Santa Fe is a foodies' city. Food finds can range from downright cheap authentic Mexican dives to high-end eateries where fusion reigns. The local, spicy Northern New Mexican cuisine, aka ‘norteño,’ is a must-try. Based on in-state grown chile (the New Mexico State Vegetable), beans, squash and corn, it’s addictive. Start your day with a breakfast burrito at Tia Sophia’s smothered in either red or green chile or opt for “Christmas” and you’ll get both. The Shed is a destination for that authentic lunch or dinner chile fix. For the ultimate in high-end chic, Geronimo or Restaurant Martin. In between, there are tons of excellent casual dining spots such as the popular nose-to-tail Dr. Field Goods, to try. Good international choices abound: French at L’Olivier, Italian at Osteria d’ Assisi, Japanese at Shohko Café and African/Caribbean fusion at Jambo Café are good bets. For a fast lunch, try some street food. Roque’s Carnitas has been cooking up its tortilla-filled handful on the Plaza for over 25 years. Many restaurants have jumped on the farm-to-table bandwagon, incorporating locally grown and produced goodies on their menus in creative ways. No matter what your budget is, you can dine well in Santa Fe.
Billie Frank is a freelance travel, food and feature writer based in Santa Fe New Mexico. Her blog, Santa Fe Travelers, is a treasure trove of information on the oldest capital city in the USA. Billie is also co-owner of The Santa Fe Traveler, a trip-planning and tour business.