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Looking for food and drink in Santa Fe

johnbycz | Jan 16, 201205:58 PM

My wife and I are headed to Santa Fe for five nights to celebrate an anniversary. I’ve been cruising the boards here, I’ve come up with a few things, and I guess I’m looking for validation and a little help. A few things first: We’ll eat just about anything, and we’re not obsessed with finding the absolutely very best meal out there. We’re never pleased if the restaurant is too precious or impressed with itself. A relaxed atmosphere, great service and a good drink are as important as a good meal. We plan to do quite a bit of hiking in the area and we’ll probably be too tired for a fussy meal at the end of a day or two.

So there. Based on recommendations on the board, we’ve booked the Compound for our big meal. I’ve also booked Il Piatto for the last night and we’re committed to hitting Bobcat Bite. We looked at the menu for Max’s because y’all raved about it, but it didn’t grab us. Vinaigrette is out there because I know we can’t eat green chile for every meal. La Boca also sounds interesting. Other than that, we’re flexible. Here’s what else we’re looking for.

-- A good breakfast.

-- New Mexican. La Choza seems to be a consensus pick. Any others? We’re wide open on this because I know almost nothing about New Mexican food. Also, we like spicy.

-- Someplace that’s both good for eating and good for drinking, and in the area of the Plaza, where we’re staying. I’d also like to find someplace that has a wide selection of tequilas, sort of like the Old Seelbach or Brown Hotel in Louisville, that have 60-plus bourbons. And is there any good local beer in Santa Fe?

-- A good lunch restaurant in Los Alamos.

Thanks all. We’re very much looking forward to this trip.

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