Las Cruces is a a college town, the second largest city in NM now, I think. There is a wide variety of ethnic places serving veg*n dishes. We have a good size and active Pagan community as well as a huge immigrant sector who bring interesting foods and activites to the mix. Although there is a predominance of mexican eateries (many are very good about only cooking with EVO & canola oils and not having pork/animal products in stuff like refried beans), there is almost no end to the varieties of munchies available. While it is a mexican border community, we are by no means backward or out of the loop. I attribute the rise in veg*n foods to the college and its varied ethnicities.