After Thanksgiving dinner my house looks like its been ransacked by thieves and I feel like I’ve been beaten with a drumstick. Sometimes dining out is the easiest, most pleasant idea. Santa Fe has an absolutely extraordinary number of dinners that will rival (or beat) home cooking. But make your reservations ASAP.
526 Galisteo St., 820-0919 • Three-course menu, $75, noon-8 pm
Martin's starters include butternut squash bisque with rosemary-lemon-glazed prawns. Mains include a maple-brined turkey with cornbread sausage stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, charred broccolini, butter yams and cranberry-apple chutney.
58 S Federal Place, 986-5858 • Four-course menu, $56, 1-9 pm
Osteria's Italian-accented meal features roasted turkey stuffed with fig, sausage and sage gravy. Alternatives include braised lamb shank, salmon in tomato pesto cream sauce, breaded eggplant or house-made seafood ravioli.
Inn of the Anasazi, 113 Washington Ave., 988-3236 • Three-course menu, $95 adults, $45 kids 12 and younger, noon-10 pm
Anasazi's all-day meal includes things like a starter of sweet potato gnocchi with pear, celery root, Meyer lemon and crispy Brussels sprouts. Entrees center around the organic turkey with sausage stuffing and pan gravy, but you can also get filet of beef or a vegetarian ravioli with truffles.
724 Canyon Road, 982-1500 • 3-course prix fixe, $95
Geronimo's turkey dinner includes a roasted brown butter, sage and maple-basted Amish turkey; yam custard with meringue; chestnut, apple, bacon and sausage dressing; amarena cherry and cranberry relish. There are eight other main course options.
Inn and Spa at Loretto, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail, 984-7915 Brunch, $45 w/ mimosa, 10 am-2 pm; Dinner $90 or $110 with wine pairings, 5-9 pm
Brunch choices include a turkey plate, crab eggs benedict or pumpkin waffles with ginger cream. Includes pastries and a mini dessert table. Dinner menu includes beef tenderloin, pan roasted sea bass or turkey and sides.
Tabla de los Santos
Hotel St. Francis, 210 Don Gaspar Ave., 983-5700 • Three-course menu, $70, 1-5 pm
Tabla's dinner includes turkey with sage green chile sausage stuffing, rutabaga gratin and calabacitas. Other mains include prime rib, rainbow trout, lamb chops and a zucchini Napoleon.
653 Canyon Road, 982-4353 • Three-course menu $85, 3-8 pm
Starters include sweetbreads and foie gras, oxtail torteletti pasta, jumbo lump crab cake and smoked salmon. Mains include organic turkey with root vegetables Spanish chorizo stuffing, cranberry-orange relish and giblet gravy. Other choices include beef tenderloin, braised local lamb shank, pork tenderloin and wild mushroom polenta with black truffles.
La Casa Sena
125 E Palace Ave., 988-9232 • Three-course menu, $58, 2-8 pm
Starters include a roasted poblano soup with polenta truffles and red chile oil; mains include free range turkey with chorizo stuffing and rosemary mashed potatoes. Other options are korobuta pork chop and rack of lamb.
132 W Water St., 983-1615 • Three-course menu, $100, 3-8 pm
The mains include one hell of a turkey plate: sage and brown-sugar-glazed organic turkey with Italian sausage bread pudding, cranberry and pear relish, pecan yams with toasted marshmallows, Brussels sprouts, Vichy carrots, green bean and mushroom casserole, potato creamers and giblet gravy.
La Fonda Hotel, 100 E San Franciso St., 995-2334 Buffet $59 for adults, $49 for seniors and $24 for children, 11 am-3 pm
This ever-popular buffet includes old-fashioned favorites such as deviled eggs; turkey with giblet gravy and cranberry-orange relish; ham with red eye gravy, roast beef au jus and salmon with roasted shallot tarragon butter. The dessert buffet has regular old pumpkin pie and caramel apple pie.
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, 198 State Road 592, 946-5800 • Buffet, $85 for adults, $40 for children ages 6-12, 11 am-7 pm
Terra puts a twist on everything, with a gnocchi and risotto station serving pumpkin gnocchi with pork belly and sage butter. Entrees include turkey with garlic roasted chestnuts and mole gravy; prickly pear-glazed Virginia ham; salmon with fennel and blood oranges; prime rib with gravy and cranberry sauce.
The Old House Restaurant
Eldorado Hotel, 309 W San Francisco St., 995-4530 • Three-course brunch, $35, 10:30 am-2:30 pm; dinner, $95 including wine pairing, 5-9 pm
The brunch is affordable and accessible with shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, eggs and bacon, chocolate chip waffles and smoked salmon eggs benedict alongside turkey with stuffing, sweet potato casserole, green beans and cranberry sauce. Dinner is more serious; the mains include turkey and sides, sea bass with lobster sauce or beef tenderloin.