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Aug 16, 1999 06:31 PM

BBQ and Roadside Food in Santa Fe?

  • m

Hi. I am taking a trip to Santa Fe in the fall and
am looking for low-key places to eat that serve great
fresh food. I'm expecially interested in finding good
BBQ and cheap taco stands. Anyone have any


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  1. Don't miss Horseman's Haven Cafe, located on the
    outskirts of Santa Fe adjoining a Texaco station. It's
    a funky, bordering on dumpy, place with terrific New
    Mexican food, especially the green chile, which is the
    best I've tasted on my trips to Santa Fe and Northern
    New Mexico, and the carne adovada. Cafe Pasqual's, in
    the center of town, is extremely popular and usually
    involves a long wait to get a table. Put your name on
    the list, and do some shopping while you wait.
    Pasqual's green chile is also first rate, as is its
    carne asada. The specials, like the citrus gazpacho I
    had on my most recent visit, can be very tasty rifs on
    traditional New Mexican cuisine. Tortilla Flats is
    another good place for tasty, inexpensive New Mexican

    3 Replies
    1. re: Tom Armitage

      Hey Tom, thanks for the recommendations. One of my
      friends swears by the Horseman's Haven Cafe. I just
      dropped into a bookstore on my lunchbreak and read
      about a truckstand on Washington & Palace called Roques
      Carnitas. Ever hear anything about that?

      1. re: michelle

        I'm not familiar with the Roques Carnitas stand, at
        least not by name. Washington & Palace is adjacent to
        the central town square, and I recall some vendors
        selling food from stands in that general area, but
        those that I observed didn't look all that tempting.
        Check it out and let us know what you find.

        One further note on Horseman's Haven: If you are into
        blisteringly hot stuff, you can ask for a bowl of
        "level two." I don't remember seeing it on the menu,
        and gather that it's sort of an insider thing. (I
        heard about it from a waiter at Geronimo, an excellent
        high-end restaurant on Canyon Road.) Level two is your
        basic bowl of green chile, but with the heat turned up
        to a stratospheric level. On my recent visit to
        Horseman's, not knowing quite what to expect, I asked
        for a bowl of "level two." A guy in the booth across
        from my table, overhearing my order, asked with more
        than a note of incredulity, "You're ordering the level
        two?" I nodded yes, to which he responded, "Good luck,
        it's been nice knowing you." My waitress delivered the
        bowl of level two (which looked the same as the regular
        bowl of green chile) with a serious look and the
        warning to "just take little dips." Against her
        advice, and because I have a very heat tolerant palate,
        I tried a spoonful---my first and last spoonful. "How
        is it," asked my dining companions. I think I made
        some type of hand gesture, since talking was out of the
        question at the moment. I don't really recommend the
        level two, since I don't see the value in numbingly hot
        food (and I do mean numbingly), but since it is part of
        the Horseman's Haven culture, thought I'd pass it on.

        1. re: michelle

          Haven't been to Roques Carnitas, but I know the Sterns absolutely swear by it, which is usually a pretty high recommendation.