Santa Fe Wins Best for Food in the Best of the Road Contest

Santa Fe has edged out five other towns in the country to win the America's Best of Food category in USA Today/RandMcNally's 2012 Best of the Road competition

Date July 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Publication SantaFe.com

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Santa Fe has edged out five other towns in the country to win the America's Best of Food category in USA Today/RandMcNally's 2012 Best of the Road competition, organizers announced today. The decision was made by the RoadBros after visiting Santa Fe during the Fourth of July weekend, as well as the other towns up for the award.

Brian Cox and Mike Shubic are serious road trippers and they had their hands full judging the other entries in the category—Lewiston, N.Y., Charlottesville, Va., Wala Wala Wash., and Burnsville, Minn. While in Santa Fe, they attended the Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast on the Plaza, explored the Chocolate Trail, wined and dined their way through the city and even got to enjoy some of Santa Fe's spa services. Il Piatto chef/owner Matt Yohalem cooked them a breakfast featuring foods from the Santa Fe Farmers' Market, and La Casa Sena served up dinner and a show. They also rode horses at Bishop's Lodge and took in a culinary walking tour with the Santa Fe School of Cooking.

It's no surprise that Santa Fe won the distinction. With award-winning restaurants, creative chefs, devoted farmers, skilled mixologists and James Beard-anointed cookbook authors, the city is in a league of its own. New Mexico's unique ingredients, from chile to corn, beans and squash, also had a role in helping to place Santa Fe on the culinary map. Congratulations to everyone who had a hand in entertaining and educating the judges.

And kudos to Santa Fe for taking home the prize! Salud!

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