Monday, July 11, 2011

Road Food: Restaurants in Santa Fe New Mexico

(Our southwest trip started May 1. All of my posts were written as the trip went along but were not posted live until we returned. If you want to read all the posts related to the trip, click on "southwest" in the label section below).

When we were in Santa Fe we stayed at a hotel along Cerrillos Road. Cerrillos Road is a long commercial road, running southwest out of downtown Santa Fe. It is loaded with hotels, restaurants, and all kinds of commercial businesses including Wal-mart, Borders, banks, etc.

When we were there the road was also broken up with construction. On our way to our hotel in the early evening, we decided to eat dinner before going to the hotel and then having to make our way back through the construction.

I spotted a restaurant called Wok and we decided to pull in. We were a bit on the early side for dinner so the restaurant was pretty empty. But as the evening wore on, more diners arrived and we could see they were doing a good take-out business.

We enjoyed our dinner at Wok Chinese Cuisine. The restaurant was clean and nicely decorated with cloth tablecloths. Our food was excellent, with large portions, and reasonable priced. The service was friendly and courteous. If you are in Santa Fe and looking for Chinese food, I highly recommend Wok at 2860 Cerrillos Road, in the plaza next to Jackalope. The hours are Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday they are open until 9:30 and they are closed on Sunday.

The other restaurant worth writing about is Maria's New Mexican Kitchen, located at 555 W. Cordova Road. This restaurant is a must for Margarita lovers ... I have never seen such an extensive list of Margaritas (165!) or tequilas. My husband ordered the combination plate which included the best chili rellenos we have ever tasted. Upon inquiring we learned the cheese they use is Monteray Jack. It was also our first experience with sopaipillas, a puffed (hollow) dough that is served with local honey, to cut the spiciness of the food. If you want to experience northern New Mexican food when in Santa Fe, Maria's is the restaurant to visit.

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