Just back from a week in Tesuque where we generally ate very well. Usually. Most nights. Every night, actually, except the night we dined at Geronimos on Canyon Road. We walked in and stood there in the dining room. Just stood there. People were eating, waiters were serving and we stood there for a full four minutes before a waiter took pity on us and seated us. I even asked him, "Did we come in the wrong door? We didn't see a host or manager and we just wondered...new in town..." No, he replied, the managers were just busy and the only reason he talked to us was that he felt sorry for us. Now, any waiter worth his salt would have sent a manager over at this point, yes?
The food: ravioli in leek cream sauce was over cooked and over sauced. Seared foie gras was lovely but sorta didn't work with the black berry sauce. Lamb shank with red pepper gnocchi...no flavor to the lamb, no oomph in the sauce and the gnocchi were fried and very heavy.
Other nights, luckily, were better: divine food and service at Corn Dance Cafe in Hotel Santa Fe. (Caramelized onion and goat cheese 'little big pie'; venison with chokecherry sauce..) Loved our artichoke stuffed with manchego cheese and shrimp at Zia Diner.
But the best was the nights we cooked with the wonderful ingredients stocked at Wild Oats and Alfalfas organic markets. (and the local ostrich filets we got at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market).