Here’s some restaurant high-lights from time spent in New Mexico with my youngest daughter, Christine. In Santa Fe there are dozens of good restaurants. I’m just going to mention a few we visited recently.

Cafe Pasqual’s is a landmark with a delightful atmosphere and delicious food. The staff is friendly and welcoming. There are fabulous long triangular bread sticks to snack on while you wait for your meal. We shared a yummy order of napo’s pupusa ( griddled corn masa cake with zucchini, corn, jack cheese and anaheim chile with roasted tomato salsa and escabeche ). We ordered a buffalo burger and pan seared scallops for our main courses, and heavenly Meyer lemon ice cream with honeycomb for dessert.

Cafe Pasqual

napo's papuso

buffalo burger

seared scallops

tasting the ice cream

lemon ice cream

Another old stand-by is The Shed. This restaurant is located in a historical old adobe building with plenty of character and charm. The food is excellent south-western cuisine. We shared nachos with delicious guacamole and salsa, and dined on a spicy corn chowder and a house specialty – wonderful green bean salad.

The Shed mosaic

chips, guacamole and salsa

corn chowder and bean salad

After an exhausting day of shopping, we had a lovely late dinner at the Cowgirl restaurant. There was live music and an almost festive atmosphere. I was unable to get my first choice of a lamb shank, but the beef brisket I did order was outstanding. Christine ordered a salmon taco that proved a worthy choice.  I almost forgot to mention my favorite appetizer – yam fries sprinkled with walnuts and scallions with a walnut, honey, mayo dipping sauce. Umm umm good. The menu at Cowgirl is large and varied and they do a great job with everything I’ve ever tried.

yam fries

beef brisket

salmon taco

Too many restaurants – not enough meal times! I love a good girls’ trip.

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