ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — This is the type of roadwork New Mexicans can actually get behind.
The New Mexico Tourism Department is building its new “breakfast burrito byway,” and it’s looking for help.
The state began accepting nominations for the New Mexico restaurants with the best breakfast burritos this morning at newmexico.org/burrito. Nominations will be taken through April 13.
To qualify, the restaurant (or chain) must be New Mexico-owned and must have a breakfast burrito on the regular menu. The burrito must have the basics — that means a tortilla, egg and New Mexico chile, according to the official guidelines.
From there, though, there are no limits.
“It can be any variation thereof, and of course there are so many variations of the breakfast burrito,” said NMTD spokeswoman Jolene Mauer.
The state will vet the nominations and then open the process up to online voting on April 21. The top 50 vote-getters will earn a spot on an interactive map on the department’s website.
Mauer said the department is crafting the byway — formally called the New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway — partly in response to the popularity of the state’s existing Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail. She said journalists around the world still inquire about that trail, which is now several years old.
“Culinary travel is big, and we’ve had so much success with the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail,” she said. “We have this other iconic food, the breakfast burrito, so we’re going to get that on the map too.”