The Curious Kumquat chef Rob Connoley has been named a 2014 James Beards Awards Semi-Finalist for best Southwest chef — essentially the Academy Awards of the restaurant industry. Says Connoley, "This is huge news for our restaurant and Silver City. This nomination nudges New Mexico's culinary epicenter a little further south. It's pretty much unheard of for a restaurant as remote as ours to ever be noticed by the nominating committee — but we were!" Finalist nominees will be announced March 18, with the awards presented May 2 and 5. 111 E. College Ave., 534-0337.
Go Greek at Shevek & Co. in downtown Silver City on March 21 at 6:30 p.m. A six-course wine-tasting dinner will match Greek food with appropriate international wines. Reservations highly recommended; $80 per person ($45 food without wines). Cooking classes will begin on April 5 with "Easter Breads & Desserts." 602 N. Bullard St., 534-9168, silver-eats.com.
As promised in last issue's review, Kountry Kitchen has relocated to 1700 Mountain View Road, just up the hill from the Comfort Inn and Econolodge. While still open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., the popular Mexican eatery is now also open Sunday and Monday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 388-4512.
Vicki's Eatery is no longer serving breakfast. New hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 315 N. Texas, 388-5430.
If you haven't ventured out to the Mimbres Valley this winter, you might have missed the opening of Restaurant Del Sol, in the former corner store at 2676 Hwy. 35 in San Lorenzo. It's serving traditional breakfast fare, burgers, sandwiches and Mexican food. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. 536-3140.
Las Cruces continues to attract restaurant chains, with Wing Daddy's Sauce House announcing plans to build and open a location at 775 Telshor Blvd., next to the Bank of the West. The regional sports bar and restaurant chain is based in El Paso, where it has five locations, and also has eateries in San Antonio, Texas, and two Mexico cities. It features "wings, baby back ribs and over-the-top burgers along with fried food you have only dreamed of."
Last month, Five Guys Burgers and Fries officially opened at 2750 Mall Drive. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
On the other hand, the Furr's buffet restaurant at 2340 E. Griggs Ave. in Las Cruces has closed.
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