I had the great privilege to spend a winter working around the state of New Mexico (on an expense account, no less!) and had many of the best meals of my life there. One of the standouts, and a dining experience not to be missed, was a place in the Nob Hill neighborhood of Albuquerque called Ragin’ Shrimp. Yes, I’m aware of New Mexico’s shortage of coast-line and their abundance of chiles in every size, shape, and color. But this place does shrimp that would compete with the best of New Orleans restaurants and I couldn’t drive within 100 miles of Albuquerque without detouring in for a plate. As I remember it, they had a very limited menu (shrimp in a home-made cajun sauce, great green salad, and crusty home-made bread), but everything I ate there was first rate.