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.
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.
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.
State Capital Kitchen’s extremely talented chef Mark Connell, in the hip Railyard District, always creates delicious and innovative combinations of Artisanal American Cuisine using freshly harvested, locally-sourced ingredients.
You can tell by the delicious, unique flavor combinations and beautifully plated dishes he’s having lots of fun with the taste spectrum. His Restaurant Week full three-course dinner menu is $45 per person.
The Compound’s James Beard Award-Winning Chef Mark Kiffin is serving a regal three-course dinner menu for $45 per person. Located in the heart of the historic Canyon Road Arts District, Chef’s unique Contemporary American cuisine has satisfied our foodie yearnings for decades. Chef’s focus is on authentic regional ingredients, many of which were introduced to the Southwest by the first Spanish settlers.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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