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In SF now, and had MuDo Noodle for dinner on our first night. Trying to plan the rest of our trip and here is what I've narrowed it down to for breakfast, lunch and dinners (we hate mediocre food, so some planning is required):

Bobcat Bite- lunch
La Choza
Cowgirl BBQ
Cafe Castro
Tia Sophia's
Maria's NM Kitchen
The Plaza Cafe- doesn't look special but read good reviews
Santacafe- think this one is a must
Tecolote Cafe

We are looking for southwestern/new mexican either pure or with a twist.

Thank you

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  1. Cowgirl is only ok. It is more of the atmosphere than about the food.
    Deb

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    1. re: DebitNM

      Btw, we did hit Bobcat bite today and it was fantastic.

      1. re: ChristineR

        I've never been a fan of Maria's or Tia Sophia, but the rest of your list looks pretty good.

        1. re: ma_bell_deve

          I concur with Ma Bell Deve . . . I eat at Tia's mainly because it's convenient and the people are nice, not because it's all that good.

    2. We went to the Plaza Cafe yesterday evening. Tasty food, but nothing special. A little too frantic for my taste.

      1. Tia Sophia and the Plaza Cafe are great for breakfasts.

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        Tia Sophia's
        210 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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        1. re: LikestoEatout

          I like Santacafe very much. Never had a bad meal there and I once had the most delicious, tender butter lettuce salad--wow. Their New Mexico lamb chops are very good too. My only complaint is I sometimes feel like I'm back in Boston. So many of the clientele are East Coasters all dolled up in their upscale western attire--which is fine. They look good. It's hard to avoid overhearing the talk about the latest scandals in West Palm and NYC--Bernie Maddoff seems to be a recurring theme.

          The ambience is very nice and the food and service are excellent. I've been going there a few times a year for about 10-12 years.