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  • Post #31 - August 9th, 2008, 12:15 pm
    Post #31 - August 9th, 2008, 12:15 pm Post #31 - August 9th, 2008, 12:15 pm
    LikestoEatout wrote:Sorry, I don't see it as charming but took it as pretty smart ass.


    Very sorry offense was taken. I will try not to be a smart-ass in the future.

    Bill/SFNM
  • Post #32 - September 2nd, 2008, 5:31 pm
    Post #32 - September 2nd, 2008, 5:31 pm Post #32 - September 2nd, 2008, 5:31 pm
    LikestoEatout wrote:
    iblock9 wrote:
    Bill/SFNM wrote:I was down at the feed store yesterday and was chewing the manteca with one of the Chávez twins (the one with the eyes that look in separate directions, not the one who has never been the same since he fell into the hole in the floor of the Santuario trying to get some of the holy dirt. He told me his sister's oldest hijo, the one who sells ristras to the turistas at the old Esso station, is a real brujo with computadoras. He saw that the Rancho de Chimayo has a new web site that says they'll be open in 4 - 6 weeks. :D


    Brilliant. I nominate this for post of the year.


    Sorry, I don't see it as charming but took it as pretty smart ass. I was asking a legitimate question, I did access RdeC's website, I was looking for someone who might drive by or be from the area and might know the progress. No worse than all the people here who post on the progress of boarded up or papered over store fronts.


    I thought that Bill's post perfectly captures the local flavor of New Mexico. The only thing missing was the dialect inflection. I didn't interpret this as any dig at your original inquiry.

    By the way, I for one, could care less about R de C being open or closed. My opinion is that the food is mediocre at best. However, the setting is beautiful and it's a great place to sip Sangria out on the patio on a nice day. Just don't expect any culinary revelations.
  • Post #33 - September 2nd, 2008, 5:47 pm
    Post #33 - September 2nd, 2008, 5:47 pm Post #33 - September 2nd, 2008, 5:47 pm
    Bill/SFNM wrote:
    LikestoEatout wrote:Sorry, I don't see it as charming but took it as pretty smart ass.


    Very sorry offense was taken. I will try not to be a smart-ass in the future.

    Bill/SFNM


    Well, if you're not going to be smart-ass then you might as well just post on Chowhound where they don't tolerate smart-asses. I know from experience, having been booted off.
  • Post #34 - September 2nd, 2008, 8:39 pm
    Post #34 - September 2nd, 2008, 8:39 pm Post #34 - September 2nd, 2008, 8:39 pm
    LikestoEatout wrote:Sorry, I don't see it as charming but took it as pretty smart ass.

    There is a difference between literary license and smart ass. Bill was, in my opinion, way on the side of literary license.

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    Low & Slow
  • Post #35 - September 2nd, 2008, 10:15 pm
    Post #35 - September 2nd, 2008, 10:15 pm Post #35 - September 2nd, 2008, 10:15 pm
    LikestoEatout wrote:
    iblock9 wrote:
    Bill/SFNM wrote:I was down at the feed store yesterday and was chewing the manteca with one of the Chávez twins (the one with the eyes that look in separate directions, not the one who has never been the same since he fell into the hole in the floor of the Santuario trying to get some of the holy dirt. He told me his sister's oldest hijo, the one who sells ristras to the turistas at the old Esso station, is a real brujo with computadoras. He saw that the Rancho de Chimayo has a new web site that says they'll be open in 4 - 6 weeks. :D


    Brilliant. I nominate this for post of the year.


    Sorry, I don't see it as charming but took it as pretty smart ass. I was asking a legitimate question, I did access RdeC's website, I was looking for someone who might drive by or be from the area and might know the progress. No worse than all the people here who post on the progress of boarded up or papered over store fronts.


    C'mon, brother ended his post with a :D - What, can't read emoticon? (Yeah... THAT'S being a smart ass... :twisted: )
  • Post #36 - September 3rd, 2008, 4:51 am
    Post #36 - September 3rd, 2008, 4:51 am Post #36 - September 3rd, 2008, 4:51 am
    So, I sould apologize for asking a question? Don't people on the Openings and Closings, Coming and Going thread always ask about some window covered with paper and speculate whats closed and whats going to open up when? That's all I was asking, a local observation.
  • Post #37 - September 3rd, 2008, 7:10 am
    Post #37 - September 3rd, 2008, 7:10 am Post #37 - September 3rd, 2008, 7:10 am
    LikestoEatout wrote:So, I sould apologize for asking a question?

    No, of course not. It was the smart ass comment took things slightly off track.

    No harm, no foul, though I'd say this particular fork in the road is played out.

    Enjoy,
    Gary
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #38 - September 18th, 2008, 4:26 pm
    Post #38 - September 18th, 2008, 4:26 pm Post #38 - September 18th, 2008, 4:26 pm
    I've been watching this thread since I will be in Santa Fe in mid-November. I was last there in 1996, I think, and was pretty broke. I stayed at the El Rey Hotel after driving mostly on Rt. 66 from Champaign, IL. It was by far the nicest hotel I stayed in the whole trip. Other Santa Fe highlights were the frito pie from the Woolworth's counter, breakfast at the Tecolote Cafe, and a burrito from a street vendor in front of the Palace of the Governors.

    Soooo... this time I'm not as broke :-) My friend wants to hit Cowgirl Bar & Grill. I looked at the website, and I'm skeptical. Really really skeptical. I'm a bbq snob, is it worth a try?

    grace
  • Post #39 - September 18th, 2008, 4:43 pm
    Post #39 - September 18th, 2008, 4:43 pm Post #39 - September 18th, 2008, 4:43 pm
    swine dining wrote: My friend wants to hit Cowgirl Bar & Grill. I looked at the website, and I'm skeptical. Really really skeptical. I'm a bbq snob, is it worth a try?


    Grace,

    I believe you will be VERY disappointed with Cowgirl. The only BBQ I've enjoyed in NM is Danny's Place in Carlsbad. I admit I haven't eaten at Cowgirl for a few years, so there is the possibility there has been a miraculous turnaround.

    Bill/SFNM
  • Post #40 - September 18th, 2008, 5:57 pm
    Post #40 - September 18th, 2008, 5:57 pm Post #40 - September 18th, 2008, 5:57 pm
    Bill/SFNM wrote:
    swine dining wrote: My friend wants to hit Cowgirl Bar & Grill. I looked at the website, and I'm skeptical. Really really skeptical. I'm a bbq snob, is it worth a try?


    Grace,

    I believe you will be VERY disappointed with Cowgirl. The only BBQ I've enjoyed in NM is Danny's Place in Carlsbad. I admit I haven't eaten at Cowgirl for a few years, so there is the possibility there has been a miraculous turnaround.

    Bill/SFNM


    Danny's is a place I've always wanted to visit. I'd second the recommendation, Grace.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #41 - September 18th, 2008, 7:27 pm
    Post #41 - September 18th, 2008, 7:27 pm Post #41 - September 18th, 2008, 7:27 pm
    We ate at Whole Hog Cafe on Cerrillos Rd last month and were happy with it. They have 6 different types of bbq sauce at each table so you can mix and match; I liked a combo of #3 and #4 on the brisket.
    When I grow up, I'm going to Bovine University!
  • Post #42 - September 18th, 2008, 8:35 pm
    Post #42 - September 18th, 2008, 8:35 pm Post #42 - September 18th, 2008, 8:35 pm
    Bill/SFNM wrote:
    swine dining wrote: The only BBQ I've enjoyed in NM is Danny's Place in Carlsbad.


    Is Danny's the place in the Dairy Queen. My Wife's grandparents live in Carlsbad and they talk about BBQ at the DQ. I never imagined it was any good. Do I actually need to accompany my wife the next time she goes to Carlsbad?
  • Post #43 - September 18th, 2008, 8:55 pm
    Post #43 - September 18th, 2008, 8:55 pm Post #43 - September 18th, 2008, 8:55 pm
    iblock9 wrote:
    Is Danny's the place in the Dairy Queen. My Wife's grandparents live in Carlsbad and they talk about BBQ at the DQ. I never imagined it was any good. Do I actually need to accompany my wife the next time she goes to Carlsbad?


    Danny broke off his relationship with Dairy Queen a few years ago. It's now called Danny's Place.
  • Post #44 - September 18th, 2008, 9:59 pm
    Post #44 - September 18th, 2008, 9:59 pm Post #44 - September 18th, 2008, 9:59 pm
    Thanks all for the suggestions so far!

    Bill, I was thinking of stopping by the Santa Fe farmer's market... if I hit that and a few bbq places, I can say this is a business trip :-) Looks like there are a few prepared food vendors. Do you know if there is anything in particular I should try? I won't have access to a kitchen but baked goods, cheese, preserved foods and anything else that would travel?

    I'll be celebrating the end of the pig rig season #3, and we'll be stopping by the Gruet winery on the way down from Albuquerque to pick up a few bottles. We'll need some hotel snacks!

    grace
  • Post #45 - September 18th, 2008, 10:31 pm
    Post #45 - September 18th, 2008, 10:31 pm Post #45 - September 18th, 2008, 10:31 pm
    iblock9 wrote:Is Danny's the place in the Dairy Queen. My Wife's grandparents live in Carlsbad and they talk about BBQ at the DQ. I never imagined it was any good. Do I actually need to accompany my wife the next time she goes to Carlsbad?

    Iblock,

    Danny's Barbecue is high on my want to visit list. Every BBQ man I've heard speak of Danny's has been exceptionally complimentary, including Bill SF/NM, a BBQ man for who I have great respect.

    So, yes, if I was you I'd head to Carlsbad and if I was Grace I make Danny's a must stop.

    Enjoy,
    Gary

    Danny's Barbecue
    902 South Canal
    Carlsbad, NM. 88220
    505-885-8739
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #46 - September 18th, 2008, 10:45 pm
    Post #46 - September 18th, 2008, 10:45 pm Post #46 - September 18th, 2008, 10:45 pm
    Grace,

    The good news is that the Farmer's Market has just moved into its new permanent indoor location in the newly-renovated Railyard. They've done a beautiful job at turning a run-down district into a nice park with the market, shops, etc.

    The bad news is that November could be a pretty slow time for farmers due to the cold and there may not be as many vendors as you would encounter during the summer. The baked goods are mostly so-so. Sage Bakehouse, just a few blocks from the Railyard, has the best baked goods in town. I'd swing by there. If you like goat cheese, Sweetwoods Dairy is almost always selling at the farmers market. Some green-chile goat cheese would go great with some Sage Bakehouse bread for a hotel snack.

    Good luck on the BBQ thing. If you find any place decent, please let me know. I've had very bad experiences around here. A few times I tried the BBQ at Sugar's in Embudo and was impressed, but on another visit it was not so good. Since it is located in the middle of a fairly long drive, I don't want to be trapped in the car for that long with a bad meal in my stomach. :(

    Bill/SFNM
  • Post #47 - September 19th, 2008, 1:12 pm
    Post #47 - September 19th, 2008, 1:12 pm Post #47 - September 19th, 2008, 1:12 pm
    G Wiv wrote:Danny's Barbecue is high on my want to visit list. Every BBQ man I've heard speak of Danny's has been exceptionally complimentary, including Bill SF/NM, a BBQ man for who I have great respect.

    So, yes, if I was you I'd head to Carlsbad and if I was Grace I make Danny's a must stop.


    Now I just need to find a way to suggest a trip to Carlsbad that wont make my wife suspicious of my "true" motivation. I will be happy, however, to do with one less meal at the Stevens Hotel.
  • Post #48 - October 4th, 2008, 9:55 am
    Post #48 - October 4th, 2008, 9:55 am Post #48 - October 4th, 2008, 9:55 am
    See third story down regarding Rancho de Chimayó. Not looking good.
  • Post #49 - October 5th, 2008, 1:36 pm
    Post #49 - October 5th, 2008, 1:36 pm Post #49 - October 5th, 2008, 1:36 pm
    Thanks Bill. Not good news but not unexpected when working with old building methods.
  • Post #50 - October 8th, 2008, 12:51 pm
    Post #50 - October 8th, 2008, 12:51 pm Post #50 - October 8th, 2008, 12:51 pm
    I just wanted to post about our recent trip here. We used some rec's from this thread, thank you as always!

    Flew into ABQ Thursday, had a quick dinner at Sadies. It was okay, not great. For this reason, I can't remember much about it, plus we were very tired.
    6230 4th N.W., Albuquerque
    (4th street north of Montano)
    (505) 345-5339

    Headed to SF and checked in to a hotel we only spent one night at, to save money. It wasn't worth it, as it was a really depressing place with a very uncomfortable bed & I don't recommend it.
    Luxury Inn
    3752 Cerrillos Road
    (505) 473-0567

    Friday morning, we had pastries at the French Bakery at the La Fonda hotel. Excellent pain au chocolat!
    www.lafondasantafe.com
    100 E. San Francisco
    (505) 982-5511

    As a late morning stop, we had coffee at Downtown Subscription. The outdoor area was lovely - plenty of sun and shade, and hummingbird watching. Espresso was delicious, as was a huge slice of orange poppyseed cake.
    376 Garcia St
    (505) 983-3085

    We had lunch at Coyote Cafe, and were able to sit on the roof which was great. Packed at 2 pm. The cubano sandwich with sweet potato fries was awesome and husband loved the 3-meat taco. His margarita was very good.
    www.coyotecafe.com
    132 W Water St
    (505) 983-1615

    Dinner was at Geronimos (a celebratory birthday dinner for me :D) The food was outstanding. I had two appetizers: deconstructed corn soup, which was somehow light and rich at the same time. It had tiny bits of lobster in it. I love having things that I can't make myself. Speaking of that, I also had foie gras - the largest lobe of foie I have ever seen. It was perfectly seared and served with a strawberry sauce and cocoa nibs, as well as beautiful pieces of mushroom (I can't remember the kind). It worked together and was overwhelmingly good. Husband had seared Elk, which was delicious as well, but I was pretty focused on my own food. The only thing that was disappointing was dessert. We shared the dark chocolate torte with mango puree, but it just wasn't as good as it could have been. Dinner, a glass of wine, and a 1/2 bottle of wine + tip was about 200$.
    www.geronimorestaurant.com
    724 Canyon Road
    (505) 982-1500

    The other two days we had breakfast at the hotel, which was very good. Full hot and cold buffet, good coffee & pastries. The hotel itself was great - comfortable and the heated pool was a perfect downtime spot.
    www.innofthegovernors.com
    101 West Alameda Street
    (505) 982-4333

    Lunch on day 2 was in Taos, at Orlando's. We ate late - like 3 pm - but it was full. Food was excellent, but service was ridiculously slow and they forgot my husband's beer. Still, the food was worth it. We both had chicken enchiladas with house red sauce. The chicken was shredded and super moist and the red sauce had a layered, smoky taste to it. Spicy, but not unbearably so.
    1114 Don Juan Valdez Ln, Taos, NM 87571
    (505) 751-1450
    "Food is Love"
    Jasper White
  • Post #51 - October 8th, 2008, 1:30 pm
    Post #51 - October 8th, 2008, 1:30 pm Post #51 - October 8th, 2008, 1:30 pm
    I'm glad you enjoyed your trip, it's been some time since we have stayed at Inn of the Governors so good to hear it's still nice.
  • Post #52 - October 8th, 2008, 7:50 pm
    Post #52 - October 8th, 2008, 7:50 pm Post #52 - October 8th, 2008, 7:50 pm
    We just spent a week about 40 minute NW of Santa Fe. We rented a little house and cooked most of our meals, but we did wander in to Santa Fe for lunch a few times. Plaza Cafe is still cranking out decent Santa Fe Plaza diner fare. Had huevos Rancheros (verde), and Pollo Adobo on the subsequent visit. Both well prepared, good ingredients and attentive service. Huevos Rancheros came with beans (whole) and hashbrowns. Adobo sauce was flavoful and the chicken down just right. Hit The Shed once as well, and 20 years later, they still make a darn good red enchilada with an egg (stacked, not rolled, and swimming in sauce) Ranks right up there with my own. We dined outdoors in the little Sena Plaza. Good service here too.

    In our wanderings we passed through Chimayo and checked up on Rancho De Chimayo. The sign referencing the website is still there unchanged from above report. There's lots of Tyvek over the kitchen area and there seemed to be some activity in the vicinity that might be construed as construction. But then again, maybe not. Sometimes it's just hard to get a read on the situation up there.

    The Famous Plaza Cafe
    54 Lincoln Ave
    Santa Fe, NM 87501
    (505) 982-1664

    The Shed
    113 1/2 E Palace Ave
    Santa Fe, NM 87501
    (505) 982-9030

    Rancho De Chimayo
    County Road 98
    Chimayo, NM
    (505) 984-2100

    I didn't take any pictures of food, but I did take a picture or two. Link is to a spot 5 minutes from the house. We took in a few sunsets here: http://www.nikonians-images.org/galleri ... k-02sm.jpg

    Doug in Kansas City
  • Post #53 - October 9th, 2008, 5:31 am
    Post #53 - October 9th, 2008, 5:31 am Post #53 - October 9th, 2008, 5:31 am
    Great photo Doug, you captured one of the best things about New Mexico, the beautiful sky! Also thanks for the report on my favorite places, I love Plaza Cafe and the Shed. Not long ago I ordered "stacked" enchiladas at a place near here, hoping to get what you had at the Shed, instead I got rolled enchiladas stacked under a huge pile of lettuce and yellow cheese. Time to back to SF for the real thing.
  • Post #54 - November 23rd, 2008, 10:47 am
    Post #54 - November 23rd, 2008, 10:47 am Post #54 - November 23rd, 2008, 10:47 am
    Thank you to all for the suggestions for Santa Fe. After catching a 6:30 a.m. flight out of Chicago, I landed in Albuquerque, met my friend, and proceeded to the Range Cafe for a breakfast of chicken fried steak w/green chile gravy. I delicately inhaled the whole thing.

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    Range Cafe
    2200 Menual NE
    Albuquerque, NM

    Eating highlights included Cafe Pasqual's in Santa Fe (eggs barbacoa w/chile de arbol), and bbq at Sugar's in Embudo. Sadly, I did not make it to Danny's in Carlsbad. Sugar's serves chopped brisket in the winter, and my understanding is they have more bbq offerings in the summer. The brisket was very good, and a perfect way to end the day after spending the morning at Ojo Caliente mineral springs and then having an off-road adventure drive down into the Rio Grande valley on the way to Embudo. The sandwich was pre-sauced, which is usually a negative, but the sauce was nicely tangy. Perfectly fried onion rings, too. Well worth thrashing our rental car!

    Oh, and I thought the Santa Fe farmer's market was hoppin'. All sorts of meat vendors, locally made cheeses, chiles (of course), fall produce, prepared foods, and a band playing Hank Williams tunes.

    Image
    Cafe Pasqual's
    121 Don Gaspar
    Santa Fe, NM

    Image

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    Sugar's
    1799 SR-68
    Mile Marker 18
    Embudo, NM

    grace
  • Post #55 - February 7th, 2009, 11:36 am
    Post #55 - February 7th, 2009, 11:36 am Post #55 - February 7th, 2009, 11:36 am
    Rancho de Chimayo says they'll be open in June.
  • Post #56 - February 7th, 2009, 2:30 pm
    Post #56 - February 7th, 2009, 2:30 pm Post #56 - February 7th, 2009, 2:30 pm
    Thanks for the update Bill.
  • Post #57 - February 7th, 2009, 2:59 pm
    Post #57 - February 7th, 2009, 2:59 pm Post #57 - February 7th, 2009, 2:59 pm
    G Wiv wrote:So, yes, if I was you I'd head to Carlsbad and if I was Grace I make Danny's a must stop.


    Done. Made lemons into lemonade during a visit for a recent funeral.
  • Post #58 - April 9th, 2009, 8:20 am
    Post #58 - April 9th, 2009, 8:20 am Post #58 - April 9th, 2009, 8:20 am
    New re-open date for Rancho de Chimayo - Late July
  • Post #59 - June 5th, 2009, 10:43 pm
    Post #59 - June 5th, 2009, 10:43 pm Post #59 - June 5th, 2009, 10:43 pm
    I'm going to be in Santa Fe for the first time at the end of the month and just wondered if there was any recent recommendations. I have read through the above posts and made my list based on the info, just thought I would check to see if there was anything new.

    Thanks!
  • Post #60 - September 1st, 2009, 7:11 am
    Post #60 - September 1st, 2009, 7:11 am Post #60 - September 1st, 2009, 7:11 am
    According to local paper, Rancho de Chimayo set to reopen Sept. 26.

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