I'm a Canadian visiting Ten Thousand Waves in Santa Fe, Monastery of Christ in the Desert in Abiquiu, and Ojo Caliente in July for 2 weeks total. Would love to enjoy New Mexican, Mexican, Southwestern, Japanese (I'll be craving it at Ten Thousand Waves, for sure!) and local food and beverages. I will have a rental car but will not be spending any time in Albuquerque.
Budget is fairly low - but my priority is Chow-worthy deliciousness and memorable, tasty food. (Service, decor, and atmosphere are low priority.) Mains should be under $25 for sure. Hole-in-the-wall and take-out places are welcome. Also looking for farmers' markets, local grocery stores, good coffee (freshly roasted beans and talented barista for espresso), and solo-friendly bar/lounge/watering hole for an under-40 night out.
Where can this girl get to-die-for food and drinks? Frito pie? Green chile cheeseburgers?
What do you think of Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Guadalupe Cafe, Cafe Pasqual's, or Shohko Cafe? And El Farolito, supposedly in El Rito, near Ojo/Abiquiu/Los Alamos? (Man, that place is impossible to map!)