The results are in from New Mexico Tourism's public voting for the state's best breakfast burritos, and can be found on the new Burrito Byway page (www.newmexico.org/trails/?tid=86173). If you were expecting a list of burrito palaces known only to locals, however, you'll be disappointed. Chains like Burger Time (based in North Dakota, of all places) and Blake's Lotaburger (at least an Albuquerque chain) dominate the list. Besides those franchise locations, burrito makers from our corner of the state on the Byway include: Yoya's Market in Deming, Mesilla Valley Kitchen and Santa Fe Grill (also a chain) in Las Cruces, and Andele in Mesilla. Seems to us that if you're seeking to encourage New Mexico tourism, spotlighting eateries folks can frequent without having to travel here kinda misses the point.
Shevek & Co. in downtown Silver City will host a six-course French wine-tasting dinner on Friday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $80 per person ($45 food only), and reservations are highly recommended. Also, the restaurant will be open for Saturday and Sunday brunch, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., all month. And check the website thekissmethodgourmet.com for deatils and date on an upcoming "Chilled Summer Banquet" cooking class. 602 N. Bullard St., 534-9168, silver-eats.com.
Little Toad Creek in Lake Roberts will celebrate July 4 with a backyard barbecue, games and live music, beginning at 2 p.m. The Roadrunners play at 4 p.m. 1122 Hwy. 35, 536-9649, www.littletoadcreek.com.
La Esperanza Vineyard and Winery in the Mimbres will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Saturday, August 2, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Music will be provided by Mariachi Diamantes from Deming, 12-1:30 p.m.; Brandon Perrault & Friends, 2-4 p.m.; and Melanie Zipin and Jeff LeBlanc, 4:30-6:30 p.m. In addition to wine, Acosta Farms will be serving Green Chili Quesadillas. 100 DeLaO, Sherman, (505) 259-9523, laesperanzavineyardandwinery.com.
Javalina coffehouse at the corner of Bullard and Broadway in downtown Silver City is closing. Owner Pauline Hassler-Cook hopes to reopen at a different location. Also no longer serving up java is Delightful Blend on Pinos Altos Road.
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