Santa Fe loves brunch! This meal, a portmanteau word combining breakfast and lunch, is the perfect weekend solution to a late morning or early afternoon repast. A bit of research revealed the first use of the word seems to be in an 1896 piece titled Brunch: A Plea, published in the British Hunter’s Weekly. According to Princeton University, the origins arose from Catholic Church “guidelines” which “require a period of fasting before taking communion.” This meant not eating before Sunday Mass. However it got its name, this popular custom’s a great way to dine after a leisurely (or active) start to your weekend day. Most places offer brunch from around 11am to somewhere between 2 and 3pm.
In Santa Fe, true brunch, offering a bit from both meals, is found at many upscale dining places such as Santacafé and hotel eateries including the Anasazi Restaurant at the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi. If you want something less formal there are places, such as Café Pasqual’s and The Pantry that serve breakfast all day. Once lunch service begins; voila: brunch. At Café Fina it’s always brunch time. The classic meal brings to mind dishes like Eggs Benedict, lox and bagels or inventive pancakes. Many Santa Fe menus offer traditional fare combined with regional favorites. Dining with a group where some members want breakfast and others want lunch? Go out for brunch. It’s a win/win solution.