Five and Dime General Store

New Mexican | Southwestern | Street Food | Tex-Mex
excellent
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The Five and Dime is located on San Francisco Street on the Plaza where the old Woolworth’s used to be. It continues to carry a variety of souvenirs and household goods, and its lunch counter is still a source of definitive Frito Pie. It serves it the old-fashioned way: in a slit-open bag of Fritos.

When you order one, mild and meaty red chile is ladled into an open individual-size bag of corn chips, then shredded cheese is spread across the top. The chili is hot enough so the cheese begins to melt, and by the time you plant a plastic fork, it’s molten. The chips below have begun to soften so they retain only the echo of a crunch. Chopped onions and jalapeno chips are offered as a garnish. It’s a pleasure to stand at the counter and fork into a Frito pie, but these meals are indeed portable, and it is entirely possible to eat one on the stroll in the Plaza … as generations of Santa Feans have done.

What to Eat
Five and Dime General Store, Frito pie
Frito pie
The fork's been planted and the top of the pie has been strewn with (optional) diced onion and jalapeno chips.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8:30am - 8pm
Monday8:30am - 9pm
Tuesday8:30am - 9pm
Wednesday8:30am - 9pm
Thursday8:30am - 9pm
Friday8:30am - 9pm
Saturday8:30am - 10pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
11 stops | 306 MILES | 5 hr

A visit to New Mexico during the height of chile season takes us from Albuquerque, where the State Fair is underway, north to magical city of Santa Fe, then finally south to the chile-growing country of the Mesilla Valley, where we will be hosted by Dr. Paul Bosland, the world's foremost chile expert.

7 stops | 439 MILES | 7 hr 19 min

Fritos were created in San Antonio in 1932, but it took some thirty years before the Frito pie was born. Teresa Hernandez, working behind the Woolworth's lunch counter in Santa Fe, had the idea to slice off the top of a single-serving bag of Fritos and ladle in chili, then cheese, onions, lettuce, and tomato.…

Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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