The New Mexico dining scene is a unique & diverse community that NMRA takes great pride in having the honor to represent. In our new travelogue podcast, New Mexico Restaurants NOW!, we are celebrating the dedicated professionals & institutions that make our industry great. Each week we will feature a new restaurant, telling their story and introducing the public to their menus. The podcast video is available on YouTube and FB Live and the audio is available via Apple Podcast, Audible, Spotify & more.

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Janice Argabright – Owl Bar & Cafe – San Antonio, NM

Janice Argabright – Owl Bar & Cafe – San Antonio, NM

When Frank Chavez came home to San Antonio, New Mexico, in 1945 after serving in the US Navy during the “Big War”, he and his wife, Dee opened a little bar in the grocery store operated by Dee’s father, JE Miera. JE had been in business since the late 1930’s serving...

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Dominic Valenzuela – Tako Ten – Albuquerque, NM

Dominic Valenzuela – Tako Ten – Albuquerque, NM

Dominic Valenzuela Tako Ten - ABQ, NM Dominic Valenzuela is the owner/ operator of Tako Ten.  Tako Ten opened August 17th , 2020.  Right in the middle of this Pandemic some would say.  They offer an array of Baja California style Tacos - or TaKos like they like to...

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Russell Hernandez – Salud de Mesilla – Mesilla, NM

Russell Hernandez – Salud de Mesilla – Mesilla, NM

Russell Hernandez Salud de Mesilla - Mesilla, NM Their story goes like this: Salud! de Mesilla is the brainchild of Russell and his partner Christopher Schaljo. Owning a restaurant, however, was Russell’s dream. It was something he had always wanted to do. All of the...

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Laura Leal of Leal’s Mexican Restaurant – Clovis, NM

Laura Leal of Leal’s Mexican Restaurant – Clovis, NM

Laura Leal Leal's Mexican Restaurant - Clovis, NM Over fifty years ago in the small town of Muleshoe, Texas, Jesse and Irma Leal opened a small tortilla factory, Leal’s Tortilla Factory. Jesse and Irma hailed from South Texas where Irma’s father owned a small...

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2020 Restaurateur of the Year

2020 Restaurateur of the Year

Matt DiGregory The Range Cafe - Albuquerque Waiter to bartender to pastry chef to manager to owner and operator.  The road may look familiar to many successful restaurateurs.  But the view, and the company kept on the journey is one of a kind—just like this year’s...

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2020 Restaurant Neighbor of the Year

2020 Restaurant Neighbor of the Year

Central Grill - Albuquerque This year’s winner exemplifies what it means to be a good neighbor.  They open their doors and hearts to their communities.  They have said that restaurants operators and employees, along with being dedicated to their jobs, are also...

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