I only spent a few hours in Las Vegas, NM, so I don’t have the best information but I can tell you a bit.
I ate lunch at Charlie’s Spic and Span. It’s a diner, nothing fancy, but you can get a decent GCCB.
A block or so away is Murphey’s Soda Fountain, although I’m not sure if it is still open… seemed on the verge of closing when I was there.
The town visitor’s center is in the railroad station, right next to an old Harvey hotel. Teddy Roosevelt stayed there during the Rough Rider reunions.
Be sure to visit Fort Union while you are there.
Not food but in ABQ go check out Tinkertown Museum
I only mentioned McCormick’s for budget purposes, and only for the happy hour, since they’ll be staying at the Oxford.
Buckhorn has a very interesting upstairs.
The Ore House in Santa Fe has a 2nd floor porch overlooking The Plaza and serves wonderful margaritas. Also good is the rooftop Coyote Cantina and the rooftop at La Fonda Hotel. The Shed is my favorite for sangria.
I have been traveling to and spending time in New Mexico for over 30 years. I have been to almost any place you can think of more than once! Lizzieslulu, the Rancho de Chimayo patio is a wonderful place for any meal! They just rebuilt after a fire that put them out of business almost two years! The patio experience is lovely and trip in time back to old New Mexico and in a beautiful historic setting. Do visit the Santuario de Chimayo while you are there.
My wife and I spent a week in NM at The Inn of the Anasazi several years ago. I thought the food at Inn of the Anasazi was the best anywhere in SF, NM but dinner at Rancho De Chimayo was even better. The atmosphere dining outdoors and the food were both outstanding. I would not hesitate to dine there for lunch or dinner. The outdoor dining is very special and not available at Inn of the Anasazi.
Inn of the Anasazi @ 113 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 505 – 988 – 3030.
Rancho De Chimayo @ 297 Juan Medina Road, Chimayo, NM 505 – 984 – 2100.
You obviously have a Plethora of places in your files. Have you been to all these places or do you just research them on the net or what? Clue us in on how you’ve accumulated all this detailed info. Inquiring minds want to know!
Thank you so much. Also does anyone know about Rancho de Chimayo. We were thinking of driving there on Wednesday after the wedding for lunch on their patio. I know it is about 45 min to an hour. I already have reservations at Anasazi Restaurant but the outdoor seating at Chimayo looks nice. Or anything else that will be beautiful and worthy of a wedding lunch.
First what is your restaurant budget. Are you interested in fine dining, country, BBQ or just plain casual restaurants. Are you interested in Italian, French, American or Ethnic cuisine. Also I need to know your travel plans. Your message seems to indicate you will go to Colorado Springs then Denver. Surely that’s not correct. If so just let me know.
Is this correct. You are driving from SF, NM to Las Vegas for 2 nights. Then you are driving to Denver for 3 nights. Then you are driving to Colorado Springs for 2 nights. Then you are driving to Albuquerque, NM for 1 night.
Also what part of town are you staying in Denver. It’s a big city. Are you staying near the ball park?
If the above is correct I will see what I can find between Denver, Colorado Springs and Albuquerque.
I thought you were going to Las Vegas, NV. Please accept my kind apology.
Antiquity Restaurant is a fine dining romantic French restaurant. You should dine here one night. Paul’s is an authentic very famous old Albuquerque steakhouse that is very fine dining. You should include Paul’s for a romantic dinner one night. You should dine at Antiquity and Paul’s both during your Albuquerque visit. Mary and Tito’s is authentic Mexican cuisine. Rudy’s has outstanding country food and BBQ. The 66 Diner serves casual country breakfast and lunch in typical diner fashion. Sophia’s and The Grove Cafe are casual country food places serving good SW cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Albuquerque City Limits serves traditional NM cusine in a casual atmosphere for lunch and dinner. El Norteno serves traditional Mexican cuisine. The Standard Diner is a definite visit. It’s located in an old service station built in 1938 and The Food Network featured it on Diners, Drive In’s and Dives. They serve traditional country food for lunch and dinner. Church St. Cafe is located in Old Town in one of the oldest buildings in NM. It serves very fine traditional SW cuisine.
Antiquity Restaurant @ 112 Romero Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 505 – 247 – 3545.
Paul’s Monterey Inn @ 1000 Juan Tabo Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 505 – 294 – 1461.
Mary and Tito’s Cafe @ 2711 4th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 505 – 344 – 6266.
Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ @ 2321 Carlisle Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 505 – 884 – 4000.
66 Diner @ 1405 Central Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 505 – 247 – 1421.
Sophia’s Place @ 6313 4th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 505 – 345 – 3935.
The Grove Cafe and Market @ 600 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 505 – 248 – 9800.
Albuquerque City Limits @ 3231 Coors Boulevard SW, Albuquerque, NM 505 – 873 – 8959.
El Norteno @ 1431 Wyoming Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 505 – 299 – 2882.
The Standard Diner @ 320 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 505 – 243 – 1440.
Church St. Cafe @ 2111 Church Street Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 505 – 247 – 8522
You must definitely go to Frontier and Mr. Powdrell’s BBQ in Albuquerque, NM. Frontier serves New Mexico style quick eats such as huevos rancheros and hot flour tortillas, geen chili stew, beef or meatless enchiladas, chalupas, tacos and excellent burgers for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mr. Powdrell’s BBQ serves the best BBQ in NM. Frontier and Mr. Powdrell’s were both featured in Road Food reviews.
Frontier Restaurant @ 2400 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 505 – 266 – 0550.
Mr. Powdrell’s BBQ @ 5209 4th Street Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 505 – 345 – 8086.
A nice side trip out of Santa Fe is to the Tesuque Village Market in the tiny Tesuque Pueblo. It used to be more rustic, just a place for locals to eat, get their mail and buy a few groceries but the drive there is scenic and the food decent. Nearby is the Shidoni Foundry and Gallery. Think giant art bronzes! If you call you can find out what days they do a pour and watch them cast the bronzes. There is a nice open area where many of their art pieces are on display and you can wander about without charge. Tesuque is on Route 84 just a few miles north of Santa Fe but I prefer going by way of Bishops Lodge Road for the scenery. You can then stop at Bishops Lodge for a cool drink on their patio in the Sangre de Christos.
In Denver- I would skip McCormicks’ Fish House- it’s a national chain and I bet there is one nearby locally.
I do concurr with Taco De Mexico
and for some local Roadfood- The Buckhorn Exchange is a must- if I’m only in Denver for one meal- that’s where I’d go- although not in downtown- it’s on the outskirts and the light raill drops you off right across the street.
If you’re staying in downtown Denver you should try
Jax Fish House
McCormick’s Fish House and Bar (Happy Hour food prices can’t be beat)
Taco de Mexico at 7th and Santa Fe is great. Cash only (a little further out but worth it!)
Walking distance from Coors Field are:
LoDo’s Bar and Grill
Jackson’s All American Sports Grill
Swanky’s (for late night killer slushy drinks)
In Santa Fe, NM……
Lunch Tuesday @ Coyote Cafe @ 132 West Water St., Santa Fe, NM 505 – 983 – 1615.
Dinner Tuesday @ Tomasita’s @ 500 South Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, NM 505 – 983 – 5721.
Breakfast Wednesday @ Tia Sophia’s @ 210 West San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, NM 505 – 983 – 9880.
Lunch Wednesday @ The Ore House @ 50 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 505 – 983 – 8687.
Dinner Wednesday @ Santa Luna Cafe @ 227 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 505 – 989 – 3732.
Breakfast Thursday @ Cafe Pasqual’s @ 121 Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe, NM 505 – 983 – 9340.
Pasqual’s is Santa Fe’s favorite eatery serving modern versions of New Mexico classics.
Lunch Thursday @ The Plaza Cafe @ 54 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 505 – 982 – 1664.
Santa Fe’s oldest restaurant has a menu of classic diner fare and New Mexican food. The sopaipillas and quesadillas are outstanding.
Dinner Thursday @ Max’s @ 403 1/2 S. Guadalupe, Santa Fe, NM 505 – 984 -9104.
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