Crouch Thrasher is a travel journalist with The
Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She recently went
on assignment to Santa Fe in New Mexico and found
the restaurants there an absolute delight. Paula
has offered to share her finds with other Journeywoman
readers. She writes...
more than 225 restaurants, you'll never go hungry
in Santa Fe. Nor will you know where to start!
Southwestern and New Mexican cuisine is most sought
by visitors, but there's also continental, Italian,
Chinese, seafood and Greek. Here's where we dined
when I was there.
loves eating in this historic courtyard
of a restored 1860 adobe casa in warm weather.
But, in cooler months, it's warm and cozy
inside, where the fire crackles and the
works of Santa Fe masters hang on the walls.
Our entrees were sublime: roasted chorizo-stuffed
pork loin with grilled peach-onion sauce,
mashed rosemary sweet potatoes, wilted chard
and "Kellfire" sauce and lamb
rack with Dijon-mint marinade, roasted root
vegetables and green peppercorn sauce. Likewise
the starters, the lobster and salmon cakes
with jicama salad, plantain-lime salsa and
ginger marinade and scallion tempura of
shrimp with chipotle hot and sour sauce
and green papaya slaw. 125 E. Palace Ave.
on Spanish tapas with Southwestern twists
(there are nearly 40 hot and cold choices)
or one of the house specialties: paella
Valencia or sesame seared salmon with sautéed
spinach, pinon, and raisins and garbanzo
aioli. Then dance the night away with locals
in the cantina. 808 Canyon Road. 505-983-9912.
so good, I had lunch there twice. You can't
go wrong with the enchilada plate: two rolled
blue corn tortillas layered with cheddar
cheese and onions. Have them served "Christmas"
and you'll get red and green sauces. Sides
of pinto beans and posole are included.
Start with a blue cheese and walnut salad
and share a bowl of fresh guacamole. The
margarita's pack a punch. Cheap eats and
a fun atmosphere to boot. 113 1/2 E. Palace
is as easy as 1-2-3 at this tiny diner,
which funnels its profits to help fight
hunger. Order a simple one-, two- or three-
tamale meal in this yellow, orange and hot
pink storefront eatery. The dainty and delectable
hand-tied vegetarian tamales include such
varieties as pine nut with cilantro and
green chile, goat cheese and mint, vegan
black bean with chipotle chile and honey
pecan. Meals come with two sides which change
daily. I had tasty carrot ginger apple slaw
and green chile rice. 323 Aztec St. 1-877-509-1800.
(Source: Paula Crouch Thrasher ,The Colors
of Santa Fe, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
February 24, 2002)
Child-Friendly Menu in Santa Fe...
to the Corn Dance Cafe in Hotel Santa Fe!
They've come up with a terrific child-friendly
menu/place mat and coloring activity sheet
that both children and grown-ups can appreciate.
We were most impressed with their healthy
choices as well as the way the management
retained their Native American theme. Here's
few fun examples...
Fire-roasted Maize (a juicy ear
Swift Arrow's Good
Things Growing Salad
Papoose Pete's Pssghetti
(pasta with tomato sauce)
Chief Soggy Bog's
Cranberry Blast (cranberry, lime,
orange & pineapple juice)
(Source: Journeywoman files)