New Mexico Culinary Treasures Trail
Posted by AviSunday November 21, 2010
Best Sunday brunch dish? My choice is Huevos Rancheros. Whether traditional with corn tortillas and fried eggs, or gourmet with skillet cornbread and poached eggs, it’s one of my favorites. For the traditional style, I like El Taco De Mexico in Denver, CO. For the modern take, Sylvester’s Restaurant in Northampton, MA.
I bring up Sunday brunch and huevos not only because it’s Sunday. I’ve got Southwestern cuisine on the mind today with this week’s launch of New Mexico Culinary Treasures Trail. It’s the newest project from our longtime author Cheryl Jamison, a resident of Santa Fe and an expert on Southwestern cuisine.
Cheryl’s been working on Culinary Treasures Trail for the New Mexico (“Land of Enchantment”) Tourism Department. They’re promoting restaurants that have stood the test of time; independent spots beloved both in their neighborhoods and beyond. All are family-owned and operated.
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.
In an e-mail to friends and a few Harvard Common Press staff members about the launch of the Trail, Cheryl wrote:
Culinary Treasures Trail recognizes independently owned and operated restaurants more than 40 years old. Participating establishments (about 75 total) sent us things like original menus, old photos, and signature recipes. Tourism’s team did great work on the graphics and cool, retro interactive map. It’s the follow-up to the wildly popular Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail and general Cuisine section now on the Tourism website. Now go eat at some of these too!
I will, Cheryl. Especially if they serve Huevos Rancheros.