Mixing Business with Pleasure: Foodie Favorites

Fresh, bold flavors abound in New Mexico.

These foodie favorites will let your taste buds have some fun, too, during your business trip.

Breakfast Burrito Plate

Breakfast Burrito Plate

Before we share our picks, visitors should know that traditional New Mexican cuisine should not be confused with Mexican food or Tex-Mex. In New Mexico, expect your tamales, enchiladas and tacos to be served with chile – red, green or Christmas. Chile is New Mexico’s state vegetable and is a staple of almost every authentic New Mexican dish, and New Mexican will definitely be on the menu during your trip. Get the full scoop on chile, and why not to confuse it with chili, here.

Food Tour New Mexico (Albuquerque, Santa Fe)
These walking tours mix history with delicious tasting plates providing guests with a progressive lunch and background of some of these two cities’ most famous neighborhoods.
Winery Tours (Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Las Cruces)
Did you know New Mexico is home to the oldest wine-producing region in the country? The first grapevines were planted here in 1629! More than 50 wineries call New Mexico home, each offering its own beauty. Head south toward Las Cruces to taste sweeter wines. Wines from near Santa Fe and Taos tend to be less sweet.
Brewery Tours (Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Las Cruces)
Over the last decade or so, New Mexico’s craft beer scene has come into its own. Now, breweries in the Land of Enchantment – including Albuquerque’s Bosque, Nexus, Marble and Boxing Bear companies, and Santa Fe’s Blue Corn and Santa Fe companies – create award-winning brews ranging from light IPAs to dark stouts. Beer connoisseurs can follow New Mexico’s Ale Trail to visit all the best-loved breweries and brewpubs), or can attend one of a number of regional festivals while traveling.
Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail
The green chile is on display when dished up with premium beef, rich cheese and a fresh bun, and there’s no better way to enjoy this holy

AGAVE Lounge Green Chile Cheeseburger with local and organic ingredients

AGAVE Lounge Green Chile Cheeseburger with local and organic ingredients

matrimony than by dining along New Mexico’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail. The nearly 100 eateries along the route include famed taverns, high-end restaurants and greasy spoons – each with a hungry following. Visit the small Southern New Mexico town of San Antonio to stop in at the Buckhorn Tavern, featured on Food Network’s ‘Throwdown with Bobby Flay,’ for what some believe is New Mexico’s best burger … or head across the street to its historic rival Owl Cafe and decide for yourself.

Each September, the best burgers in Santa Fe go bun-to-bun in the lip-smacking Edible Santa Fe Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown. This fall’s Fan Favorite featured beef stuffed with local green chile goat cheese and mixed with bacon topped with cheddar cheese and green chile sauce and served with local red onions and tomatoes on a locally-baked brioche bun topped with green chile aioli. It can be devoured at Eldorado Hotel & Spa’s AGAVE Lounge.
Restaurants & Food Trucks (Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Taos, Las Cruces)
No matter where you stay in New Mexico, you’ll be near a range of restaurants whose chefs push the envelope on flavor and style. Santa Fe alone boasts 200 restaurants ranging from New Mexican to rustic Italian to even vegetarian. For less-traditional dining, don’t be afraid to stop by food trucks, particularly in Albuquerque and outside taprooms, for forays into global cuisine.
Be sure to bring an appetite when you visit New Mexico!

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