Joe's Diner [Santa Fe]
A second visit yesterday, this time for dinner, confirmed very favourable impressions from lunching there some weeks ago. My chopped steak, NM grass fed/finished beef, cooked exactly as ordered, was huge, delicious and slathered in onions and mushrooms. Lots of choices of sides, the 'slaw and veg of the day, braised chard, zucchinni and carrots dressed with ghee were excellent accompaniments. My wife much enjoyed her gluten free pizza. Our shared chocolate mousse hit all the right notes, rich, chocolatey, not too sweet with a good crisp oreo crust. A couple of Marble beers on tap plus other good beer and wine choices. Service is friendly and efficient. The Rodeo Road location is not so handy but the quality and organic/locavore focus will bring us back pretty soon.
Yeah, I like Joe's pretty well too. I absolutely loved it the first couple of visits, but found that it suffered a little from the "magic trick effect", where the novelty wore off with repeat experiences.
I love the relaxed, neighborhoody feel, as well as the locally-sourced ethos, but at the end of the day I think the recipes are perfectly fine, not knock-your-socks-off great.
At this price point and overall playbook, I'd usually prefer to go to Plaza Cafe, which also uses a lot of fresh, local ingredients, but ultimately has what I think is better chow just about across the board. Regardless, still glad Joe's is there, and I still like to grab lunch or dinner there every now and then.