What constitutes comfort (homestyle) food? It’s different for everyone. It can be your go-to food when you need emotional support or to warm up on a cold winter’s night. It’s ethnic, it’s regional, it’s cultural; it’s what your mom fed you when you were sick. It can be as simple as a peanut butter sandwich or mac and cheese, soup or stew. In Santa Fe comfort food takes many forms. There aren’t many eateries offering things like Southern fried chicken with collard greens, so ubiquitous in the south or pot roast and gravy found so often in the Northeast or the tuna noodle casserole often found on mid-western tables. For hundreds of years, comfort food in Northern New Mexico has meant dishes like carne adovada (slow cooked pork in red chile), posole (dried corn stew) or green chile chicken stew. The 20th century brought favorites from around the USA and even around the world, to the area. Today you can get a bowl of Vietnamese pho, African food some barbecue, or American classics like meatloaf and gravy or chicken fried steak. Local eateries such as the Zia Diner, The Plaza Café and The Pantry offer a combination of New Mexican and traditional mainstream American fare such as fried chicken, roast turkey dinner or grilled pork chops and mashed potatoes. And don’t forget a little pie a la mode for dessert. When you need a pick-up, head for one of Santa Fe’s 10 best comfort food eateries.
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