1408 first street (highway 60)
magdalena, new mexico 87825
CALL OR TEXT US 575.418.7537
Tumbleweeds Diner is located on the west end of town in Magdalena, New Mexico, off historic Highway 60. The building was originally the Big Bear Cafe, but remained unoccupied for over a decade. In January 2020 husband and wife; Michal Gola and Osiris Navarro took a road trip to southwest and passed by the abandoned building on their way back home to the Pacific Northwest. In February 2020 covid19 turned everyones lives upside down and Osiris and Michal had to close their thriving catering business back home due to a years worth of event cancellations. In April 2020, the couple remembered the abandoned cafe and visualized an alternate future, and did their due diligence on acquiring the building. By July 2020 the Golas moved to Magdalena, NM and got straight to work in revamping the once lively Big Bear Cafe. Through the help and support of family, friends, and neighbors, Tumbleweeds Diner was able to open by March 2021.
The diner offers an authentic southwest high country experience with sweeping views of the mountains and desert, crisp blue skies, and fiery sunsets. The decor of the diner honors the culture and history of Magdalena featuring odds and ends from locals such as taxidermy heads from hunters, dusty saddles and worn out cowboy hats from ranchers, paintings and dreamcatchers from Navajo artisans of the Alamo reservation, ristras from chile farmers, etc.
Tumbleweeds Diner is a casual eatery featuring homemade food from; green chile cheeseburgers, spicy buttermilk fried chicken, enchiladas, hearty salads, soups, and more. Tumbleweeds grinds their own burger patties fresh every morning, makes all their own sauces, dressings and pickles from scratch. When available, they have specials featuring local ingredients from neighboring ranches and farms. They even procure recipes from the elders of the village to fully embody the roots of the land.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Thursday: 12pm - 6pm
Friday: 12pm - 7pm
Saturday: 12pm - 7pm
Sunday: 12pm - 6pm
Schedule as of September 2021.
We will extend days and hours for busy season.
Address: 1408 First Street (Highway 60) . Magdalena, NM 87825
Please call or text number above during hours of operation. If we do not pick up the first time, send us a text and we will get back to you as soon as we can. For parties of 4 or more please contact us to make sure we can accommodate your group.
We are open for limited indoor dining, outdoor dining, and take out. We also offer the following services; catering for events (weddings, graduations, fundraisers), boxed meals for outfitters and campers, you name it. If you have a dietary restriction, let us know and we will do our best to meet your needs.
Due to covid and fluctuating state guidelines we may change things last minute such as schedule, capacity, and menu. Prices on our food may also vary due to inflation, food shortages, and gas prices. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
LUNCH & DINNER MENU
For weekly specials please visit our Facebook page for updates.
Magdalena, New Mexico is a small but mighty village off the historic Highway 60. "The Lady on the Mountain" is a rock formation on Magdalena Peak overlooking Magdalena. Spanish soldiers saw the profile of a woman on the west face of the peak. A priest with them was reminded of a similar peak in Spain called "La Sierra de Maria Magdalena", so he called the New Mexico one "La Sierra de Magdalena". The pass to the south of the peak became known as Magdalena Gap, and when a town grew up it received the same name.
Magdalena continues to be a ranching community while strengthening its art, astronomy and geology venues. The reopening of the Magdalena Hall Hotel (circa 1917) and the renovation of other historical buildings allow visitors to connect to the past. The Magdalena Public Library and Boxcar Museum are housed in the old railroad depot. Several rock and mineral shops have been around since the mining boom days.
The ghost town of Kelly and two festivals, the "Open Studio and Gallery Tour" and the "Old Timers Reunion and Rodeo", bring tourists to the area. The "Enchanted Skies Star Party" in early fall brings astronomers and astro-photographers together under its very dark skies.
For more information visit the following links:
Galleries, Shopping, Retail
802 Artworks & Gifts
Native jewelry, paintings, gifts, baskets, pottery
802 1st Street (Highway 60) . Magdalena, NM 87825
Howl & Purr Boutique
womens clothing, candles, jewelry, etc.
La Posada Art Gallery
local woven pieces, paintings, photography
1006 West 1st Street (Highway 60) . Magdalena, NM 87825
antiques, Pendleton, Navajo made goods
105 North Main Street, Magdalena, NM 87825
Kind of Small Array
art gallery and intimate event space
106 North Main Street . Magdalena, NM 87825
art gallery and event space
110 N Main St, Magdalena, NM 87825
Food, Drinks, Gas, Grocery
Golden Spur Saloon
bar, packaged liquor, cigarettes, pizza, patio
505 First Avenue . Magdalena, NM 87825
coffee, milkshakes, sandwiches, gallery
501 1st St, Magdalena, NM 87825
breakfast, lunch, pies
109 South Main Street . Magdalena, NM 87825
Kelly's Place Cafe
soups, salads, desserts, etc.
404 2nd Street . Magdalena, NM 87825
High Country Lodge Restaurant
303 1st Street . Magdalena, NM 87825
Steer Stop Gas & Grocery
produce, homemade burritos
705 East 1st Street . Magdalena, NM 87825
Village Farmers Market
Every Wednesday 4pm - 6pm
outside La Posada
Lodging and Stay
La Posada Bed & Breakfast
11180 West Highway 60 . Magdalena, NM 87825
404 1st Street . Magdalena, NM 87825
High Country Lodge
303 1st Street . Magdalena, NM 87825
Magdalena Hall Hotel
404 2nd Street . Magdalena, NM 87825
PRESS & MEDIA
New Home, Sweet Home
Tumbleweeds Caters to Community & Beyond
Story by Candolin Cook, Edible New Mexico Late Summer 2021 | July 1, 2021
On a sleepy Tuesday afternoon in Magdalena, Eddie Tsosie—a Navajo artist and bit of a local legend—pulls off of historic Route 60 and into Tumbleweeds Diner’s dusty parking lot. Having just opened in March 2021, the restaurant’s freshly painted white-and-turquoise exterior gleams against the muted high-desert landscape and unobstructed blue skies. A cow’s skull has been fastened to a front post and an eponymous tumbleweed lies dormant near the entrance. It is a classic roadside diner, straight out of central casting.
As Tsosie begins to pull a series of colorful, Native- and western-themed paintings from the trunk of his car, he is met by Tumbleweeds co-owner Osiris Navarro. She purchases a handful of Tsosie’s works on this visit, to go with several others already on display in the dining room. The diner’s walls are, in fact, covered with fine arts and crafts made by local artists, along with taxidermy and antiques gifted from community members or left over from the restaurant’s last incarnation as the Big Bear Cafe a dozen years ago.
Just as inviting as the decor are the aromas of green chile cheeseburgers, fried chicken, and mac-and-cheese filtering in from the kitchen. From grinding their own locally sourced beef to pickling their own veggies to creating their own dressings and sauces, most everything at Tumbleweeds is made from scratch, using quality, fresh ingredients.
Tumbleweeds Brings New Life to Magdalena’s West End
Story by John Larson, El Defensor Chieftain | Jan 7, 2021
Those driving Highway 60 into Magdalena from the west in the last several weeks have noticed a flurry of activity in and around a building that has been vacant for well over a dozen years. It’s the transformation of the former Big Bear restaurant into the Tumbleweeds Diner.
As the name implies, the restaurant will feature New Mexican cuisine, as well as offering cuisine from different countries and cultures.
Owners Osiris Navarro, originally from The Philippines and Michal Goila, who hails from the Czech Republic will be offering cuisine to please all palates. Besides New Mexico favorites such as green chile burgers, enchiladas, rotisserie chicken, et al. they will eventually be hosting monthly “pop up” events featuring food from all over the world.
Osiris and Michal came to Magdalena from Seattle, where they ran a catering business called Gola’s Kitchen. Their migration from the Great Northwest to Socorro County took root one year ago this month.
“One of my best friends lives here. I came to visit her in January and we just fell in love with the place,” Osiris said. “We could see ourselves living in a small town. City life was so stressful. We just wanted a change of scenery.”