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Non-New Mex advice in Santa Fe and other ?


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Non-New Mex advice in Santa Fe and other ?

Betsypaige | Nov 18, 2008 04:12 PM

Hi all

I'm in the early planning stages of a trip to New Mexico (set for next June), but IMO, it's never too early to start thinking about restaurants and anything food related.

I'm certainly planning to eat mostly NM type food while in New Mexico, but I'm sure I'm going to want a break from all that yummy stuff at some point. I'm considering the following:

La Boca
Bistro 315
Mu Du Noodles

I know I can easily find these types of cuisines in NY, but on the other hand, these are popular places with locals and they happen to serve (apparently) very good food. Therefore, I'm sure I will be very happy with any of these. I know that they are completely different types of cuisines, so comparing them would be like comparing apples to oranges. Nonetheless, for my purpose (taking a break from the chile-oriented, sort of heavy NM cooking I will be eating), which would you recommend? Of course, if you have other suggestions, I'd welcome them.

I would also love it if you could review some of the restaurants below and let me know what you think. I realize I can't possibly eat at all of these places, but I'm having a good time researching this stuff anyway - it will be heartbreaking to weed some places out. Anything with a star means it's practically a must for me.

Harry's Roadhouse*
Bobcat Bite*
Cafe Pasqual's*
The Plaza*
Tecolote Cafe*
La Choza
El Paragua
Gabriel's (possibly, if I'm going back to SF after Bandelier)
Bert's La Taqueria
Los Potrillos (for authentic, delicious Mexican, which is better - Bert's or Los Potrillos?)
Sugar Nymph's (on the High Road to Taos)

Roque's Carnitas (in case I just want a light lunch on the go)

I'm sure I'm missing a few, but offhand, I can't think of any. I will say that breakfast is the meal I am most looking forward too. I love a good breakfast and SF appears to be a great breakfast town.

I have one question about Coyote Cafe - ordinarily I never would have considered this restaurant, given the ups and downs it's had, but it seems Eric DiStefano has really made a difference. I read, initially, great reviews of CC, but now I'm hearing that there have been some more mixed reviews. Is CC still a must-do?

Thanks so much!!!

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