Well the location is, um, inauspicious to say the least, but wow, Cafe Vingt Cinq is one hell of a good boulangerie and cafe, quite possibly the best in NM.
I like Clafoutis downtown a lot, but the baked goods and kitchen items at Cafe Vingt Cinq are at least as good, and very possibly better.
I feel like a baguette and a croissant should be the yardsticks of any boulangerie, and both were phenomenal here. Whereas Clafoutis' baguettes and croissants are each a little more rustic, Cafe Vingt Cinq's have a little more urbane polish. The baguette sported a perfect crusty exterior and a nice soft interior, with a good amount of salt. The croissant had a nice, perceptibly deep butter flavor without feeling greasy. Tons of other great looking bakery items, I'm going to have to get back soon for more "research".
We also tried a crepe, which was beautifully executed, with chicken, green chile (after all, it IS Santa Fe) and a bechamel sauce.
Fun specials too, they had a French dip the day we went, which I wish I'd ordered after I tried their excellent baguette.
The location is about as nice as can be expected in an outlet mall, bright and cheerful with a nice, expansive front patio space (with foot traffic only, no car traffic -- it's in an outdoor mall). At very least, the location makes it really easy to hit from ABQ. We will definitely go back, so glad Cafe Vingt Cinq has arrived!
402 N Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Cafe Vingt Cinq
8380 Cerrillos, Santa Fe, NM 87507
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