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Old 06-06-2009, 10:06 PM
 
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How could I forget La Boca - it is the best of the SF places with tapas - maybe best of SF period!
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:12 PM
 
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I have friends from Seattle coming in next week and we are going to (of course) visit Santa Fe - what would be a good place on/near the plaza for lunch or dinner (not sure when we'll get there). I would like local flavor but they are certainly not the 'spicy' people we are... But don't let that stop you from making suggestions.
For VERY close to the SF Plaza and not spending a lot of money, I'd vote for Atomic Grill. It's funky and popular with locals (which means a variety of folks - college age, new age tourists, late night theater-goers, etc.). We love the "Atomic Pie", their version of frito pie, plus their pizzas are pretty good. (However, the salsa is so-so and thus the nachos down the street at the Catamount are a better nachos choice.)
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:28 PM
 
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We actually did have lunch at Copa de Oro several weeks ago, and since the restaurant has changed ownership several times and didn't always have a great reputation, I wasn't sure what to expect....but it was really good!

The waiter was very friendly and efficient and the food could not have been better. We'll be going back ... hopefully after the weather gets warmer, so we can sit outdoors on the patio.

I have heard good and bad about Steaksmith ... but we have been driving past the place for about 30 years now, and I just want to try it one time. I have told my husband that is where I want to go for my birthday in April.
Well, we, too don't understand the reputation Steaksmith has for steaks. In fact, it prompts a list of places in which we differ from the common reputation:
Tomasitas - has had the 2nd or 3rd best margaritas in Santa Fe but the last few times the food was disappointing (maybe compared to other great New Mexican choices) so we haven't gone there in quite some time
Gabriel's - still has great guacamole, but the food is OK not great and we've had bad drinks
Harry's Roadhouse has great desserts and great margaritas but we consistently find the food to be good not great
Cowgirl BBQ - a great location includes some outdoor seating, but again the food is consistently OK or good but not great
The Railyard Restaurant and Saloon - IF you like blackened/Cajun style this is possibly pretty good, but things are definitely charred too much for our liking; plus it's more noisy than most (noisy) places and we've had bad drinks - so stay away if you don't like everything blackened.
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Hey Kosmo! Great list including all your pros and cons. I agree with much of your assessment.

Good thing we don't all like the same places or those establishments would be too crowded for us to get into!
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:39 AM
 
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Bull Ring

Rio Chama

Guadalupe Cafe

Rooftop Pizza

Del Charro
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:59 AM
 
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Tomasitas - has had the 2nd or 3rd best margaritas in Santa Fe but the last few times the food was disappointing (maybe compared to other great New Mexican choices) so we haven't gone there in quite some time
Best Margaritas in Santa Fe? It is a premade mix I thought they were horrible. The only place in Santa Fe that has worse margaritas is Del Charro.
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Old 06-20-2009, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM - Summerlin, NV
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Del Charro is thee best!
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:31 PM
 
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Default El Farol (Worst by far of all places we ate)

We visited Santa Fe for over a week recently. A few of the memorable places we ate at.
Jinja Bar and Bistro:really good Asian. average prices
Roof top pizza: good pizzas, average non pizza dishes; average prices
Pasquals: really good breakfasts; $40 for 2
Anasazi: excellent breakfasts $40/2 excellent dinners; $100+/2

El Farol: Food looked bad and was bad. Stay away. Bread came out stale, ice tea tasted moldy, food was so horrible we refused to eat it and they did not charge us. They try to cover up old and stale beef, fish and chicken with sauces.

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Old 07-04-2009, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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Has anyone been to Whole Hog on Cerrillos? Must be the 4th of July--I'm hungry for BBQ and I don't have a grill yet. Any good BBQ places?
I'm from Texas and haven't found any of the SFe BBQ joints up to par, although Josh's is okay. The chef's from Oklahoma, so okay is what I'd expect.

The best BBQ close to Santa Fe are Bob's in Los Alamos and Ribs in Cedar Crest (Turquoise Trail, Cedar Crest is the small community just before Albuquerque...charming, sort of like a tiny Ruidoso).
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Old 07-04-2009, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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Have you tried Del Charro on W Almeda? It is VERY cheap and really decent too. I've never gotten sick on the food there. Prices start at $2(!) for appetizers, $4-5 for dinner. It's a very limited menu but a fun, lively place with an outdoor patio with a fireplace. Drinks are a deal too.
Del Charro is a mainstay, visited by locals and tourists alike. Great burgers, fries. Chicken sandwich is great. Plus, their Natillas are some of the best I've had. Drinks are very reasonable too. It's always bustling, and they serve food until midnight.
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