|Huevos Rancheros, anyone?|
The State of New Mexico has designated several well-known, popular restaurants as culinary treasures.
Working with the New Mexico Restaurant Association, the New Mexico Tourism Department established the requirements of being in business at least 40 years, family owned and having no more than two locations. They then put out a call for nominations across the state. A team of culinary experts judged each restaurant’s qualifications.
At historic La Fonda, La Plazuela was selected. Santa Fe did well with The Shed, Burt’s Burger Bowl, The Pantry, Tomasita’s, Shohko Café, Rancho de Chimayo, The Plaza Café, The Santa Fe Bite, El Farol and The Compound being named Culinary Treasures.
I have tried many of these and can vouch that if you ask a Santa Fean where to go for a meal, several of these names will come up. I can also say that these restaurants feature true New Mexican cuisine. Red or Green?
The full list is here by region and city.