Hey, good-eating friends. San Francisco Chowhounder here.
I am passing through Santa Fe on an up-coming road trip, and will have ONE night for a dinner in Santa Fe. I have read the Chowhound boards pretty thoroughly and have read the new NYTimes travel article on Santa Fe (Aug 5, 2007 - <http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/08/05/...> what luck, huh?).
I'd like to get a 'conclusive' answer as to where to eat my ONE dinner in Santa Fe. I am not so concerned about price. I just want ZERO regrets that I did the best I could with my one meal: I would squeeze in two dinners in one night if it were at all possible.
So, to limit the discussion:
1. Please, don't tell me to go to Albuquerque....I have read all the debates between the Santa Fe'ers and the Albuquerquians. I will be in Santa Fe for this trip and that's just the way it has to be this time.
2. I'd like to stick with relatively 'local' cuisine. (Trattoria Nostrani sounds interesting, but I can have great Italian and French food in San Francisco.)
3. I am debating between Anasazi, Geronimo, and Ristra, primarily. Which of these 3 would be the best 'quintessential' New Mexico dinner? If there is an absolute must other than one of these three, please let me know. (Or, please steer me away from 'unauthentic' ones.) But, it seems these three keep popping up.
Thanks for the help!