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Dec 17, 2008 04:20 PM

Heart Healthy Romantic in Santa Fe

We like to go down to Santa Fe for our anniversary dinner.
Hubby likes plain food, preferably cow-related.
I'm doing a serious heart-healthy eating plan, so prefer really good vegetarian (no butter, no cheese, no eggs, no "oh here's our vegetarian platter - steamed bok choi"), but chicken and fish are ok.

I'm running out of ideas. I like Counter Culture, but romantic it's not.


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  1. Andiamo would be really good:

    A number of things for both of you. We will be having dinner there in a few weeks.


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    1. re: DebitNM

      We tried it when it first opened and were disappointed on many levels.
      Perhaps it's better now, but I'm not willing to give it another try.

      1. re: momadamsa

        When was that and what didn't you like? I am most curious as we are going there soon for the first time. I had heard nothing but raves about it.

        1. re: DebitNM

          It HAS been getting good reviews.
          I don't recall details of our visit, but it involved a dirty glass and very poor service.
          Could have been just a one-time thing due to newness.

    2. Oh, Deb.
      I owe you an apology.
      The restaurant I was thinking of was Al Di La on Galisteo.
      I think we WILL give Andiamo a try - we went to Pasqual's last night for our night out and it was pleasant but not stellar. Cold draft from the door, food too heavy, and I just don't enjoy downtown Santa Fe anymore - I miss the old days before it turned into Disneyland.
      Have a good New Year and thanks for your posts.

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      1. re: momadamsa

        " I just don't enjoy downtown Santa Fe anymore - I miss the old days before it turned into Disneyland."

        When was that? 1936! I've been going to Santa Fee since 1971 and although the crowds vary depending on the time of year, it's always been disneyesque around the Plaza.

        You never mentioned a price range, but the Compound is stellar for beef as well as alternatives. The fish is superlative and you can request just about any combination of foods to fit your diet. You will pay dearly, but it's worth it.

        1. re: chowmix

          I only have to go as far back as when Sears and Penny's and Woolworths were on the Plaza.
          I've just discovered Flying Star. We had lunch at the Paseo one yesterday and then got stuck on I-25 for an hour and a half, so stopped at the one at the Placitas exit for dinner.
          I actually have CHOICES on their menu.
          I'm looking forward to the one in Santa Fe opening, although they'll be in the Railyard area and parking is a pain.

          1. re: momadamsa

            Will post on Andiamo soon - we are headed there tonight.

            The Plaza was packed on Monday afternoon, but by early evening, it was almost empty. Very pretty with all the lights.

            We had a great dinner at LaBoca on Monday. Will post on that, along with our lunch today at La Choza [also very good] and lunch on Monday at little deli on Don Gaspar that was very good and no crowds -- Torino's.
            Also a good lunch at Chocolate Maven [good food, slow service].

            1. re: DebitNM

              Oh, Deb. You were SO right!
              We dined at Andiamo this evening and it was perfect. Beautifully crafted, unfussy food. I had the seabass - there was a multiplicity of flavors in every forkfull. But still light and not over-salted.

              1. re: momadamsa

                We loved it! It was excellent and considering it was NYE; made it even a better experience because that's one of the worst nights to go out to dinner [Valentine's Day and Mother's Day being tied for worst].

                Will post more on meal soon.