[Edit: some updates to the original list can be found below.]
Somebody has to post the first Santa Fe thread on here…might as well be me. Here are my current high-rotation restaurants around town, various price points, no particular order:
- Radish & Rye - coast-style locavore small plates, plus bourbon-based craft cocktails. Expensive and totally worth it.
- Paper Dosa - killin’ South Indian, especially their eponymous dosai. Food seems notably more healthy than your average Gujarati spot.
- Dr. Field Goods Kitchen - farm to fork with (FBOW) attitude. Sourcing from a dozen local farms and ranches, the food is heavy, bold, and delicious. Their signature sandwich of smoked green chile pork loin, apple jicama slaw, green chile, and cheddar is a good place to start. Very good beer menu; to my knowledge it’s the only place in the state I can get my beloved Bernardus Abt 12.
- Dr. Field Goods Butcher Shop and Bakery - what started as an annex kitchen space for Dr. Field Goods started selling baked goods at breakfast, sandwiches at lunch, and meat and charcuterie throughout the day, usually based on what they find at the farmer’s market (think pork sausage with charred garlic scapes and local feta). Sandwiches are enormous and utterly stellar.
- Plaza Cafe Southside - a locavore spot pretending to slum it as a midscale diner, if it’s on the menu it’s going to be one of the better renditions you’ve tried. I love their baja fish tacos, and they just might have the best green chile cheeseburger I know.
- Ranch House - easily the best BBQ in town. Must haves are their smoked wings (in either hot sauce or BBQ), baby back ribs with honey chipotle BBQ sauce, and their smoked turkey (only available on Tuesdays).
- Shohko Cafe - best sushi in town, plus consistently excellent kitchen fare. Their ramen and other noodle choices are excellent at lunch. The family also owns a sake wholesale business, so they have all sorts of interesting sake selections.
- La Choza - probably my favorite NM-style restaurant in town, aided immeasurably by their fantastic margaritas.
- Jambo Cafe - African/Caribbean food, the menu is unusual and a joy from top to bottom.
- Izanami - izakaya in a gorgeous setting at Ten Thousand Waves. This place has gone through a few rough patches amidst chef changes, but they’ve hit a nice stride over the past year or so. The wagyu beef, thinly sliced, served raw, with a hot stone for cooking and duo of dipping sauces, is among my favorites.
- La Boca/Taberna - sister restaurants that share a kitchen, serving inventive Spanish tapas. Both are superb, La Boca is slightly more formal and perhaps a tiny tick better overall, but I’ve been to Spain, and both of these restaurants give anywhere we dined abroad a run for its money.
- Cheesemongers of Santa Fe - a really superb newish cheese shop, with a lovely and ever-broadening selection of American and European cheeses and charcuterie. They started doing picnic baskets to take to the Opera for tailgating, smart move.