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Santa Fe - one casual lunch and one upscale dinner

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I'm a DC Chowhound and will be at a conference in NM in April. I'll have exactly one day to explore Santa Fe and a night later in the week. My plan is to have a casual, New Mexico style lunch somewhere convenient during my daytrip, and then to come back at the end of the week for a fanicer dinner. My current thoughts from a quick review of the site are Pasqual's for the lunch and Geronimo for the dinner, but I'd like to get some recent opinions/alternatives. Thanks!

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  1. My hubby and I used to go to the Plaza Cafe, right on the Plaza, near the old Woolworths, for enchiladas. Sometimes, a mariachi band would stop in and play. It was a local joint, full of writers and Santa Feans, and the service was fine and the prices couldn't be beat. It's also one of the oldest rests in SF.

    For dinner, we used to go to La Casa Sena on E. Palace. Both rests are in the heart of old Santa Fe.

    (I have heard that Geronimo is excellent. )

    1. Horseman's Haven for breakfast.
      The Plaza Restaurant for lunch.
      The Compound for dinner.

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      1. re: Mutt

        Do you know if they have good sopapillas at the Plaza? I forgot to ask about that but I am very interested in having some good ones while I am in town. Willing to stop in somewhere just for this during the day, so it doesn't need to be part of my lunch. Thx for the recommendations.

        1. re: baconjen

          The Plaza's sopapillas are fantastic! As are their homemade tortillas. My favorite lunch there is a bowl of posole with flour tortillas washed down with a Tesuque beer.

      2. Roadhouse Cafe for Breakfast - get the Migas
        Blue Corn Cafe for Lunch
        Geronimo's for Dinner - get the elk tenderloin. Quite good.