Santa Fe and Tucson Trip Report
First a big thanks to these boards for helping us have a delicious trip!
Los Potrillos - first dinner in Santa Fe and undeniably the best. Mexican food, not New Mexican, and some of the best I've had anywhere. H had the cabrito which was amazing, excellent flavor and served with a nice spicy sauce on the side. I had gorditos, one mole, one green and one red, all delicious with nice heat and really good flavor. A side of nopalitos cooled things down a bit. The chips and salsa were good, the green sauce served with the chips bland, and the marg only okay. The service was excellent (server basically allowed us to put together custom meals so we had everything we wanted), atmosphere fun, and the place was hopping with hispanic families. We will likely go back to Santa Fe just to eat here again.
Tecolote Cafe - Another winner. I had the pinon pancake which was flavorful, just the right crunch from the pinon, and not too sweet. H had granola and yogurt which was a full bowl of fresh fruit covered in vanilla yogurt and homemade maple pinon granola AND a basket with mini blueberry muffin, cinnamon roll, and biscuit. Excellent service, coffee refilled promptly until we had had our fill. Again, we would go back in a heartbeat.
On to Tucson -
Zivaz - another great meal. H, mom, stepdad, and I all had different dishes and all were good. Carnitas, Pollo en Rajas, fish, and flautas. Everything was juicy and tasty. Very filling, I don't think any of us finished a full plate. Its one of those places where you order at the counter and they bring the food out to you which helps make it reasonably priced even with high quality food.
Poca Cosa - Well you either love this place or don't and I'm one who loves it. We all had chef's plates and so tried a wide variety of dishes. Very fresh with creative interpretations of traditional dishes. Masa with mango sauce, my favorite mole, and great steak dish with jalepeno cream sauce everything was good. Best margs of the trip by far.
Mariscos Chihuahua - What a trip! The decor in this place is amazing and worth a visit by itself. Our server was great, willing to talk at length about all her favorite dishes and advise everyone on what to order. We had two fish dishes and two shrimp and all were great. Mine was red snapper in a really spicy green sauce. The sides were uninspiring, but no one seemed to care and we had plenty to eat. Inexpensive for what you get.
Back to Santa Fe -
La Choza - Only real disappointment of the trip. I had a combo plate Christmas style and it really just seemed like a swimming plate of sauce. Nothing had much flavor and there was no heat at all. H had an enchilada and he felt the same way. The one high spot was the sopapillas which were light, fluffy, and not at all greasy. It was all edible but far from remarkable. I wouldn't feel the need to return.
Meant to go to Plazuela for breakfast the last day but didn't make it. Instead we ended up at The Pantry. It was good, clearly the local's hangout. H had blueberry stuffed pancakes that were positively bursting with blueberries. I had Eggs Consuela which were pleasantly spicy and came with some nice. crispy potatoes. I liked Tecolote better but would return to the Pantry if I was in Santa Fe for several days.
Thank you for the Tucson report- I fully agree with you on Poca Cosa and especially Mariscos Chihuahua, and feel silly for not having been to Zivaz yet, since it's really close to my house.
The green sauce @ Mariscos is called culichi, and if I order it I end up either drinking any that's left or taking it home. It's the best thing on earth to put on shrimp or fish.Or tortillas.