With the advice of the New Mexico Restaurant Association, we picked 40 years of age as the milestone New Mexico’s Culinary Treasures must have reached. We put out the word statewide and received nominations from loyal patrons, staff members, cooks, chefs, and owners. Then we convened a team of culinary experts to confirm their qualifications and comb around for more.
Here you have it, whether you’re ravenous for huevos rancheros, hungry for hash browns, or craving a plate of stacked red enchiladas. Among these Treasures, you’ll find cafes, diners, drive-ins, country general stores that serve meals, and classics from the golden age of Route 66. The list also boasts one of the state’s most elegant dining venues, The Compound in Santa Fe, overseen by James Beard award-winning chef-owner Mark Kiffin.
We don’t want you to miss anything yourself, so always call ahead or check the restaurant’s website to confirm details (including whether a reservation may be helpful) before going out of your way. We update periodically, but facts can change. Buen provecho!