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O'Keeffe Cafe, Santa Fe - disappointing

rcurtism | Jul 11, 201111:09 AM

Groupon motivated us to give this place another try over the weekend. Things started out well enough - my corn flan was just lightly sweet and nicely balanced by a lemony beurre blanc and crispy shallots, and my wife was pleased with the oxtail strudel. Both main courses missed the mark - my duck was four slices of chewy and curiously bland breast served over a "crispy potato gallette" that resembled nothing more than a hockey puck, with some tasty swiss chard on the side. My wife's pork chop was overcooked, and she also felt that some of the accompaniments on her dish didn't quite work. Dessert was a mixed berry torte that might have been nice if it wasn't served right of the refrigerator and a trio of ice creams that ended up as a duo because they were out of one flavor.

Two side notes - service was a bit slow and bumpy - our bread arrived between our first course and our main course, and pacing was slow overall (2:15 from the time we arrived to the time we left). I saw two parties leave after sitting for 10+ minutes and not being approached. On the plus side, the Sunday night wine discount (50% off) creates some nice opportunities - we enjoyed a fine bottle of grand cru Burgundy for a price slightly below retail, and there were at least three or four other interesting selections on the otherwise (typical for Santa Fe) overpriced list.

O'Keeffe Cafe
217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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