Recently returned from a wonderful visit in Santa Fe. We stayed at Seret's 1001 Nights, an interesting and funky, albeit dusty inn. They were recently purchased by the outfit that owns the very upscale Lake Placid Lodge and The Point in the Adirondacks with major renovations set for the very near future including a restaurant. If it turns out anything like it's sister properties it will likely be incredible, but extremely expensive.
All in all the food was not as good as I remembered it being. We had lunch at The Coyote Cafe. The food was mediocre at best, but the service was the worst I have ever encountered at a major restaurant. While they made some adjustments to the bill, it was a waste of an afternoon.
The best meal we had was at The Old House. This was outstanding and worth the hefty price tag. I had the escargot with potato wrapping. It was a beautiful dish worthy of the art scene of Santa Fe that alsohappened to be quite tasty. The rack of lamb was as good as I've had anywhere. For dessert the creme brulee was superb as was the molten chocolate cake. As has ben mentioned on this board before, the fare here is not appreciably different from what one might find in most major cities - it doesn't really break new ground- but it was uniformly excellent.
Breakfast at Cafe Pascal's was very good (Durango omelet) and extremely filling. The buckwheat pancakes were tasted and also good, but what I regret no having ordered was the trout hash. I didn't taste it, but it looked really good. The hot chocolate was excellent. although my kids weren't crazy about it.
Later on in our trip, wwe spent a night in Albequerque and had a fine Mexican meal at the Church Street Cafe in Old Town.