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jhberkley Apr 10, 2010 01:39 PM

My sister and I are headed to NM for 9 days -- 4 in ALB, 3 in SF, 2 in Gila/Silver City -- hoping to visit Chimayo, Bandelier, do some hiking and cultural exploration. Looking for recommendations for small, non-touristy, not-expensive restaurants with fresh/local good food. Thoughts, suggestions, ideas? Never been before, looking for the NM experience.

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    DinnerChick11 RE: jhberkley Apr 10, 2010 01:54 PM

    You should definitely try Cafe Pasquals in Sante Fe for really yummy, not expensive New Mexican-type food. I was just there with my sister last week and I can't wait to go again. Have fun!

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    Cafe Pasqual's
    121 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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      scottso RE: DinnerChick11 Apr 12, 2010 08:35 AM

      Cafe Pasquals does not qualify as inexpensive. As in : Chorizo Burrito $14.95, Hash and Eggs $14.95 Cheese Blintzes $13.75, Really yummy yes, even organic, but not inexpensive.

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      Cafe Pasqual's
      121 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501

    2. finlero RE: jhberkley Apr 12, 2010 09:15 AM

      Hey, neat, a Northern New Englander visiting our 'hood -- I moved to Santa Fe from the Boston area last year, and have been slowly finding my way around the NM chow scene. Welcome in advance.

      Outside of Santa Fe, essentially anywhere you go in NM is going to feel super-duper-inexpensive by comparison to New England, so you're in luck there.

      Albuquerque and Santa Fe each have several gazillion all-purpose "what's good and/or local and/or cheap" threads in existence, so a board search would probably be more helpful and comprehensive than this thread will be alone. A few links to get you started:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/565839
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/654793
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/695286
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/684484

      Outside of the ABQ/SF corridor, a few notes:

      Chimayo - El Rancho de Chimayo is nominally upscale by NM standards (nothing crazy, entrees still in the $10ish range), but the real deal in terms of great local-style chow. Anything with the signature red chile is worth having.

      Socorro (between the Gila and ABQ) - there's a coffee house I've not yet been to, but really want to check out called Manzanares Street. They say they make their own gelato and brew Intelligentsia coffee, seems like a solid place to check out.

      Hope you enjoy your trip!

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        Perilagu Khan RE: finlero Apr 13, 2010 07:14 AM

        There's also a pretty good brew pub in Socorro called Socorro Springs Brewery and a retro diner with surprisingly good grub called El Camino.

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          jhberkley RE: finlero Apr 18, 2010 10:45 AM

          Thank you for the wonderful suggestions and links. I'm hoping to hit Rancho de Chimayo and will look at the others you mentioned!

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