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Going Back to Santa Fe: Need Northern NM Resto Recs

jillita Mar 28, 2010 11:27 AM


Me and my family are visiting Santa Fe after a 14 year absence. We used to eat at Casa Sena, Plaza Cafe, Pink Adobe, Coyote Cafe, as well as El Paragua and Dollie's Cafe up in Espanola and Rancho de Chimayo in Chimayo.

Where today can I find really good Northern New Mexican food in Santa Fe and the greater Espanola municipal area? Particularly, I am looking for really great blue corn enchiladas and green chile stew or posole. Also a good carne adovada may be in order.

I'll be staying on the Plaza and ideally would love to walk to places, but will drive further afield for NM food nirvana.

Thanks in advance!


The Pink Adobe
406 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501

El Paragua Restaurant
603 Santa Cruz Rd, Espanola, NM 87532

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  1. DebitNM RE: jillita Mar 28, 2010 06:32 PM

    La Choza is one of my favorites.

    There are so MANY threads on here with lots of recent ideas and suggestions, try typing in Santa Fe in the search and you will find lots of help.

    La Choza Restaurant
    905 Alarid St, Santa Fe, NM 87505

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      jillita RE: DebitNM Mar 29, 2010 10:24 AM

      Thanks, Deb!

      I've been reading lots of threads and getting good ideas. Maybe what I should do is tell you the places I'm considering and you and others might have an opinion as to whether these places still hold up or not. That would be helpful!

      Criteria: Northern or New Mexican cuisine, local, inexpensive. Favorite dishes: blue corn chicken or cheese green enchiladas, posole, carne adovada, sopapillas, chile rellenos (served with NM 6 or Big Jims -- and don't have an eggy or cakey batter but taste fried and crisp). Also love calabicitas, fried squash blossoms, green chile stew, and Huevos Rancheros.

      La Choza (thanks, Deb)
      Tia Sophia's
      The Shed
      Plaza Cafe
      Horseman's Haven
      La Plazuela at La Fonda
      Maybe La Casa Sena
      Blue Corn Cafe
      Tecolote Cafe
      Coyote Cafe

      Best Blake's Lottaburger for green chile cheeseburgers?

      Outside SF:

      Rancho de Chimayo (how is it post-fire?)

      El Paragua, in Espanola.

      I heard Dollie's Plaza Cafe closed. Is there an alternative? Cheap, NM home cooking, in Espanola?


      La Choza Restaurant
      905 Alarid St, Santa Fe, NM 87505

      La Casa Sena
      125 East Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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

      Tecolote Cafe
      1203 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505

      Horseman's Haven Cafe
      4354 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507

      El Paragua Restaurant
      603 Santa Cruz Rd, Espanola, NM 87532

      La Fonda
      100 E San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

    2. aching RE: jillita Mar 29, 2010 02:19 PM

      We just returned from a weekend in Santa Fe - here's my report:

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