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Best Value: There's something to be said for longevity. The Pantry has been feeding hungry Santa Feans since they opened in 1948. The Cerrillos Road eatery is a bustling local favorite. The same menu is served for lunch and dinner and you can get breakfast all day. Many entrée prices are under $10. The ample portions will fill you up. The menu offers traditional New Mexican favorites such as carne adovada, slow-roasted marinated pork cooked in The Pantry's 'signature red chile,' alongside American comfort foods such meatloaf, chicken-fried steak and grilled pork chop. Sandwich choices run from burgers, to a classic Ruben to the all-American hot turkey covered with gravy. For dessert: try the tres leches cake.

Homestyle: The Pantry, a Santa Fe institution, has been serving comfort food since they opened the doors in 1948. The Cerrillos Road eatery is a bustling local favorite. You can get comfort food three meals a day here. There's a good mix of New Mexican and classic American favorites on offer include chicken fried steak, meatloaf (a blend of ground beef and pork), brisket (smothered in New Mexico green chile) and pork chops. Want to taste traditional Northern New Mexico favorite that's been served in the area for generations? Go for the Carne Adovada Plate with its slow-roasted marinated pork cooked in The Pantry's 'signature red chile.' Want lighter fare? Try a grilled cheese sandwich, a Ruben or a quesadilla (grilled cheese in a tortilla). Green chile stew, a New Mexico staple, is on the menu, too. Leave room for a slice of the decadent Tres Leches cake.

Brunch: While The Pantry doesn't offer an official brunch, this popular spot, opened in 1948, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from the moment the doors open in the morning to when they close at night. Everyone at your table can get whatever meal they want. Breakfast favorites include the ubiquitous breakfast burrito, the Breakfast Sandwich (a tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese and green chile with fresh salsa on the side) and fresh corned beef hash. Want a bit of lunch (or dinner food)? The menu has a selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers, New Mexican Traditions (including carne adovada) and a section labelled "Comfort Food" with favorites like chicken-fried steak, fish and chips and meatloaf. On weekends (especially Sunday when people come after church), be prepared to wait. Locals have been coming here for generations; it's a Santa Fe weekend breakfast tradition.

Breakfast: The Pantry is a local fixture. Hungry Santa Feans have been starting their day here since 1948. The breakfast burrito smothered in your favorite chile is a winner. Their red is one of the best in town. The breakfast sandwich, a tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese and green chile with fresh salsa on the side, is one of their top sellers. Not in the mood for heat? Try an all-American breakfast. Pick from favorites including chicken-fried steak, fresh corned beef hash, biscuits with country sausage gravy, pancakes or waffles. The choice of breakfast meat goes beyond the usual bacon and ham, offering carne adovada, corned beef or chorizo. It's almost always busy here and you may have to wait but it's worth it.


1820 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87505

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Expert Tips by Billie Frank

Santa Fe Local Expert

Best Value: "Want to add a little spice to your meal? Go for one of the traditional American comfort food dishes like meatloaf but change it up. Instead of the usual gravy, ask to have it smothered in The Pantry's famous red or green chile."

Homestyle: "Add a bit of spice to your New Mexican comfort food. Instead of gravy, ask to have your meatloaf, chicken fried steak or pork chop smothered in New Mexico green chile or red chile."

Brunch: "The Singley Family owns and runs The Pantry, as well as Los Amigos on Rodeo Road and the Flying Tortilla on Cerrillos Road. The Pantry is featured on New Mexico Tourism's New Mexico Culinary Treasures list (just look under Santa Fe)."

Breakfast: "If you're a corned beef hash fan, try their fresh version and ask them to make the potatoes crispy. Or try their original offering, Huevos Consuelo, named for the cook who invented it, featuring eggs with tomatoes, onions, garlic and spicy yellow peppers."

Recommended as Best Value Because: The Pantry's diverse menu offers diners good value. The prices are reasonable and the portions are ample.

Best for Homestyle Because: The Pantry is one of the go-to places for comfort food in Santa Fe and has been for over 60 years.

Best for Brunch Because: The Pantry is a fun place for breakfast or brunch. Service is friendly and fairly fast and the food is good.

Best for Breakfast Because: This popular spot has been serving breakfast to both locals and tourists since 1948. The menu runs from traditional American favorites to spicy New Mexican fare.

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