Cottonwood Kitchen

As part of our Restaurant Week Santa Fe 2020 adventures in eating, our next restaurant was the Cottonwood Kitchen in the Tesuque Casino.

Call me old fashioned but when I think of gambling, I think of Vegas, NV. So I am not interested in gambling just good food. Well, the Cottonwood Kitchen has some really good food. In fact from where we were sitting you wouldn’t know that you were in a casino. There was live music in the lounge that you could hear in the dining room. For $35 per person we once again had a 3 course feast.

To start, I had a delicious beet and pear salad with an incredible salad dressing. The salad dressing had a nice kick and was artfully displayed in a swirl on the plate. The salad had some slices of cheese which enhanced the taste of this wonderful salad. Another starter option was the Cottonwood Crab Tini which had blue crab salad some shredded romaine, amd a tempure avocado bocconini.

For my main course, I choose the White mushroom lasagna with two garlic crostini. That sage cream cheese sauce was filled with butter. It was so nicely executed that I just wanted to keep eating. Other entree options were the shrimp scampi. We are talking garlic with a risotto, and there was prime rib with vegetables and mashed potatoes. All were delicious. Well, my friend said the prime rib was so I’ll leave it at that.

For dessert there were two options, a red velvet cake with cream cheese icing and a hot chocolate creme brûlée with mini marshmallows. The mini marshmallows were lightly toasted and placed in the corner of the chocolate creme brûlée. It was a nice ending to a wonderful meal.

Our waitperson was good and the staff eagerly replaced our table’s water bottle.

If you are planning on going and order a bottle of wine, you are not allowed to package it up. The casino is on the reservation so different rules apply. In fact, at this casino there are no alcoholic beverages allowed in the casino.

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