It’s a new year, and what better way to celebrate it than by trying a new restaurant every month? Here are the 12 best restaurants in New Mexico for you to try this year:

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We hope you have a wonderful year eating your way through some of the best New Mexico restaurants. Be sure to let us know which were your favorites! If you love tacos, be sure to take a look at the 12 best places to get tacos in New Mexico!

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The Best Food In New Mexico

What are iconic foods in New Mexico?

Iconic foods in New Mexico include:

  • Green Chile
  • Chiles Rellenos
  • Re Chile
  • Huevos Rancheros
  • Blue Corn
  • Tamales
  • Chicharrones
  • Posole
  • Calabacitas
  • Navajo Fry Bread
  • Sopapillas
  • Biscochitos

Find out more about these and other iconic foods in New Mexico

What are the most historic restaurants in New Mexico?

The most historic restaurants in New Mexico are:

  • El Farol. Located in Santa Fe, this is the oldest restaurant in New Mexico and has been open since 1835. It has been open for 187 years!
  • High Noon Restaurant and Saloon. This Albuquerque restaurant is located in a building that was built prior to 1785. What was once a brothel and gambling parlor is now a fine restaurant.
  • La Posta de Mesilla. This is part of the La Posta Campground in Mesilla which is on the National Register for Historic Buildings and the structures date back to the 1840s.
  • Hillsboro General Store Cafe. This building has been open for over 130 years and has been a stagecoach stop, telegraph office, and soda fountain.

Learn all about these and several more of the most historic restaurants in New Mexico

What are some hidden gem restaurants in New Mexico?

These are some hidden gem restaurants in New Mexico:

  • Abuelita’s. Located in Carrizozo, this little diner-style restaurant serves up comforting burritos, onion rings, and burgers.
  • Del Prado Cafe. This is a great breakfast spot in the little town of Cuba, known for its huevos rancheros.
  • Jake’s Cafe. You’ll find this burger joint in Dona Ana. In addition to burgers, it also serves a green chile chicken fried steak.
  • San Marcos Cafe and Feedstore. This is a place where you can get great New Mexican fare while watching turkeys, peacocks and chickens roam about outside.

There are quite a few more hidden gem restaurants in New Mexico that are worth visiting.