Iconic NM Restaurants: La Cosina

Posted at: 02/12/2014 6:47 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

In New Mexico, family and food go hand in hand. That holds true at one mom-and-pop restaurant up north which has been a go-to for residents of Colfax County for almost half a century.

Welcome to Raton, the last town on I-25 before reaching Colorado. If you're trekking up this way, be sure to stop at La Cosina--The Kitchen.

The spelling was the first thing that caught my eye, but according to the owner Carlos Casados, the spelling was incorrect because his dad wanted to be different.

"He knew that the spelling was with a 'C', but he wanted to stand out just a bit," Casados said.

His dad was using the building as a shop to sell bottles back in the mid-60s, but his mom wanted food.

Casados said that his parents decided to put a table or two in there because had mom had the recipes.

"Really, really tasty recipes," he exclaimed.

He and his wife Bernadette took over the place back in 1979, the same year they got married.

Carlos' mother's homemade recipes continue to bring crowds of people, but Bernadette has also added her own touch, including chile rellenos, white tortilla tostadas, green chile burgers, along with beef and chicken quesadillas.

Carlos says that the one thing to get for sure is Regular Combination plate, which has an enchilada, rice and beans, tamale, taco with lettuce, and 2 sopapillas. You can even substitute a chile relleno for the tamale.

It's all hands on deck in the kitchen to prepare this meal, which was delicious, by the way!

Casados says that the restaurant is everything to his family.

"It's our livelihood. This place has been able to keep us with everything that we have today," he said.

He has also added his own touch to the restaurant. The walls are decorated with his wildlife photography, which he also sells.

You can take a look at his photos here: http://casadoswildlifephotos.com/

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