The city was an important port of entry on the US-Mexican border until the Gadsden Purchase of 1853. A nickname was given to the city at the time of its founding, "New Chicago". It was expected that with the surge of railroad usage, that the city would grow drastically and resemble Chicago, Illinois.
El Mirador Mexican Restaurant
510 E. Pine Street, Deming, NM 88030 | 575-544-7340
Founded: Early 1950s Owner: Maria Vasquez
The café began life as the Castleberry Café and become known as El Mirador in 1997. The simple family-style restaurant blends recipes learned while the owner worked in some of Mexico City's finest restaurants with a touch of homemade Mexican and New Mexican. Multiple Vasquez family members operate the restaurant and strive to always greet guests. Try the popular posole, chicken chimichanga with green chile sauce, or the puntas a la Mexicana. Lunch and dinner.
Situated on the Enchanted Circle Highway, Eagle Nest is a small summer-home and resort area. Originally named Therma, the village was renamed Eagle Nest in the 1930s.
Laguna Vista Historic Restaurant and Saloon
51 East Therma Drive, Eagle Nest, NM 87718 | 575-377-6522 or 800-821-2093
Founded: 1920s Owner: Bert Clemens
Our restaurant sits in an 1890s hotel lobby and gazes out onto the historic Santa Fe Trail. When the hotel was first constructed, it was a popular stop with the Governor's entourage and well-to-do Santa Feans because it was halfway to Raton, which had horseracing. We feature authentic New Mexican and Southwestern cuisine with a twist. Open lunch and dinner.
The village of El Rito is an oasis in the beautiful, high desert country of northern New Mexico. El Rito is surrounded by mountains and borders the vast Carson National Forest.
1212 Main Street, El Rito, NM 87530 | 575-581-9509
Small town café with big norteño New Mexican flavors.
603 Santa Cruz Road, Espanola, NM 87532 | 505-753-3211
Founded: Owners: Atencio Family
The Jewel of Northern New Mexico, Espanola, was founded in 1598 by Spain as the first capital of New Mexico. It sits in the northern Rio Grande Valley between the Jemez Mountains and Truchas Peaks, and is a very convenient base for exploring northern New Mexico.
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