This New Section will offer brief Observations
Santa Fe is getting its own food court, CHOMP. It is located where the old Talin Market Santa Fe was on Cerrillos near Radish and Rye Restaurant. CHOMP is scheduled to open soon.
Fun Noodle Bar is coming to Santa Fe! There is a Fun Noodle Bar in Albuquerque which I have been, The Santa Fe Fun Noodle Bar is on Cordova.
For all my meat eating friends, I just read in the Albuquerque Journal that “Fogo de Chão announced it will be opening its first location in Albuquerque this year. The restaurant specializing in hand cut meat cooked table side.”
According to the Washington Post, Pepsi and Beyond Meat are engaged in a joint venture to produce snacks and drinks. Beyond Meat makes their products out of pea protein like the very popular Impossible Burger.
La Boca will be temporarily closed until Feb 9th. La Boca will open again on Feb 10, 2021
The Santa Fe School of Cooking take out will not be available until Feb 2nd. Just in time for your Groundhog’s Day Party.
Celina’s Biscochitos has a special Valentine’s Day Collection that includes cookies, of course biscochitos, and gift baskets.
Farm & Table is having a special Valentine’s Dinner.
Blue Corn Brewing and Restaurant has changed its name to Hidden Mountain Brewing. From what I have heard the new place is featuring BBQ.
The Food Depot is sponsoring the Halftime Show. Since the Souper Bowl has been put on hold for this year. Several restaurants are selling their soup. Each purchase will provide the Food Depot with a dollar donation. Hurry because this special event ends Jan 31. If you click on the Food Depot link, you will see all the participating venues.
Saya’s Frybread and Indian Tacos has moved up to Pojoaque!!! It is next to the Dairy Queen. It is open from 11:30 am-3:00pm or until they sell out. Wow! I’m glad I checked their Facebook page. I was getting worried.
Food for Love, A virtual concert on Feb 13,2021. All proceeds will benefit New Mexican Food Banks.
Check out the beautiful website: BeyondBeautifullyBaked. It has recipes and baking tips. The photos alone make me so very hungry. An up and coming site in Santa Fe. I think this is the beginning of a delicious business. Baked Good for sale maybe sometime soon….
There are two people with some thoughts about the food landscape in this country. Ruth Reichl has a brand new article about how restaurants have been impacted by the pandemic. OUR Restaurants need help!!! Now!!! Jose Andres wrote an opinion in the Washington Post and the New York Times, addressing hunger in this country and why the federal government must step in to help solve this problem.
When I drove by Saya’s on Cerrillos on Friday, it was closed. I hope this is just a temporary situation.
Speaking of closures: The Cowgirl is closed for 3 months. Those months started in November. Il Patio is closed.
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, there are some new plans to reconfigure the San Isidro Plaza on the Southside of town. The developer wants to put a food hall in the parking lot of the Regal 16 Theaters. They were thinking of shrinking the Regal 16 to maybe 6 theaters, moving The Plaza Southside Cafe to where Tribes is located. Tribes would move to another location. They would also build a 200 apartment development. It has been 15 years since this plaza came into existence.
There is a new steak and seafood restaurant coming to Palace St., Palace Prime Steakhouse and Seafood. An April 2021 opening is predicted. Chef Charles Dale is a consultant behind this new restaurant. Yes, he is coming out of retirement to help the owners start this new steak house. There will also be an emphasis placed on seafood with fresh fish being flown in. Good Luck! For more details check the Santa Fe New Mexican.
A brand New Vegan Bakery, Plantita has popped up in Santa Fe on Rufina Circle. You can order online but you have to order 3 days ahead of time. That time frame is only stated in the order form. Just a Heads Up
La Boca is open after a Thanksgiving long weekend.
I almost forgot but Arroyo Vino has a dinner and a movie event that has been ongoing throughout the pandemic. This week’s movie classic is Caddyshack which is paired with an appropriate dinner for 2 which includes a bottle of wine. The price for this feast is 85.00 for two. Pick up is for Saturday Nov 7.
In the Santa Fe New Mexican, Kristen Cox Roby wrote in SIDE Dish about Gourmet Pizza choices. Bruno’s Pizza has a lunch special of 10. It includes an 8 inch margherita pie with a mini cannoli and a granita. Ms. Cox Roby also discusses some other options pizza wise in Santa Fe. This article was featured in Wednesday’s Nov 4, 2020 New Mexican.
Tumbleroot Brewery has sadly closed their taproom on Agua Fria because of COVID-19. I reviewed them on October 5, 2020. Once again you can place an order online through Tumblerootsquarespace for beer, spirits, and hand sanitizer. You order online and prepay then pick up your items at the Agua Fria location on Friday from 3-6pm. I highly recommend their hand sanitizer. I have a small 4oz version(4) in one car and a 23 oz spray bottle (8) in the other.
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican The Business Section, a food hall is going to open up in Santa Fe at the end of November. Chomp will have several vendors like the one of Santa Fe’s favorite restaurants will have another location, Jambo Cafe (African -Caribbean), Nath’s Inspired Khmer Cuisine( Cambodian), Artisan’s Bottega( imported Italian foods), Coquette( layer cakes in mason jars), Chang’s Dumpling House, Bottega del Vino(a mostly Italian wines by the glass wine bar), Blend (a juice bar), Bottega del Orno( pizza) , and a sushi bar. Chomp will be located at 505 Cerrillos Rd where the former Talin Market of Santa Fe was located.
Arroyo Vino the restaurant and wine shop will be closed on Tuesday Nov. 3 so their employees can VOTE. Arroyo Vino will reopen on Wednesday Nov. 4, 2020.
La Cumbre Brewing, Albuquerque is releasing their yearly La Negra on November 6 at the 2 La Cumbre Taprooms. This stout has been aged on Elijah Craig bourbon bottles. Wow!!! La Cumbre will also be releasing a double hazy IPA on Nov 20. Telepathic Turkeys Hazy DPA will be available at both La Cumbre taprooms. I love the names La Cumbre has for their beers. The Map is for the original location not the west side.
According to the Albuquerque Journal North, Sunday Nov. 1, 2020, The Upscale Italian restaurant Sassella in Santa Fe has an Italian Deli stock with items from Italy. The deli has bread, soups pasta, sauces, prepared food like pannini and lasagna as well as meatballs, meats, cheese, desserts as well as specialty items. I’m thinking incredible olive oil and olives.
The Edible New Mexico Newletter had a very interesting listing of Libations. I was very intrigued because there was a photo of Skull Bucket IPA from Steel Bender. We have some in our fridge right now.
I received an email from Farm & Table in Albuquerque that they are having a wonderful Thanksgiving menu and I could get a vegetarian version. That’s ok. I am cooking this Thanksgiving.
Farm & Table also has a monthly takeout dinner subscription. Here is their info: “Get your weekly Farm & Table fix (and some big discounts) when you sign up for our new monthly Takeout Dinner Subscription. Choose from 1 Course, 2 Course or 3 Course subscriptions. You will be charged a monthly fee for weekly dinners. The menu is customizable each week. Receive 15% off for one month and 20% off for three months. Prices reflect the monthly charge.”
One Month Subscription
1 Course $85 | 2 Courses $124 | 3 Courses $156
Three Month Subscription
1 Course $80 | 2 Courses $120 | 3 Courses $148
I just thought this was an interesting idea. If I was single, I would definitely think about that. Sadly, I think that restaurants are going to have to get really creative to survive…
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, a Boise based gyro chain is looking for a franchisee in Santa Fe. Gyro Shack is looking to expand to Santa Fe. I’m not a fan of gyro but I do love hummus and pita. Here is a link to the Gyro Shack Menu in Boise.
The New Mexican also reported that Second Street Brewery won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival held in Denver. Second Street won their gold medal for a Brown Ale. One day I am going to this huge beer festival… The map is for the original Second Street location on Second Street.
I was talking to my friend Vince at Bruno’s Pizza. They have another wood-fired pizza truck which is located in Albuquerque. It is called Punchy’z The Goat. It was Grandfather Bruno’s nickname. They have the same great pizza there. They will be at the amazing Bow and Arrow Brewery in Albuquerque on Election Night.
BTW Optunia will be reopening in the Railyard on 1607 Alcaldesa St. I saw that info in the Santa Fe Reporter-The Word Online Oct 26, 2020. Their opening announcement will be on their Facebook page.
As I was driving on Cerrillos Rd., I saw a new food truck, Saya’s Frybread and Tacos in the parking lot of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts. The address is 2109 Cerrillos Rd. The truck was painted a beautiful turquoise. It is a small truck but the turquoise color makes it a stand out. Later I read in the Albuquerque Journal North that this was the 1st Native American Food Truck in Santa Fe. Saya’s has an Indian Taco for $10, a Frito pie for $7 and Fry Bread for $5. According to this article, Saya’s is open for Lunch 11am-3pm Wednesday through Sunday. Saya’s doesn’t have a website but it does have a Facebook page. Their Facebook Page stated that they are now accepting credit cards via square. Yum! I guess a review will be coming soon. the map below shows where O’Reilly’s Auto Parts is located. Saya’s in in the parking lot.
For those of you who are concerned about hospitality workers, like I am, the Kitchen Angels Newsletter, Kitchen Angels Express Fall 2020 (ok, the Fall Kitchen Angels Express isn’t posted yet but this link will get you to the previous newsletter) had an article. According to them, “The Hospitality Industry Education Fund has been established to help. You can help by donating at New Mexico Restaurant Association’s Serving New Mexico Fund.
After scrolling through the Dion’s App, I found Green Chile Ranch Dressing in the Goodies Section. For $3.85, found a salad dressing that I can pour over everything and get my chile fix at the same time. What a deal!!!!
I have reviewed Tibet Kitchen. I went back to that wonderful restaurant again. I called several times before I was able to reach a real person. Please Persist! It is really worth the wait. I got the same incredible food, The vegetable momos , vegetable fried rice, ans vegetable chow mein. I always ask for spicy hot sauce. It is especially flavorful and spicy.