On our way from Midland, Texas to Ruidoso, NM we always stop at the Cowboy Cafe in Roswell, New Mexico. It is located on East Second street which is highway 380/70 right across from True Value Hardware/Roswell livestock and farm supply. This little diner is appropriately named as we were the only non-cowboys dining there around lunch time on this Saturday.
The staff could not be friendlier and the food is reasonably priced in generous portions. I had the steak and egg special and my wife had liver and onions. Our waitress was the daughter of a women who appeared to be the owner or manager of Cowboy Cafe. She was quite articulate and enjoyed making all the cafe patrons feel at home and welcome. The Cafe closes at 2 pm because they can not find enough help to stay open and serve supper! One of my business associates says that Roswell has a very weak labor force partially due to the fact that many potential employees can not pass criminal background tests or drug screening.
If you pass through alien city, make it a point to stop off there and grab at least a couple of their delectable homemade pies. I don’t know if it is still there, but the Furr’s Cafeteria that served Roswell so faithfully for so many years on South Main shut down and stored its iconic sign in fenced in area behind Cowboy Cafe.