It's a question we get asked a lot by visitors to Santa Fe: "Where's a good place to eat around here?" And, of course, Santa Fe is chock full of outstanding restaurants and everyone's got an opinion on which one is the best. So we asked our staff to share the favorite restaurants they recommend to visitors. Here's what we had to say:
Will Van Beckum, Digital Lab Manager
"Tune Up Cafe. I recommend the...everything."
Abigail Moore, Digital Lab Assistant
"Vinaigrette, I love that place. I think their salads are really fresh, and so many unusual combinations I would never think of, so it's a creative dining experience for me. Also, it's a nice change from New Mexican food."
Reid Callanan, Director
"I send visitors to Pranzo's Italian Grill. It's where we have our instructor dinners. It creates a nice ambiance for us there with a group, and almost everyone enjoys Italian food, so it's a good choice.
We also like to go to Rio Chama Steakhouse because we like their selection, and they have great salads."
Wes Sheridan, AV Coordinator
"Mama's World Cuisine, because it's really new."
Brandon Johnson, Operations Assistant
"Dr. Field Goods! I know the chef and they use locally grown food."
Cindy Ryker, Admin Assistant
"Vinaigrette has consistently tasty food and they grow their own veggies, or source locally."
Suey Surprise, Admin Assistant
"I have to say for breakfast and lunch, Counter Culture. It's fresh, with great variety, good coffee, and very casual. But bring cash because they don't take cards."
Mignon Ohmura, Admin Assistant
"I would say Vinaigrette and Tune Up Cafe. And Cafe Fina, it's fresh, clean, and yummy. They have the best blueberry smoothie around!"
Anne Fuller, Director of Admin
"Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen: good selection and healthy food."
Sharon Bain, Director of Finance
"It will always be Harry's Roadhouse for me. It's a great for when you just want to have a good time. Pyramid Cafe and Counter Culture are also good."
Jay Reisinger, Finance Assistant
"I actually have two, it depends on my mood. I like The Junction, it's really comfortable and the people there know you when you walk in, so I like that place. The other one is Annapurna, because it's very healthful, and I like the atmosphere. If I want to be by myself and read a book and eat something good for me, that's where I go."
Carrie McCarthy, Director of Marketing
"Counter Culture, for the food, the relaxed, hip environment, and the support that owner Jason Aufrichtig provides to artists in the community."
Melyssa Holik, Marketing Associate
"There are SO many good restaurants in town, it really depends on what you are looking for. Burrito Company is nice for a quick lunch (and if it's hot out, their paletas and agua frescas really hit the spot), Del Charro is perfect for casual dinner and drinks, and Rooftop Pizza has a nice sunset view if you sit on the balcony. If you're feeling fancier, La Boca and Joseph's are both top-notch."