New Mexican

Ask ten locals where they like to eat New Mexican food and you are likely to get ten different answers. But with so many choices, it’s hard to go wrong. These are some of the top authentic New Mexican restaurants revered and frequented by locals.

  • Atrisco’s—This neighborhoods bar and grill in the DeVargas Mall has a wide menu of Northern New Mexican food that everyone loves.

  • Cafe Castro—Down on Cerrillos, this is an old-school, beloved spot for locals.

  • El Comal—Described as “like an old Santa Fe chile parlor, inexpensive and really good food.” Especially the sopapillas.

  • Horseman’s Haven—Located next to a convenience store, the Horseman's Haven is a local institution. Beware of the hot green chile. It's hot.

  • La Choza—Owned by the family that owns The Shed, this is the sister restaurant located on the outskirts of downtown. At the corner of Cerrillos and St. Francis hides La Choza and 

  • Plaza Cafe—With two locations, one at the Plaza and the other on the southside off Cerrillos, this is a popular dining spot for locals. The big menu features the expected New Mexican dishes but don't be surprised by some Greek offerings as well. (They have one of the city's best Greek salads.)

  • Posas—A Santa Fe Tradition, you will find handmade tamales. Popular for a large party and family orders to go.

  • Rancho de Chimayo—Located 30 minutes north of town, along the breathtaking backroad to Taos is the historic Rancho de Chimayo. In the family for generations, they have a James Beard award-winning cookbook under their belt and plenty of tradition in the food. 

  • The Pantry—Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can never go wrong with The Pantry to cure what ails you.

  • The Shed—Expect a wait, but it’s worth the wait. This family-owned restaurant is now in its third generation of leadership and it’s the same today as it was back then. And that’s why you go to The Shed. 

  • Tomasita’s—A local institution, Tomasita's is a favorite for classic Northern New Mexico food.