Ten reasons to love Santa Fe
There are dozens of reasons to fall in love with Santa Fe. The beautiful skies, delicious food, and amazing art are just a few. The folks over at Food & Wine magazine have come up with at least 10 and we couldn’t agree more.
SANTA FE RESTAURANTS
Reading this list makes our mouth’s water, each and every single one of these restaurants on this list are a must here in Santa Fe.
The South Indian spot that opened its doors after a year of sold-out pop-ups is proof that Santa Fe’s food scene is moving beyond enchiladas. Mash-ups like a watermelon salad with paneer in lieu of the usual feta would be exciting even in a city known for its cross-cultural cooking; white truffle oil flavors one of the namesake flatbreads, which are golden, tissue-thin and more than a foot wide. 551 W. Cordova Rd.; paper-dosa.com.
Fire & Hops
This pub reflects the backgrounds of the two best friends who run it: Joel Coleman, a chef who lived in Hawaii for 14 years, and Josh Johns, the cofounder of a local hard cidery. Coleman’s Hawaiian-style pork tacos with kimchi pair nicely with one of the dozen or so hard ciders on Johns’s constantly evolving list, which usually includes a few New Mexican options. 222 N. Guadalupe St.; fireandhopsgastropub.com.
Radish & Rye
Any meal at this bistro should start with a drink. Cocktail expert Quinn Stephenson, of the legendary Coyote Café, has compiled a long list of American whiskeys and bourbons that’s a refreshing alternative to the city’s ubiquitous tequila cocktails (a person can only drink so many margaritas). Try the 505 Manhattan, a nod to Santa Fe’s area code that includes bitters infused with the flavors of traditional Mexican mole. 548 Agua Fria St.; radishandrye.com.
Santa Fe Bite
New Mexicans will flavor almost anything with green chiles, and their experiments range from the ill-advised (white wine) to the surprisingly satisfying (apple pie). By far the most successful result is the green-chile cheeseburger. Endless variations exist, but a good one to try is the medium-spicy American-cheese-topped patty at Santa Fe Bite, the new incarnation of longtime local favorite Bobcat Bite. 311 Old Santa Fe Trail; santafebite.com.
SANTA FE BARS
Yes, movie theaters are at the top of the list for bars in Santa Fe. Why you might ask? Well we are The City Different , and Violet Crown has over thirty different beers on tap!
Located in the up-and-coming Railyard, Violet Crown is a hybrid movie theater and bar. The three dozen beers on tap, mostly Southwestern, are offered as both full and half-pints, so you can create your own mini tasting. 1606 Alcaldesa St.; violetcrowncinemas.com.
Jean Cocteau Cinema
Movie houses with bars are clearly a Santa Fe mini trend. This cinema, restored by Game of Thrones author and local celebrity George R.R. Martin, is your best bet for a G.R.R.M. sighting. Last time I was there, we visited while I sipped my brew!
The place screens independent and classic films and serves honey mead at the bar. 418 Montezuma Ave.; jeancocteaucinema.com.
Former home-brewer Trent Edwards specializes in Belgian-style ales like a dark plum-and-chocolate-flavored imperial porter. 1228 Parkway Dr.; duelbrewing.com.
SANTA FE SHOPPING
What else would make you fall in love with Santa Fe? Shopping of course, these are just a few among many unique shops here in Santa Fe.
Santa Fe Vintage Outpost
Co-owner Scott Corey is a key player in the current vintage-denim craze. For years, top fashion stylists have haunted his appointment-only showroom, searching for perfectly worn-in jeans, painstakingly sourced turquoise jewelry and colorful textiles. Now he’s opened a shop where anyone can browse his fantastic vintage finds and check out silver jewelry made by his business partner, Julienne Barth. 202 E. Palace Ave.; santafevintage.com.
From this mixed-use space, trendsetting owner Erin Wade teaches Fearless Vegetable Gardening classes and grinds her own wheat in an Austrian stone-burr mill and sells it by the pound in muslin bags. There’s also a small grocery and café, offering produce like hyper-fresh local eggs and a menu of juices, sandwiches and soups. Try the brothy combination of Vietnamese pho and New Mexican posole stew, dubbed “pho-sole.” 637 Cerillos Rd.; moderngeneralnm.com.
Meow Wolf Art Complex
Members of ambitious local art collective Meow Wolf have converted a former bowling alley into a permanent exhibition space for sculpture installations, performance art and dance parties. meowwolf.com.
We can’t forget ART as a huge part of falling in love with Santa Fe. Just take a stroll down Canyon Road and you’ll see exactly what we mean. Not only will you find galleries filled with beautiful art but a combination of restaurants, bars, and shops. Check visitcanyonroad.com for more information about Canyon Road.
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