Smoking, Grilling and Chilis: MacArthur Park visits New Mexico this March

Feb 29, 2016, 18:35 ET from MacArthur Park

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Diners craving authentic Southwestern BBQ can make a reservation at MacArthur Park throughout March. MacArthur Park, the Palo Alto home of great American BBQ cuisine, is hosting its American BBQ Road Trip again this year and has included a new destination in New Mexico.

MacArthur Park's Chef Dalton Mendoza has designed a 'heart and soul' 3-course prix fixe menu for New Mexico which draws on the traditional BBQ flavors and smoking techniques of New Mexico as well as his culinary heritage growing up in El Salvador. "When I was young, it was food that brought everyone together and it was made with passion. Our mother used to gather us around the table, three meals a day. To her it was important for each family member to have something they wanted to eat so that's what I'm hoping for with our New Mexico menu," says Chef Mendoza.

And that's what he's done. A bubbling cast iron pan of Chorizo Queso Fundido (cheese fondue with chorizo) or a fresh tostada salad as choices for the starter course. The Chile Verde Burrito is stuffed with brisket that's been smoked for twelve hours. A hearty bowl of Pozole combines shredded organic chicken, hominy, fresh veggies and New Mexico chili for heat. For rib-lovers MacArthur Park's baby back ribs are lovingly smoked, grilled and basted with Red Chile New Mexican BBQ Sauce beside red slaw and honey chipotle grilled corn.

Classic Herradura Silver Margaritas and other Southwestern favorites are, of course, available for refreshment.

Bunuelos (Mexican donuts smothered in caramel sauce) or the moist Tres Leches Cake are both mouthwatering dessert options for diners who still have space.

MacArthur Park's American BBQ Road Trip has already paid homage to New Orleans and includes another seven stops this year. For each Road Trip stop, MacArthur Park marries regional BBQ favorites with seasonal produce to offer a satisfying $45 prix fixe menu. This year, the American BBQ Road Trip winds its way through our nation's grilling greats including:

  • New Mexico in March
  • North Carolina in April
  • Kentucky in May
  • Back home to California for June
  • Texas in July
  • Georgia in August
  • Tennessee for Memphis style BBQ in September; and,
  • The big flavors of the classic steakhouses of Chicago for October.

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SOURCE MacArthur Park