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Mar 7, 2008 11:29 AM

Santa Fe - large group

Family meetup this summer in Santa Fe - everyone is staying at the Inn on Alameda (303 West Alameda). We will have about 20 people, ranging in age from 5 to 90 (the few children are fairly adventurous and do not need a separate kid's menu). I tried a few searches, but didn't come up with much for larger groups. I'm looking for a few types of recommendations:

• lunch destinations within walking distance of Alameda that can handle a party of 10-15 - inexpensive is good (lunch entrees $15 or less)
• takeout or delivery in the Alameda area
• nice dinner restaurant for group of 20, handicap accessible & ok for kids, New Mexican cuisine preferred, entrees $20-40. Doesn't have to be in walking distance; a private dining area would be fantastic.

Thanks in advance!

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    1. I hope CulinaryNM replies to this. she literally wrote the book on NM foods/restaurants and would have a better handle on who can handle what size group.

      1. I would definitely get in touch with Sadie's. Definitely big enough to handle your group. They do have at least 1 private room, and if memory serves it could seat 20. While they may not have the very best NewMexMex, it's pretty damned good and close to the top of the list. Portions are generous, salsa and the chiles are HOT. Their papitas (tiny cubed potatoes) served as a side are unique and delish smothered in red or green. Been eating their chow since they were in the bowling alley next door and I have never been disappointed.

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        1. re: GroovinGourmet

          Hmm. Last time I checked, Sadie's was in Albuquerque. Yes, it's good New Mex chow, but I think it's a bit far for this purpose.

        2. I still think Pasquale's is one of Santa Fe's best. It's small, but they might be able to accommodate your group at their community table. Also, Maria's is inexpensive and good for traditional fare. They take reservations:

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          1. re: jrobkc

            I'd skip Pasqual's, it's way too small. For lunch you might do well with The Shed, about a block east of the Plaza. There is a charming courtyard enterance but in the back are larger rooms that should have no trouble with your group. Great New Mexican food, my last trip I had carne adovada but I love their blue corn enchiladas and the sangria!


          2. Gee, guys. I replied to lotuseedpaste yesterday, and somehow the post got lost in the ether. Maybe the chowhound powers that be didn't like my mentioning my book and my blog.

            Before we get into specific places, I'd warn you that Santa Fe in summer is crawling with tourists, and with your group you need to contact the restaurant or make a reservation, no matter what. This goes double for the big weekends of Spanish Market in July and Indian Market in August.

            With prior notice, I'd send you to The Plaza for lunch. As its name suggests, it's right on the plaza and a short walk from the Inn on the Alameda. Their menu is eclectic--everything from New Mexican to Greek, and their prices are some of the most reasonable in Santa Fe. The food is good and the desserts outstanding.

            For a special dinner, I'd get in touch with La Fonda Hotel, again right on the plaza. This is the classic Santa Fe hosterly and a fabulous place for its history and decor. They might fit you into their lovely La Plazuela restaurant or they could devote a special function room to your party. This also holds true for other large hotels with good kitchens such as The Inn of the Anasazi or El Dorado Hotel.

            Can't help you out for take out, but of course there are all the usual chains on Cerillos Road--Pizza Hut, etc. Speaking of Cerillos Road, breakfasts at The Pantry or Tecolote are NM classics. Doubt they could handle the whole group, but some of your party might want to break out a bit.