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Good Huevos Rancheros in Santa Fe

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geling Sep 7, 2009 04:55 PM

I will be in Santa Fe for 4 days mid-September and would like a recommendation for a place with good huevos rancheros. We will be staying at Ten Thousand Waves so any other restaurant recs near there would be great. (Obviously we are spending the big bucks on lodging and spa instead of dining out, ha ha, so inexpensive recs would be nice).

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    PitLab RE: geling Sep 7, 2009 06:47 PM

    The Plaza Restaurant. Although I like the chile relleno omelette better.
    Tecolote Cafe.
    Maria's has a very nice and relatively simple version that I like. But, it could be the tequila tastings that influence my judgment there.

    1. finlero RE: geling Sep 8, 2009 07:56 AM

      As a recent Santa Fe transplant and huevos rancheros enthusiast, I've tried 'em at the high-profile places (the Shed, La Choza...) and been reasonably happy (personally I still say they're overrated), but the best I've found is actually in the section of town with the big box stores and chain hotels, at a place called the Flying Tortilla.

      It looks kind of chainy and nondescript from outside, but turns out to serve what must surely be some of the best New Mexican food I've had. Good green chile, awesome red chile (be warned it has some heat), and generally good everything else (beans, rice, carne adovada, and really good cinnamon rolls at breakfast). I love that their only two draft beers are Tecate and the outstanding local Monks' Ale made in neighboring Pecos (for less than $3 a glass, incidentally).

      A few quibbles: (1) no hard liquor = no margaritas, and (2) their tortillas are inconsistent by NM standards, sometimes being good and sometimes tasting just a bit stale.

      Google informs me the Flying Tortilla is at 4250 Cerrillos, out by the mall. Nothing fancy, but very good.

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        PitLab RE: finlero Sep 8, 2009 11:01 AM

        I'm glad to see that you subscribe to the "beer is not just for breakfast anymore" philosophy!

        I'll have to search out Flying Tortilla next time I'm in town. I did forget to mention Horseman's Haven which is a favorite of mine. Especially the Level 2 chile (not on the menu.)

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          mcgrubbs RE: PitLab Sep 8, 2009 08:25 PM

          Haven't been there in a good while, but Tortilla Flats was easily THE place for breakfast, including HR.

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            Salt_ofthe_Earth RE: PitLab Sep 9, 2009 01:07 AM

            FYI Level 2 is on the menu, it's under "sides".

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              PitLab RE: Salt_ofthe_Earth Sep 9, 2009 04:46 AM

              Damn! It didn't used to be. I was told by the bartender once at Il Piatto that they have a Level 3 chile but I don't want to even imagine how hot that would be.

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            fyfas RE: finlero Sep 9, 2009 09:00 AM

            finlero,

            I believe that THE FLYING TORTILLA is owned by the people who own THE PANTRY closer to town on Cerrillos Road.

            The look of the place is probably because it was last something called The Kettle, a national chain featuring truly inedible food.

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              finlero RE: fyfas Sep 9, 2009 09:05 AM

              Well I'll be darned, the intertubes confirm this. Interesting, I keep hearing great buzz on the Pantry, but haven't gotten there yet. I'll definitely check it out. Thanks!

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                desert rat RE: finlero Sep 12, 2009 06:59 AM

                I recommend the huevos rancheros at Los Potrillos in the former Pizza Hut on Cerrillos near St. Michael's drive. Not New Mexican but Mexican, and very good!

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                  ciaogal RE: desert rat Sep 12, 2009 10:09 AM

                  There is also The Zia Diner. They have Huevos Rancheros on their menu...

                  http://ziadiner.com/

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