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Big Daddy's Diner

1705 James Canyon Hwy 82, Cloudcroft, NM 88317
+1 575-682-1224
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good20%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“catfish” (51 reviews)
“corn fritters” (8 reviews)
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Mexican, Barbecue, American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1705 James Canyon Hwy 82, Cloudcroft, NM 88317
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Last year during our stay in Cloudcroft I wrote a tough review on Big Daddy's Diner titled "USED TO BE A FIVE STAR RESTAURANT" in which i harshly but fairly criticized the diner for an "overpowering smell of hot grease" and poor wait staff attitude...More

Thank Mark R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great atmosphere and service. The food seemed home cooked and definitely worth the price. If you're in the mountains, it is definitely worth a stop. The only detractor is the lack of parking.

Thank Derrick S
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very pleasant meal. We had the fried catfish, which was just about perfect, nice and crispy and well seasoned. The restaurant is smallish so the seating is limited, but there wasn't a wait at lunch on a friday. It's a clean, homey place and...More

Thank TravelingProfessor
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this restaurant! Food was excellent, service was great and good music. A must for everyone.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took day trip to cloudcraft and wish I'd known about this little mountain town earlier. Cool little town I could live here. Eat at BIG DADDYS and let me tell you you want be disappointed. There were 4 off us and everyone got something different...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was good. Chicken strip basket was very good and plentiful. Owner sits in corner booth by front door the whole time I was there and never once spoke. Service was just fair at best. I had to ask anytime I needed anything. Never came...More

Thank Bob H
bigdaddysdiner, Owner at Big Daddy's Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

First off Bob H, if I didn't care I wouldn't spend and devote so much of my life to this restaurant. You don't know me or anything about me for that matter. You don't have a clue what I had going or what I was...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Got a late start for breakfast and luckily Big Daddy's was still serving at 10:30. Excellent pancakes with crispy edges. All our eggs were cooked to order and bacon just right. All 3 of us enjoyed our food. The service was prompt, not overly friendly,...More

Thank Lori M
Reviewed 8 September 2017

We went on a busy Saturday night, Labor Day weekend. Our waitress was attentive even though she was obviously busy. The green Chile cheese fries were amazing. The Philly steak and salad was also very good.

Thank NewMexicoGrammer
Reviewed 7 September 2017

My husband and I spent most of the summer in Cloudcroft, NM, and ate at Big Daddy's regularly. My husband LOVES their shredded chicken burrito with green sauce, and their fried catfish is surprisingly good. Pies are yummy. Service is casual, not rushed. Wait staff...More

Thank LWideman
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Good home cooking, very friendly staff, pies are to die for!!! While on vacation in Ruidoso, I always head to Cloudcroft for a day of shopping and make a special point to stop here for lunch!

Thank Nanamomof6
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$26
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1705 James Canyon Hwy 82, Cloudcroft, NM 88317
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Cloudcroft
  • Phone Number: +1 575-682-1224
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Full Service Restaurant located 9000 feet above stress level in beautiful Cloudcroft, NM 88317. Clean and friendly, large menu, lots of specialties. Can accommodate large groups.
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