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[SEA] Sante Fe Cafe

LFP Jun 7, 2007 01:36 PM

I have driven by this restaurant for years, but have yet to visit. I often crave the green chile bliss that is NM cuisine. Is Sante Fe any good? Any recent reports?

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    jaydeflix Jun 7, 2007 02:40 PM

    I eat there semi-regularly. I don't know that I can speak to it being authentic or not, but, it is good. I enjoy it, at least. The queso dip is extremely guzzlable. =)

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      chloevu Jun 7, 2007 03:04 PM

      A friend of mine took us there a few months ago because he and his girlfriend like the place. Of the things I tried, the artichoke dip was by far the best, but I couldn't figure out what, if anything, was New Mexican about it. Another friend had what she always has: the blue cheese quiche. She liked her dish as usual, but I resisted the temptation to order it because I didn't think it would be representative of New Mexican cuisine and that's what I was there to try. I should have ignored my own nagging feelings because I had the tamales and was pretty disappointed. There was no flavor in the tamales. The meat was too dry and I can't remember anything at all about the sauce now that I think about it. I forget what my husband had, but I remember he kept commenting on a distinctly fishy flavor in his non-fish dish...

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        PAO Jun 8, 2007 12:50 PM

        Haven't been there for awhile, but Santa Fe used to be one of the favorite spots of the professional foodies in town. With one exception, I could never figure out why. Have no idea if New Mexican cuisine is really what they serve, but it always seemed very heavy and somewhat tasteless to me. The one exception is their desserts--they were very good.

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          kkbriggs Jun 8, 2007 05:04 PM

          I've only been once, because I was unimpressed on my first visit. The food wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything special. I would have to concur with PAO - the food is very heavy and kind of bland.

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            chloevu Jun 13, 2007 06:52 PM

            Yes, my impression was that the food was heavy and bland, too. I hate when places oversalt, but the food at Santa Fe Cafe could have used at least a little...

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              landguy Jun 15, 2007 10:02 AM

              I don't like to bad mouth restaurants but I have to agree. I was very disappointed. I was hoping to find a restaurant in town with kick ass green chile recipes but alas this is not the place.

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