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Santa Fe -- quick easy dinner after late arrival?

We will be arriving in Santa Fe around 7 pm on a Friday evening and checking into the El Rey on Cerrillos Rd. We need recommendations on a mom and pop type NM restaurant where we could have an uncomplicated dinner after a very long drive from Texas.

We've been in Santa Fe many times, and can't think of a place that wouldn't have long waits, complicated parking, etc. Would love to try Harry's Roadhouse but I've read that the waits can be very long on weekend evenings.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

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  1. Try Diego's in the De Vargas Mall. It's an often overlooked down home, family place with good chile. I've never waited very long for a table either.

    1. Assuming you don't mind Mexican food for this meal, almost directly across Cerrillos Road from the El Rey is Los Potrillos. Very good Mexican, though not New Mexican. It can get busy but any wait will not be prohibitive.

      Don't miss Harry's while you are here; early (before 6) on weekends or any time/any meal on weekdays.

      1. +1 for Los Potrillos, for convenience and nice quality Mexican.

        1. I totally agree on Los Potrillos. The enchiladas Zacatecas and the mole dishes are very enjoyable. The restaurant offers a whole list of Mexican homestyle cooking - most of it beef and pork which I do not eat - but I see a many Mexican nationals in there eating the homestyle cooking.

          You could eat at Maria's for decent New Mexican and rocking margaritas...only a brief drive down Cerrillos. You can make reservations there, too.

            1. re: JDBlagg

              Tecolote is breakfast and lunch only; they close at 2 p.m.