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Peter Sills

Food and Drink

BOSF Readers Choice

July 29, 2015, 12:00 am
By SFR

Best Asian

1

Jinja Bar & Bistro
Why stick to one type of Asian cuisine when dining out when you can sample bits of it all? Jinja hops all over the map with authentic dishes like moo shu pork or tofu, Thai red curry shrimp and a host of noodle dishes and appetizers. An exotic cocktail list keeps the bar hopping at all hours.

510 N Guadalupe St., 982-4321
jinjabistro.com

Jinja Bar & Bistro
Peter Sills

2. Izanami

3451 Hyde Park Road, 428-6390
izanamisantafe.com

3. Mu Du Noodles

1494 Cerrillos Road, 983-1411
mudunoodles.com

Best Baked Goods

1

Clafoutis French Bakery & Restaurant
A country-style French meal at this lunch-only bistro isn’t complete without staring longingly at the croissants, éclairs, baguettes, brioche, fruit tarts, quiches, muffins, old-fashioned sandwich loaves, macarons and other baked items near the entrance, all of which are prepared daily and in-house. How quickly they disappear each day is a testament to their overwhelming popularity.

402 N Guadalupe St., 988-1809
facebook.com/pages/Clafoutis

2. Chocolate Maven Bakery & Café

821 W San Mateo Road, 984-1980
chocolatemaven.com

3. Dulce

1100 Don Diego Ave., 989-9966
dulcebakery.com

Best Bakery

1

Sage Bakehouse
Sage’s naturally leavened, hand-formed, slowly fermented breads are synonymous with the true meaning of the word artisan. It’s a word thrown around by a lot of restaurants, but few walk the talk like they do. At their downtown location, housemade desserts, croissants and espresso drinks complement a small menu of sandwiches using their addictive breads.

535 Cerrillos Road, 820-7243
sagebakehouse.com

2. Chocolate Maven Bakery & Café

821 W San Mateo Road, 984-1980
chocolatemaven.com

3. Clafoutis French Bakery & Restaurant

402 N Guadalupe St., 988-1809
facebook.com/pages/Clafoutis

Best Bartender

1

Parker Bachman, El Farol
It takes a lot of patience and dedication to be a great bartender, but it takes an almost-superhuman amount of those qualities to do it in a tourist town at one of the loudest, most legendary watering holes in the city. Bachman makes it look easy, and that’s what makes him a true artist behind the speed rack.

808 Canyon Road, 983-9912

2. Leahi Mayfield, El Paseo Bar & Grill

208 Galisteo St., 992-2848

3. Molly Dietz, The Palace

142 W Palace Ave., 428-0690

Best BBQ

1

Whole Hog Café
When you want the smoked-meat sweats, leave it to the experts here who, in 2000, 2002 and 2008, won top honors at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. Whether you fancy pulled pork, tender beef brisket, smoked chicken or ribs, these folks have you covered. Slather on one of seven traditional BBQ sauces and go hog-wild.

320 S Guadalupe St., 474-3375
wholehogcafe.com

2. The Ranch House

2571 Cristos Road, 424-8900
theranchhousesantafe.com

3. Cowgirl BBQ

319 S Guadalupe St., 982-2565
cowgirlsantafe.com

Best Breakfast Burrito

1

Tia Sophia’s
A breakfast burrito is a pretty good measure of how well a restaurant interprets traditional Santa Fe/New Mexican cuisine, and this always-busy mainstay consistently sets the bar high. A mammoth flour tortilla is stuffed with your choice of soft-crisp hash browns, cheese and eggs (or meat, or both), all smothered in red and/or green chile that gives locals the heat level they crave.

210 W San Francisco St., 983-9880
facebook.com/pages/Tia-Sophias-Restaurant

2. El Parasol

1833 Cerrillos Road, 995-8015
elparasol.com

3. Blake’s Lotaburger

At five locations in Santa Fe, 884-2160
lotaburger.com

Best Breakfast or Brunch

1

Harry’s Roadhouse
None of the regulars at Harry’s Roadhouse will look at you sideways if you eat a slice of one of the kitchen’s heavenly pies for breakfast, but missing out on the huevos rancheros and blue cornmeal waffles here would still be a shame. Consider the short drive, and the sometimes-long wait, well worth it.

96 Old Las Vegas Hwy., 989-4629
harrysroadhousesantafe.com

2. The Pantry

1820 Cerrillos Road, 986-0022
pantrysantafe.com

3. Clafoutis French Bakery & Restaurant

402 N Guadalupe St., 988-1809
facebook.com/pages/Clafoutis

Best Burger

1

Santa Fe Bite
When owners John and Bonnie Eckre, who formerly operated Bobcat Bite, moved their restaurant to downtown Santa Fe, many worried that their food would suffer. Fat chance. Their griddled burger patties, made with choice, whole chuck and sirloin ground fresh daily in-house, are served on fluffy, slightly toasted homemade buns. Green chile and cheese complete this world-famous masterpiece.

311 Old Santa Fe Trail, 982-0544
santafebite.com

2. Shake Foundation

631 Cerrillos Road, 988-8992
shakefoundation.com

3. Five Star Burgers

604 N Guadalupe St., 983-8977
5starburgers.com

Best Caterer

1

Cowgirl BBQ
Variety is the spice of life, and Cowgirl chef Patrick Lambert’s diverse catering menus deliver it in spades. From Cajun kebabs and yak meatballs to soft tacos and mesquite-smoked barbecue brisket, there’s something on the exhaustive catering menu for every occasion and palate. On-site party rooms invite groups of 20-200 to utilize the menu and leave the cleaning up to Cowgirl’s friendly staff.

319 S Guadalupe St., 982-2565
cowgirlsantafe.com

2. Walter Burke Catering

1209 Calle de Comerico, 473-9600
walterburkecatering.com

3. Peas in a Pod

1314 Apache Ave., 438-2877
cateringsantafe.com

Best Cheap Eats

1
Tune Up Café
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Tune-Up Café
On a budget but don’t want to sacrifice quality and quantity for price? Funky, unpretentious Tune-Up delivers a diverse selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner entrées that won’t leave a huge dent in your wallet. Pupusas and banana leaf-wrapped tamales share menu real estate with burgers, nachos and salmon tacos, with nothing over $15.

1115 Hickox St., 983-7060
tuneupsantafe.com

2. Del Charro

101 W Alameda St., 954-0320
delcharro.com

3. El Parasol

1833 Cerrillos Road, 995-8015
elparasol.com

Best Chef

1

Ahmed Obo, Jambo
Hailing from Lamu Island off the coast of Kenya, chef/owner Ahmed Obo fuses the cuisine of his homeland with globally influenced dishes to deliver a singular ethnic dining experience in Santa Fe. Besides serving up dishes like coconut-lentil stew and East African-spiced shrimp, Obo also happens to be a genuinely kind-hearted proprietor who frequently gives back to his community.

2010 Cerrillos Road, 473-1269
jambocafe.net

2. Martín Rios, Restaurant Martín

526 Galisteo St., 820-0919
restaurantmartin.com

3. Eric DiStefano, Coyote Café and Geronimo

132 W Water St., 982-1500
coyotecafe.com

724 Canyon Road, 983-1516
geronimorestaurant.com

Best Chile Cheese Fries

1

Second Street Brewery
No one likes feasting on a grease bomb of mushy, oily julienned potatoes tucked underneath a congealed layer of ho-hum cheese, which is why people flock to Second Street for a heaping helping of well-tended hand-cut fries topped with tangy cheddar and your choice of red or green chile. Feeling piggish? Try topping it all with some pork belly.

1814 2nd St., 982-3030
secondstreetbrewery.com

Second Street Brewery
Peter Sills

2. Cowgirl BBQ

319 S Guadalupe St., 982-2565
cowgirlsantafe.com

3. Del Charro

101 W Alameda St., 954-0320
delcharro.com


Best Chocolate

1

Kakawa Chocolate House
Home of the chocolate elixir (don’t call it hot chocolate—they hate that), Kakawa also serves a variety of drinking chocolates using traditional recipes from chocolate history, such as the “Mayan full spice” elixir made with chile and Mexican vanilla. A display case filled with house made truffles, solid dark chocolates and chocolate-covered caramels is impossible to resist.

1050 Paseo de Peralta, 982-0388
kakawachocolates.com

2. Señor Murphy Candymaker

At four locations in Santa Fe, 988-4311
senormurphy.com

3. The Chocolate Smith

851A Cerrillos Road, 473-2111
chocolatesmith.com

Best Cider

1

Santa Fe Cider Works
Made from pressed local apples and bottled in an unfiltered state to protect the true personality of the fruit, the non-sparkling Cider Different and slightly sparkling Enchanted Cherry ciders are about as local and sustainable as they can get. At 7 percent alcohol by volume, they also pack a pretty good punch!

4363 Center Place, 513-7379
santafeciderworks.org

2. Santa Sidra

1730 Camino Carlos Rey, Ste. 103, 424-6122
santasidra.com

3. New Mexico Hard Cider

231-0632
nmcider.com

Best Cocktails

1

Del Charro
Renowned for its cheap eats and happy hour specials, Del Charro also whips up superb (and heady) old-fashioned cocktails, cosmos and margaritas. Not a lot of fancy mixology or salad-in-a-glass action going on here, just straightforward drinks to go along with the bar staff’s legendary straightforward attitude.

101 W Alameda St., 954-0320
delcharro.com

Del Charro
Peter Sills

2. Coyote Café

132 W Water St., 983-1615
coyotecafe.com

3. Secreto Lounge

210 Don Gaspar Ave., 983-5700
secretolounge.com

Best Dessert

1

Chocolate Maven Bakery & Café
From dense and rich Black Forest cake and Dutch apple pie with handmade crust to peach empanadas and New York-style cheesecake, the Maven has mastered the art of the final course. Swing by for a slice, or follow up a sit-down meal here with one of their earthly delights.

821 W San Mateo Road, 984-1980
chocolatemaven.com

2. Clafloutis French Bakery & Restaurant

402 N Guadalupe St., 988-1809
facebook.com/pages/Clafoutis

3. Dulce

1100 Don Diego Ave., 989-9966
dulcebakery.com

Best Fine Dining

1

Geronimo
A longtime cornerstone of Santa Fe’s fine dining scene housed in the centuries-old Borrego House on Canyon Road, Geronimo is as big on atmosphere and attention to service detail as it is on chef/co-owner Eric DiStefano’s eclectic, globally influenced cuisine. Whether feasting on his signature Telicherry-rubbed elk tenderloin or the seasonal, vegetarian mushroom tasting menu, be confident that with the style here comes mountains of culinary substance.

724 Canyon Road, 982-1500
geronimorestaurant.com

2. Restaurant Martín

526 Galisteo St., 820-0919
restaurantmartin.com

3. The Compound Restaurant

653 Canyon Road, 982-4353
compoundrestaurant.com

Best Fish Tacos

1

Bumblebee’s Baja Grill
Expertly char-grilled mahi-mahi, salmon and shrimp tacos using soft corn tortillas, garnished with Bumble Bee’s famous “secret sauce,” only get better when topped with one of the restaurant’s freshly made salsas: roasted tomato, pico de gallo, tomatillo or the eye-opening habanero.

301 Jefferson St., 820-2862
bumblebeesbajagrill.com

2. Mariscos “La Playa”

537 W Cordova St., 982-2790
mariscoslaplayarestaurant.com

3. Plaza Café Southside

3466 Zafarano Drive, 424-0755
plazacafesouthside.com

Best Food Cart/Truck/Stand

1

Bang Bite Filling Station
Although chef/owner Enrique Guerrero is now kept extra busy with his new restaurants in the Santa Fe Railyard, his Bang Bite food truck, across from Kaune’s Neighborhood Market, still attracts huge crowds. Guerrero’s insistence on freshness and compulsion to get playful with his food sets him apart from many of his competitors. His inventive burgers, sammies and “things with cheese” are just the tip of the iceberg.

502 Old Santa Fe Trail, 469-2345
bangbitesf.com

2. Chicago Dog Express

600 Cerrillos Road, 984-2798
facebook.com/pages/Chicago-Dog-Express

3. Bambini’s Steaks & Hoagies

905 S St. Francis Drive, 699-2243
bambinissantafe.com

Best Gluten-Free Pizza

1

Back Road Pizza
Decent gluten-free pizza crust is hard to come by, even in larger cities with solid reputations for pizza. Back Road’s version, made with 100 percent organic gluten-free flours, is a perfect example of how to do it right: crisp, chewy, light and slightly salty. It’s so popular, in fact, that Back Road has toyed with the idea of bringing its GF dough to the retail market.

1807 2nd St., Ste. 1, 955-9055
backroadpizza.com

Back Road Pizza
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2. Upper Crust Pizza

329 Old Santa Fe Trail, 982-0000
uppercrustpizza.com

3. Rooftop Pizzeria

60 E San Francisco St., 984-0008
rooftoppizzeria.com

Best Green Chile

1
Horseman’s Haven Café
Peter Sills

Horseman’s Haven Café
A face-melting green chile that also packs tons of flavor? Yes, please. Horseman’s Haven’s owners have a secret weapon: They own the hybrid chile seed that gives their Hatch-grown chile its powerful punch. If you’re brave, ask for the “level two” chile. And maybe a side of sour cream.

4354 Cerrillos Road, 471-5420
facebook.com/pages/Horsemans-Haven

2. La Choza

905 Alarid St., 982-0909
lachozasf.com

3. Tomasita’s

500 S Guadalupe St., 983-5721
tomasitas.com

Best Guacamole

1

Gabriel’s Restaurant
Guacamole preparation at the tableside is a dying craft, but at Gabriel’s, on the outskirts of Santa Fe, it’s elevated to a fine art. Fresh, creamy avocado, tomato, fresh jalapeño, lime juice, minced garlic, onion and cilantro are blended at your table in amounts chosen by you before being served in a volcanic molcajete with warm, crisp tortilla chips.

4 Banana Lane, 455-7000
gabrielsofsantafe.com

2. La Choza

905 Alarid St., 982-0909
lachozasf.com

3. Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen

555 W Cordova Road, 983-7929
marias-santafe.com

Best Happy Hour


Del Charro
Peter Sills

 

1

Del Charro
When you call Del Charro to ask when happy hour is, the answer is usually, “Every hour is happy hour.” With no set time for happy hour at all, Del Charro still reels them in with its inexpensive cocktail menu and affordable appetizers, like the $5.75 nachos and $8 chipotle wings with ranch dressing.

101 W Alameda St., 954-0320
delcharro.com

2. Agave Lounge

309 W San Francisco St., 988-4455
eldoradohotel.com/dining-nightlife

3. Pranzo Italian Grill

540 Montezuma St., 984-2645
pranzosantafe.com

Best Hip Restaurant

1

Dr. Field Goods Kitchen
Chef-owner Josh Gerwin may very well roll his eyes or laugh at the word “hip” being attached to his name, but in the interest of exposing his culinary prowess, it’ll do. Gerwin is staunchly farm-to-table in his execution, and his menu is always a reflection of his rock ’n’ roll approach in the kitchen. Case in point: the “Big-Ass BLT,” made with a 9-ounce patty of ground bacon.

2860 Cerrillos Road, 471-0043
drfieldgoods.com

2. Counter Culture Café

930 Baca St., 995-1105
facebook.com/pages/Counter-Culture-Cafe

3. Tune-Up Café

1115 Hickox St., 983-7060
tuneupsantafe.com

Best Hotel Bar

1

Agave Lounge
Swank atmosphere meets casual mood and service at this bustling downtown cocktail lounge and wine bar. Serving up snacks that range from house-rolled sushi to juicy green chile cheeseburgers, it’s a popular meet-up spot for locals and visitors alike.

309 W San Francisco St., 988-4455
eldoradohotel.com/dining-nightlife

2. Del Charro

101 W Alameda St., 954-0320
delcharro.com

3. Secreto Lounge

210 Don Gaspar Ave., Ste. A, 983-5700
secretolounge.com

Best Ice Cream, Gelato or Frozen Yogurt

1

Ecco Gelato and Espresso
Come lemon, come persimmon, come coconut stracciatella, come all—this is heaven in a cup. Offering a select list of choices daily from an arsenal of recipes that embrace fruit, chocolate, nuts and even peanut butter, Ecco takes its gelato and sorbet seriously. With an eye toward local and organic ingredients when available, it’s no wonder it finds itself on top.

105 E Marcy St., 986-9778
eccogelato.com

2. Taos Cow

485 Hwy. 150, Taos, 575-776-5640
facebook.com/pages/Taos-Cow-Ice-Cream

3. Yoberri

217 W San Francisco St., 995-1191
yoberri.us

Best Independent Coffee/Tea House

1

Ohori’s Coffee
Walking into this joint, the aroma of freshly roasted Arabica beans is enough to wake you out of a slumber, if not bowl you over. This is where many people come to fuel up for a long day at the office, but it’s also a place where old friends gather for an espresso and a catch-up in the afternoon.

1098 1/2 S St. Francis Drive, 982-9692
ohoriscoffee.com

Ohori's Coffee
Enrique Limon

 

2. Iconik Coffee Roasters

1600 Lena St., Ste. A2, 428-0996
iconikcoffee.com

3. The Teahouse

821 Canyon Road, 992-0972
teahousesantafe.com


Best International Cuisine

1

Jambo Café
Chef Ahmed Obo blends home-style Kenyan cuisine with influences from the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe, India and the Americas to create something unavailable anywhere else in Santa Fe, and his devoted following is as legendary as his goat stew with island curry sauce and his Jamaican jerk chicken.

2010 Cerrillos Road, 473-1269
jambocafe.net

2. Jinja

520 N Guadalupe St., 982-4321
jinjabistro.com

3. Mu Du Noodles

1494 Cerrillos Road, 983-1411
mudunoodles.com

Best Italian

1

Andiamo!
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, this intimate neighborhood trattoria oozes conviviality without losing that ever-important intimate touch. A farm-to-table partner with an eye for seasonality, Andiamo! excels at thin-crust pizzas, pastas and other Italian classics and has a wine program to match.

322 Garfield St., 995-9595
andiamosantafe.com

2. Il Piatto

95 W Marcy St., 984-1091
ilpiattosantafe.com

3. Piccolino Italian Restaurant

2890 Agua Fría St., 471-1480
piccolinosantafe.com

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

1

Cowgirl BBQ
With play equipment on the back patio and a bar staff that has dealt with its fair share of adult children over the years, it’s nice to know that Cowgirl BBQ still manages to maintain a soft spot for the little ones. Menu items like the ice cream baked potato and a friendly service team make it a great place to take the tots.

319 S Guadalupe St., 982-2565
cowgirlsantafe.com

Cowgirl BBQ
Peter Sills

2. Plaza Café Southside

3466 Zafarano Drive, 424-0755
plazacafesouthside.com

3. Harry’s Roadhouse

96 Old Las Vegas Hwy., 989-4629
harrysroadhousesantafe.com

Best Local Bar

1

Del Charro
Cheap burgers, nachos and wings; strong-ass drinks; plentiful seating; and no-nonsense servers make this bar a popular local hangout in the dead heat of summer and in the throes of a gnarly powder season at Ski Santa Fe. No frills and no nonsense. This is your Cheers.

101 W Alameda St., 954-0320
delcharro.com

2. Cowgirl BBQ

319 S Guadalupe St., 982-2565
cowgirlsantafe.com

3. Fire & Hops

222 N Guadalupe St., 954-1635
fireandhopsgastropub.com

Best Local Distillery

1

Santa Fe Spirits
Santa Fe Spirits owner-operator Colin Keegan took a chance on whiskey in the desert—and he won. His Colkegan single malt whiskey and apple brandy are gaining national attention, but he doesn’t stop at the basics when crafting his spirits using locally harvested botanicals. Try the newly-ish-released Atapiño, a liqueur made with roasted local piñón nuts and sweetened with local pine resin.

7505 Mallard Way, Ste. 1, 780-5906
santafespirits.com

Santa Fe Spirits
Peter Sills

2. Don Quixote Distillery

18057 US 84/285, Pojoaque, 695-0817
dqdistillery.com

3. KGB Spirits

183 Co. Road 41, Alcalde, 852-0083
kgbspirits.com

Best Lunch Spot

1

Vinaigrette
Drop the lunchtime burger, buddy, because salad never tasted so good. Owner and farmer Erin Wade knows her way around fresh produce, and here it’s served up in a dizzying array of combinations. Take a fork-stab at the “All Kale Caesar” with Marcona almonds and anchovy dressing, or go veggie with “The Beet Goes On,” a combo of baby greens, arugula, goat cheese, chopped pistachios, balsamic roasted beets and honey-balsamic vinaigrette.

709 Don Cubero Alley, 820-9205
vinaigretteonline.com

2. Back Street Bistro

513 Camino de los Marquez, 982-3500
backstreetbistrodailysoup.blogspot.com

3. Tune-Up Café

1115 Hickox St., 983-7060
tuneupsantafe.com

Best Margaritas

1
Maria's New Mexican Kitchen
Enrique Limon

Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen
Every margarita on Maria’s extensive margarita list is made with 100 percent agave tequila (not mixto tequila), but still: more than 100 to choose from? This adventure could take some time. Also, they’re all made with lemon juice, not lime juice, for “consistency.” Recommended: the house silver and the “Grand Old Opera,” a mix of El Mayor 100 percent agave silver with Grand Marnier.

555 W Cordova Road, 983-7929
marias-santafe.com

2. Tomasita’s

500 S Guadalupe St., 983-5721
tomasitas.com

3. Del Charro

101 W Alameda St., 954-0320
delcharro.com

Best Mexican Restaurant

1

La Choza
As the Shed’s accomplished little sister, La Choza also excels at chile-smothered fare such as cheese enchiladas, chiles rellenos and burritos. Tender posole (made with pork) and beans accompany many dishes, and there’s plenty of chile on the plate to sop up with an extra side of sopaipillas.

905 Alarid St., 982-0909
lachozasf.com

2. The Shed

113 1/2 E Palace Ave., 982-9030
sfshed.com

3. Los Potrillos

1947 Cerrillos Road, 992-0550
facebook.com/pages/Los-Potrillos

Best New Café or Restaurant

1

Santa Fe Bite
Chile cheeseburgers might be the Bite’s world-renown bread and butter, but don’t sneer at the menu’s carnitas tacos and cast iron-fried buttermilk chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy (Sundays only on the chicken). There’s comfort in everything from the food to the service here, a reputation built over decades of serving a small selection of well-executed classics—only now at the new downtown location.

311 Old Santa Fe Trail, 982-0544
santafebite.com

2. Dr. Field Goods

2860 Cerrillos Road, 471-0043
drfieldgoods.com

3. Fire & Hops

222 N Guadalupe St., 954-1635
fireandhopsgastropub.com

Best New Mexican Restaurant

1

La Choza
Call it Mexican, call it New Mexican…one thing is certain: La Choza has captured the hearts and appetites of chile heads. Affordable food, quick and friendly service and plenty of free parking make it a magnet for locals seeking an authentic red or green fix away from the downtown retail madness.

905 Alarid St., 982-0909
lachozasf.com

La Choza
Peter Sills

2. The Shed

113 1/2 E Palace Ave., 982-9030
sfshed.com

3. Tomasita’s

500 S Guadalupe St., 983-5721
tomasitas.com

Best New Mexico-Brewed Beer

1

Second Street Brewery
Second Street Brewery brewmaster Rod Tweet has been serving up his frothy inventions in Santa Fe for almost 20 years. Using 80 percent hops and barley from the Pacific Northwest and 20 percent from Western Europe, Tweet delivers traditional and seasonal beers that run the gamut from cream stout and extra special bitter to a headier British-style “Winter Warmer.”

1814 2nd St., 982-3030
secondstreetbrewery.com

2. Santa Fe Brewing Company

35 Fire Place, 471-9298
santafebrewing.com

3. Marble Brewery

111 Marble Ave. NW, Albuquerque
marblebrewery.com

Best New Mexico Winery

1

Gruet Winery
What began in the late 1980s as a small winery with a few acres in southern New Mexico and elsewhere has blossomed into one of the world’s most recognizable brands of American-made sparkling wine. Although the bubblesmay grab the lion’s share of Gruet’s sales, many of its still wines are equally transcendent.

8400 Pan American Freeway NE, Albuquerque, 821-0055
gruetwinery.com

2. Black Mesa Winery

1502 State Road 68, Velarde, 852-2820
blackmesawinery.com

3. Estrella Del Norte Vineyard

106 N Shining Sun, Pojoaque, 455-2826
estrelladelnortevineyard.com

Best Outdoor Patio

1

La Casa Sena
Despite the recent pinning of a diner by an errant cottonwood tree branch, La Casa Sena’s patio is still a legendary destination for drinkies and a New Mexico-inspired nosh created by chef Patrick Gharrity. Now sporting a sleek, covered outdoor bar surrounded by lovely plants in full bloom, ground-floor patio dining just got real.

125 E Palace Ave., 988-9232
lacasasena.com

2. Harry’s Roadhouse

96 Old Las Vegas Hwy., 989-4629
harrysroadhousesantafe.com

3. Santacafé

231 Washington Ave., 984-1788
santacafe.com

Best Pizza

1

Back Road Pizza
Cornmeal in the crust and a tangy housemade tomato sauce give Back Road’s standard pies their particular je ne sais ’za. In 2015, Back Road owner Piper Kapin celebrates 12 years as the head pie boss on 2nd Street. Could it be the housemade sausage? The killer gluten-free crust option? Meatballs made with New Mexico beef and pork? All of the above.

1807 2nd St., Ste. 1, 955-9055
backroadpizza.com

2. Pizza Centro

At three locations in Santa Fe, 471-6200
pizzacentronys.com

3. Upper Crust

329 Old Santa Fe Trail, 982-0000
uppercrustpizza.com

Best Place for Business Lunch

1

Santacafé
If you’re looking for a place to take a prospective client, with or without a booze component, look no further. Chef Fernando Ruiz and his crew will hook you up with Santacafé staples, like crispy calamari with chile lime dipping sauce, and wow you with seasonal items like the lobster roll with pommes frites. Lunch service is swift and not fussy.

231 Washington Ave., 984-1788
santacafe.com

2. Rio Chama Steakhouse

414 Old Santa Fe Trail, 955-0765
riochamasteakhouse.com

3. Midtown Bistro

901 W San Mateo Road, 820-3121
midtownbistrosf.com

Best Place to Order a Steak

1

The Bull Ring
Big hunks of delicious red meat are offered in this place with a storied Santa Fe history. The Bull Ring is a landmark destination for carnivorous devotees and politicos that dishes up gobs of butter-drenched filets, NY strips, rib eyes, T-bones, porterhouses and prime rib. Salad? What’s salad?

150 Washington Ave., Ste. 108, 983-3328
santafebullring.com

2. Rio Chama Steakhouse

414 Old Santa Fe Trail, 955-0765
riochamasteakhouse.com

3. Santacafé

231 Washington Ave., 984-1788
santacafe.com

Best Red Chile

1

The Shed
Earthy and slightly spicy with a hint of sweetness, the Shed’s red chile is an exercise in…oh hell, let’s just face it. The Shed’s red chile, made from pods and not powder, is New Mexican red chile perfection…

113 1/2 E Palace Ave., 982-9030
sfshed.com

TIED

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La Choza
…which is why its sister restaurant ties this year for best red chile. Is there a difference in the recipe from place to place? Argue amongst yourselves about it, and get out of line to do it. We need enchiladas, stat.

905 Alarid St., 982-0909
lachozasf.com

2. Tomasita’s

500 S Guadalupe St., 983-5721
tomasitas.com

3. The Pantry

1820 Cerrillos Road, 986-0022
pantrysantafe.com

Best Sandwich

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Mucho Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe
Not sure if a “Santa Fe Cheese Steak” and the “El Grinder” Italian-style sub qualify as gourmet, but who cares? These hearty, made-to-order sandwiches and others like them have sustained hungry lunch-seekers in Santa Fe, especially those along the St. Michael’s Drive corridor, for nearly a quarter of a century, all thanks to the dedicated folks at Mucho.

1711 Llano St., Stes. F-G, 473-7703
muchosantafe.com

2. Dr. Field Goods Kitchen

2860 Cerrillos Road, 471-0043
drfieldgoods.com

3. Counter Culture Café

930 Baca St., 995-1105
facebook.com/pages/Counter-Culture-Cafe

Best Seafood

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Mariscos “La Playa”
Start with some tostadas de ceviche and mountainous, avocado-rich shrimp cocktails with saltine crackers, and move on to the “Caldo Vuelve a la Vida” (a “come-back-to-life” soup of scallops, shrimp, calamari, clams, octopus, crab legs and calamari). “Mojarra Frita”—a deep-fried whole tilapia marinated in a garlic sauce—is a favorite among locals.

537 W Cordova St., 982-2790
mariscoslaplayarestaurant.com

2. Shohko Café

321 Johnson St., 982-9708
shohkocafe.com

3. Santacafé

231 Washington Ave., 984-1788
santacafe.com

Best Sushi

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Shohko Café
Shohko’s hand rolls, maki sushi, sashimi and nigiri are a part of Santa Fe’s enduring culinary legacy. First opened on Water Street in 1977, the restaurant opened the city’s first sushi bar in 1982. Today, the current location continues to draw sushi-loving crowds for its fresh ingredients, variety and attention to detail.

321 Johnson St., 982-9708
shohkocafe.com

2. Kohnami Restaurant

313 S Guadalupe St., 984-2002
kohnamisantafe.com

3. Izmi Sushi

105 E Marcy St., 424-1311
izmisantafe.com

Best Taco

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Felipe’s Tacos
Whether it’s a quick in-n-out pickup or a leisurely lunch outside the unassuming Felipe’s Tacos space, you’re going to get a lot of bang for your buck here taco-wise. Choose from pollo asado, carne asada, al pastor, tilapia and vegetarian (with frijoles) on soft corn tortillas for $1.75-$2.75 per taco.

1711 Llano St., 473-9397
felipestacos.com

Felipe's Tacos
Peter Sills

2. Baja Tacos

2621 Cerrillos Road, 471-8762
m.mainstreethub.com/bajatacos

3. Bumblebee’s Baja Grill

301 Jefferson St., 820-2862
bumblebeesbajagrill.com

Best Taproom

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Second Street Brewery
The original Second Street Brewery usually offers up to nine beers of its own on tap plus an array of special seasonal offerings. A sprawling patio and a dining room that includes a bar and occasional live music breathe beer-centric life into the bustling 2nd Street corridor.

1814 2nd St., 982-3030
secondstreetbrewery.com

2. Santa Fe Brewing Co.

35 Fire Place, 471-9298
santafebrewing.com

3. Duel Brewing

1228 Parkway Drive, 474-5301
duelbrewing.com

Best Vegetarian Menu

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Vinaigrette
Owner Erin Wade’s 10-acre Las Portales farm in Nambé has a lot to do with the freshness and localness of Vinaigrette’s vegetarian-friendly menu. So, too, does the kitchen’s ability to take the blahs out of eating your veggies. Classic and signature salads keep things interesting, texturally and flavor-wise.

709 Don Cubero Alley, 820-9205
vinaigretteonline.com

2. Annapurna World Vegetarian Café

1620 St. Michael’s Drive, 988-9688
chaishoppe.com

3. SweetWater Harvest Kitchen

1512 Pacheco St., Bldg. B, 795-7383
sweetwatersf.com

Best Wait Staff

The Pantry
Peter Sills

 

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The Pantry
Standing outside the iconic Pantry Restaurant for a table is a rite of passage for locals and visitors alike. Once you secure that table, you’re treated to some of the friendliest servers the town has to offer. Efficiency and gregariousness strike a hard balance in this business. These folks are the Olympic champions of it.

1820 Cerrillos Road, 986-0022
pantrysantafe.com

2. Plaza Café Southside

3466 Zafarano Drive, 424-0755
plazacafesouthside.com

3. Tia Sophia’s

210 W San Francisco St., 983-9880
facebook.com/pages/Tia-Sophias-Restaurant


 

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