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Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, New Mexico

Authentic/unique restaurants and food in New Mexico?

What are some restaurants or food joints in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, or Taos that are can't miss? I heard that New Mexico has great Mexican cuisine but we are open to all and love trying new things. Any restaurants with unique atmosphere? 
Thanks for the help!

4 Answers

top answer by
MaryAnn from Albuquerque

New Mexico has some amazing eats! It is NOT *Mexican* however. Here are my recs, dinning in NM tips to follow.

1)Taos,  Historic Taos Inn is a must. It's on the main (only) road through town. Amazing dinning inside (Doc Martins) - toatly recommend a reservation and it's worth it, live FREE music every Friday night in the Adobe Bar and they have a super patio with fantastic Taos people watching. Best seafood enchiladas I've ever had and you just don't expect any good seafood in a land locked state! Honestly, to me, this is Taos.  Bent Street Cafe & Deli is another fun place. If you're coming down from the ski valley, stop  Cid's Food Market to pick up snacks and drinks for the room. You cant miss it, on the East side of the only road heading in or out!  Eske's Brewpub   beer, ping pong, hula hoops... what's not to liek with a cold beer? These a re my faves, but Taos has a really great selection of fram to table, local, specialty, anything you can come up with places to eat. 

 2) Santa Fe:  The Shed since 1953. It's fantasitc. Reservations for weekend nights during 'high' season, which is always in SantaFe.  Bobcat Bite they were in an almost trailer out on Old Santa Fe highway but have recently relocated inside of Garrett's Desert Inn. Amazing green chile cheese burgers and a New Mexico institution. Fancy for NM can be found  Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi they have a great bar scene and is about as local + fancy as one can get.  Marble Brewery Tap Room is a fantastic perch above the plaza to sit down with a cold one enjoy the sights from above. 

3) ABQ:  Sandiago's Mexican Grill is in my neighborhood and has the best patio view of Abq with great food and a casual atmosphere. You can take the tram to the peak, grab a drink, walk out on the deck and watch the sunset from 11k ft. (DO NOT EAT AT THE TOP) You can hike around and check the views out and then tram down for dinner at Sandis.  Frontier Restaurant Across from UNM and another NMinstitution. Cheap eats never came so good!!! Order anything, it's all good but don't leave without a Frontier Roll. Trust me.  El Pinto Restaurant & Cantina This is one that folks love or hate. It's pretty much the standard place locals send guests and take friends. It's good. Drinks are big and so are plates. The patio with firepits and flowers is beautiful. It's always crowded. The setting down in the river valley is gorgeous.  Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center is a fantasitc farm to table and a chef there is a good friend. Another gorgeous setting in New Mexico for a great meal. Old town has several great places;  Restaurant Antiquity [link],  Church Street CafeSt. Clair Winery & Bistro [link]

Hope that gets you started ;) Here are a few 'eating in NM tips':

Chile comes on everything - we tell folks to ask for 'Christmas on the side'. You get a little of both red and green and can decide how hot or how not you want your dish. 

Our regional cooking is a wonderful mix of American Indian, Spanish and Mexican cusine. Corn, blue and yellow are used a lot. Posole is a wonderful pork and hominy stew. 

Ask if there is anything they are out of. It can happen.

NM has been making wine longer than CA, ask for a local selection. Same with beer - lot's of home brews. 

Enjoy your trip to the Land of Enchantment!!! 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi (hotel)
  2. Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center (hotel)
  3. Church Street Cafe (restaurant)
  4. Historic Taos Inn (attraction)
  5. Cid's Food Market (attraction)
  6. Eske's Brewpub (attraction)
  7. The Shed (restaurant)
  8. Marble Brewery Tap Room (attraction)
  9. El Pinto Restaurant & Cantina (restaurant)
  10. Restaurant Antiquity (restaurant)
  11. St. Clair Winery & Bistro (attraction)
  12. Bent Street Cafe & Deli (restaurant)
  13. Bobcat Bite (restaurant)
  14. Frontier Restaurant (restaurant)
  15. Sandiago's Mexican Grill (restaurant)
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answered by
Luciana from Austin (Texas)

We liked  Cafe Pasqual's (creative food, local ingredients, great),  Vinaigrette (amazing salads with local ingredients they grow in their own farm) and  La Boca (Spanish tapas) in Santa Fe, and  Farina Pizzeria (fantastic gourmet pizza) and  Quesadilla Grille (very simple but great flavored quesadillas) in Albuquerque. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Cafe Pasqual's (restaurant)
  2. La Boca (restaurant)
  3. Vinaigrette (restaurant)
  4. Farina Pizzeria (restaurant)
  5. Quesadilla Grille (restaurant)
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Albuquerque is well known for its New Mexican cuisine, and its pretty easy to get great recommendations in that regard. However, Albuquerque has quietly become a true foodie destination with world class offerings of food from many cultures. Here are a few recommendations in Albuquerque that go beyond typical New Mexican offerings:

Budai Gourmet Chinese

Budai Gourmet Chinese in Albuquerque, New Mexico offers world class Taiwanese and Chinese fine dining with excellent regional and seasonal dishes that go beyond the typical American style Chinese food.

Pollito con Papas

This modest little restaurant offers a limited menu of classic Peruvian dishes made with extraordinary skill and care. Pollito Con Papas are fresh whole chickens marinated for at least ten hours in a mix of savory seasonings that imparts a complex flavor that doesn’t rely solely on salt (as grocery store rotisserie chicken tends to do). The chickens are fire roasted on a slow turning rotisserie and served with a creamy green dipping sauce and thick sliced fries.Like many of Albuquerque's best restaurants, you don't come here for the decor, you come for the food.

Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria

Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria in Albuquerque is one of a handful of Albuquerque eateries that takes pizza seriously. Amore imports all flour and tomatoes from Italy. They make the mozzarella cheese, sauce and dough in-house. Finally, they use a natural clay, red brick wood burning pizza oven for a pizza crust that becomes a truly flavorful component of the pizza in its own right.

Marble Brewery

What makes Marble Brewery in Albuquerque so appealing goes beyond its top quality craft beers on tap. Rather than open its own kitchen, Marble Brewery invites some of the best food trucks in Albuquerque to park outside of its Albuquerque digs. This symbiotic relationship gives customers access to a wide range of excellent meals to mate with their brew. A culinary marriage made in heaven!

You can enjoy the best New Mexican cuisine in Albuquerque. Be sure to sample some of the other culinary offerings that make this a true foodies paradise!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Budai Gourmet Chinese (restaurant)
  2. Pollito con Papas (restaurant)
  3. Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria (restaurant)
  4. Marble Brewery (restaurant)
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answered by
Hayden from Cleveland

In  Santa Fe, you should not miss  Cafe Pasqual's or the  Geronimo.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Santa Fe (city)
  2. Cafe Pasqual's (restaurant)
  3. Geronimo (restaurant)
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