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Santa Fe and Taos - 2 Questions

Have done my research and think I have all the answers I need for New Mexico style food. I have two requests for information:

1. Who does the best breakfast burritos in both towns?

2. Would appreciate recommendations for non-New Mexican and non-Mexican food. My traveling companion may need a break from the spice/heat!


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  1. My favorite non new mexican/mexican in Santa Fe is Jambo cafe. That may not get you away from heat or spice but it's yummy and not everything on the menu is spicy.

    1. Can't speak to the burrito question - but as for restaurants serving other than NM Food that are very good:
      Albuquerque: Jennifer James 101 on Menaul - not to be missed. Ezra's in the Rt. 66 Bowling Alley will surprise you.
      Santa Fe: Vinaigrette is outstanding, much of her produce comes from her farm - sweet wine list too. Il Piatto and La Boca won't disappoint - pricier and the food is very, very good at both.
      Taos....No more Joseph's Table which is a big disappointment. Taos Inn has great bar food, as well as Doc Martin's which serves local meat and game, local produce for another 6 weeks or so. Have heard good things about Lambert's too.

      Joseph's Table
      108 A. South Plaza, Taos, NM 87571

      La Boca
      72 West Marcy Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

      Doc Martin's Restaurant
      125 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571

      Jennifer James 101
      4615 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

      1. Don't have much Taos knowledge, but for Santa Fe:

        1) My favorite breakfast burritos are at Posa's and, believe it or not, Blake's (a statewide chain). Honorable mentions to Flying Tortilla, Pantry, Tecolote Cafe, Plaza Cafe.

        2) For non-NM-style recs, a board search will still be your best bet, but I just posted a "quick picks" list on this thread yesterday: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/736905 . I keep hearing great things about Jambo, I've gotta stop by.

        Tecolote Cafe
        1203 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505

        Flying Tortilla Restaurant
        4250 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507

        1. Chicago Dog does a great breakfast burrito to go, and on weekends, Atrisco.

          Santa Fe non-New Mexican, so many that it's hard to list! What are you looking for in price and food-style? I like Louie's Corner Cafe for casual 7 days a week, 3 meals a day. Milagro 139 also reasonable, and have eaten well there, although reports about food fluctuate.

          Agree with recommendations for Il Piatto (Italian) and La Boca (tapas), also consider El Meson (also tapas with more extensive Spanish - no NM - menu).

          La Boca
          72 West Marcy Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

          El Meson
          213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501

          Atrisco Cafe and Bar
          193 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501

          Milagro 139
          139 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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          1. re: SantaFesina

            Thanks to everyone for the responses. Price is really not an issue, but we don't like "fancy" places. We prefer casual places and like to patronize restaurants where locals go. As for food styles, we are open to everything. One of us loves meat, and the other eats no meat. We both prefer restaurants that source most of the ingredients locally. We have planned our trip around a visit to the SF Farmers market, if the gives you a feel.

            Although I said I didn't want NM or mexican recommendations I would welcome any suggestions. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with the options and realize now how people visiting my home town (Portland Oregon) feel!

          2. Stray Cats in Taos has excellent breakfast burritos.

            1. The best local restaurant and it uses as many local ingredients as possible ( a couple spicy dishes but most are not) is Love Apple. It is a short drive from the square and absolutely wonderful. Cash or checks only though. It is in a small converted church with a patio (not open in the winter). Beer or wine. Homemade cornbread every night.

              In Arroyo Seco, between Taos and the Ski Valley, is Hiro Hobo, a Japanese Tapas place which is excellent. It has a sake bar.

              El Meze was hit by arson and is still not yet re-opened but should be soon. It is Spanish/Moroccan with wonderful desserts and a great patio with great views and lovely fireplaces in the winter. Seasonal menus. Call to see when they re-open.

              Several places have closed (Stakeout, Joseph Restaurant, Apple Tree) so check on any old favorites before you come.

              El Meze
              1017 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571

              1. breakfast burrito in SF, I like Bumblebee's, but not sure how early they serve.
                As far as the non NM offerings, I am a huge fan of Mu Du noodles.
                Mu Du has been at the top of the best SF restaurants for many years.
                Her asian offerings are not just noodles, so I wish she'd drop the noodle in the name.
                Your non meat eater will find many dishes there. Ask for Murphy, who is the manager, very helpful.
                Koi is a newcomer, a non Spanish tapas style restarant in SF. Great fish, and very unusual menu for SF.Has one of the few suncset views in SF.
                Andiamo is an Italian favorite, never fails to dissapoint me, very cozy place....
                Always love Pasqual's for breakfast.

                322 Garfield Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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                1. re: kennythepig

                  We just had another great meal at Andiamo! We were 3 couples who hadn't seen each other in over 15 years and we were there for 3 hours and never felt rushed. Wonderful food, wine and service.

                  322 Garfield Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

                  1. re: DebitNM

                    It remains one of my favorites, and they also do a to go service, so you can get their Bolognese sauce, and add to your own pasta, etc.
                    Have you been to Koi yet?

                    1. re: kennythepig

                      not been to koi yet, it is on my radar tho.