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SFR Restaurant Guide: Where to Eat What to Eat

2011-2012

October 19, 2011, 12:00 am
By SFR

Where to Eat and What to Eat in Santa Fe.

Zane Fischer

Alexa Schirtzinger

 







 Downtown 


Agave Lounge
Eldorado Hotel, 309 W San Francisco St., 988-4455
Appetizers and larger plates mingle among a million types of tequila...if Barbie had a dream bar...  $


Amavi
221 Shelby St., 988-2355
Chef Megan Tucker is a locavore’s locavore; her seasonally shifting menu is among Santa Fe’s most elegant.  $$$


Amaya Restaurant
Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta, 982-1200
Traditional Native American cuisine with some continental colonization.  $$


Anasazi Restaurant
113 Washington Ave., 988-3236
This intimate dining room has all the specialty margaritas and flavorful steaks you’d ever want.  $$


Atomic Grill
103 E Water St., 820-2866
Downtown convenience and atomically late hours.  $


Balconies on the Plaza
50 Lincoln Ave., 490-6550
Enjoy appetizers and modernized New Mexico fare from the second-floor Plaza overlook when fair weather beckons.  $$


Blue Corn Café
Plaza Mercado, 133 W Water St., 984-1800
Tasty suds and comforting grub are both served in ample portions.  $$


La Boca
72 W Marcy St., 982-3433
After five years, Santa Fe’s favorite tapas joint (and SFR’s 2007 Restaurant of the Year) is still going strong.  $$$


The Bull Ring
150 Washington Ave., 983-3328
This legendary steakhouse and bar has an interior to match its storied past.  $$$


The Burrito Company
111 Washington Ave., 982-4453
Fast, affordable New Mexico favorites at an easy downtown location.  $


Café Pasqual’s
121 Don Gaspar Ave., 983-9340
Katherine Kagel’s famous restaurant is still all-organic and among the best Santa Fe has to offer.  $$$


El Cañon
Hilton, 100 Sandoval St., 988-2811
This wine and sandwich bar hits the spot for lighter fare.  $$


Coyote Café/La Cantina
132 W Water St., 983-1615
A truly extraordinary dining experience with an attached, affordable cantina for lowbrow types and barflies.  $$$


La Casa Sena
125 E Palace Ave., 988-9232
Beautiful food and wine in a majestic and historic courtyard setting.  $$$


Del Charro Saloon
101 W Alameda St., 954-0320
“Charro” means “cowboy” to some, but really it’s Spanish for “pub grub.”  $


Ecco Espresso & Gelato
105 E Marcy St., 986-9778
When coffee, pastries and creamy gelato won’t do it, the attached sandwich shop will.  $


Ellie’s Yoberri Park
325 W San Francisco St., 995-1191
Ambitious gourmet concoctions made from frozen yogurt? Yes, indeed.  $


French Pastry Shop
La Fonda, 100 E San Francisco St., 983-6697
Cocoa, coffee, crepes and remarkable sandwiches.  $


Galisteo Bistro
227 Galisteo St., 982-3700
An open kitchen and European flair make this bistro a good bet for food aficionados.  $$


India Palace
227 Don Gaspar Ave., 986-5859
Rather than focusing on a particular region, India Palace offers dishes from all around India.  $$


Izmi Sushi
105 E Marcy St., 424-1311
Since moving downtown to Marcy Street, this cozy sushi joint has revitalized itself.  $$


Luminaria
Inn & Spa at Loretto, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail, 984-7915
Chef Matt Ostrander inventively merges rich, European traditions, American favorites and Eastern sensibilities.  $$$


El Mesón
213 Washington Ave., 983-6756
Enjoy Spanish cuisine and chef David Huerta’s excellent tapas while tango fills the bar.  $$


O’Keeffe Café
217 Johnson St., 946-1065
Impressive prix fixe combinations and perfect wine pairings are hallmarks at the O’Keeffe.  $$


The Old House
Eldorado Hotel, 309 W San Francisco St., 995-4530
Attached to the hotel’s hipper Agave Lounge, The Old House is a respite for quieter types.  $$$


The Ore House at Milagro
139 W San Francisco St., 995-0139
Specializing in “flavors of the Americas,” this split-level, atrium eatery and bar combines elements across continents.  $$$


Osteria D’Assisi
58 S Federal Place, 986-5858
Off the beaten tourist path, Osteria is a classic Italian reward for those who find it.  $$$


Palace Restaurant and Saloon
142 W Palace Ave., 428-0690
This new incarnation of an old favorite offers inspired, creative indulgence—but still has a kid’s menu.  $$$


Il Piatto
95 W Marcy St., 984-1091
Il Piatto is a leader in Santa Fe’s locavore movement, and its small enoteca plates are treasures.  $$


Piñon Grill
Hilton, 308 W San Francisco St., 986-6400
The Hilton’s in-house eatery offers breakfast specials and fresh pastries.  $$$


Plaza Bakery/Häagen-Dazs
56 E San Francisco St., 988-3858
Fresh-baked breads are prepared beyond the mesmerizing ice cream counter.  $


Plaza Café
54 Lincoln Ave., 982-1664
This classic diner suffered a fire, but the downtown fixture opens again in January 2012.  $$


La Plazuela
La Fonda, 100 E San Francisco St., 995-2334
The great New Mexico fare hidden inside La Fonda is a local favorite.  $


Rooftop Pizzeria
Santa Fe Arcade, 60 E San Francisco St., 984-0008
This third-floor aerie offers escape as well as pizza and local microbrews.  $$


San Francisco Street Bar & Grill
50 E San Francisco St., 982-2044
This is a burger-and-fries-at-the-bar type of joint, but they do have tables.  $$


Santacafé
231 Washington Ave., 984-1788
Indulge in refined and famous Southwestern fusion fare at SFR’s 2005 Restaurant of the Year.  $$$


Santa Luna Restaurant
Santa Fe Village, 227 Don Gaspar Ave., 989-3732
Upscale Mexican cuisine tucked off the street.  $$


The Shed
113½ E Palace Ave., 982-9030
Don’t hit your head on the low ceiling. Do have the best green chile stew on Earth.  $$


Sleeping Dog Tavern
114 W San Francisco St., 982-4335
A subterranean gastropub with a family-friendly vibe and a menu to please almost everyone.  $$


Sushi Land East
60 E San Francisco St., Ste. 102A, 820-1178
Downtown denizens rely on this cozy sushi cubby for fast, easy lunches with Asian flair.  $$


Tabla de los Santos
Hotel St. Francis, 210 Don Gaspar Ave., 992-6343
Chef Estevan Garcia prepares locally sourced fare for tourists and locals alike.  $$


Tia’s Cocina
Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe, 125 Washington Ave., 988-4900
Take a virtual trip to Chimayó, where old school New Mexico meets deep-fried hot dogs and a lowrider-themed bar.  $$


Tia Sophia’s
210 W San Francisco St., 983-9880
The only place to go in search of the ineffable essence of the true breakfast burrito.  $


Tokyo Sushi Bar & Café
321 W San Francisco St., 989-7603
Easy access sushi with a convenient location.  $


Tomme
229 Galisteo St., 820-2253
At this new sister restaurant to Max’s, classic bistro fare receives an inventive interpretation.  $$



 North Guadalupe District


Aqua Santa
451 W Alameda St., 982-6297
At this minimalistically elegant eatery, the food is pure art.  $$$


Atrisco Café & Bar
DeVargas Center, N Guadalupe St. and Paseo de Peralta, 983-7401
Local ingredients translate into traditional favorites, just as it should be.  $$


Bert’s Burger Bowl
235 N Guadalupe St., 982-0215
This is the burger shack you remember from youth…only better.  $


Bumble Bee’s Baja Grill
301 Jefferson St., 820-2862
Vegan burritos and other fresh options, Baja-style.  $


California Pastrami and More
781 W Alameda St., 920-4584
Famous for its fish tacos, this permanently placed food truck also offers late hours.  $


Casa Chimayó
409 W Water St., 428-0391
Regional and traditional food in a family-oriented setting.  $$


Chopstix
238 N Guadalupe St., 820-2126
This is the cheap Chinese of your dreams, not your nightmares.  $


Clafoutis
402 N Guadalupe St., 988-1809
This wholly French establishment offers classic sit-down fare and take-out pastries and baguettes.  $


Dinner For Two
106 N Guadalupe St., 820-2075
Intimate dining, locally sourced ingredients, inventive cuisine: a winner.  $$


Java Joe’s
604 N Guadalupe St., 795-7775
Joe’s’ downtown location defies its mall setting and generates good vibes, good coffee and fast Wi-Fi.  $


Jinja Bar and Bistro
510-P N Guadalupe St., 982-4321
Overtly Asian, vaguely authentic and strangely good.  $$


New York Deli
420 Catron St., 982-8900
New York sensibilities for breakfast and lunch, from bagels to Fulton Market fish & chips.  $


Pizza, Etc.
DeVargas Center, N Guadalupe St. and Paseo de Peralta, 986-1500
Lots of local, seasonal ingredients ornament these slices and pies.  $


Pizzeria da Lino
204 N Guadalupe St., 894-8474
The peel handlers at Pizzeria da Lino know how to achieve wood-fired pizza perfection.  $$


Santa Fe Bar & Grill
DeVargas Center, N Guadalupe St. and Paseo de Peralta, 982-3033
When no one can decide where to go, SFB&G will satisfy everyone.  $$


Shibumi Ramen Ya
26 Chapelle St., 428-0077
Santa Fe’s own ramen house merges impeccable technique with minimal, gorgeous presentation and delicious results.  $


Shohko Café
321 Johnson St., 982-9708
It is just plain hard to find better sushi and Japanese specialties in Santa Fe.  $$


The Tart’s Treats
301 N Guadalupe St., 986-6866
Casual, confectionary, consumable—and a lot of other good things.  $


Thai Café
329 W San Francisco St., 982-3886
Quick, comfortable Thai that means business when ordered “spicy.”  $$


Trattoria Nostrani
304 Johnson St., 983-3800
Chef Nelli Maltezos applies her considerable talent to inspired northern Italian fare at this scent-free establishment.  $$$


Vanessie
434 W Water St., 982-9966
A romantic piano bar with classy culinary and cocktail distractions.  $$$


Il Vicino
321 W San Francisco St., 986-8700
Il Vicino complements its specialty brewed ales, porters and pilsners with wood-fired pizza.  $$



 Railyard/South Guadalupe


Andiamo!
322 Garfield St., 995-9595
A reliable trattoria with food that tastes much more expensive than it is.  $$


Aztec Street Café & Restaurant
317 Aztec St., 820-0025
The recently evolved cafe is no longer home to loiterers, but has bolstered its service with a local fare dinner menu.  $


Azur
428 Agua Fria St., 992-2897
Mediterranean tapas? More like the best of everything, all rolled into one cozy bistro.  $$


Chicago Dog Express
600 Cerrillos Road, 984-2798
Frito pies and breakfast burritos complement the magnificent “fully loaded” dogs.  $


La Choza
905 Alarid St., 982-0909
There’s usually a line at La Choza, but the textbook New Mexican is worth the wait.  $


Cowgirl
319 S Guadalupe St., 982-2565
All of Santa Fe passes through Cowgirl, for the community vibe as much as the BBQ brisket.  $$


Epazote
416 Agua Fria St., 474-0791
Eschewing stereotypes for examples of genuine Mexican culinary trends, Epazote delivers a different experience.  $$


Flying Star
500 Market St., Ste. 110, 216-3939
Flying Star is a favorite of locavores and the laptop set.  $$


Junction
530 S Guadalupe St., 988-7222
With a menu by Amavi chef Megan Tucker, Junction has better food than any other sports bar in town.  $$


Kohnami Japanese Restaurant
313 S Guadalupe St., 984-2002
Friendly service and expert cutting and rolling, if you know what we’re saying.  $


Lucky Bean Café
500 Montezuma Ave., Ste. 108, 438-8999
Vegan pastries are the hallmark of this comfortable café.  $


Max’s
403½ S Guadalupe St., 984-9104
A contender for absolute best restaurant in town, Max’s features American cuisine prepared with creative genius.  $$$


Pranzo Italian Grill
Sanbusco Market Center, 540 Montezuma Ave., 984-2645
Accessible Italian fare with language lessons playing in the bathrooms.  $$


Raaga
544 Agua Fria St., 820-6440.
A fresher, more creative take on traditional Indian food is a welcome boon to the Railyard.  $$


Ristra
548 Agua Fria St., 982-8608
High on the locals’ list of favorites, Ristra effortlessly melds New Mexico and France.  $$$


Second Street Brewery at the Railyard
1607 Paseo de Peralta, 989-3278
Winner of SFR’s Best of Santa Fe readers’ poll for the best new restaurant, the menu is wide-ranging and universally delicious.  $$


Slurp
444 Galisteo St., 603-1800
Legendary soups, sandwiches and paella from an Airstream trailer.  $


Station Coffeehouse
530 S Guadalupe St., 577-0597
Absolutely outstanding coffee. Sure, there’s other stuff but, oh, the coffee.  $


El Tesoro
Sanbusco Market Center, 500 Montezuma Ave., 988-3886
Central American with homemade sausage and gelato just to confuse you...in a good way.  $


Tomasita’s
500 S Guadalupe St., 983-5721
This is the original New Mexico tourist trap restaurant, but locals love it anyway.  $


Whole Hog Café
320 S Guadalupe St., 474-3375
Since moving to Guadalupe from the south side, WHC has become a lunch favorite.  $


Zia Diner
326 S Guadalupe St., 988-7008
Don’t be so distracted by the affordable, hearty meals that you forget the expert pies and desserts.  $$



 East Side


315 Restaurant and Wine Bar
315 Old Santa Fe Trail, 986-9190
The wine is fine and the food is sublime at this thoughtful bistro. SFR’s 2002 Restaurant of the Year.  $$$


Café des Artistes
223-B Canyon Road, 820-2535
Canyon Road can be a long haul, and this café is a great bookend for sallying strength.  $


The Compound
653 Canyon Road, 982-4353
The one, the only: Chef Mark Kiffin oversees a legendary New World menu at SFR’s 2000 Restaurant of the Year.  $$$$


Dish n’ Spoon Café and Gifts
620 Old Santa Fe Trail, 983-7676
Small, crowded and as famous for its friendly service as for its great flavors.  $


Downtown Subscription
376 Garcia St., 983-3085
Where cappuccinos and venture capitalists unite.  $


El Farol Restaurant
808 Canyon Road, 983-9912
A true western bar with an amazing Spanish tapas menu.  $$$


Fuego Restaurant & Wine Bar
La Posada, 330 E Palace Ave., 986-0000
Quite a bit better than your average high-dollar hotel fare—thoughtful contemporary cuisine.  $$$$


Geronimo
724 Canyon Road, 982-1500
A spot almost as iconic as its elk tenderloins and artisan cocktails.  $$$$


Guadalupe Café
422 Old Santa Fe Trail, 982-9762
A perennial favorite for its delicious chile and convenient lunch location.  $$


Mangiamo Pronto!
228 Old Santa Fe Trail, 989-1904
Perfect for antipasti and espresso—but for the full Italian experience, rent a scooter.  $$


Mucho Gusto
839 Paseo de Peralta, 955-8402
Who knew Mexican comfort food could be this light?  $$


The Pink Adobe
406 Old Santa Fe Trail, 983-7712
SFR’s 2003 Restaurant of the Year returns with retro-chic charm—and free popcorn!  $$$


Rio Chama
414 Old Santa Fe Trail, 955-0765
Red meat, good cocktails and the best people watching in town.  $$$


Staab House
330 E Palace Ave., 986-0000
They say it’s haunted; we say ghosts make the food taste even better.  $$$


The Teahouse
821 Canyon Road, 992-0972
Canyon Road’s best spot for summertime lunching and lazing.  $


Travel Bug Coffee Shop
839 Paseo de Peralta, 992-0418
Caffeine give you itchy feet? Plan your trip at Travel Bug.  $


Upper Crust Pizza
329 Old Santa Fe Trail, 982-0000
No-frills pies with a Santa Fe twist.  $$


Viga Restaurant
La Posada, 330 E Palace Ave., 986-0000
Southwestern and continental classics.  $$


Ze French Bistro
Garrett’s Desert Inn, 311 Old Santa Fe Trail, 984-8500
Where it’s totally OK to talk (and eat!) like a Francophile.  $



 South Capitol


Body Café
333 W Cordova Road, 986-0362
Making healthy food taste sinful.  $


Back Street Bistro
513 Camino de los Marquez, 982-3500
Soup for you! And trust us: You want it.  $


Cafe Cafe
500 Sandoval St., 466-1391
Lots of Italian love from SFR’s 2008 Restaurant of the Year.  $$


Cleopatra Café
Design Center, 418 Cerrillos Road, 820-7381
Sometimes you just need a good, hearty falafel sandwich.  $


Community Table Café
Design Center, 418 Cerrillos Road, Ste. 6, 995-0191
Creatively delicious vegetarian options.  $


Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen
555 W Cordova Road, 983-7929
Try the New Mexico Centennial margarita. Just do it.  $$


Mariscos “La Playa”
537 W Cordova Road, 982-2790
Like being in Puerto Vallarta, but without the pesos.  $$


Ohori’s Coffee, Tea & Chocolate
507 Old Santa Fe Trail, 988-7026
Coffee to blow your socks off; pastries to keep you warm.  $


Pizza Centro
Design Center, 418 Cerrillos Road, 988-8825
Combos so good they’ll blow your west-of-the-Mississippi mind.  $$


Pyramid Cafe
505 W Cordova Road, 989-1378
Nothing like a hummus-slathered souvlaki to take the edge off.  $$


Restaurant Martín
526 Galisteo St., 820-0919
Fresh ingredients shine in chef Martín Rios’ creative concoctions.  $$$


Saigon Café
501 W Cordova Road, 988-4951
A lunchtime favorite for Vietnamese specialties.  $


Sage Bakehouse
535-C Cerrillos Road, 820-7243
There’s nothing like Sage sourdough straight from the oven.  $


Santa Fe Baking Co.
504 W Cordova Road, 988-4292
Free Wi-Fi, an expansive menu and famous burritos make this a locals’ favorite.  $


Saveur
204 Montezuma Ave., 989-4200
Lunch for the foodie in all of us.  $


Tiny’s Restaurant
1015 Pen Road, 983-9817
Cheesy karaoke? Check. Generous cuts of beef? Check. Locals in heaven? Of course.  $$


Vinaigrette
709 Don Cubero Alley, 820-9205
The only place in town you can feel virtuous while eating bacon: It’s fresh; it’s local; and it comes in a salad.  $$


Whoo’s Donuts
851-B Cerrillos Road, 629-1678
Who says doughnuts are sinful? The maple bacon variety (chocolate glaze, chili brown sugar) brings salvation.  $


Yin Yang
Design Center, 418 Cerrillos Road, 986-9279
When nothing but a platter of sweet and sour pork will do.  $



 Baca Street/Triangle District


Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Café
1620 St. Michael’s Drive, 988-9688
Achieve enlightenment, but don’t forget to eat first.  $


Backroad Pizza
1807 Second St., 955-9055
Cold beer, hot pie, flaky crust and a bustling patio scene—what else do you need in life?  $


The Burrito Spot
1057 Cerrillos Road, 820-0779
The third location of this quick-and-beany favorite.  $


Chocolate Maven Bakery & Café
821-C W San Mateo Road, 984-1980
It’s fun to watch them bake while you eat. It’s even more fun to dig into the Maven’s sublime entreés and sublimer desserts.  $$


Chow’s Asian Bistro
720 St. Michael’s Drive, 471-7120
A lighter take on Chinese favorites.  $$


Counter Culture Café
930 Baca St., 995-1105
The variety is astounding—and no, we don’t mean the clientele.  $$


Dara Thai
1710 Cerrillos Road, 995-0887
Quick and tasty Thai staples in a convenient spot.  $$


El Parasol
1833 Cerrillos Road, 995-8015
With $100, you’ll have enough enchiladas to feed an army.  $


Felipe’s Tacos
1711 Llano St., Ste. A-D, 473-9397
Everything delightfully authentic; nothing over $10.  $


Hidden Chicken Café
730 St. Michael’s Drive, 474-4424
Soups, wraps, rotisserie and much, much more for the soul.  $


Mucho Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe
1711 Llano St., Ste. F-G, 473-7703
Pastrami to the people!  $


Mu Du Noodles
1494 Cerrillos Road, 983-1411
Mu Du’s mantra centers around long life—all the longer to eat the inimitable yaki udon.  $$$


Ohori’s Coffee, Tea & Chocolate
1098½ S St. Francis Drive, 982-9692
Wi-fi, pastries, knick-knacks—oh, and coffee.  $


The Pantry Restaurant
1820 Cerrillos Road, 986-0022
There’s no way even your abuelita’s pantry was this awesome.  $


El Patio
1805 Second St., 820-0717
Outdoor breakfasts with healthy flair and plenty of avocado.  $


Pizzeria Espiritu
1722-A St. Michael’s Drive, 424-8000
You honestly can’t blame them for the “taste of heaven” tagline.  $


Los Potrillos
1947 Cerrillos Road, 992-0550
Genuinely friendly service complements fantastic chicharrones.  $$


Ramblin’ Café
1420 Second St., 989-1272
Quick and easy sandwiches and New Mexican favorites.  $


Red Enchilada Restaurant
1310 Osage Ave., 820-6552
You can eat this cheap south of the border, but it isn’t half as good.  $


Second Street Brewery
1814 Second St., 982-3030
Come for the beer; stay for the live music at this beloved brewery’s original location.  $


El Tapatío
1640 Hopewell St., 501-3421
Authentic Mexican food-cart fare serving menudo on the weekends.  $


Tecolote Café
1203 Cerrillos Road, 988-1362
Sunday mornings in Santa Fe should be spent nowhere else.  $


Teriyaki Bowl
1847 Cerrillos Road, 988-4500
Beef bowl from a Santa Fe drive-thru? Um, yes.  $


Tree House Pastry Shop and Café
1600 Lena St., 474-5543
Veg-friendly baked goods and plenty of character.  $


Yummy Café
1616-A St. Michael’s Drive, 466-1681
There’s no reason your tofu shouldn’t sizzle and your beef, flame.  $


 Santa Fe River Corridor


Los Cuates New Mexican Food
The Lodge at Santa Fe, 750 N St. Francis Drive, 992-5870
Albuquerque’s beloved chile joint graces the City Different.  $$


Masa Sushi
927 W Alameda St., 982-3334
Quick, convenient and always sushilicious.  $$


Pho Kim
919 W Alameda St., 820-6777
Where you know the pho can satisfy your cravings.  $


Piccolino
2890 Agua Fria St., 471-1480
Huge (and hugely affordable) portions of lasagna.  $


Tune-Up Café
1115 Hickox St., 983-7060
SFR’s 2009 Restaurant of the Year offers hearty Salvadoran breakfasts—unless you’re in the mood for a killer cinnamon roll.  $



 Arroyo Chamiso Corridor


Double Dragon
3005 S St. Francis Drive, Ste. D-3, 989-8880
French fries, $1.10 egg rolls and beef on a stick? Yes, please.  $


Garbo’s @ RainbowVision
RainbowVision, 500 Rodeo Road, 428-7777
We know matzo ball soup is good; Greta Garbo makes it cool.  $$$


Jalapeño’s
3005 St. Francis Drive, 983-8431
Serious Mexican food for serious eaters.  $


Java Joe’s
2801 Rodeo Road, 474-5282
Both locations offer proper coffee, Wi-Fi lounging and regulars out the wazoo.  $


Joe’s
2801 Rodeo Road, 471-3800
Classing up pizza and burritos with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.  $$


Los Amigos
3904 Rodeo Road, 438-0600
Rellenos, tamales and quesadillas for the hungry local.  $


Maki Yaki
3003-C S.St. Francis Drive, 820-1930
Quick, delectable sushi and more.  $


Museum Hill Café
710 Camino Lejo, 984-8900
Wine, wifi and gourmet lunch fare to fortify you for a day of culture.  $$


Nile Café
3918 Rodeo Road, 501-0612
Get the famous chipotle hummus on your gyro at this food-cart fave.  $


Posa’s/El Merendero
1514 Rodeo Road, 820-7672
Famous for its delectable tamales.  $



 Cerrillos Corridor


Adelita’s Mexican Restaurant
3297 Cerrillos Road, 474-4897
Big, yummy, real-deal Mexican food.  $


Aldana’s Restaurant
3875 Cerrillos Road, 471-0271
Reliably filling Mexican and regional food.  $


Alicia’s Tortilleria
1314-A Rufina Cir., 438-9545
The hottest, freshest, all-around best tortillas in town—and otherworldly tacos.  $


Baja Tacos
2621 Cerrillos Road, 471-8762
Good tacos come in lowbrow lodgings.  $


Bamboo Asian Cuisine
2400 Cerrillos Road, 983-3600
Pretty much anything stirred, fried, salted or sweet you can conjure.  $


Bumble Bee’s Baja Grill & Burgers
3777 Cerrillos Road, 988-3278
This south-side location specializes in big, juicy burgers.  $


The Burrito Spot
2207 Cerrillos Road, 474-6202
Down-home burritos to warm the soul, even if it’s 2 am.  $


Café Castro
2811 Cerrillos Road, 438-0146
Locals won’t leave this Mexican-food staple alone.  $


Café Olé
2411 Cerrillos Road, 438-3000
Great coffee, good lunch and local art to ponder while you nosh.  $


El Comal Café
3571 Cerrillos Road, 471-3224
Named after the griddle that toasts homemade tortillas, El Comal knows how to make Mexican food sing.  $


Desert Moon Bar and Grille
Holiday Inn, 4048 Cerrillos Road, 473-4646
New Mexican food so good you’ll forget you’re in a Holiday Inn.  $


Dion’s Pizza
2014 Cerrillos Road, 424-7333
A perennial go-to spot for affordable pies.  $


India House
2501 Cerrillos Road, 471-2651
Indian lunch buffets the way they were meant to be: hot, spicy and flavorful.  $$


Jambo Café
2010 Cerrillos Road, Ste. 13, 473-1269
African marinated meats and spiced curries you never knew you needed.  $$


Lan’s Vietnamese Cuisine
2430 Cerrillos Road, 986-1636
Reliably delicious Vietnamese; great lunch specials.  $


Mariscos Costa Azul
2875 Cerrillos Road, 473-4594
Everybody deserves a lovely, limey goblet of ceviche now and then.  $$


Mr. Polish
Big Jo True Value Hardware, 1311 Siler Road
Have one of these hefty polish sausages and you’ll be a believer.  $


New York Deli
4056-B Cerrillos Road, 424-1200
Lox? Schmear? Pumpernickel? All of the above. Now, where’s that New York Times?  $


El Paisano
3140 Cerrillos Road, 424-9105
Have a taco or two, then buy your tortillas for the week.  $


Pupusería y Restaurante Salvadoreño
2900 Cerrillos Road, 474-3512
The pupusas revueltas—corn tortillas stuffed with beans, cheese and chicharrones—are cheap, hot, fresh and plentiful.  $


Santa Fe Steamer
3242 Cerrillos Road, 438-3862
It may be a desert outpost, but the Steamer boasts seafood to delight even a beach bum.  $$


Tortilla Flats
3139 Cerrillos Road, 471-8685
From pancakes to nachos and everything in between.  $



 South Side


Bisbee Deli
5 Bisbee Court #108, 474-8188
Text this new Southside deli your sandwich order so it’s ready when you pick it up.  $


Blue Corn Café & Brewery
4056-G Cerrillos Road, 438-1800
The south side version of this classic, upscale pub-style eatery.  $$


The Burrito Spot
5741 Airport Road, 471-1602
Burritos when you need ’em.  $$


Cleopatra Café
3482 Zafarano Drive, 474-5644
Sometimes you just need a good, hearty falafel sandwich.  $


La Cocina de Doña Clara
4350 Airport Road, 473-1081
Try the barbecued goat. Trust us; you’ll love it.  $


Flying Tortilla
4250 Cerrillos Road, 424-1680
Want cross-cultural cuisine? Try the chicken-fried steak—smothered in chile.  $


Horseman’s Haven
4354 Cerrillos Road, 471-5420
Try the Haven’s legendary green chile—if you dare.  $


Josh’s Barbecue
Until December 2011: 3486 Zafarano Drive, 474-6466
Beginning December 2011: 2571 Cristos Road, 474-6466

Saucy, smoky and just plain wonderful.  $


Lucci’s NY Pizza
3470 Zafarano Drive, 571-6200
Score a Yankee Special: $20 for a large cheese pizza and a dozen chicken wings.  $$


Osaka
3501 Zafarano Drive, 471-6698
3470-C Zafarano Drive, 438-1045
Fantastic Japanese food seared before your very eyes.  $$


El Parasol
298 Dinosaur Trail, 995-8226
Hearty Mexican fare for one person or 40.  $


PC’s Restaurant & Lounge
4220 Airport Road, 473-7164
Awesome guac and green chile with a side of lounge attitude.  $


Plaza Café Southside
3466 Zafarano Drive, 424-0755
Diner fare meets New Mexican, Greek and American favorites.  $$


Posa’s/El Merendero
3538 Zafarano Drive, 473-3454
Beany, chilefied bites for the New Mexican in everyone.  $


Puerto Peñasco
4681 Airport Road, 438-6622
Fantastic Mexican-beach-town food and flair.  $$


Santa Fe Airport Grill
Santa Fe Municipal Airport, 121 Aviation Drive, Ste. 6, 471-5227
No airport boasts a better green chile burger.  $


Santa Fe Capitol Grill
3462 Zafarano Drive, 471-6800
From calamari to burgers, a fresh take on old favorites.  $$


Tribes Coffeehouse and Co-op Gallery
3470 Zafarano Drive, 473-3615
Pastries, breakfast burritos and local art give this cozy coffee spot character.  $



Outskirts


Bobcat Bite
418 Old Las Vegas Hwy., 983-5319
We can’t stop loving the hearty home fries, big burgers and copious chile.  $$


Callie’s Cajun
Old Las Vegas Highway, 438-7012
We count ourselves lucky to have bona fide Bayou fare within throwing distance.  $


Las Chivas Coffee Roasters
Agora Shopping Center, 7 Avenida Vista Grande, Eldorado, 466-1010
Las Chivas’ genius coffee combos include the iconic Obama Blend.  $


Copa de Oro
Agora Shopping Center, 7 Avenida Vista Grande, Eldorado, 466-8668
Our cup runneth over—with cheesy, spicy Mexican and New Mexican classics.  $$


Embudo Station
Highway 68, Embudo, 852-4707
Magical, starlit dinners on the shores of the Rio Grande.  $$


Las Fuentes Restaurant & Bar
Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa, 1297 Bishops Lodge Road, 819-4035
Real ranch food with New Mexico flavor and high-end culinary flair.  $$$


Gabriel’s Restaurant
Highway 84/285 (Exit 176), 455-7000
A lovely, Southwestern food outpost just minutes from the Santa Fe Opera.  $$


Harry’s Roadhouse
96-B Old Las Vegas Hwy., 989-4629
SFR’s 2004 Restaurant of the Year and a constant Best of Santa Fe winner for its unbeatable weekend brunch.  $$


The Hollar
2849 Hwy. 14, Madrid, 471-4821
Have some down-home fixins (cheese grits, fried okra) with your $2.75 pint of the local microbrew.  $$


Java Junction
2855 Hwy. 14, Madrid, 438-2772
The perfect cuppa for an autumn morning in picturesque Madrid.  $


Mama Lisa’s Ghost Town Kitchen and No Pity Café
2859 Hwy. 14, Madrid, 471-5769
Who needs pity when you’ve got Mama Lisa’s heartwarming soups and burgers?  $


The Mine Shaft Tavern
2846 Hwy. 14, Madrid, 473-0743
Cheap beer, live music and great grub make for a perfect introduction to Madrid.  $$


Tesuque Village Market
138 Tesuque Village Road, Tesuque, 988-8848
House-roasted poultry and free-range cattle make for delectable, guilt-free meals.  $$


Pizza Centro
Agora Shopping Center, 7 Avenida Vista Grande, Eldorado, 466-3161
A welcome haven for farther-flung pizza lovers.  $$


Rancho de Chimayó
County Road 98, Chimayó, 984-2100
Scenic hacienda dining features surprisingly affordable favorites.  $$


Real Food Nation
624 Old Las Vegas Hwy., 466-3886
Awe-inspiring variety from the utmost in culinary consciousness.  $$


Red Sage
Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, 30 Buffalo Thunder Trail, 455-5555
A creative spin on fine regional dining.  $$$


San Marcos Café
3877 Hwy. 14, 471-9298
Huge, down-home portions of love in a real ranch setting.  $


Steaksmith at El Gancho
104-B Old Las Vegas Hwy., 988-3333
Tender, perfectly seasoned, highest-quality steaks.  $$$


Terra Restaurant at Encantado
198 State Road 592, 946-5700
Locally sourced, skillfully prepared fine dining.  $$$



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The 10 Best

 

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