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Jun 22, 2008 04:34 PM

New Mexico sans chiles - is it possible?

My husband and I will be in Northern New Mexico next week on a research trip. However, my husband has acid reflux and can't eat chiles, tomatoes, cheese, or garlic. I've looked through the many wonderful recommendations on the board but most are for regional specialties.

Can you please suggest some moderate-priced options for us? We''ll be going to:
Bernalillo, Española, Santa Fe, Abiquiu & Taos.


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  1. Barnalillo - Range Cafe serves classic American food; have no idea of the quality. Flying Star, branch of a popular Albuquerque eatery.

    Española - Good luck!

    Abiquiu - Cafe Abiquiu is about the only place near the assemgly point for a tour of Georgia O'Keeffe's home. I don't know whether Ghost Ranch has a restaurant.

    Santa Fe - Plaza Cafe, Pranzo (Italian), Back Street Bistro (deli)

    Albuquerque - It's a big city, so lots of choices. Not sure if the Artichoke Cafe is still around, but if so, perhaps try that. The original Flying Star. Crepe Michel in Old Town.

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    1. re: ClaireWalter

      ABQ: Artichoke's a great rec; it is still there (at least as of 2 months ago). What also might work is Nob Hill Bar & Grill, from the former owners of Ambrozia.

    2. Wherever you go, you need to emphasize your husband's requirements to your server. Chiles have a way of sneaking into everything around here.

      Santa Fe -- Harry's Roadhouse; Chocolate Maven for breakfast/lunch. The Zia Diner is dependable and has some good choices. Tesuque Village Market would probably work for you if you find yourself in the neighborhood.

      Bernalillo -- A friend who was in the area on business went to the Range Cafe and really enjoyed it.

      Taos* -- Graham's Grill; Taos Diner (breakfast/lunch); Chef Damon's; Dragonfly (breakfast/lunch); Downtown Bistro. You may like the Old Blinking Light as well.
      *I have not been up to Taos in a while, so you should double-check to make sure these places are still around.

      1. Though it's been a while since I was in the area (I lived in Los Alamos during the mid 90s) the cafe at the Abiquiu Inn was a winner - good Middle Eastern fare - as was the Blue Window in Los Alamos (right on the main drag.) Another super option when I was "chili'ed out' was the Whistling Moon Cafe (on Guadelupe, north of downtown Santa Fe) which is Mediterranean and quite good. Ironically, I'm headed to NM next week as well (visiting a friend near Ojo Caliente) so will likely be visiting these old haunts, too! Regardless, it's a magical setting - hope you have a super trip.

        1. Thank you all for your recommendations, especially the emphasis to the servers. An additional constraint was that my husband has a narrow window in which he can eat dinner so distance to recommended locations was a factor also.

          In Albuquerque, it was our host's choice so we went to La Hacienda and Garcia's Cafe at which both places my husband resorted to eating a salad. On my own, I was able to check out Little Anita's, Barela's Cafe, and the Golden Crown Bakery. Golden Crown was great and lived up to their ideal of nutritious, delicious, and beautiful; they now also serve pizza with a blue cornmeal crust.

          In Abiquiu, we ate at the Abiquiu Inn where we had grilled cornmeal dusted trout, mine on a salad and my husband's in tacos with all the good stuff on the side.

          That evening in Taos, we had to go to someplace within walking distance of where we were staying so had dinner at Caffe Renato - nothing special but generous servings of wine. The next day we ate at the Tiwa Kitchen in Taos Pueblo: grilled buffalo meat and blue cornmeal fry bread.

          In Santa Fe, we lunched at the Anasazi Inn across from the history library where we were doing research. He had a salad (again) and I had seared ahi tacos with jalapeño-cilantro cream drizzled with unnecessary chili oil.

          La Paragua in Española wasn't a feasible option so we ended up at Chili's, and in Bernalillo we headed for the Range Cafe but came across the Flying Star first. The best thing of what we ate there was the raspberry peach pie.

          Lastly, in Acoma Pueblo we lunched at the Yaak'a Cafe in the cultural center. He had a very simple ham sandwich and I had a potato and lamb stew. Simple, satisfying, a bit underseasoned.