Santa Fe is truly a sensory experience from the endless art and history to the dining experiences. I don’t know that you could go wrong in choosing a restaurant but here are a few Santa Fe culinary experiences that we enjoyed.
Our first morning in Santa Fe we enjoyed breakfast at Tia Sophia’s. This restaurant was founded in 1975 and is now run by the family’s second generation, Nicholas Maryol who continues his parents’ vision of serving comidas nativa, native cuisine to Northern New Mexico. It is a popular breakfast spot and boasts very traditional New Mexican cuisine. We thoroughly enjoyed a breakfast burrito with the eggs on top and huevos rancheros Christmas style (with both red & green chile). There is a bookshelf of children’s classic books to help keep the kids entertained. No lattes here, just good food and conversation.
Cafe Pasquals is my mother’s favorite restaurant. She actually managed to eat here twice during our short visit. It has always served authentic New Mexican wholesome food with excellent vegetarian options. It is located on the plaza in historic Santa Fe, does not take reservations and has a line out the door. Interestingly, on Google Maps it is also listed as an art gallery. Most Santa Fe restaurants do boast an amazing art collection, of which many pieces are for sale. The décor here is almost as interesting as the food.
The Shed has been a local lunch favorite since 1953. We have eaten at the Shed every visit to Santa Fe. It is located downtown on the plaza, very near the cathedral and has an outdoor patio area and the hottest red chile sauce. The margaritas looked amazing on a warm day but I held out for chocolate at Kakawa instead.
If you are in Santa Fe you must explore Meow Wolf. It is best to get there early so by the time you are tuckered out from exploring you will be ready for lunch. Fortunately a couple of great food trucks hang out in the Meow Wolf parking lot. Taqueria Gracias Madre offers authentic recipes from Zacatecas, Mexico. We enjoyed their tacos and quesadillas. In the mood for something different, Trinity Kitchen is a food truck run by Meow Wolf offering cajun cuisine. You can sit down and enjoy your lunch in the Meow Wolf lobby.
Second Street Brewery
The Second Street Brewery is a casual restaurant located in the Railyard. It has a nice patio and excellent children’s menu. It is perhaps best know for its Alien Burger which is a burger topped with an organic blue corn dusted relleno, chile-jack cheese, smoked bacon, stout queso, Hatch green chile, crispy fried onions, guacamole, chipotle mayo. Bring your appetite should you chose to order it. We visited on Friday evening and our grade school daughter really enjoyed the live music, a band from Nashville playing their own original music. Our preschooler son really enjoyed watching the commuter trains go by.
Sazón is a special experience best enjoyed for a special date night without the children. Our most decadent dining experience was at Sazón where Chef Olea delighted our palates with freshly crafted moles, light squash blossoms and avocado ice cream, all with very complex flavors. His moles were extraordinary but not necessary as the flavor of the food stood on its own.
Santa Fe is a city which will delight all of your senses. From an over abundance of art and history to unique flavors of the southwest. Our most decadent dining experience was at Sazon where Chef Olea delighted our palates with freshly crafted moles, light squash blossoms and avocado ice cream, all with very complex flavors. . . . . #santafe #landofenchantment #newmexicotrue #foodtourism #complexflavors #flavors #flavorintensity #freshfood #slowfood #aztec #oldmexico #squashblossom #mole #newmexicanfood #decadentdining #decadentfoods #handsonchef #winepairing #margaritatrail
Kakawa Chocolate House
Kakawa is a specialty chocolate company known for their authentic and historic drinking chocolates elixirs. Kakawa Chocolate House drinking chocolate elixirs are representative of traditional Pre-Columbian, Mesoamerican, Mayan and Aztec drinking chocolate elixirs spanning the time period 1000 BC to the mid-1900s AD. Visitors can try samples of elixers before deciding on one. All have complex flavors, with many including local chile flavor. While it was another amazing sensory experience all around, our favorite was actually their brownies. A test of whether my husband reads my blog posts to the end will be whether he discovers there are just a couple of small bites of their brownies hidden in the back of our refrigerator.