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Dec 15, 2009 10:50 AM

Santa Fe Mexican/Southwest suggestion?

Sorry if this is too much of a repeat, but have looked through the posts and am still not so clear about folks consider to be the best of the Mexican restaurants in Santa Fe. We will be there for 3 nights around new years and would like someplace walkable from the Hacienda/Hotel Santa Fe that has great Mexican food and one, hopefully, that takes reservations! Thanks.

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  1. Mexican or NEW Mexican? Not the same. Which are you looking for; so proper suggestions can be made.

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    1. re: DebitNM

      I am appently not entirely sure of the difference. Where I am (San Francisco) there are Mexican restaurants, and when I have traveled to the Southwest, the local cuisine seems very similar .... maybe I am thinking of TexMex, which is similar in style rather than "NewMex" which is different (?)

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      1. I know this post is almost a year old, but I'll suggest Tomasita's which is literally a stones throw from the Hacienda Hotel.
        It's at the Old Santa Fe Railroad depot. Suggested to us by locals, Tomasita's is a no frills place that serves good New Mexican cuisine that locals like to patronize.

        500 S. Guadalupe Street
        Santa Fe, NM 87501
        (505) 983-5721

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        1. re: monku

          Eeek! Tomasita's is a restaurant that locals recommend to tourists, but that we don't frequent ourselves. There aren't a lot of decent New Mexican restaurants within walking distance of Hotel Santa Fe. Depending on the distance you are willing to walk, here a couple of suggestions.

          For fresh Mexican food:
          Bumble Bee's Baja Grill

          For New Mexican breakfast and lunch:
          Tia Sophia's
          Small and quaint. Nothing fancy.

          More Salvadorean than New Mexico, but they serve a variety of food. Lunch only.
          El Tesoro
          inside Sanbusco Center on Montezuma Street below (south of) Guadalupe Street

          I can also recommend a handful of other inexpensive restaurants with different cuisines near this hotel if the question arises again.

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

          Bumble Bee's Baja Grill
          301 Jefferson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

          500 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

          1. re: SFskies

            I'm glad a local referred us. It was a good introduction to New Mexican cuisine. We ate there two nights in a row. It wasn't a tourist trap, I noticed mostly locals eating there and far from being a tourist trap.