Arroyo Vino: "Arroyo Vino was the off-shoot of the adjacent fine wine shop. Enjoy wine by the glass or take advantage of their unique wine program. Select any bottle in the retail shop for the retail price plus $20. The more expensive the bottle the better your deal!"
Bouche Bistro: "Dale suggests that if the restaurant is full (or you can't get a table at the time you want), sit at the Chef's Counter. You can watch the action in the open kitchen. The talented chef/owner trained with some of the most famous chefs in the world."
Il Vicino: "The location, just down the street from the Lensic Performing Arts Center, makes it a great choice for a quick before concert meal. When you order your pizza, ask them to make sure the crust is crispy if you like it that way."
Santa Fe is a foodies' city. Food finds can range from downright cheap authentic Mexican dives to high-end eateries where fusion reigns. The local, spicy Northern New Mexican cuisine, aka ‘norteño,’ is a must-try. Based on in-state grown chile (the New Mexico State Vegetable), beans, squash and corn, it’s addictive. Start your day with a breakfast burrito at Tia Sophia’s smothered in either red or green chile or opt for “Christmas” and you’ll get both. The Shed is a destination for that authentic lunch or dinner chile fix. For the ultimate in high-end chic, Geronimo or Restaurant Martin. In between, there are tons of excellent casual dining spots such as the popular nose-to-tail Dr. Field Goods, to try. Good international choices abound: French at L’Olivier, Italian at Osteria d’ Assisi, Japanese at Shohko Café and African/Caribbean fusion at Jambo Café are good bets. For a fast lunch, try some street food. Roque’s Carnitas has been cooking up its tortilla-filled handful on the Plaza for over 25 years. Many restaurants have jumped on the farm-to-table bandwagon, incorporating locally grown and produced goodies on their menus in creative ways. No matter what your budget is, you can dine well in Santa Fe.
Billie Frank is a freelance travel, food and feature writer based in Santa Fe New Mexico. Her blog, Santa Fe Travelers, is a treasure trove of information on the oldest capital city in the USA. Billie is also co-owner of The Santa Fe Traveler, a trip-planning and tour business.