Santa Fe Foodie Fun

It’s easy to have foodie fun in Santa Fe. There are numerous award-winning chefs, and hundreds of local favorite eateries that make for an indulgent and fun foodie exploration any time of year. After all, Santa Fe is noted as one of the country’s top culinary destinations, and New Mexico is the Chile Capital of the World!! New Mexico is also home to the oldest wine country in the U.S. — yes, older than California, dating back to the early 1600s. Most restaurants will provide you with an excellent selection of local and national wines, and local draft beers to accompany your feast. And don’t forget: we take great pride in our unique Margarita creations.

Mountain of Fresh Chiles de Caribe grown in New Mexico by Casa Chimayo Restaurant. Photo©

February is a fantastic time to be a local and a food enthusiast in the City Different. In addition to all the Valentine’s celebrations, there is the much anticipated Restaurant Week, this year from February 18th – 25th.  We get to shake off winter’s cabin fever and treat ourselves to excellent three-course dining at budget prices ranging from $20 – $45 per person. Lodging rates are also at seasonal lows, which makes for a fun getaway for travelers to stay in style and eat like royalty day after day.

Now in its ninth year, Restaurant Week is a highlight of winter. Chefs across Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque showcase their talents and tantalize our senses with dishes inspired by freshly-sourced Old and New World ingredients.

Table of delights at Il Piatto Italian Farmhouse Kitchen.

Each year, a significant cross-section of Santa Fe’s eateries offer mouth-watering dishes with wallet-friendly prix-fixe menus. Below are just a few of my favorites that I’ll be sure to indulge in, and I highly recommend.

Just one block north of the historic Plaza is Il Piatto Italian Farmhouse Kitchen, and another multi award-winner, Chef Matt Yohalem. He’s been a local favorite for over 20 years. Chef Matt will be serving a generous, creative variety of farm-to-table freshness for his lunch menu for $20 per person, and dinner for $35 per person.

Il Piatto Gnocchi Mushroom Medley

While downtown we’ll be sure to stop at Casa Chimayo Restaurant for their authentically New Mexican “Norteño” fare, “just like Grandma used to make.” As featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives, Casa Chimayo grow their own Chiles de Caribe in New Mexico. Owner Tim Cordova’s ancestors brought the original seeds into New Mexico from Spain in the 1500s, via El Camino Real. Casa Chimayo will be offering a heartwarming three-course dinner for only $25 per person.

Casa Chimayo’s Chile En Nogada

Heading a short distance from the historic downtown, just 1.2 miles into the popular Midtown District, we can tantalize our taste buds with an inspired dinner menu of Southwest flair by Chef Angel Estrada at Midtown Bistro for only $35 per person. Remember to ask for one of their special margaritas too!!

Midtown Bistro Crab Cake Appetizer.

We are very lucky to be in such a culinary mecca. Our wonderful local Chefs create tempting dishes that surprise our palates and satisfy a foodie’s yearning for innovation year-round.

We’re all looking forward to “New Chef on the Block”, Cristian Pontiggia’s Sassella Restaurant contribution in 2020. Sassella Restaurant opened in spring of 2019 and went straight to the top of the favorites list for fine dining establishments in town.  Chef Cristian Pontiggia hails from the tiny wine country village of Sassella in the Italian Alps.  We are very lucky to have his talent in Santa Fe.  In addition to working at two Michelin Star awarded restaurants in Europe, he has received awards for cooking and wine knowledge from the Chaine des Routisseurs, the Italian government recognizes him as a Master Chef, and he holds a culinary degree that certifies him as a Doctor of Oenogastronomy. Lunch or dinner, Sassella is a must!

So, venture out of your winter cabin, awaken your senses and fill your belly. You’re sure to enjoy the best of the best and have a fab, fun, foodie Feb in Santa Fe!

Chef Matt Yohalem of Il Piatto shopping at the Farmer’s Market.

For more Foodie Fun Experiences go to:

Wander New Mexico Food Tours

Santa Fe School of Cooking

New Mexico Wine Tours

For more detailed info on things to do, see, and experience in Santa Fe, plus special lodging discounts go to:

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