In downtown Silver City, Shevek & Co. Restaurant has introduced a new bar menu featuring seasonal burgers, pizza and sandwiches. It's also taking patrons on a trip to Spain and Portugal this month, with a six-course Iberian Wine Tasting Dinner on Friday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m.; reservations recommended. That's followed by an Iberian Cooking Class on Saturday, March 23, at 11 a.m. featuring all the items in the tasting dinner. Preregistration is required for the class, but attendance at the dinner is not. 602 N. Bullard, 534-9168, silver-eats.com.
The first Silver City Restaurant Week will be held March 3-9. The week gives people the opportunity to try new restaurants they might have overlooked or feel they couldn't afford. Restaurants get to "put their best food forward" in order to gain new fans and can experiment with menu items. Participating restaurants will be featured on fliers throughout town and on the Silver City Restaurant Week Facebook page.
Up in Lake Roberts, Little Toad Creek's brewery and distillery will hold its grand opening on March 9, with live music, four beers and the debut of its vodka and Venom Dark Rum. Then on March 17 it hosts a St. Patrick's Day pub party, 12-8 p.m., featuring traditional Irish fare, green martinis and the introduction of Little Toad Creek's own Irish Red Ale. 1122 Hwy. 35, 536-9649, www.littletoadcreek.com.
Also going Irish for St. Patrick's Day weekend is Billy's on Hwy. 180 in Silver City, with Emerald Isle fare and live music, March 15-16. 388-1367.
River Ranch Market, mentioned in this space last month, now plans to open its doors March 27. Cecilia McNicoll's store will feature grass-fed meats (beef, lamb, goat, pork and fresh sausages) and pastured poultry, gluten-free baked goods, and to-go lunches (soups and stew) and protein shakes. 300 S. Bullard, 597-6328, www.riverranchmarket.com.
Also as promised in this space last month, Mountain View Market Kitchen is now open, serving healthy breakfast and lunch fare in downtown Las Cruces. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 120 S. Water St., 556-9856, www.mountainviewmarket.coop.
Maria Rodriguez has opened Maria's restaurant at 1750 N. Solano Dr. in Las Cruces,, which restaurant-scene watchers may recognize as the one-time home of Sara's Place. The new eatery will serve Mexican food Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 556-9571.
The Corner Bakery Café, which has some 140 franchise locations nationwide, plans to open a Las Cruces outpost at 2305 E. Lohman Ave. It would be the first New Mexico restaurant for the breakfast and bakery chain, which has three El Paso locations.
Las Cruces Sonic fans despondent since the fire that closed the location at 930 N. Valley Dr., rejoice! The drive-in has reopened.
The Blue Front Café in Glenwood (reviewed in our November 2007 issue) has closed.
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