Dreamcatcher Cafe and Coffee House – Ruidoso, New Mexico

Dreamcatcher Cafe and Coffee House – Ruidoso, New Mexico

Jul 27
Dreamcatcher Cafe and Coffee House – Ruidoso, New Mexico

Whether as a skiing destination in the winter, the venue for a summer escape or the cure for your gambler’s itch, the village of Ruidoso, tucked into the Sierra Blanca mountain range in south-central New Mexico, is a charming getaway. If you have the opportunity, rent a cabin from a local homeowner and make your way to Sudderth Drive for a day of walking, browsing and dining along the village’s humble thoroughfare of local boutiques, specialty shops, bars and restaurants. As you traverse Sudderth, I recommend dipping into the Dreamcatcher Cafe and Coffee House to rest your feet and enjoy a fresh pint, or three. When the weather is warm, the eclectic Dreamcatcher Cafe opens up their patio as a gathering place for locals and visitors alike to indulge in a cold brew, good food and a guaranteed enjoyable experience (and even a game of outdoor ping pong).

According to their history, the menu at Dreamcatcher has evolved from a standard coffee shop with a single sandwich – the gyro – into a sampling of appetizers, salads and sandwiches shaped by the requests of their loyal customers and accompanied by a list of 30+ beer options. On a recent visit, my friend Thea and I ordered the simple but irresistible “hot bread” appetizer with olive oil and balsamic for dipping ($5), the Thai peanut chicken appetizer served with pita bread and lettuce wraps ($8), and the classic gyro with lamb, feta, tomato, lettuce and tzatziki, all worthwhile selections. The house favorite, however, is reportedly the Cubano sandwich ($8), which I will surely try on my next visit. We washed our meal down with a crisp hefeweizen and some banter with a few locals, the perfect end to a pleasant afternoon in Ruidoso. Ultimately, Dreamcatcher’s appeal does not lie in its kitchen’s output, but in its quirky, amicable staff and ability to create a sanctuary of relaxation and good feelings, and of course, ping pong.


Beautiful scenic view on the drive to Ruidoso


Dreamcatcher Cafe and Coffee House


Outside The Dreamcatcher


Dreamcatcher’s Outdoor Patio


The Dreamcatcher Patio


Enjoying Dreamcatcher’s outdoor patio, complete with ping pong table


Fresh cold brew


Hot Bread with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar


Thai Peanut Chicken Appetizer


Lamb Gyro with tomato, feta and onions on fresh pita bread

The Dreamcatcher Cafe and Coffee House

2629 Sudderth Drive
Ruidoso, New Mexico 88345

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