This quirky, off-beat, family-owned joint stands as gatekeeper to Canyon Road. Despite the Italian overtures of the name, Caffe Greco specializes in hearty New Mexican comfort food courtesy of chef Ray Velasquez, including green chile stew ($8.95), Frito pie ($8.95) and a killer green chile cheeseburger ($13.95). Made from locally sourced, grass-fed beef, the patty in question comes served on a homemade bun under loads of gooey cheese and chunky, subtly spicy green chile from Socorro. There are other, non-New Mexican options on the menu, but why bother when you can enjoy the stuffed sopaipillas ($13.95) featuring pork adovada or beans and cheese, or crispy chalupas ($12.95). The space itself, a 200-year-old adobe hacienda decorated with brightly colored Spanish and Mexican artwork and featuring multiple rooms filled with old jukeboxes and a grand piano, is well worth a wander. It makes for a memorable point of entry to a day of exploring galleries and shops. (MFC)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Wednesday-Sunday

.$$.

Caffe Greco
233 Canyon Road,

505-820-7996