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2011 - Volume 2 Issue 1
¡Comidas Sabrosas!
Feature Restaurant
Article: Joe Burgess
Photos: Courtesy of La Iguana
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“We came here for the climate and we came here to be part of the community,” states La Iguana co-owner Michael LeBlanc. “The downtown area has a neighborhood feel to it and we like that. We are thrilled to be a partner in the downtown renovation and close to the museums and three performing arts theaters. We are participating in the downtown art scene and we are reaching out to university students. And through it all, we have added a number of much-needed jobs for Las Cruces. That has always been our plan and I have to say that it feels right.”


La Iguana
139 N Main St.
Las Cruces, NM

Mon-Sat 8:00am-4:00pm
Wed-Sat 5:00pm-8:00pm
Michael and his wife Mary have worked hard to create a bright and upbeat atmosphere with just a touch of fine-dining finesse. And the best has now arrived as the garage doors roll up to enhance sidewalk dining in the warmer months. “This will be a European-style outdoor patio experience that I think Las Cruces diners will enjoy,” says Mary. “We can utilize the renovated areas in front and on the north side of the building.”

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, La Iguana offers options with a different twist from most other restaurants. Breakfast sandwiches include the Hanger Steak and Maple Glazed Prosciutto; lunch includes Grilled Salmon BLT and a Spicy Tofu Wrap; and for dinner, you have to try the Pork Tenderloin on Palenta with Mole or the Shrimp Scampi (these are not small shrimp, as often thought in America. Scampi refers to the preparation).

La Iguana can prepare almost anything gluten free, and gluten-free brownies and bread are features of the restaurant. “We are knowledgeable of healthy foods and since we will cook to order, we can usually respond to special needs,” says Michael, “including vegan and vegetarian diets. We are sensitive to the needs of our customers and you can trust our ingredients to be what we say.”

But how about those cheesecakes? Michael and Mary owned a cheesecake factory in Portland, Maine, that baked for 130 grocery stores and 65 restaurants. They know cheesecake! And with an excellent coffee bar, you have to stop in for cheesecake and coffee or try their specialty teas.

La Iguana occupies a central location near the Rio Grande Theatre. The architecture is exciting, the food is fresh and imaginative with ingredients that will be exactly as ordered and expected. Downtown – it’s a great idea that deserves your attention and support. Mary adds that the City of Las Cruces was helpful with every step of their renovation process and that they are extremely appreciative of Steve Newby and Associates and The Downtown Partnership, especially its former Director, Cindy Fargo. ///
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