We were downtown yesterday, and since it was a beautiful fall day, we decided to give Casa Sena another chance.
Verdict: don't bother. Casa Sena plaza is the prettiest in Santa Fe, but the lunch we had was mediocre at best, and set us back just short of $50 including tax & tip. Snice there's a new chef (Patrick Gharrity), we asked the pleasant and helpful server which were her favorites. Among them were fish tacos ($13), which were, well, barely acceptable. The fish was pretty good, except for one or two 'fishy' bits (it's fried white fish), but the soft tacos were dried out and slightly burnt. The lime slices were brown on the edges, as was the some of the lettuce in the salad, which clearly had been made up some hours before.
My wife had a yellowfin tuna steak ($13), which she described as just OK. It was prettily plated.
Pluses: the Plaza. The beer was cold, and the bluecorn muffins (w/ lots of corn kernels) were as good as ever. Service was prompt and good. As always, I love their Baumann woodblock prints inside, and the whole art collection is well-worth studying (the bar has a 'cheat-sheet' list you can borrow.
We won't be back until the next chef, unless it's for drinks/snacks on the plaza with out-of-town guests.
Cheers -- Pete Tillman
PS: later that afternoon, we stopped at the Tea House (Canyon & Palace) for tea & what turned out to be an *enormous* strawberry shortcake, made with a house-made scone, loads of riow strawberries and heaps of whipped cream, served by a poised and pleasant Londoner. Price: $4.50. The outdoor seating isn't as nice as Casa Sena, but it's pretty darn nice, and you can be the judge of the price/value.