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Recent Santa Fe eats: Los Amigos, Masa Sushi, El Meson, Bobcat Bite, Blake's

finlero | Oct 29, 200909:01 AM

Los Amigos - this has to be some of the best New Mexican food anywhere. Nothing fancy, just awesome classic NM fare. Amazingly fresh tri-color ships and spicy-but-not-nuclear salsa, respectable margaritas, red and green chile are both very good, breakfast available all day (although they're only open for breakfast hours on weekends). Entree highlights: huevos rancheros, breakfast tacos, breakfast burrito, carne adovada burrito, chiles rellenos. Staff are incredibly friendly. Entrees are <$10, but they run a particularly excellent special on Tuesday nights, where you get half off the second entree. I also love that Los Amigos seems to be one of the few "all walks" places in town, tables filled with people of every color and tax bracket. (Edit: no autolink available, but it's on Rodeo Road out near the mall.)

Masa Sushi - by national standards, I think Shohko Cafe is awesome, Kohnami is really good, I'm afraid Masa is just ok. Sushi and kitchen items are all serviceable, but nothing special. Maybe a few bucks cheaper than Kohnami (and significantly cheaper than Shohko), but I'd rather save my money and go to the competition. Owners seem really nice.

El Meson - adequate, but frankly, this is precisely the kind of average, tourist-centric restaurant I rely on Chowhound to help me avoid. Peaks and valleys on the tapas, or more accurately, gentle hills and flatlands. Some tapas were pretty good: grilled oyster mushrooms, blue crab croquettes, garlic shrimp. Some tapas were pretty average: sausage-stuffed mushrooms and surprisingly, the tortilla espanola (cute to do an individual tortilla instead of a slice of a larger one, but while the potato and egg elements were fine, the absence of a stronger olive oil or onion presence left it pretty bland). Tapas were pricey but not exorbitant, straddling the $10 line. Credit where credit is due: the mostly-Spanish wine list had some legitimate quality and value, covering all the major regions of Spain, and keeping the vast majority of bottles south of $50. Service was a little formal, but courteous and professional.

Bobcat Bite - really glad to have finally made it here for a green chile cheeseburger. Solid experience all around, but I hope I don't ruffle too many feathers in saying that I found it a little overrated. Good hamburger roll, the burger itself was perfectly cooked and enormous, but the green chile was surprisingly bland. I think it's cool that a burger joint doesn't feel the obligatory need to serve French fries, but I thought the home fries were only ok. Great local color atmosphere, nicest servers ever, not too expensive. At the end of the day, it's still just a burger, something I think I could do marginally better at home. Don't get me wrong, I loved going here, and will definitely eventually go back, but not unlike Harry's Roadhouse down the street, I think I may save it primarily for entertaining out-of-towners.

Blake's Lota Burger - man, do I love this local NM chain. While it's admittedly a totally different thing, I'm actually partial to Blake's green chile cheeseburger over the Bobcat Bite's, and the excellent fries win by default. Everything cooked to order, what fast food place does that anymore?! The breakfast burritos in the morning are some of the best in town, and a real steal at about $4. After a few excruciatingly long waits, I've learned to phone in my order in advance. The outdoor branch at the north end of Guadalupe and Paseo is my favorite.

Bobcat Bite Restaurant
420 Old Las Vegas Hwy, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Harry's Roadhouse
96B Old Las Vegas Hwy, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Masa Sushi
927 W Alameda St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Blake's Lota Burger
404 N Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Shohko Cafe
321 Johnson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

313 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

El Meson
213 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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