultra-friendly in this family-run restaurant. The only "negative" is that it is in need of sound-dampening because the normal restaurant and dining noises seem loud and harsh, even though it is not "noisy".

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1  Thank cutsey
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

It is increadible.... Again the food was delicious. That people know about good food. I enjoyed New York Blue and my husband Paisano Shrimp. Both were amazing, like always.
Do not Throw your money at restaurants that have no good food, try Paisano Cafe.

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Thank Camila F
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

It is a bit hidden, and it does not look luxurious and the word "Cafe" in the name does not do it justice, but when you start eating, you put aside all that and enjoy the best food in Las Cruces.
The menu is unusual for what is dubbed a Mexican restaurant. Yes, the owner, Oscar Ibave, is Mexican and the recipes are authentic Mexican, but this is not your average Mexican restaurant fare.
There four different moles to choose, and Oscar will describe them for you. But I had the duck with pears and chive sauce, and my husband had the filet with mushrooms and adobo sauce. We both were incredulous that this modest little restaurant was producing such delicious food. Even the house salad was good with the lime and cilantro dressing.
We want to return to try other things on the menu. And since Las Cruces loves its breakfasts, we will be back to try the breakfast menu. I am especially curious about the corn truffle hollandaise on the Oro Negro Benedict.
Paisano Cafe is so much better than others..... with REAL gourmet meals at very reasonable prices.

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2  Thank 168Traveler
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Reviewed 31 December 2013 via mobile

Have dined here many times and the food is consistently excellent. No one serves a better tasting breakfast in Las Cruces or Mesilla in my view.

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Thank Jim H
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

This is a hidden gem in Mesilla. Food is consistently good with friendly service. Have never had a bad meal and the French toast is a "must try". Large parking area with easy access.

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Thank DexterElf
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