New Mexico Magazine Unveils First-Ever ‘Best Eats’ Edition‏

May 5, 2010

New Mexico Magazine Unveils First-Ever ‘Best Eats’ Edition

New Mexico Magazine unveils 16 quintessential New Mexican dishes and the restaurants where you can order them in the June 2010 issue, reaching subscribers now.

Writers of the “Best Eats” cover story are Gil Garduño of Gil’s Thrilling (and Filling) Blog; Santa Fe School of Cooking culinary director (and frequent “Southwest Flavor” contributor) Rocky Durham; and the queen of travels off the beaten path, Lesley S. King (who writes the monthly department “King of the Road”). The trio literally—and figuratively—came to the table to hash out their favorites in eight categories, with a “down-home” and “uptown” selection for each. Prices range from $2.25 to $25.

“Nothing says New Mexico likes its distinctive cuisine,” said Michael Cerletti, Secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department. “The winning restaurants are to be congratulated for their expertise. New Mexico Magazine has once again given us an excellent opportunity to educate the world on what New Mexico cuisine has to offer.”

“Food is a unique part of the New Mexico experience and the New Mexico travel experience,” added Editor-in-chief Tricia Ware. “Our state has a culture all its own and a cuisine all its own to reflect that. Even with a total of 16 favorites and new things to try in this issue, it’s not nearly enough, and I’m sure readers will respond with suggestions of their own.”

This year’s picks are:

  1. Best Burger: Down-home: Buckhorn Burger, Buckhorn Tavern, San Antonio, $6; and Uptown: The Daily Grind, Rio Chama restaurant, Santa Fe, $10.
  2. Best Huevos Rancheros: Down-home: Huevos Rancheros, El Camino Dining Room, Albuquerque, $7.95; and Uptown: the Taoseño, Gutiz, El Prado, $9.
  3. Best Deli Sandwich: Down-home: Hot Pastrami on Rye, Back Street Bistro, Santa Fe, $8.50; and Uptown: Southwest Spin, Lula’s, Taos, $8.80.
  4. Best Comfort Food: Down-home: Sopaipilla Compuesta, Nellie’s Café, Las Cruces, $7.50; and Uptown: Zia’s Famous Organic Meatloaf, Zia Diner, Santa Fe, $12.
  5. Best Taco: Down-home: Pollo con Guacamole Taco, El Parasol, Española, $2.25 each; and Uptown: Filet Mignon Tacos, The Roasted Clove, Angel Fire, $12.95 for four-to-six.
  6. Best Green Chile Stew: Down-home: Bowl of Green Chile with Tortilla, Duran’s Central Pharmacy, Albuquerque, $6.40; and Uptown: Green Chile Bison Stew, Sugar Nymphs Bistro, Peñasco, $9.95.
  7. Best Dessert: Down-home: Chocolate Cream Pie, Pie-O-Neer Café, Pie Town, $4.95; and Uptown: Chocolate Red Chile Soup, La Casa Sena, Santa Fe, $9.
  8. Best Local, Seasonal Ingredients: Down-home: Farmers Salad, The Grove, Albuquerque, $9.95; and Uptown: Candied Pork Belly Blue Corn Taco, Café at the Kumquat, Silver City, $25 for three-course meal.

New Mexico Magazine’s “Best Eats” issue is a collaborative effort and owes its success to associate editor Ashley M. Biggers; writers Gil Garduño, Rocky Durham, and Lesley S. King; “Best Eats” photographer Douglas Merriam; art director Fabian West; cover photographer Karen Kuehn; and cover model Ashley Bryce. Cover photo location is Duran’s Central Pharmacy in Albuquerque.

New Mexico Magazine, founded in 1922, is a division of the New Mexico Tourism Department. It was the nation’s first state magazine and is third-largest by circulation. The June issue also reveals the winner of the first-ever New Mexico Magazine Salsa Contest.

For more information about New Mexico Magazine, call 505-827-7447, fax 505-827- 6496, or visit

Mike Stauffer

Communications Director

New Mexico Tourism Department


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