My BF and I will be heading to Santa Fe for a long Thanksgiving weekend to visit BF's grandparents and we'll also be celebrating my birthday on Fri. the 23rd. As semi-deprived foodies living in LA (Hermosa Beach), we always look forward to the fantastic food and myriad dining options of Santa Fe, among other cultural delights to be found there.
The last three years we've visited we've done Geronimo, the Compound, Casa Sena, and Coyote Cafe....enjoyed them all, but the first three especially. Based on what I've read online, Aqua Santa and La Boca are topping my list of places to try for dinner, most likely the former for my actual bday dinner. (Love locally-sourced, organic ingredients and am obsessed with Spanish food.) I gather these two venues to be more casual and relaxed then either Geronimo and the Compound, so I'm wondering if I should be seeking out a new special occasion place for my bday meal to try out (well, new to us, that is, such as Fuego, Anasazi, etc.).
I'm also thinking about Trattoria Nostrani, but though I'm an avid lover of Italian,.I must admit I'm not overly motivated to seek out Italian-proper cooking when in Santa Fe, so I'd love to know if it's everything I've seen it hyped up to be.
Would like to try Pasqual's for breakfast, The Shed (too touristy?) for chile lunch, and will most likely be taken whether I like it or not to a few of Grandpa's regular haunts (Steak Smith, Pink Adobe, Tecalote, Tomasitas, Bobcat Bite, Tesuque - which I love despite the often slow service). Appreciate any thoughts and recs for my potential dinner candidates listed or others...