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Los Potrillos – this was the only Mexican restaurant we went to. If we lived in SF it would be a favorite. My husband ordered the molcajete all pastor with gilled pineapple and pineapple salsa. Al pastor is one of his favorites and he thought this was right up there with others that he’s had. It also came with charro beans that were delicious. I could order just a bowl of these. I ordered the carne asada chalupa. This dish came with 2 smaller chalupas. The carne asada was nicely seasoned and very tasty. The dish also came with rice that I thought was just ok.

Rooftop Pizzeria- we ordered the lunch special which included a 2 topping pizza, salad and drink. I had the mushroom and olive while my husband had the pepperoni & mushroom. Pizza was made with a thin crunchy crust. It was all good and a place we might go to again if we were in the Plaza area and in want of pizza. The restaurant is on the second floor with an outside eating area

Rio Chama-my husband was wanting steak. He ordered the prime rib and said it was one of the best he’d ever had. I’m not a big meat eater but I did taste it and it was very good. It came with a loaded baked potato that was excellent. I order the pepper encrusted lamb loin with a port sauce. The lamb was perfectly cooked and very tender. I found the pepper to be a bit overpowering and I like pepper. The sauce went beautifully with the lamb. I also had collard greens and potatoes. The greens were very good and the potatoes were just ok. They seemed a bit undercooked for me. All in all we enjoyed the evening. Service was very good without being intrusive.

Bobcat Bites-of course we had to try this place and we are so happy that we did. As a matter of fact we went twice. We ordered the green chili cheese burger. It’s a 10-oz burger so we shared it. We also ordered the potato salad and a house salad that we enjoyed also. We felt that you couldn’t go wrong with any of their burgers because the meat that is used is so good. It’s a small place with only 5 tables inside and a couple in the enclosed sun porch. There are also about 8 seats at the counter. Get there early or expect to wait. Service was great.

Tomasitas-my husband ordered the blue corn chicken enchiladas with green chile. I ordered the bean chalupas. The enchiladas were very good and if we were to go back that would be what I would order. The chalupas were just ok. I like beans of all sorts and these were just ok. We also got complimentary sopapillas with honey butter. These were good. They come with your meal so by the time you’re done with the meal the sopapillas are cold. I would have preferred them hot at the end of the meal but they were still good and I ate the whole thing. This was my least favorite restaurant. For a combination of reasons but mostly because Santa Fe has so many good restaurants to choose from.

Guadalupe Café-We ordered the blue corn French toast with pinon nuts that my husband loved and I had oatmeal with brown sugar, raisin, and granola. I was craving oatmeal and this fit the bill. The granola on it’s own was delicious. On a warmer day I might order the yogurt with granola and fruit parfait.

Tune-Up Café- we went here because it was SF Reporter’s restaurant of the year. It’s Salvadorian with an eclectic mix of New Mexican and Mexican I think. We started with the guacamole and chips that we enjoyed. The chips were very good and tasted as though they were made on the premises. I had the soup special which was a green chili beef soup and corn tortillas that tasted freshly made. My husband had the flank steak papusa with a red salsa on top and pickled cabbage on the side. We both enjoyed our meals and would go back to try some of the other things on the menu. The fish tacos looked amazing.

Tia Sophia’s- we went here for breakfast. Here is another place that we liked so much we went twice. We both had the breakfast burrito with green chili on the side. The burrito seemed a favorite of others around us too. It came with your choice of bacon, sausage, ham, or bologna and potatoes. You can add eggs and cheese if you like. We both added egg and cheese. One gentleman seated next to us had his egg over easy and placed on top of his burrito. I think I might have to try it that way next time. Everyone knew everyone and local news was being exchanged with babies being passed around. Tourist were welcome too. Service was good. Just an overall good place that serves good food and makes you feel like home.

Il Vicino-was very good and my favorite pizza of our trip. I ordered a small margarita while my husband had the pepperoni and sausage. Crust was very good. They have bottles of chili oil on the table to pour over your pizza that was a nice added touch. I also ordered a salad that was very good. You order at the counter then seat yourself.

Maria’s-we went here after dinner one night for the tequila. My husband likes top-shelf tequilas and is always on the look out for those he hasn’t tried. He sampled 2; Milagro single barrel anejo and El Tesoro Paradisio anejo. They serve a generous ounce in a glass that was designed just for them by Riedel. Prices on their tequila was very good. Maria’s also had quite a list of margaritas. An added bonus that I wasn’t expecting was Maria’s serves Tito’s Vodka, my vodka of choice. We sat in the bar which only has counter seating for 5 or 6. They offer a tequila sampling, 3 half ounces from a list.

Kakawa-for hot chocolate and flourless chocolate cake. They serve a variety of hot chocolates. Check their menu of the day. Their chocolates are different then what most would be use to. They are not necessarily sweetened but they were very good. I had the atole which is made with corn, dark chocolate, chili and honey. My grandmother made atole for us and it was nice to find it on a menu. It tasted just like I remember and would return for more. My husband prefers a more sweetened chocolate so he ordered the New Mexican chocolate made with dark chocolate, cane sugar, ground almond, and cinnamon that was also very good. This to me is a more traditional Mexican style hot chocolate. The flourless chocolate cake, a favorite of my husband’s, was excellent. Others in the shop were raving about the brownies though we never tried them. Service was wonderful. They offered samples when we had difficulty making our selection.

Todos Santos-for chocolates. This is a little place located in Sena Plaza. We went here twice. We love chocolate. A good dark chocolate is our favorite. We sampled several of their creations and liked all of them. Our favorites being the burnt carmel in dark chocolate with pink sea salt and the dark chocolate tangerine cream with chili.

Ohori’s and Java Joe’s-we went to both. I love coffee. I love coffee of all kinds and will even drink lesser coffee just to have coffee. Ohori’s and Java Joe’s were both good in their own way. If I lived in Santa Fe I would buy my coffee already made from Java Joe’s and I would buy my coffee beans from Ohori’s. As a matter of fact I bought coffee beans from Ohori’s. Java Joe’s had the friendlier staff while Ohori’s staff was informational. Like I said both were good in their own way. I would linger and or meet friends at Java Joe’s.

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  1. Nice report. Sounds like you're familiar with Santa Fe. There are so many good restaurants. We plan to try the fairly new Milagro 139 and the Galisteo Bistro, both just off the Plaza. We love Coyote Cantina during the season, Santacafe, the Okeefe and La Casa Sena. We go to Rio Chama in the winter for a drink in the late afternoon but have not eaten there. Harry's Roadhouse out by BB Bite is fun for lunch.

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    1. re: sandiasingh

      We are not familiar with Santa Fe. It's because of chowhound and other web sites that we were able to eat well during our stay. So thank you everyone. We never had a bad meal and we found some places that we'd have never gone to because of everyones imput.

    2. Thanks so much for this timely report. I'm heading to Santa Fe next week, and many of the above noted restaurants are on my list, thanks to recommendations on these forums. The details you've provided are just making my job of picking where to go even more challenging!