My gastronomical advanetures in Santa Fe had its highs and lows. A surprise for non-greasy SW food was the Bubble Bee, a local chain that served well prepared fast food. The biggest disappointment was the Coyote Cafe. Though the food was decent the pretentious attitude of the wait staff, especially the minimum wage hostess left a bad taste in my mouth. The Coyote Cafe is one of those trendy restaurants that survives on tourist business. It is one of those restaurants that comes and goes, and I predict it will go soon.
At the other end of the spectrum is El Nido, near the Santa Fe Opera House. This is a family owned business that has been a local favorite of the pre opera crowd for over 27 years. The food is well prepared with well known staples and a few exotic items. I had an antelope steak that was just gamey enough, but not over powering. The chef knows most of the customers. Even though it was our first time, we felt like family. Dennis, is the owner/chef, and by the end of the meal you knew his whole life story and felt like he genuinely cared. Good food and made you feel special.