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Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 7:45pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The New Mexico Tourism Department has been traveling throughout the region recognizing established restaurants as 'True Culinary Treasures' in an effort to promote tourism.
Chopes in La Mesa, La Posta and Double Eagle in Mesilla and Go Burger in Las Cruces were recognized by New Mexico Department of Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson during her visit.
"They really bring to life and represent what makes New Mexico such a wonderful truly unique destination," Jacobson said.
Jacobson added the department spent countless hours scouring the state looking for restaurants that are more than 40 years old, family operated and with no more than two locations.
As a part of the 'True Stories' campaign, the goal of the of the culinary program is to showcase restaurants that are welcoming tourists to experience the flavor of the Land of Enchantment.
"One of the adventures you can have in New Mexico is eating our food," Jacobson said.
At Go Burger on Lohman Avenue, owner Delora Serbin said it's the love they put into their food that keeps people coming back.
On any given day the restaurant has people waiting in the cold and a constant stream of cars through the drive thru window, all looking for a good meal.
Joe Vasquez, one of the restaurant's customers, said he used to go out of his way for some Go Burger when he visited the area.
"This is one of the good spots to get some food to eat," he said as he picked up two jumbo-sized burritos.
The restaurant has gained quite a following for its burgers and also it's variety of burritos and Mexican food.
"Our most popular here is the chile relleno," Serbin said.
She said for decades the restaurant strives to make every dish perfect and that's why most of the work is done by hand by the staff she describes as the best in town.
In the back of the restaurant employees are making the 14-inch tortillas by hand for each burrito.
The chile rellenos are made by the hundreds daily using fresh green chile, stuffed with cheese, dipped in flour, dipped again in a special batter and lastly fried to perfection.
The burrito is then prepared with a generous portion of beans and a spicy salsa, then wrapped up ready for hungry customers.
"It's basically homemade food," Vasquez said.
For a list of all area restaurants designated as 'True Culinary Treasures' click here
For a list of all state restaurants designated as 'True Culinary Treasures' click here