My cousin and I will be making a roadtrip from Dallas to Santa Fe in the middle of March. We're taking our good sweet time getting there, staying a week and then taking our good sweet time coming back (if we decide to come back). We're both VERY serious eaters and enjoy everything from the very haute to standard delicious comfort food to the downright "bizarre" (I used to live in NY and spent more time in Chinatown than my apartment and lengua and tripe tacos are two of my favorite foods in the world!)!!!
So, with that, we need help and recs for food along the way and food there in the Santa Fe area. Any awesome off the beaten path places along US287 and I-40 and US285 that we CAN'T pass up? (We're willing to travel off the path, of course!) Any can't miss places (be it touristy or the exact opposite of touristy) in Santa Fe?
I know chile is huge in that area, so I'm hoping/expect a lot of recs and arguments for that! But what about other stuff (taco stands, bakeries, cafes, etc.)? We've agreed to avoid all national chains (i.e. - fast food, IHOP/Denny's, etc.), and that's pretty much our only rule!!!! Also, any grocery store/markets there in the area we can shop at to help stock our fridge and pantry?
Thank you for your help! Typing this really really really made me excited for the trip, so I apologize if I left any other important info out of what we're looking for or if anything doesn't make sense! I guess, all I can say is: "Just bring it!" Spill your west Texas/New Mexico foodie-ness all over us!!!