Friday, February 28, 2014

Santa Fe Restaurants awarded Culinary Treasure status

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 ShedBurt’s Burger BowlThe Pantry, Tomasita’sShohko CaféRancho de ChimayoThe Plaza CaféThe Santa Fe BiteEl 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.