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Whirlwind of Cocktails and Dining in Sante Fe

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Just wanted to post a few comments about some fun places in Sante Fe. Was there for a business meeting but brought my lovely wife to join me on a quickfire trek through some interesting restaurants and bars. I'll go chronologically for no other reason than it will be easier to recollect. First nite some apps and wine at Epazote. A slow Monday night afforded me the chance to taste a number of complementary creations from the kitchen. Jalapeno/Crema Salsa was complex and elegant with tortilla chips. A selection of dark mole, white chocolate mole with beets and a vegan mole were served as well to inspire the palate. After meeting the chef he also brought a sample of his soup of Poblano Pepper, Blue Crab, Amaretto Foam and a dusting of cinnamon. Really incredible. They are proud of their work here for sure. I passed on the dish with grasshoppers and selected the unique cuitlacoche offering and the tuna tartare off the menu. Both flavor profiles were ethereal. Wanted to hit a variety of places so wandered across town to La Boca for Tapas. Nice deal on bottled wines, 50% off a bottle over 50 bucks..grabbed a Priorat for about 30 bucks. It went very well with a bruschetta of poached egg, mushroom and truffle oil, topped with Romano I think. Really rich and sinful. The lamb keftas were so-so, overdone. I also had the boquerones with olive oil and nice bread. Sit at the bar in back for faster service rather than waiting for a seat in the cramped dining room. Place was on a 75 minute wait on a Monday Night.
Had a bizarre drink at the Anasazi Inn with Geniver style Gin, Luxardo and Absinthe..Ive been on a Negroni kick and this seemed like a very distant cousin..was fun but Absinthe really overwhelmed the unique dutch style gin. A Pear Martini cocktail at Amavi was fun, with St Germain, and my cocktail had muddled tarragon infused into Bombay Sapphire. Intimate little bar and the bartender was training a newbie so I picked up some hints on the whole shaken vs stirred debate. Finally made it to Restaurant Martin and it was the hilight for sure. Pork Belly was perfectly glazed and tender, while the sea scallops were so sweet the carmelization was almost like candy. Yukon mashed with wild mushrooms were perfect accompaniments. My wife's salmon with cavatelli and root puree was expertly prepared and flaked away layer by layer. My Trimback Pinot Blanc suited both the scallops and the salmon nicely. All in all we really enjoyed our few days and limited time in Sante Fe. We grazed alot but got to see alot of places.

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

Amavi Restaurant
221 Shelby Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Restaurant Martin
526 Galisteo, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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