Another trip, another chowhound dilemma. This time wife and I are taking our 20 year old chowhound daughter for a 4-corners/Taos/Santa Fe road trip before she heads back to the books. We all love southwestern/Mexican food, but are staggering our dinner choices so we eat it about every other night. So far we have:
Dinner 1 in Albuquerque near Old Town - Crepe Michel or if we're too late, Sadie's.
Dinner 2 in Gallup - El Sombrero (might have chosen Jerry's but it doesn't serve alcohol)
Dinner 3 in Durango - Steamworks Brewing Co. for Cajun Boil
Dinner 4 in Taos - Orlando's
Dinner 5 in Taos - Bravo (or The Apple Tree)
Dinner 6 in Santa Fe - ?
Dinner 7 in Albuquerque near the State Fair/Airport - ?
For Santa Fe we'd like to do something New-New Mexican, but don't want to go so upscale that it just becomes another high end dinner like those we can get in San Francisco where we lived, or San Diego where we now live (FYI, if you're ever down here and have a bundle of money try Blanca in Solana Beach. It's run by Michael Mina's executive chef and is off the scale good). Recs like Coyote Cafe, Geronimos, Anasazi, etc. would seem to fall in that category--a little bit too refined for what we want. What might be some possibilities that are above Sadie's/Orlando's/El Sombrero, but not not so "trendy" that the food's no longer southwestern?
And for our last night in Albuquerque we'll be wandering around the State Fair in the afternoon early/evening and would probably like a dinner choice (could be anything as long as it's good) that's not too far from there or the airport and would be a nice chowhound cap to our trip?