For nearly a quarter century, the nigh popular department in
New Mexico Magazine
(the nation’s oldest state mag, by the way) has been a humorous cavalcade entitled “Ane of Our L is Missing.” The cavalcade features anecdotes submitted by readers worldwide recounting their experiences with swain American citizens and ill-informed bureaucrats who don’t realize that New Mexico is part of the United States.
Some travelers from other states actually believe they’re leaving their nation’southward borders when they cross into New United mexican states. Others retrieve they need a passport to visit (non that they’d visit considering they’re wary of drinking our water.) Merchants and banks throughout America have been known to refuse as “foreign credit cards” American Express and Visa cards issued by New Mexico banking institutions.
The realization that it’south New Mexico, U.S.A. isn’t lost solely on ordinary citizens and bureaucrats. Even modernistic pop civilisation has gotten into the act.
During i episode of The Simpsons, the iconic Homer Simpson didn’t know New Mexico existed until looking at a Krusty Burger map and exclaiming with surprise “Hey, there’southward a New Mexico.” Homer’s despotic boss, the Yale educated Mr. Burns wasn’t much better: “Whoa! Whoa! Slow downward there mistro. There’s a New United mexican states?”
Non but is there a New Mexico, it’s beingness increasingly “discovered” by thousands of viewers who melody in to various shows on the Nutrient Network. Hardly a week goes by without one of the network’s gastronomic glitterati visiting the Land of Enchantment and salivating effusively at some culinary cosmos or another.
Information technology’s not just the Food Network which has uncovered New Mexico’south gustatory gems. It’s the
Wall Street Periodical,
mag and dozens of other traditional media publications. Online, New Mexico’due south cuisine is frequently feted on the pop Roadfood Web site likewise as on salon.com, epicurious.com and a wealth of other Web sites.
New Mexico’s cuisine has also achieved the tiptop of achievement in the culinary globe, garnering numerous awards from the prestigious James Beard Foundation. In recent years, the “Oscars of nutrient” have been awarded to chefs, restaurants and cookbooks all from New Mexico.
Not every mention of New United mexican states’s cuisine is “brindled” with references to chile, the capsaicin blessed staple of New United mexican states dwelling and restaurant fare.
It may surprise you lot to learn that an Italian restaurant (Trattoria Nostrani) in Santa Fe was lauded by
magazine as i of the l all-time restaurants in America or that the Food Network and epicurious.com selected as the best burger in the unabridged fruited evidently, a burger crafted in a humble New Mexico café (Bobcat Bite) with seating for only 26.
Several other New Mexico restaurants accept earned prestigious national accolades. A surprising number of them are nondescript mom and popular diners with little to offer in terms of ambience simply which serve outstanding food (most of it not sophisticated enough to exist called cuisine).
Understandably many of New Mexico’southward best restaurants are concentrated in its near populous cities, but to limit your culinary exploration to those cities is to miss out on some of the very best restaurants anywhere—many but off the “well eaten path.”
Stay on the teeming tourist traversed areas, and you lot won’t observe that some of the state’south best New Mexican (El Bruno) food can be found in Cuba (New Mexico) or that its best Cuban food (Tocororo Cafe) might just be found in Madrid (also in New Mexico). Y’all’ll miss out on conceivably New Mexico’s all-time Cajun food (Callie’s), which is served from a battered mobile kitchen that looks like a rejected hippie bus (or a rusty roach coach on steroids).
Within miles of 1 of the ten natural wonders of the world you lot’ll observe what is arguably the state’southward best charcoal-broil and (gasp) until just a few years ago information technology was served at a Carlsbad Dairy Queen past an owner who took the term “independently owned” to heart. Even though it’s on a tourist trodden path, neither the Food Network nor the guidebooks take plant this i.
New Mexicans similar me are a discerning and demanding lot when it comes to our disposable income and 1 of our favorite ways to spend our hard-earned money is by dining out.
In fiscal 2003, New Mexicans spent $1.six billion in eating and dining establishments. Considering the land’s median household income is simply over $thirty,000 a year, the Country of Enchantment’due south restaurants—and non simply those anointed “all-time of” by the culinary cognoscenti—have got to be pretty skillful to inspire such enthusiastic patronage.
Earlier you bank check out my restaurant reviews, please review my rating system which explains how I arrive at my ratings. Information technology’s not exactly scientific and I don’t take into business relationship anyone else’s opinion of the restaurants in which nosotros dine, not fifty-fifty the opinion of my true-blue dining companion and wife Kim whose palate has matured tremendously over the years.
Your opinions may certainly differ as there are no rights and wrongs in my ratings, simply opinions–mine.
Bobcat Bite photos courtesy of my friend and colleague