Headed to Santa Fe -- suggestions?
Hi! My family and I are visiting Santa Fe over spring break next week. My 11 year old is a vegetarian/fish/dairy... Any suggestions for great places to eat while we're there? Staying near the Plaza the first few days then will be near the Opera.
Between Santa Fe's tourism industry and the affluent local demographics, your 11 year old's dietary restrictions shouldn't be much of an impediment at all.
Green and red chile sauces are a major element of New Mexican cooking, and you should know that some places use vegetarian recipes while others don't (a lard roux is still a popular way to start). Given that I'm an omnivore I don't have a good list of places that do vegetarian chile bases, maybe others can chime in.
Beyond that, I'd really just do a board search for Santa Fe and see what strikes your fancy. Some interesting places you might check out, a board search will yield info aplenty on all of them:
* La Boca/Taberna
* Plaza Cafe (Southside only!)
* La Choza/the Shed
* Tecolote Cafe
* Joseph's of Santa Fe
* Santa Fe Bite
* Dr. Field Goods
* Iconik Coffee
Finlero's right. Most places in Santa Fe can accommodate a pescatarian easily. If your child doesn't eat eggs, it might be a little trickier, but most places will still have something.
Chile, beans and sopapillas are the three things you have to ask about carefully at New Mexican cuisine restaurants. A lot of servers here seem unaware that lard is an animal product. I'm fairly sure the red chile at The Shed and La Choza is meat-free.
Some other places that are good for vegetarians and pescatarians are:
>> Jambo Cafe - African/Caribbean (owner is very conscious of what constitutes vegan, vegetarian, etc)
>> Cafe Pasqual (Southwestern)
>> Treehouse Pastry Shop and Cafe (all veg, locally grown food plus eggs/dairy)
>> Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen - natural foods w/ lots of veg options
>> Counter Culture Cafe - good breakfasts and spinach enchiladas