5 Things to Eat and Drink in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Categories: Food Tours

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Kate Crowley
Breakfast Burrito at The Pantry, Santa Fe's meeting place

This time of year, conversations at Chow Bella meetings tend to turn to who's eaten what -- where. With the summer travel season in full swing, we bring you Food Tours, our writers' suggestions of what to eat and drink out of town.

Santa Fe, New Mexico, has an epic "dine local" scene going. The most often asked question might be "red or green" regarding chile (if you're unsure, answer "Christmas"). Whether you go in the summertime for the annual Indian Market, like we did, or take a drive over in the winter for skiing or cooking lessons at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, the mix of offerings and culinary craftsmanship in the "City Different" will keep you coming back for more. In no particular order . . .

See also: 10 Things to Eat and Drink in Manhattan.

Huevos Motuleños at Cafe Pasqual's

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Kitty Leaken
Cafe Pasqual's is a colorful hotspot.

One of the most colorful restaurants in Santa Fe serves up this breakfast dish from the town of Motul that includes banana and peas. Yes, you read that correctly. Essentially it's a mix of a corn tortilla, black beans, eggs over easy, feta cheese, sautéed banana, feta, peas and tomatillo salsa. It might be $14, but it's the perfect thing to eat before making the long drive back to Phoenix. Sadly, it's not terribly photogenic. If breakfast isn't your thing, they have a wonderful dinner as well -- but you'll want to make reservations.
121 Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe, 505-983-9340 pasquals.com

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Kate Crowley
Blue Corn Blueberry Pancakes, Chocolate Chai and baking at The Chocolate Maven

Chocolate Chai at The Chocolate Maven
If you get chile-ed out, stop in at The Chocolate Maven. Amazing pastries (you can watch them make them through a large window in the dining area), breakfast ideas like blue-corn blueberry pancakes, and hearty egg dishes -- and no matter what you order, you will need the chocolate chai tea. The smell wafting off this thing will weaken your knees and prepare you for the excellent food you're about the devour.
821 W. San Mateo Rd. Santa Fe, 505-984-1980 chocolatemaven.com

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Courtsey of Secreto Lounge.
Stop in to Secreto for an adult beverage, with class.
Pretty Much Anything to Drink at Secreto, the Lounge at Hotel St. Francis
Santa Fe is a town that likes to drink, and, yes, being the City Different, they bring it. We tried a variety of their handcrafted, award-winning cocktails at this sexy lounge including the Agave Way, a pleasing mix of red grapes, New Mexico green chile, Espolón Reposado Tequila, lime juice, agave nectar and the Spicy Secreto that won first place in the 2010 "Shake It Up! Competition." It's a mysterious mix of cucumbers, lime juice, cane syrup, cachaça, elderflower liqueur and a touch of spice. See their full menu here. If you're not tipsy when you leave, you didn't try enough of their menu.
210 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, 505-983-5700 hotelstfrancis.com

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katecrowley
katecrowley

After traveling there nearly every year (sometimes twice) for a decade I can safely say the food in Santa Fe is top notch. There are lots of great place to go in Santa Fe, other notable places I've been and tried to get to this trip but didn't manage to are: Santa Cafe, Coyote Cafe, Zia Diner, Tomasitas, Tia Sophias,Clafoutis, Vinaigrette, Marias, the teahouse on canyon, The Shed, ect. Check them out!

katecrowley
katecrowley

Hi JK, Yes! Ive had the frito pie from the five and dime many a time but didnt this time around since it was so busy due to market! Very cool re: the offficial question- when did they pass that?

JKGrence
JKGrence

"Red or green?" isn't just a frequently asked question, it's the official state question of New Mexico. The official state answer is "red and green" or "Christmas".

Please tell me you've had Frito pie from the five and dime on the Plaza. It's even higher on my must-eat list in Santa Fe than a green chili cheeseburger.

Barby Grant
Barby Grant

I had chai tea at the Chocolate Maven a few weeks ago with chocolate almond crepes. How did I not know I could get chocolate chai tea, Melanie Lamb Faithful?

Lauren_P
Lauren_P

Santacafe on Washington Ave & Paseo De Peralta is my favorite and a must! And you can't forget Tomasita's for great New Mexican!

Lauren_P
Lauren_P

Santacafe on Washington Ave & Paseo De Peralta is my favorite and a must! And you can't forget Tomasita's for great New Mexican!

dvwhite85
dvwhite85

I also recommend trying Taberna-La Boca, incredible flavors in pretty much every dish.  My brother in law used to work for them as a sous chef so we stopped in and were treated to a smorgasbord of dishes each more tasty than the last.  I especially loved their blood sausage.  I'll be headed to ABQ/Santa Fe next weekend and will definitely be going through on my own.

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