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late night in santa fe and environs

linus Jun 27, 2011 11:58 AM

we're getting into ABQ about 8 p.m. and hitting the road to santa fe. having searched this board, i'm having a little trouble finding a chow worthy place open by the time we roll in to santa fe.
since we want to hit the road, i'd rather not eat in ABQ.

any suggestions for places either on the way to or in santa fe that will be open post 8? new mexican cuisine preferred, a green chile cheeseburger cool, and a beer a real bonus though not a deal breaker.


  1. DebitNM Jun 27, 2011 04:19 PM

    Are you flying in to ABQ, picking up luggage, rental car? You won't be in SF til close to 10. What day of the week? Is this trip in immediate future?
    Maybe be hard to find chow worthy at that time of night. I would use opentable to see what places will take a 9:45 or 10 pm reservation and use that as a guide.

    1. finlero Jun 29, 2011 09:08 AM

      Not my favorite in town, but Rooftop Pizzeria is open 'til 10 on summer weekdays, 11 on weekends. Consistently decent yuppie pizza, and you can trick it out with green chile and blue corn crust for some Southwest flair.

      The kitchen at 2nd Street Brewery (both locations) keeps similar hours to the above. Quite good beer, and significantly better than average chow for a brewery.

      The strip mall location isn't anything to write home about, but the food at Capitol Grill (no relation to the chain steakhouse) is solid, a mix of some regional items and some general-purpose upscale casual American. Again, 10 weekdays, 11 weekends, but since it's on the southside, you can get there about 15 minutes quicker than you can downtown.

      A number of the hotels will of course serve later, and several near the plaza have specific bar menus that would likely still be available when you arrive. I recently had a business dinner at La Fonda hotel and was impressed that the food was both better and less expensive than it needed to be; don't take that as a swooning rec, but you could do vastly worse.

      Know that tourist destination or not, Santa Fe is ultimately a small town, with the small town proclivity of closing up shop early if business is slow, so best to call any of these places that night before heading over.

      Rooftop Pizzeria
      60 E San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

      La Fonda
      100 E San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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