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Kaw-Lija's

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Therma Drive, Eagle Nest, NM 87710
+1 505-377-3424
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Title says it all. Ranging from the best burgers this side of the Mississippi, to the exquisite line of employees. This restaurant has sure made a lot of memories both good and bad of course. In the event of anyone's lives when this happens it is a growing experience much like a cook who Also needs to worry about seating... More 

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

We go to Eagle Nest at least twice a year and we always make sure to go to Kaw-Lija's. They have a great '50's look with a great menu. Also great ice-cream bar.

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Thank _johngingermason
Frisco, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

My brother and his wife were visiting. We took a leisurely drive of the Enchanted Circle and stopped for a burger at Kaw-Lija's. Traditionally, we make a stop here frequently because we really like their burgers. We wanted my brother and his wife to have the experience. We were the only people in the restaurant and seated ourselves at a... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

This is a fun place to visit - service is friendly. Not a lot of choices in this small little town so glad they offer burgers/sandwiches/ice cream treats. For the price, I prefer Calamity Janes. Here at Kaw-Lija's, we split 3 small cheeseburger sliders, chilli cheese fries and had two teas. With tip the bill was over $24. Also, the... More 

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Booker, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Food was great. Service was excellent. Menu was limited and printed on an old record. Small space so might be crowded at meal time. Didn't have any ice cream but looked good.

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Thank Mickey S
Amarillo, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

We've eaten here many times and this time was just awful. My family had to wait forever. The waitress was wonderful

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1 Thank Mickey1019
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Kaw-Lija's restaurant is an amazing place. The owner is a very hard working man who's had that place up and running for over 25 years. They have A+ grading by the State, and the decorations and music is very nice. The bathrooms are very clean, and the staff is very friendly. They'll help you with anything. I really recommend. Take... More 

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Thank Ariana G
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Not frozen French Fries which doesn't taste like Fries to children. Enjoyed dinner. Small salad bar and ice cream parlor.

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Thank Betsy G
Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

We stop every year on the way home from Red River. It really hits the spot and is a favorite time for all to share.

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Thank SHutch3
Belton, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

In addition to having the best food & service in town, they have ice cream! Pets are welcome on the patio. They also do specialty coffees.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Therma Drive, Eagle Nest, NM 87710
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Eagle Nest
  • Phone Number: +1 505-377-3424
Description
Kaw-Lija's is located downtown in beautiful Eagle Nest, New Mexico. We are a 50s-60s diner and also offer a complete old-fashion ice cream parlor and specialty coffee bar. We have been in business for 25 years! Currently our schedule is Friday-Tuesday...lunch and dinner...11am-8pm. Wednesday...lunch only...11am-3pm Thursday...closed all day. We have been written up in Sunset Magazine on three different occasions!!!

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?