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Rancho de Chimayo Restaurante

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Group Friendly: On Sundays, you often see large family groups, from babies to great-grandparents, gathered around tables at Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante. Why? People love the food and they do groups well. This perennial favorite of locals and tourists alike has been serving authentic northern New Mexico cuisine for almost 50 years. While they prefer 48 hours notice, they'll accommodate last minute groups of up to 50 on very short notice. However, they'd love a heads-up phone call when you're on your way. In high season, when they're slammed, you'll need advance reservations. No separate checks here, though they will do one per table. Favorites include carne adovada: pork marinated and slow-cooked in red chile; posole: dried corn kernels made into a stew; tamales and sopapillas: puffed fried dough either eaten with the meal or as dessert. Start off with the signature Chimayó Cocktail, a mix of hard apple cider and tequila.

Homestyle: Comfort food in Santa Fe is synonymous with the local Northern New Mexican fare that's been comforting locals for hundreds of years. The area's filled with eateries offering the local Norteño cuisine. It's spicy and loaded with locally-grown chiles. One of the oldest and must loved is Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante in the small mountain village of Chimayó. For almost 50 years, the Jaramillos have been serving dishes made from recipes passed down through their family (and other local ones) for generations. One of the highlights of the menu is carne adovada (pork marinated and cooked in locally grown red chile). Other made from scratch comfort food favorites are stacked blue corn enchiladas, Sopaipilla Relleno (puffed fried dough filled with meat or beans), posole (dried corn kernels made into a stew) and Pollo al Estilo Chimayó. Finish your meal with traditional Natillas (vanilla custard).

Southwestern: Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante, a perennial favorite of locals and tourist alike, will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2015. It's run by octogenarian Florence Jaramillo who started it with her former husband Arturo in 1965. The historic Chimayó home belonged to his grandparents. The popular eatery is known for serving local Northern New Mexican regional cuisine. Their recipes have been handed down through generations of the Jaramillo family. The restaurant uses local ingredients whenever possible; just about everything is made from scratch. Favorites here include carne adovada, pork marinated and cooked in red chile; posole, dried corn kernels made into a stew; tamales; and sopapillas, puffed fried dough either eaten with the meal or as a dessert. Start your meal with the signature Chimayó Cocktail, a concoction mixing apple cider and tequila, or the popular Prickly Pear margarita. Reservations are strongly recommended for both lunch and dinner.


297 Juan Medina Rd.
Chimayo, NM 87522

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Expert Tips by Billie Frank

Santa Fe Local Expert

Group Friendly: "Groups often tour the historic village of Chimayó. When done checking out the sights, have lunch at Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante. Although they will accommodate you at the last minute, an advance reservation will ensure that sure you have a table waiting."

Homestyle: "Make a day of it. Tour the historic village of Chimayó. It dates back to the 17th century. Visit Santuario de Chimayó, the local church known for healing miracles, and explore weaving shops. The town is known for its unique weaving technique as well as its locally grown chiles)."

Southwestern: "Owner Florence Jaramillo, affectionately known as Mrs. J., isn't New Mexican at all. She's a Connecticut Yankee who's been living in New Mexico for over 50 years. She serves traditional New England Thanksgiving dinner at the restaurant each year."

Best for Group Friendly Because: Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante is great with groups. They've had almost 50 years experience feeding them.

Best for Homestyle Because: Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante, set in a historic home in a quaint village, offers some of the best New Mexican comfort food in the area.

Best for Southwestern Because: Rancho de Chimayó is one of the best New Mexican restaurants in the region. Paired with wonderful ambiance and beautiful setting, it's a winner.

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