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NORTHERN NEW MEXICO’S FINEST DINING EXPERIENCES The Bull Ring

150 Washington, 505-983-3328 santafebullring.com Serving Santa Fe since 1971, the legendary Bull Ring is “the prime” steakhouse in Santa Fe. Voted “Best of Santa Fe” year after year, it also offers fresh seafood, chicken, chops, an extensive wine list, a saloon menu, and patio dining. If there’s one thing New Mexico’s politicians can agree on, it’s where to eat in Santa Fe. Conveniently located one block north of the Plaza in the courtyard of the New Mexico Bank & Trust building. For a quick bite after a stroll at the nearby Plaza— or for a late-night snack—he lounge’s bar menu is sure to satisfy. Lunch 11:30 am–2:30 pm, Monday–Friday; dinner nightly starting at 5 pm. Patio seating. Also Spanish guitar music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Underground parking available on Washington.

Chocolate Maven Bakery

821 W San Mateo, Suite C 505-982-4400, chocolatemaven.com A long-standing local favorite, Chocolate Maven does it all: breakfast, lunch, dinner, high tea, brunch, and every type of pastry, cookie, and cake imaginable! We create delicious, eclectic menus using local, organic produce, meats, and cheeses, helping to support local farmers while bringing you the freshest, most flavorful food possible. Don’t miss this hidden gem on your next visit to Santa Fe. Open seven days a week. Dinner Tuesday–Saturday 5–8:30 pm; breakfast and lunch Monday–Friday 7 am–3 pm; high tea Monday–Saturday 3–5 pm; brunch Saturday and Sunday 9–3 pm.

The Compound Restaurant

653 Canyon, 505-982-4353 compoundrestaurant.com Recognized by Gourmet magazine’s Guide to America’s Best Restaurants and the New York Times as a destination not to be missed. Chef/owner Mark Kiffin, the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef of the Southwest,” pairs seasonal contemporary American cuisine with professional service in a timeless, elegant adobe building designed by famed architect Alexander Girard. Extensive wine list, full bar, picturesque garden patios, a variety of beautiful settings for wedding receptions, social affairs,

or corporate events for 12 to 250 guests. Private parking. Seasonal specialty: tuna tartare topped with Osetra caviar and preserved lemon. Lunch 12–2 pm, Monday–Saturday; bar nightly 5 pm–close; dinner nightly from 6 pm; full lunch and dinner menu available in the bar.

Doc Martin’s at the Historic Taos Inn

125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos 575-758-1977, taosinn.com Doc Martin’s restaurant is an acclaimed fine-dining establishment located in a registered historic landmark. Doc’s is a true Taos tradition, earning multiple awards. Executive chef Zippy White specializes in organic foods, with chile rellenos being his signature dish. With more than 400 wine selections, our world-class wine list has earned Wine Spectator’s “Best of” award of excellence for 21 consecutive years. The Adobe Bar features complimentary live entertainment nightly. Patio dining as weather permits. Featured dessert: the chocolate-lover’s pie—a rich, silky chocolate mousse, whipped cream, sweet cookie crust. Breakfast is served daily 7:30–11 am; lunch 11:30 am–2:30 pm; dinner 5:30–9 pm; Saturday and Sunday brunch 7:30 am–2:30 pm.

El Mesón

213 Washington, 505-983-6756 elmeson-santafe.com A native of Madrid, Spain, chef/owner David Huertas has been delighting customers since 1997 with family recipes and specialties of his homeland. The paella is classic and legendary—served straight from the flame to your table in black iron pans; the saffron-infused rice is perfectly cooked and heaped with chicken, chorizo, seafood, and more. The house-made sangria is from a generations-old recipe with a splash of brandy. The ¡Chispa! tapas bar offers a fine array of tapas. The full bar includes a distinguished Spanish wine list and special sherries and liqueurs imported from a country full of passion and tradition. Occasional musical entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served 5–11 pm, Tuesday–Saturday.

Galisteo Bistro

227 Galisteo, 505-982-3700 galisteobistro.com Chef-owned and “made by hand,” featuring eclectic, innovative international cuisine known for its open kitchen,

featured listing Coyote Cafe 132 W Water 505-983-1615 coyotecafe.com

quality menu offerings, and attentive service in a casual, comfortable downtown setting. Just a short walk to the historic Santa Fe Plaza, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, hotels, and museums. “I admire a restaurateur who says, Hey, I want to cook the foods I love, like a musician who says, I want to play the music I enjoy. He would have made a great conductor; his orchestra of a staff is playing lovely food in perfect harmony. If music be the food of love—long may the Galisteo Bistro play on.”—John Vollertsen, Santa Fean. Wednesday–Sunday 5–9 pm.

Geronimo

724 Canyon, 505-982-1500 geronimorestaurant.com Señor Geronimo Lopes would be pleased if he knew how famous his 250-year-old hacienda on Canyon Road has become. The landmark adobe is now home to a cutting-edge restaurant—elegant, contemporary—serving the highest-quality, most creative food. Award-winning executive chef Eric DiStefano serves up a creative mix of French sauces and technique with culinary influences of Asia, the Southwest, and his own roots in Italy, blended to bring taste to new levels. Geronimo is New Mexico’s only restaurant with both Mobil Four Star and AAA Four Diamond awards. Dinner seven days a week, beginning at 5:45 pm.

Il Piatto

95 W Marcy, 505-984-1091 ilpiattosantafe.com Locally owned Italian trattoria located one block north of the Plaza. Nationally acclaimed and affordable, Il Piatto features local organic produce and house-made pastas. Prix fixe three-course lunch, $14.95. Dinner: three courses, $29.50, or four courses, $37.50 (anything on the menu, including specials). No restrictions. Lunch Monday–Friday 11:30 am–2 pm; dinner seven nights a week from 5 pm. “Everything is right at Il Piatto, including the price.” —Albuquerque Journal

India Palace

227 Don Gaspar, 505-986-5859 indiapalace.com Voted “Best Ethnic Restaurant” in Santa Fe. Located just one block from the Plaza, India Palace specializes in the dynamic, complex cuisine of Northern India using ayurvedic (science of longevity) cooking principles. Homemade cheese, yogurt, ghee, kulfi (pistachio ice cream) and tandoori-fired traditional breads compliment the extensive menu, which includes chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Entrees may be ordered mild, medium or hot. No artificial flavors or MSG. Restaurant entrance is located at Don Gaspar & Water St. inside the parking lot. Open 7 days a week. Lunch 11:30 am–2:30 pm; dinner 5–10 pm.

Inn of the Anasazi

113 Washington, 505-988-3030 innoftheanasazi.com New Mexico’s only Mobil Four Star, AAA Four Diamond hotel is also home to Santa Fe’s most highly acclaimed culinary destination. The Anasazi Restaurant features a welcoming and rustic Southwestern atmosphere. Chef Oliver Ridgeway offers seasonal menus, with fresh local ingredients, to celebrate creative American cuisine. Open seven days a week—serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch on weekends, and bar menu. Breakfast

Coyote Cafe continues to be Santa Fe’s most famous and celebrated restaurant, feted by critics and return visitors alike. Executive chef/owner is world-renowned Eric DiStefano, who brings with him his contemporary global style of cooking that has French-Asian influences accompanied with Coyote Cafe’s known Southwestern style.

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