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Windsor, Canada
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What is the food like in New Mexico. Is it all hot, mexican food or are there other kinds of foods available? American, Italian?

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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1. Re: Food

Yes, there are other types of restaurants. The food here is New Mexican, rather than Mexican, and it tends to be hot. New Mexican is sort of similar to Mexican, but it is a combination of Mexican, Spanish, and Native American. Most everything is smothered in red or green chili sauce.

Silver City, New...
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If you look up to the top-right corner of this page you'll see under "Top questions about New Mexico" a topic labeled "What is New Mexican food?"-- if you click on that topic you'll see a brief overview of the food as well as a link to a much more detailed discussion of foods that are indigenous to our state.

Fruita, Colorado
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When you visit the top bar of TA you will see "Restaurants" and when you click on that it will list the restaurants for whichever forum you are on. So, if you are in Albuquerque's forum, then you will find all the food there. Same for Deming or Silver City. Each city will probably have more food options than just New Mexican listed.

Taos, New Mexico
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What part of the state are you going to be in? Some of the Top Chefs in the United States have restaurants in Northern New Mexico. Then again, traditional Northern New Mexican fare is different from the Tex-Mex you might have experienced in other places. Some of the best restaurants in Taos, for example, have French influences -- Mosaic Fine Dining in the Plaza or Lambert's of Taos.

If you want a description of Traditional Northern New Mexican Food, you might visit one of the other online guides like: frommers.com/destinations/northern-new-mexic… or check out The Range Cafe's descriptions at: www.rangecafe.com/new-mexican-food-part-2/ where they discuss regional differences within the State of New Mexico.

More than anything, if you're wanting "traditional" and if your question is about "heat" the answer is found within the statement that "Chile is a staple in New Mexico just like flour, sugar, . . . "

Can you find places that don't focus on traditional fare? Definitely. But when one visits New Orleans, do they ask the chef to leave out the creole seasoning? When visiting Memphis, does one ask the chef to leave off the Bar-B-Que sauce?

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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You can get most cuisines in New Mexico. Burgers, steaks, Asian, Indian, French, Italian, continental etc. You can ask for the chile on the side. Tacos and bean burritos usually are very bland.

Check on www.santafe.org for different restaurants in Santa Fe and www.itsatrip.org for Abq.

Windsor, Canada
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Thank you so much for all who responded to my question. The replies were all very helpful. My husband and I do not enjoy hot or spicy food, but he has always wanted to visit New Mexico, so we're on our way in September.

Albuquerque, NM
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When the waiter asks "red or Green". Tell them green (or red) on the side". And the will bring it in a small dish which you can use lightly or not at all.

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