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La Plazuela at La Fonda Hotel
Cuisine: American, Latin, Mexican, Southwestern
Price Range: $$
Looking for a more upscale breakfast with classic Santa Fe ambiance? Head for La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza. The former Harvey House hotel is loaded with history. Recent renovations to the... Read More
Looking for a more upscale breakfast with classic Santa Fe ambiance? Head for La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza. The former Harvey House hotel is loaded with history. Recent renovations to the hotel and restaurant were true to original designer Mary Jane Colter's original vision. Tables are arranged around a fountain under a glass ceiling in this former courtyard, enclosed in 1975. When the dining room was renovated in 2008, designs from Harvey's original designer, Mary Jane Colter, were used. Local power-brokers often meet here for breakfast. The legendary Sam Ballen, the hotel's late owner, held a weekly round table in the dining room; it still meets informally once a week. The menu runs from classic American selections such as eggs with breakfast meat or blueberry pancakes to more exotic New Mexican/Mexican fare such as burritos, Huevos Oaxaca, or their signature dish, Huevos Rancheros.
- Breakfast: "Check out the over 400 hand-painted glass window panes in the dining room created by former resident artist, Ernest Martinez, over a 50-year period. Now a retired octogenarian, he creates replicas of the panels that the hotel's gift shop sells."
- Best for Breakfast Because: La Plazuela made the list because sometimes you want a more upscale breakfast experience. The ambiance: a true remnant of Santa Fe history.