Photo by Kate Russell
HOURS OF OPERATION
Wednesday: 11am- 7pm
Thursday: 11am- 7pm
Friday: 11am- 7pm
Saturday: 11am- 7pm
Sunday: 11am- 5pm
PLEASE NOTE!!! We often run out of food on Sundays, our last day of the week and have to close early. Please call ahead if you are traveling to eat here to make sure we can accommodate your group and to make sure we have food left! There are many factors that affect our hours of operation having a restaurant in the middle of nowhere; access to supplies, drastic weather and wind which leads to power outages, running out of food, etc. Please be kind and patient. Thanks for understanding.
Address: 1408 First Street (Highway 60 West) . 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, retreats, fundraisers), private chef services for retreats and outfitters, boxed meals, you name it. If you have a dietary restriction, let us know and we will do our best to meet your needs.
We recently received our liquor license and will be serving beer, wine, and cider this coming fall. Note that customers will no longer be able to carry firearms into the establishment. There will also be house policies on drink limits so we can legally stay within the 40% drink 60% food ratio.
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 and event planning 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 abandoned diner. 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. During spring and summer months the diner opens up their acreage to vendors for flea markets, and musicians for an open circle jam session.
Tumbleweeds Diner is a casual eatery featuring homemade food from; green chile cheeseburgers, spicy buttermilk fried chicken, smothered rice bowls with chile, 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 such as The Good Steward Beef and Dunhill Ranch. They even procure recipes from the elders of the village to fully embody the roots of the land. You can expect a nice selection of natural and organic wines from PM Wines Distributors out of Santa Fe and local brews from Santa Fe Brewing, Bosque, and Sandia Cider.