- Posted November 28, 2012 by
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Eating Your Way Through Santa Fe A Fun, Local Perspective, On What And Where To Eat
The Shed/La Choza (sister restaurant & usually less crowded)
These two restaurants are huge with the locals. The Shed is by far my favorite New Mexican restaurant in Santa Fe and has been owned and operated by the same family for more than 60 years. They have also been buying chile from my families farm in Hatch for the same amount of time. I love the Red Chile here, and the side of French style garlic bread. My Favorite dishes are:
The Two Blue Corn Burritos With Red Chile, Light Cheese, and an egg on top.
#4 With an Egg on Top
A Cup of the Mushroom Soup or The Red Raspberry Soup (perfect on a hot day)
For Desert I like to have:
The Vanilla Ice cream with Fresh Raspberries on top
I Like most of their Margaritas and House Sangria
So This is a little but of a greasier place off of Cerillos Road. I love to eat here for breakfast. Make sure if you go order the Bakery Basket and get plenty of the mini Cinnamon Rolls. I like to order the Breakfast Burrito with either sausage or bacon smothered with green chile. When you go, it will be during the peak of green chile season and they buy directly from my family’s farm down south...The Chile is gooood and Hot! Make sure you get there plenty early usually a line to eat.
This places is REALLY tiny, always has a really loooong wait, but has one of the best breakfast/lunches in town. Katherine Kagel the chef and owner is famous for her style of cooking and her gallery is right above the restaurant (kinda fun to check out during the wait). The place is well known for all organic ingredients that are mostly all local. I like to order: Huevos MotuleÑos, Huevos Rancheros, or the Two Mole Enchiladas (The mole is phenomenal and made with over 70 different ingredients). To drink I like to try the Espresso Milkshake with House Coffee Ice Cream or the Michilada (it’s not like the budlight kind at all.)
This restaurant was made famous many years ago by the famous chef Mark Miller. It is now owned and operated by the equally amazing chef Eric DeStefano. If you go for dinner it’s a pretty fancy place with higher prices and you will need reservations. EVERYTHING on the menu is really bomb, but I love the side dish of Green Chile Mac N Cheese with Bacon (this is also one of the chefs favorites.) Matt (the boyfriend) says it would be an injustice if I didn’t mention how amazing The Elk is. If you go to the Rooftop Cantina (which I highly recommend doing just for fun, to grab a cocktail, an appetizer and watch the sunset.) Try the Jalapeno Shooters as an appetizer.
Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen
Go here for the Margaritas they are SUPER good...so make sure you're not the one driving home. They have a pretty good Carne Adovada dish (although I would really only suggest drinking here). I mostly like their green chile meatballs as an appetizer.
This is a traditional New Mexican restaurant that tends to get more press than it deserves. I love the owners and their cooking methods but I don’t usually eat here unless I want a REALLY good Margarita. SERIOUSLY one of the best margaritas you might ever have. If you go to Atriscos their sister restaurant in the De Vargas Mall I like to order the Lamb Burrito Smothered in Red. In my opinion, I like the Atriscos menu more than the famous Tomasitas.
New Mexican Breakfast Places:
Horseman's Haven - end of Cerillos Rd.
This place is notoriously known among the locals as the place to get the hottest chile in town. My grandparents used to run the restaurant that used to be attached to the gas station. It’s where my mom had her first job. This is a total greasy spoon type of place but the chile is really good! I think breakfast here is best, but they have really awesome Carne Adovada and Breakfast Burritos as well.
Tia Sophia’s - located off the plaza
This place is seriously packed all the time with locals and tourists alike. You need to follow three rules if you plan on eating here. 1. Go for breakfast 2. Don't go here on the weekends, or arrive really early 3. Order the breakfast burrito the way you like it (I suggest Xmas chile here) and make sure no matter what you order the sopapillas. Seriously probably the best sopapillas in town.
This has been one of my favorite breakfast places since I was a kid. I don’t think it’s really that greasy, and I really like that they have a different New Mexican breakfast menu from anyone else in town. They have phenomenal bread that comes with your breakfast (make sure you order the cinnamon nut bread with extra raspberry jelly-sauce). My favorite items on the menu for breakfast are the Florentine Egg Roll, Migas, or the Casey Enchiladas. This is another popular breakfast place so be prepared to wait or arrive early.
If you are looking for the best quick hand held burrito in town look no further. I devour every time I’m home the Chorizo Burrito, Egg, Potato, and I prefer with Red Chile. It’s really inexpensive and will fill you up big time. Try not to go here for lunch because it gets super crowded if you do make sure you call and order your burritos ahead of time.
Non Breakfast Places:
Del Charro Saloon
I always make sure I go here to meet up with the crew when I’m back in town. First of all it’s dirt cheap so thats awesome for college kids, second it has amazing bar/restaurant food. I tell everyone to order The Stuffed Poblano. You can die happy after you eat it, very happy.
I have been coming here for the Original Burrito With Chicken for over a decade. This is my favorite place for a non-breakfast burrito. The salsa bar is amazing make sure you load up on the red.
Non New Mexican Places to Eat:
Tune Up Cafe
Matt is obsessed with the Tune Up Burger or the Buffalo Burger here, he thinks it’s the best in town, but he’s not a local. This is a mix or Salvadorian food with New Mexican. Everything is mostly local and organic, I also think their pastries of the day on display are bomb. I tried the carrot cake they made and it was THE BEST EVER. If you like Papusas I would suggest those.
Jambo has steadily become really popular. You wouldn’t even notice it because of it’s location in the strip mall next to a Ace Hardware store. Matt and I love coming here for dinner, We usually try one of the following: Jerk Chicken Sandwich, The New Mexican Lamb Burger, the Crab cakes, side of Plantains, or Coconut shrimp. The restaurant is now #1 on Trip Advisor for places to eat, which is funny since it’s not even New Mexican.
Clafoutis French Bakery
If you want to have a non- New Mexican breakfast or lunch this is one of the best places to go. They cook fresh French bread and pastries daily and it’s sooo good. It’s a really small hole-in-the-wall type of place, so plan on being a small party size to get a table, or come before the lunch rush. I love to order the Croque Madame. But seriously everything here is delicious.
This is the place to go if you want a delicious salad that is fresh with local and organic ingredients, most of it is from the owners garden. I love the Greek Salad, The Cuban Torta, and Grilled Marinated Baby Artichokes. Also make sure to try the Hibiscus Iced Tea.
This restaurant was recently awarded the best pizza in the nation by the Food Network. The two Pizzas that are my favorite are: The Duck Pizza with Truffle Oil on Blue Corn Crust.
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