We're heading to Santa Fe in early August to check out the Opera, and would like to get a sampling of what the culinary landscape has to offer (I've been to a group dinner with a pre-set menu at The Compound, but otherwise, I'm a Santa Fe restaurant virgin).
I'm looking for recommendations for the following meals:
a) A late dinner on Friday night after the drive down from Denver. This will need to be someplace that is still serving around 10 p.m., and where we won't feel like the staff is waiting for us to finish in order to go home. This could be anything from very casual to more formal.
b) A casual but tasty lunch on Saturday
c) Pre-opera dinner on Saturday (or is it worth it to just do the opera-offered picnic dinners? I'm reluctant to do this since we only get a few meals in SF, and I want to taste as much as possible)
d) Sunday brunch. It sounds like from other posts I've read that Cafe Pasqual is the spot for brunch, and I'm leaning towards that. Are there any other good options?