Some restaurants are hard to categorize, either because their offerings are genuinely unique or because they serve a cuisine that’s less common. That’s certainly true of these three unique restaurants in Santa Fe. (more…)
Considering the recent culinary additions to the Santa Fe restaurant scene, these are the establishments that stand out.
228 E. Palace Avenue, Santa Fe
Judging by Eloisa, hotel restaurants in Santa Fe have graduated to the major leagues. The rustic, modern space and open kitchen has the type of slick atmosphere you might expect to find in Los Angeles’s hipster neighborhoods, rather than inside a Drury Hotel. The heavily New Mexican offerings consist of both large and small plates, but opt for the small plates to acquire a better overview of the menu. Start with the ensalada sandia, which features shrimp perched atop watermelon, drizzled with mojito vinaigrette — a perfect combination of refreshing flavors and playful plating. Although tacos are available in virtually every Santa Fe restaurant, you’re unlikely to find blue corn tortillas stuffed with pastrami and sauerkraut elsewhere. And, as for the croque jamon, it’s essentially a reimagined croque monsieur using serrano ham and with manchego cheese in place of the more traditional gruyère. Accompany your meal with the Eloisa cocktail, which marries cava with slowly macerated apricot liqueur.
It’s easy to find popular restaurants that are located smack-dab in Tourist Central. But what about the places that locals frequent? These three restaurants are situated just outside of Santa Fe proper, but they are definitely worth the drive. (more…)
If you relish the idea of scoring a great deal, here are five Santa Fe restaurants that consistently offer excellent value for money.
505 Cerrillos Road, Suite B-101, Santa Fe
Talin Market is a grocery store that specializes in international products. To the right of the entrance, behind a bright orange bar, a chef produces noodle bowls at fast food speeds, and prices are only marginally higher. Bowls of curly ramen (rather than whole wheat ramen or rice noodles) start at $4.95. Much like create-your-own pizzas, you can choose your broth, then add as many or as few ingredients as you desire for between $0.75-$2.00 each. The selection includes bok choy, duck eggs, fish cakes, various types of mushrooms, and even meatballs! The steaming noodles bowls are both warming and hearty, and offer a good bang for your buck. (more…)
Air conditioning is far from standard in many Santa Fe restaurants, especially those close to the Plaza. After all, it’s tough to install AC in historic buildings with mud brick walls! Thankfully, ice cream provides a convenient solution to unrelenting, summer days. Here are the best places to beat the heat in Santa Fe. (more…)
Until recently, Santa Fe was a gastropub desert. Taprooms offered beer, and gourmet food abounded, but there was a dearth of places that combined the two, particularly at affordable prices. Then, in 2013, Duel Brewing opened. The subsequent year both Loyal Hound and Fire and Hops followed suit. These three establishments have quickly elevated the Santa Fe gastropub scene. (more…)
Santa Fe offers a number of budget-friendly happy hour deals. These five bars will stretch your dollar a little further.
Conveniently located just off the Plaza, San Francisco Street Bar & Grill is the perfect place to recover from art or museum overload. Give your feet a rest as you chomp your way through sliders balanced on fluffy pretzel buns. This is also a great way for anyone leery of Santa Fe’s infamous obsession with spicy food to sample a green chile cheeseburger. Don’t like it? No problem. There are two other sliders on your plate. Beginning of a beautiful friendship? Awesome. There are plenty of full-size GCCB options in the City Different. If this is your first GCCB, be sure to pile the accompanying shredded lettuce and tomato onto your slider, because it dials down the heat. Alternatively, try the blackened mahi mahi fish tacos, which are accompanied by a fresh salsa comprised of mango, bell pepper, red onion, and cilantro. (more…)
Fall means one thing in New Mexico: green chile season. Throughout the state, grocery store parking lots fill with barrel-shaped roasters that tumble green chiles over open flames. Locals scramble to stockpile their stash because, when it comes to the state vegetable, New Mexicans are hoarders. And, although we’ll slap green chile on anything remotely edible, a classic combination is the green chile cheeseburger – abbreviated to GCCB. You’ll find this combo pretty much wherever burgers are served. Here are some of Santa Fe’s highlights. (more…)