What is good value when you’re eating out? The best scenario is discovering great food at inexpensive prices. But it can also be places where you get a lot of bang for your dining buck. Santa Fe is not, for the most part, a budget-friendly dining destination. You can stick to the ubiquitous chain restaurants, but what’s the fun in that? There are so many local options to choose from. Some of the best-priced food in the city is at food trucks and stands, but most of them are only open for lunch. When it comes to dinner, it’s a bit more challenging. Often food is reasonably priced, but adding drinks can take the bill way up. A few strategies to keep the tab down: drink water, have a bit of wine of beer before dinner, get a candy bar at a grocery for dessert. If drinking ahead or any time; moderation is the key or call a cab. DUI laws here are strict and there are random checks. At places like Pho Kim, Red Enchilada, Il Vicino and Café Castro two can have dinner for under $20 before tip and tax. At pricier spots such as Il Piatto, Pranzo Italian or Taberna La Boca, there are great deals during off-hours. Some even offer great wine deals as well.
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