Can one even complete a restaurant guide without mention of this storied and brilliant monument to New Mexican cuisine? The sister restaurant of Plaza-adjacent eatery The Shed, La Choza's decades of existence have served it well, growing from a small house-like restaurant to an always-packed and freshly remodeled powerhouse with the huge margarita list, that famous chile and a few items—such as tamales and sopaipillas—its big sister doesn't have. Meat eaters and vegetarians alike can find common ground at La Choza, from the vegetarian quesadilla on the appetizer list and meat-free enchiladas ($10-$14.25) to the stuffed sopaipillas complete with your choice of green chile chicken, red chile beef, red chile ground turkey ($10-$14.25) or whatever combination of those things your heart desires. Find also a stellar dessert menu featuring the world famous frozen mocha cake ($4), a long list of beers both local and not and an old world charm made possible by a commitment to all things Santa Fe from longtime owners, the Carswell family. When visitors ask where they should go to eat in Santa Fe to get the most authentic experience, this should be at the top of anyone's list, as it should be when it's time for locals to grab a bite. Make sure to get reservations for dinner and show up early for lunch—it's first come-first served.

905 Alarid St., 982-0909
Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday
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