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Restaurants in New Mexico

I'll be travelling to New Mexico later this summer and would love some restaurant recommendations for Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque, and anywhere between or in northwestern N.M./southwestern Colorado. Local, not touristy, off the beaten track would be great!

asked by healthierkitchen over 3 years ago
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Family_feb2012_-_version_2
added over 3 years ago

Welcome to New Mexico! There are many great restaurants in each of these cities - too many to list in this small space! In ABQ, the Frontier and Sadie's for New Mexican red and green chile (there are many more); Anapurna for amazing vegan cuisine; Il Vicino for pizza and house brewed beer; Artichoke, Season's, Jennifer James 101 for fresh seasonal fine dining; and there is great Thai, Greek, Vietnamese. Of course, south of ABQ in San Antonio, NM (totally off the beaten track) is the Buckhorn (which beat Bobby Flay with green chile cheeseburger) and the Owl Cafe (just about as good)! For Santa Fe and Taos, pick up this month's issue of LOCAL FLAVOR, free, available city-wide. While in ABQ, you have to hit Ta Lin, our fabulous pan-Asian grocery store- even if you are not buying groceries - it is that impressive. My current favorite local Santa Fe: Jambo - African cuisine; The Chocolate Cafe - breakfast, lunch & bakery.

Family_feb2012_-_version_2
added over 3 years ago

Correction to above: In Santa Fe, the Chocolate Maven Cafe. As I think of more suggestions, I'll add them.

Dsc_0048b
added over 3 years ago

thanks so much garlic&lemon!

Cakes
added over 3 years ago

coyote cafe and the blue corn

Dsc_0048b
added over 3 years ago

Thanks bevi

Dsc02572
added over 3 years ago

If you travel to Las Vegas, NM ( 1 hour east of Santa Fe) try Estella's--third generation restaurant with excellent Northern NM food.

Family_feb2012_-_version_2
added over 3 years ago

I agree with Estella's in Las Vegas. I did not recommend Coyote Cafe in Santa Fe because healthierkitchen said she wanted "not touristy, off the beaten path". The Coyote Cafe is definitely a tourist destination, Guide Micheline rated, AAA 4Diamond, pricey, reservations essential type of place. Good though. Healthierkitchen you did not say how long you were going to be in each area, so the recommendation lists were short. ABQ, SF, and Taos are all food and art towns and depending on how long you are going to be in each place, I could recommend more local, non-touristy places. In Taos, my favorite local place is Gutiz, on the road going North out of town. This is 4 star food at 2 star prices, breakfast, brunch, lunch and some dinner. You could have all your meals here and never repeat because the chef is always offering seasonal daily specials. Kid friendly, special requests accommodated. If any of your traveling companions have AAA, they have pretty good lists though not comprehensive for the "off the beaten track"places.