New Mexico report: SF, ABQ, TorC
Back from a wide-ranging trip. Perused the boards before and then relied upon local recs while there, esp for Santa Fe.
breakfast at Tomasita's, got there just when opening. Because of Market Week was packed w/in minutes. Food was served quickly, was as expected, nothing remarkable but served its purpose as we were pretty hungry at that late point in the morning. They should open sooner.
dinner at Cafe Pasqual. Just had to look at the menu to refresh my memory about what I had... : ( Don't see it, so I think the current menu isn't 100% updated. Something squash-ish and enchilada-ish. It was fine, but not earth-shattering. Friend ordered vegetarian, as well, even though not a vegetarian. Something with tofu and the tofu was so spice-hot that it was inedible. Just too much. Staff immediately replaced it with another selection, which was the lamb burger. Staff was very solicitous and apologetic and agreed that the dish was getting maybe too "hot". Hostess was a bit huffier than necessary, contrasted by one staff member who was extremely affable and helpful and we owe him much gratitude for making sure we knew about an often-overlooked and unmentioned trail and hike that ended up being a trip highlight (thank you, Edward!)
Breakfast at Tabla de los Santos at St. Francis hotel: we'd hoped to sit outside, which was virtually deserted, and were told by host that there were reservations being held. All of the staff were harried, sweating, and the cheddar in a cheese omelette and its accompanying toast were somehow forgotten. The food was good, but the service and attitude means I won't be returning. When we left, a good 50 minutes later, the patio was still deserted. We pointed this out to the host, who dismissed us, and the situation with a brush-off wave as he walked away from us. For a tony-looking space, it was bizarre.
Breakfast at Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe: sat outside and it was delightful. Quesadilla was really really good. Egg white omelette was also refined and well presented. Would do this again and again and completely pass on Tomasita's.
Dinner at Jambo: jackpot. touchdown. so fun, so busy, so yummy. put this at the top of the list. we had to choose between Mudu and Jambo, and I'm glad that we made this choice for this trip. Don't be surprised if Ahmed comes by to make sure that you're really happy and to thank you for coming.
One dinner in TorC: Cafe Bellaluca. The food was very good, the wine list is well-selected. We sat outside and were devoured by mosquitoes, which you will discover is a given in TorC (they bite through clothing, they're other-worldly demons.) During its recent closed-for-renovations, Bellaluca was the victim of a drive-by, leaving the plate glass windows and brick exterior riddled with around 3 dozen holes, that had all been marked with post-its. Rather "Breaking Bad" and disturbing.
ABQ: drinks and nosh at Andaluz, Ibiza. Posh location, dead during the week. Waitress/solitary bartrendress had never heard of a Negroni but she was a doll and took great care of us. Hummus was fresh and the assortment of carbs to go with it was atypical and classy.