New Mexico, Thanksgiving week 2009
We will be touring New Mexico during Thaksgiving week -- one night in Las Cruces (maybe lunch in Hatch), two in ABQ, two in Taos, one in Santa Fe, and one in Gallup. I'm doing my CH research, but any strong recommendations would be appreciated. Particularly, we will be staying in the Old Town area in Albuquerque -- what's good nearby? We will be in Taos during Thanksgiving with a friend so we've got that town pretty well covered. Last time we drove through Gallup we had a wonderful breakfast at an old diner with green chile and eggs, so we will hope to find that again.
While there are a few places in/near Old Town, most aren't "chow" worthy. It is pretty easy to get to ABQ's better restaurants from that area, so you should be fine.
There are lots of threads on here, but here is one I did on my favorites:
Do a search for Albuquerque restaurants and you should get lots of good suggestions.
We had two wonderful meals out this weekend. One was at La Provence on Central in the Nob Hill area of ABQ. It was packed and very festive and we sat right next to the kitchen, which I love so that we can watch the chefs at work. All four of our meals were excellent--filet, duck and boudin blanc. The wine was off the charts--Greysac 2004.
The second meal was brunch at Galisteo Bistro in Santa Fe. It's rather new and is open for dinner and Sunday brunch--no lunches. It was fabulous and also has an open kitchen. I had the huevos flamenca and DH had a crab omelette. We noticed that the Greysac was on their dinner menu and the chef came to our table and recommended several other wines he thinks are outstanding values. In fact, he did a little tasting for us and was very generous with the samples. The reviews for this place have been terrific and we can't wait to go back for dinner.
I agree with Deb that there aren't any decent restaurants in the Old Town area of ABQ. Seasons isn't bad, but as for the touristy New Mexican places--avoid. They are terrible. I've heard the wine bistro on Rio Grande is pretty good for a casual lunch--can't think of the name of it.
I like Seasons, it is about the best you will find in Old Town. I haven't eaten at Antiquity.
We LOVE LaProvence! The truffle frites are to die for - honestly. They also have special on wine on Mondays, all are 1/2 price. Check out their website for info. Also, they are part of 999dine.com, so you can get some real deals on dining there.
I senond the nominations for Season's Rotisserie & Grill, 2031 Mountain Road, NW, 505-766-5100 and Antiquity Restaurant, 112 Romero Street, NW, 505-247-3545. You will definitely need reservations for the latter as it's very small, and it wouldn't hurt to call ahead on the former either.
I'll second the recommendation on Antiquities, but you'll have to ask if they're doing anything Thanksgiving-specific.
My best recommendation is the Thanksgiving buffet at Bishop's Lodge (Las Fuentes restaurant in Santa Fe). I've been going for about 3 years straight. Last year (or maybe it was the year before) they have 5 kinds of turkey, 5 kinds of stuffing, ham, seafood, New Mexican specialties, a huge table of desserts, cheeses, full bar, and all very nicely done. Fire in the lobby. Also a live guitarist and once a full mariachi band! Make reservations ASAP, this is a popular dinner!
La Crepe Michel. Tasty food, good atmosphere, and the best service! I'm never disappointed.
La Crepe Michel
400 San Felipe St NW Ste C2, Albuquerque, NM 87104
in old town, near the intersection of Lomas and Central the best red chile huevos care at Duran Central Pharmacy (1815 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1143, (505) 247-4141)
In Santa Fe - Cafe Pasqual's Gallery (www.pasquals.com, 121 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2119, (505) 983-9340) near old town is my all time favorite restaurant. It is New Mexico meets Thailand in a cozy bustling cafe.