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Enjoy Santa Fe Cuisine, Cocktails, Confessions and Croppers

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When it comes to dining destinations, few can top Santa Fe.  One of the best times to experience the city’s rich culinary diversity is during Santa Fe Restaurant Week which takes place February 19th through the 26th. The City Different’s participating restaurants are offering multiple-course dinners for just $15, $25, $35, or $45 per person, and several also will feature prix-fixe lunches. Some hotels will offer special rates for Restaurant Week, making this the perfect time to plan a wallet-friendly gourmet getaway.

But wait! Santa Fe is also a mecca for those who love food AND margaritas! What better time to find a participating restaurant that is also part of the beloved Santa Fe Margarita Trail. The margarita is a popular cocktail that locals and visitors like to savor. Take our advice and discover this culinary and cocktail marriage of good food and refreshing libations!

Before you set out on your Restaurant Week excursion, be sure to purchase your Santa Fe Margarita Trail Passport for $3 at any TOURISM Santa Fe Visitor center or Margarita Trail participating restaurant. You’ll also want to collect stamps from different stops along the Margarita Trail and earn fun prizes!

Here are but a few savory and mouth-watering suggestions for you to sample….

 

Discover An Intimate Santa Fe Dining Experience

Dishes fully embrace the Inn’s native heritage and adapts to the freshest, most seasonal local ingredients. (Photo courtesy of the Anasazi Restaurant)
Dishes fully embrace the Inn’s native heritage and adapts to the freshest, most seasonal local ingredients. (Photo courtesy of the Anasazi Restaurant)

Executive Chef Edgar Bea’s menu at the Anasazi Restaurant presents innovative recipes and creative plating for you to experience. The 38-seat dining room also offers guests an intimate dining experience with sophisticated design featuring leather and linen chairs complementing natural wood tables. Upon your visit to this highly acclaimed restaurant you will want to order the signature “Sandia y Pepino” (watermelon and cucumber) Margarita Trail cocktail to complement the wide assortment of choices being offered.

 

Comfortable and Creative Food

The menu ranges from comfort food to creative dishes. (Photo courtesy of Derailed Bar and Lounge.
The menu at Derailed ranges from comfort food to creative dishes. (Photo courtesy of Derailed Bar and Lounge.

If you’re looking for comfort food during Santa Fe Restaurant  Week, head out on to the Derailed Bar and Lounge at the Santa Fe Sage Inn and Suites. This bar and lounge is situated near the Santa Fe Railyard. Restaurant Week menu items range from comfort food to creative dishes using locally and seasonally sourced ingredients. You’ll be able to choose from several entrée choices that include Fettucine Alfredo and open faced meatloaf with mashed  potatoes. Derailed is on the Santa Fe Margarita Trail and you’ll want  to order their popular signature cocktail, the Tequila Mockingbird Margarita.

 

Savor Contemporary American Cuisine at Georgia

The stylish dining room is fully restored to the elegance of a Victorian mansion. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)
The stylish dining room is fully restored to the elegance of a Victorian mansion. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

Be sure to check out Georgia—one of Santa Fe’s favorite gastropubs. The restaurant is a newly renovated historical building bringing the character, charm and vintage of Georgia O’Keeffe’s home from the past to present day. It was most recently named Restaurant of the Year by the Santa Fe Reporter. Grilled romaine, ceviche avocado boat, lamb satay and cream of mushroom soup fill out the first appetizer course during Restaurant Week.  Entrée’s offered are seared duck breast, The Georgia Pot Pie, a vegetarian delight and New Mexico ruby trout. And in keeping with the Georgia O’Keeffe artistic inspiration, you’ll want to try the “Desert Bloom Margarita” and earn another stamp in your Margarita Trail Passport!

 

New World Influences and Authentic New Mexican Cuisine Await You

La Plazuela at La Fonda is Santa Fe’s gathering place. (Photo courtesy of La Fonda Hotel)
La Plazuela at La Fonda is Santa Fe’s gathering place. (Photo courtesy of La Fonda Hotel)

La Plazuela Restaurant was built in the 1920’s and sits below a dramatic, wrought-iron chandelier and encircled by hand-painted windows which evokes the style of the Southwest. This restaurant is nestled in the heart of La Fonda and one of the most intimate in Santa Fe. This year’s Restaurant Week menu includes your choice of the La Fonda Caesar salad, baby greens salad or roasted green chile corn chowder as an appetizer. Main courses include pan roasted chicken breast, char grilled top sirloin and Ruby Red trout. Three sumptuous desserts are offered. Take your pick, flourless chocolate torte, La Fonda house flan and lemon curd.

And don’t forget La Plazuela’s signature Margarita Trail margarita! The Centennial Margarita features Centerario Tequila, Grand Marnier, Patron Citronge, and a splash of Presidente Brandy.

By all means, don’t limit yourself to our suggestions. Here are a few more Santa Fe Restaurant Week participants who also are serving their signature margarita on the Santa Fe Margarita Trail – Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe, Luminaria Restaurant, Osteria D’Assisi, Santa Fe Bar and Grill and Terra Restaurant at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado.

 

Santa Fe Isn’t All About Eating

Check out this video from Cirque: Cuisine and Confessions!

Talk about a theatrical feast…Cirque: Cuisine and Confessions performs at the Lensic Performing Arts Center during Santa Fe Restaurant Week! A summer smash in Paris, Rome, Madrid, Istanbul, Montreal and Moscow, this production is the latest from the world-famous circus “The 7 Fingers”. You are invited into their “kitchen” for a multi-sensory marvel as this circus showcases the troupe’s innovative acrobatic and choreographic prowess, but this time, adds sound, smell, touch and taste! Check out Cirque: Cuisine and Confessions on February 21 at 7:30 pm. Get your tickets today.

 

Continuing Your Food Quest

Santa Fe Farmer’s Market has been keeping it fresh since 1968. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)
Santa Fe Farmer’s Market has been keeping it fresh since 1968. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

If all this talk of food and drink is making you hungry or thirsty, you’ll want to visit the Santa Fe Farmers Santa Fe Farmer's Market which was voted one of the Top Ten Farmer's Markets by Sunset Magazine. It is one of the oldest, largest and most successful grower’s markets in the country. The market is open Saturdays from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Santa Fe Railyard.

The Farmer’s Market carries more than fruits and vegetables. Honey, bakery offerings, prepared food and craft and body products round out the Farmer’s Market fare. There’s so much to see and buy here.

We sincerely hope you can savor both the taste of the unexpected and the pleasure of discovery as you treat yourself to a memorable food and drink experience in The City Different this February. To start planning your food & drink getaway, order the 2017 Santa Fe Travel Guide. Be sure to also check out all our Deals and Specials that Santa Fe businesses are offering while planning your trip. Salud and buen provecho!

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