April trip to New Mexico
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.
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:
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!