Tijeras - East Mountains
Mon: 7am-4pm Tue: Closed Wed: 7am-4pm Thurs: 7am-4pm Fri: 7am-4pm Sat: 8am-4pm Sun: 8am-4pm (hours can change without notice)
This farm-to-table cafe is a great place to get some pre-hiking grub or just sit while the morning ticks away. Roots Cafe serves up some standard New Mexican fare as well as seasonal soups, sandwiches and salads made from the freshest ingredients. Thier baked goods—including some gluten-free products—are baked fresh each day. You can buy their produce at the counter, as well as honey, eggs, and some other locally-made products. The whole neighborhood seems to gather here, so you’ll enjoy the people-watching—and the mountain views.
No matter the city, the best pizza usually comes from the least likely joint. For the East Mountains, that joint happens to be a small, converted mobile home in the parking lot next to Molly's Bar in Tijeras. Fresh ingredients, liberal use of cheese and one of the best New York-style crusts west of the Hudson River make Trail Rider a go-to joint. Yeah, there's some driving involved for most of you, but you won't be able to resist eating your pie in the car on the way home. They’ve got salads and sandwiches, too.