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