Santa Fe: Where the line cooks eat?
Just pulled into town and I want to know where the best real tacos are to be found. I'm talking lengua, cabeza, tripa, chicharon, the whole nine yards. Since I haven't been into a kitchen here yet, I can't ask anyone where to go eat. Anyone have any joints they like?
The Horseman's Haven is another really good spot if you want to eat with the locals - awesome red and green chile and the greasiest, best crispy home fries ever. In the parking lot of a gas station south of the mall on Cerrillos. Not sure if tacos are on the menu but as finlero said, tripa (etc.) tacos aren't exactly native New Mexican cuisine anyway.
Horseman's Haven Cafe
4354 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507
My favorite taco stand is called La Chabelita, with the tacos al pastor being the best thing I've tried there. It moves around a little, but I last saw it a few blocks west of Airport Road and Cerrillos.
A new, very good pupuseria opened in a corner of the Days Inn on Cerrillos. Try the green chile pupusa, a really interesting blend of El Salvador and Santa Fe.
El Parasol is more established, and quite popular, but still no-frills; I haven't found my go-to here, but I haven't had anything bad either.
Bear in mind that a lot of the places that do lengua, cabeza, etc, tend to be more Mexican than New Mexican, so you're actually going to get more of a "foreign" experience than local; Northern New Mexican cooking is a legitimate cuisine in its own right, back from when this part of the country used to be part of Mexico. My favorite lower-frills version of this would be Posa's, which makes terrific tamales, chiles rellenos, carne adovada, etc; I prefer the location on Rodeo Rd, but both are good. Los Amigos is a table service, but not fussy purveyor of same, and absolutely excellent. El Campanario is another great choice.