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Santa Fe

New Mexico

Creative Cuisine

It can be tough to choose among all the dining possibilities—from elegant to casual, local to international. Of course, it’s always important to try the local cuisine, which is based on the complex flavors of the state’s native chile. Chile is beloved by locals, who sometimes eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but visitors get hooked too. Besides traditional northern New Mexico dishes, many fine chefs use just a touch of chile in international dishes.

Santa Fe’s warm summer and fall evenings are perfect for dining outdoor, and ,many restaurants feature a patio or courtyard, often filled with flowers. Some restaurants and cafes are in charming, historic buildings, frequently with their own art collections or shows. The food is as artistic as the setting. Santa Fe chefs are innovators who win awards, write cookbooks, and appear on TV. Some create unique dishes, while others are experts in Italian. French, Latin Fusion, Spanish, Indian, or Thai cuisine.

A unique program, the Farms to Restaurants Project ensures that you’ll find local organic ingredients and New Mexico wines in many fine restaurants. The Farmers’ Market is a great place to check out the local food scene. There are many excellent New Mexico wines, plus local microbrews and, of course, the best margaritas north of the border.

If you can’t stand to leave Santa Fe cuisine behind, don’t. Take a cooking class, buy cookbooks and ingredients and take the memories of your vacation with you.

In Santa Fe, some restaurants and cafes are in charming, historic buildings
In Santa Fe, some restaurants and cafes are in charming, historic buildings



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