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New Railyard Cafe, Santa Fe

Tillman | Jul 28, 2006 11:13 PM

This is in the same space as the (lamented) former Railyard, which failed last year. The present incarnation is owned by the 315 Bistro folks, but with emphasis on American comfort food, similar to the old Railyard. It's been getting good notices (including Best New Restaurant, from the Reporter), and we finally tried it for lunch today.

It wasn't very good, overall. Service was fast & friendly, and there was a good crowd for late lunch (around 2PM). Good bread (from Sage Bakehouse), S.Fe Pale on tap.

I had a Philly cheesesteak sandwich ($11). it was just OK -- meat wasn't very good. My wife had zucchini cakes, a special, which turned out to be two little cakes the size of smallish crab cakes, for $11. She liked the cakes (what there was of them), but not the sauce, which tasted strongly of dry onion soup mix.

For dessert, we tried the German chocolate cake, served warm with whiped cream. She liked it more than I did, but it was pretty good for me.

After lunch, we stopped at a nearby gallery, and chatted with the proprietor, an acquaintance. She said she'd much preferred the old Railyard, though she'd had the cheesesteak and liked it. The former owner still operates Celebrations on Canyon Rd, and we'll have to get back there, though parking there is a real challenge.

We won't be in any hurry to return to the new Railyard.

Happy chowing--
Pete Tillman

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