Santa Fe Local Recommends Best New Mexico Cuisine
Santa Fe, New Mexico
MAPPING THE DAY
Spanish Pueblo Revival architecture, Native American villages dating back to 1050 AD, artists and writers, a large downtown Plaza, the state capital, a Catholic Church Basilica, throngs of tourists served by hotels, spas, shops, restaurants and bars, and stark landscape surrounding the city set the stage for a delightful stop on a RoadTrip of New Mexico. Santa Fe is truly unique and intriguing.
We had been traveling with our three dogs for about a week. There was an unusually hot weather spell, so it was difficult to leave them anywhere. So we decided to give them a spa day at Pet Suites in Santa Fe (a wonderful place: http://www.petsuitesinc.com/). Luckily, as we talked with the friendly gal at the registration desk, we asked for a recommendation for lunch. We were directed to a restaurant just outside of the downtown Plaza. It is a locals restaurant with authentic New Mexico cuisine.
VIEW FROM THE TABLE
We found our way to Maria’s New Mexico Kitchen on Cordova (www.marias-santafe.com). Parking is in back of the building and not easy to find. We were the only out-of-towners in the dining room. There were just locals who know excellent New Mexico cuisine.
We were seated next to a window that looked into the tortilla cook, rolling out fresh dough and placing it on a hot griddle. We ordered a cold beer, spicy salsa with chips and perused the menu. The three of us decided to order many items and share. Green chile stew, Posole, and a combination plate with tamale, nachos and House Special BBQ ribs. As we started a meal, the aroma of tortillas cooking on the griddle called me. We ordered that too.
Green Chile StewRECIPE