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Aug 31, 2008 09:31 PM

Santa Fe chow/foodie (but non-restaurant) recs

There are already so many amazing posts about the restaurants in Santa Fe we have more recommendations than meals we can fit in to our stay!

As a pastry chef and chef coming to Santa Fe to attend another chef's wedding we are also looking for non-restaurant foodie experiences.
Chocolate shops
Cookware & houseware shops
Markets with take out for a picnic
and any uniquely NM or SF food experiences that we should not miss.

Also how about one dinner suggestion close to the ABQ airport if we need it on the way in or out.
Thanks in advance!

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  1. Tesuque Village Market on Bishop's Lodge Rd. and NM 591, in Tesuque Village, 15 minutes north of Santa Fe. Excellent breakfast and lunch.

    Cafe Paris, [31 Burro Alley Street just around the corner from Lensic Theatre] has authentic french bistro food:

    French Pastry Shop & Restaurant 100 E San Francisco St for a sweet treat [they sell out fast, in the lobby of La Fonda hotel.

    There's Trade Joe's and Whole Foods for picnic supplies as a go to place, if needed.

    What are you looking for in way of ABQ dinner experience? Gourmet or local? The Rancher's Club in the ABQ Hilton just off I 25 at University is excellent. For local, Frontier on Central across from UNM is as local as you can get.

    For a unique place to shop try Jackalope


    1. Here is our list so far...

      Tara's Organic Ice Cream
      The Chocolatesmith
      Todos Santos Chocolates
      Sage Bakehouse
      Cloud Cliff Bakery
      Santa Fe Baking Company
      Tea House
      Four and Twenty Blackbirds

      Anyone have anything to add?

      4 Replies
      1. re: Got Cake

        I would choose Sage Bakery, the Chocolate Maven, and/or Clafoutis over Cloud Cliff and Santa Fe Baking Company.
        Of course you should go to the farmer's market. If you can't make it to the market, La Montanita Co-op has lots of locally produced items that might interest you: jams, chutneys, mustards, etc.

        1. re: Got Cake

          You can take two places off your list. Four and Twenty Blackbirds closed awhile ago. Sadly, Cloudcliff closed a few months ago.

          I would recommend any of the Flying Star locations in ABQ for a very tasty and not too expensive dinner. Whenever friends fly in I always take them to Flying Star.

          A new food market opened in the last couple of weeks, Ziggy's at Pen Plaza (Cerrillos and St. Francis in Santa Fe). It has Indian, Mediterranean, Asian and Latin gourmet food.

          Enjoy your visit.

          1. re: santafegal

            Did you see that Flying Star is going to open in the Railyard? I noticed the sign at the REI opening this weekend.


          2. re: Got Cake

            I think Four and Twenty Blackbirds closed about a year ago. Cloud Cliff closed earlier this year, as well. And Senor Murphy and Chocolate Maven seem to get the best chocolate ratings, year after year.

          3. And delete Tara's Organic Ice Cream unless you'll be in Santa Fe before Sunday Sept 14 when the store here closes. You can still find Tara's at the store in Berkeley, CA.

            For cookware, etc, check out Las Cosas in the de Vargas Center.

            Don't miss the Farmers Market in our new building in the Railyard that just opened this week. Sat am and Tues am in season.