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Lunch at Mucho Gusto (Santa Fe)

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Lunch at Mucho Gusto (Santa Fe)

Bob S II | Feb 15, 2003 03:33 PM

Below I posted to the effect that the Old Mexico Grill in Santa Fe was closed and that the chef and sous chef had left to open Much Gusto in town on Paseo de Peralta at Alameda behind the hotel, Inn on the Alameda.

Four of us have just returned from lunch...

- Stuffed Chicken Breast in Chipolte Cream Sauce
- Enchiladas Suiza (tomatillo sauce)
- Steak Fajitas
- Chicken Burrito in a Verde Sauce

Each dish was as good as anything ever prepared at the Old Mexico Grill. Plates included refried black beans and Spanish Rice.

Menu consists entirely of items familiar from the other restaurant though some items were missing. While the stuffed chicken breast which was a Friday "special" is now a daily item, things like the lamb tacos which were available daily are not offered. In fact, I don't recall any lamb items.

Two rice puddings, fresh from the oven, were dessert.

Restaurant, 32 seats in a modest but pleasant space, was full at Saturday lunch. No liquor, wine or beer yet as they've been open only a week. The beer license is likely a month away but who knows about the hard liquor license as they are worth about $175,000 now. Ample off-street parking in front of the restaurant; part of a small, professional complex.

Service was enthusiastic by people who, too, worked previously at Old Mexico Grill. Check was $60 for four including a 20% gratuity.

Mucho Gusto is a place I'll readily return to though, in fairness, there are others in town I like as well (Bert's La Taqueria and Cafe San Estevan). That they are up and running and doing well already means that should Old Mexico Grill NOT reopen soon or ever, the loss will not be that great.

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