Located minutes away from Sunland Park Casino is a special place where you can get away from busy city life. In 1949, it was first known as Ardovino’s Roadside Inn, a swanky restaurant and banquet facility in operation until 1973. It wasn’t until 1997 that the restaurant was reborn as Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, El Paso’s first high-end restaurant to participate in the farm to table movement.
Most know ADC by way of the weekly Saturday morning farmers’ market. And, what better introduction than a brunch featuring dishes like a cheddar jalapeno biscuit smothered in green chile sausage gravy served with a potato cake and free-range eggs from onsite chickens. Ancient grain pancakes with apple butter and walnut caramel, vegetable-packed omelets, banana bread French toast and posole topped with a poached egg are just a few of the other brunch options.
Dinner at ADC features mostly Italian favorites made with housemade pasta and pizzas from a wood-fired oven that you pass as you enter the art deco style restaurant and Mecca bar. Antipasti dishes consist of oven-roasted wild mushrooms, jumbo shrimp stuffed with bacon and spinach, artichoke hearts stuffed with local goat cheese that are lightly breaded and fried and a meat and cheese platter. Pasta di Mare is a popular dish combining Canadian lobster, seared scallops, tiger shrimp and julienned zucchini in a saffron cream sauce over fettuccine. New Mexico-raised natural lamb loin chops are rubbed with rosemary, olive oil and pepper and grilled to order. The lamb rack comes with Bing cherry-golden raisin-chipotle chutney, gorgonzola cream and Parmigiano-Reggiano polenta. Heritage Ranch beef, veal, seafood and chicken dishes are also available.
The dessert feature changes weekly and has included a blood orange crème brulee with a coconut tuile. Besides supporting local famers and artisans, ADC supports charitable events such as Dining Out for Life.
1 Ardovino Dr. (Sunland Park, NM) 575-589-0653; Tuesday-Saturday 5-10:30 p.m., Saturday brunch 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and Sunday dinner 5-9 p.m. Vegetarian friendly; $6-53; ardovinos.com