Dreamcatcher Cafe and Coffee House – Ruidoso, New Mexico
2629 Sudderth Drive
Dreamcatcher Cafe and Coffee House – Ruidoso, New MexicoJul 27
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.
The Dreamcatcher Cafe and Coffee House
2629 Sudderth Drive
Ruidoso, New Mexico 88345