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Santa Fe dining recommendations

A partial, thoroughly subjective list for visitors

By Patricia Greathouse

Restaurant reviewer for the Santa Fe New Mexican

*AQUA SANTA $$$$ A, B, S, P. 451 W. Alameda. Fresh ingredients meticulously prepared. Dinner Monday-Saturday 5:30-9:00, lunch Wednesday-Friday 12:00-2:00. Alameda west of Guadalupe one block. Beautiful outdoor patio.
*ANASAZI RESTAURANT $$$$, A,B,S, 113 Washington Avenue, right off the Plaza. Top Santa Fe chef uses great ingredients to craft food influenced by Asia and Middle East. At the time of this writing, lunches were still not perfect, but dinner is. Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Dinner 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
*ANDIAMO, $$$, A, B, S, P, 322 Garfield (across from the Railyard), 995-9595. A perennial personal favorite; I've never had anything that wasn't delicious here. Dinner only; "A Neighborhood Trattoria", Best of Santa Fe Winner,
ANNAPURNA, $, Casa Solana Shopping Center, west of St. Francis on Alameda.
 The place in Santa Fe for organic, Ayurvedic vegetarian food. Chai a specialty.
Back Street Bistro, $, 513 Camino de Los Marquez, 982-3500. Lunch only; consistent winner of the Soup category at Taste of Santa Fe.
*BUMBLEBEE BOB'S BAJA GRILL, $$, B, P, 301 Jefferson St., 820-2862.  Open all day seven days a week. Near downtown. Counter service. Rotisserie chicken, fresh ingredients for California-style burritos; home of the $8.00 burrito. Second location: 3701 Cerrillos Road, 988-3278
Healthy, delicious grilled fast-food tacos of beef, fish, and chicken as well as great rotisserie chicken. Home of the $8.00 burrito. Good salsas. Drive up window, outside patio. Best of Santa Fe winner.
CAFÉ PASCUAL'S, A, B, S, $$$ 121 Don Gaspar, 983-9340. Downtown. Famous for breakfasts, specials from Oaxaca, Mexico. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a wait most of the time. Community table.
CAFÉ SAN ESTEVAN, $$$, A, B, S, 428 Agua Fria, 995-1996. See their ad in the phone book for a good self-promo; Northern NM food, sometimes with a twist.
CHOCOLATE MAVEN, $$, S, 821 W. San Mateo Rd., 984-1980. Bakery and café, big breakfasts and lunches. Best of Santa Fe Winner.
THE COMPOUND, $$$$, A, B, S, P, 653 Canyon Rd., 982-4353. James Beard Association Best Chef in the Southwest 2004, a striking dining room; patio is particularly beautiful in summer-you can imagine you're in Italy. Expect excellence. $10.00 a bottle wine special at lunch each day.
COWGIRL BBQ & WESTERN GRILL, $$, B, 319 Guadalupe St. Sometimes rowdy, always pure S.F., home-style eclectic food, local music venue, outside dining. See their add in the phone book.
FELIPE'S TACOS, $, 1711 Llano St., 473-9397. Basic Mexican-style soft tacos and overstuffed burritos, horchata, limeade, and good salsas.  Clean, fast, and the price is right.
HARRY'S ROAD HOUSE, $$, B, S, P. 1 mile east of old Santa Fe Trail on Old Las Vegas Highway, 989-4629, A real local favorite for large helpings of nutritious food that runs the eclectic gamut. Great breakfasts as well as house made dessert specialties.
JINJA, $$, A, B,S, P, 510 N. Guadalupe in North De Vargas Mall , 982-4321. Pan-Asian food at a reasonable price in a great décor. Full bar with specialty mixed drinks. Take-out.
MARISCOS LA PLAYA, $$, B, S, 537 Cordova Rd. 982-2790, and 2875 Cerrillos Rd., 473-4594. Mexican seafood specialties.
 *MUDU NOODLE, $$$, A,B,S,P, 1494 Cerrillos Rd., 983-1411. An eclectic noodle house with huge bowls of Pan-Asian noodles from $11-16 dollars-big enough to split if you share a terrific appetizer. Never fails to dazzle with flavor and meticulous presentation. Wonderful desserts.
MUSEUM HILL CAFÉ, $, P, 710 Camino Lejo, 820-1776. Excellent food in a cafeteria-esque setting with a 10 million dollar view. Set in the middle of the new museum complex.
O'KEEFE CAFÉ, $$$$, A, B, S, P, 217 Johnson St., 992-1065. A beautifully understated interior with a kitchen that really tries to put out great food, and usually accomplishes it. Excellent wine.
PEPE'S TACOS, $, A mind-boggling menu of real Mexican antojitos in a psychedelic taco stand. Fresh and good.
LOS POTRILLOS, $$, A, S. Sister restaurant to Pepe's, excellent authentic Mexican food three meals a day.
*PYRAMID CAFÉ, $$, B, P, 505 W. Cordova Rd., 989-1378. Shopping mall ambiance, exotic, well-prepared Tunisian and Middle Eastern food. Try the salad selections-cold carrot, charred green chile, or roasted eggplant.
RED ENCHILADA, $, corner of St. Michael's and Cerrillos, 1310 Osage, 820-6552. Clean, friendly Salvadoran restaurant that also serves Northern New Mexican food and great flan and tres leches cake. Fried Mojarra is excellent. Chef has cooked in most of Santa Fe's best places.
SANTA FE BAKING COMPANY, P, $, 504 W. Cordova Rd., 988-4292. A local's favorite for breakfast and lunch; also open for early dinner. Bustling atmosphere, straightforward, good food, counter service.
SANTACAFE, $$$$, A, B, S, P, 231 Washington Ave., 984-1788. Beautiful patio, good food. Nice bar.
THE SHED, $$, A, B, S, P, 113 ˝ Palace Ave., 982-9030. Old Santa Fe-received James Beard Award for preservation of traditional food. As close to downtown as you can get; wait at lunch. Unpretentious Northern New Mexican food with a good burger and salad. Chocolate mousse cake.
THAI CAFÉ, $$ A, S, 329 w. San Francisco, 982-3886. On the corner west of the Eldorado Hotel downtown. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11:30-3:00 and 4:30-9:00; Sunday 12:00-8:30. Good Thai food in a colorful café setting.
TOMASITAS, $$, B, 500 S. Guadalupe, 983-5721. Packed with locals and tourists at night, churns out large platters of red and green chile dishes. A Santa Fe institution for many years.
*TULIPS, $$$$ A, B, S, 222 N. Guadalupe, 989-7340. Excellent fresh food prepared in an intimate setting with good art. Terrific, knowledgeable service and boutique wines at reasonable prices.
ZIA DINER, $$,  B,S,P, 326 S. Guadalupe, 988-7008. Large selection of interesting food, usually fairly well prepared. Everyone will find something to like.
A= atmosphere
B=beer, wine
*=personal favorite

Santa Fe is full of good food and interesting restaurants.

Any oversights or exclusions of good restaurants are either a mistake, an oversight, or a matter of space or judgment. I have leaned toward the unusual, the fresh, the excellent, the regional, and the restaurants that most strongly represent native Santa Fe cooking. I would love to hear feedback. Patricia Greathouse


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