In August we had the opportunity to spend three whole days in Santa Fe, New Mexico. You can check out what we did on our first day here. As you can imagine we did a lot of exploring and eating. When I think of Santa Fe, I’m not really thinking food city, but Santa Fe really surprised us because everything we ate was so darn good. One thing I noticed on the menus at almost all the restaurants we ate at were Margaritas. So you know I had to imbibe in my fair share. Also another well known food item in Santa Fe is the sopapilla. It’s a quick bread that is fried and served puffed up like a pillow. They were delicious and my carb-loving heart was in heaven. Here’s our list of places to try if you ever find yourself in this beautiful Southwest city.
Head over to Whoo’s Donuts for fun and yummy made from scratch donut creations. We tried several different types and loved them all.
If you are looking for something healthier then give Modern General a go. Think phytonutrients and fresh squeezed juices. It had a warm welcoming vibe with bright decor and a communal table. I had the savory Japanese Okonomiyaki inspired pancake. It was super flavorful and a change to my breakfast routine so I really enjoyed it. PS this restaurant also doubles a general store with stylishly curated goods for the home and garden.
The Shake Fountain offers juicy burgers and super thick shakes aptly named Adobe Mud Shakes. The hubby got the Green Chile Burger because the southwest is kinda known for their green chile, so it was a no-brainer for him. I went for something other than a burger and got the Fried Oyster Sandwich with red chile mayo, and it was amazing. Aside from the food, we loved the outdoor seating under a big shady tree.
Vinaigrette is a great place for the freshest salads if aren’t feeling burgers. They also have some pretty good sounding sandwiches, and even gumbo which is favorite of my gal. Also make sure you wash it all down with a refreshing drink.
Our last night I made everyone get dressed up for dinner at the reservation-only restaurant called Cafe Pascual’s. It’s a pretty tiny restaurant and since we made reservations close to the date they had to sit our family at a communal table with 8 other strangers. I was a little nervous because kiddos, but they were awesome and we enjoyed some adult conversation with the other guests. The food was really fresh and yummy. I had their Thai inspired ceviche dish. Think fish, coconut, lime, mango, and jalapeno served in a coconut shell. The hubby ordered the Cochinta Pibil, he loved it! The pork was so tender and the sauce so flavorful. My ideology is that you can’t go to a fancy dinner without getting dessert. We kind of went crazy and each got our own desserts. PS Sorry I don’t have any photos of this dinner to share. It was dark and we were sharing a communal table so I wanted to be respectful of the other diners.
The Famous Plaza Cafe is a good place to go with kids. It has fifties diner decor and serves up the usual Southwest/Mexican fare. It’s a very casual place to just kick back, relax, and enjoy a nice family dinner. No need to worry about being noisy or being proper etc.
We had another place in mind before we decided on The Burrito Company. The first place we went to just felt too grown up to have the kids with us so we had to ditch that idea quick and scrambled to find a new location. Everyone was hungry and grumpy so we when walked by The Burrito Company we decided to settle at the patio table. You order at the counter and again another casual eatery with decent food.
Kakawa Chocolate House was on our list of must try places. I was so about this place, enticed by the idea that drinking chocolate elixirs that the ancient Mayans and Aztecs drank was way cool. We walked over from our hotel, which we are so glad was within walking distance to many points of interests. These chocolate elixirs aren’t the same as hot chocolate as there is no sugar or milk involved. It’s basically a complex blend of cacao beans, spices, chilis and herbs and when mixed with hot water create a concoction that is according to their website a”potent and powerful” drink. We also picked a few of their decadent chocolate confections to enjoy with our elixirs.