New Mexico Restaurants

Establishment neighborhood
Bodega Prime
1281 San Felipe Ave., Santa Fe
Chef/owner Noela Figueroa just opened Bodega Prime after moving back from a stint in Colorado, and it's fast become a local favorite. The brunch and lunch menus change weekly depending on what Figueroa's farming partners have on hand, but she really specializes in old-school sandwiches with quirky tweaks, like a sharp grilled cheddar cheese with kimchi, miso-marinated steak with kaffir aioli, and saffron-brined chicken with romesco and fennel relish. All day (and, blessedly, after the kitchen closes at 3pm), you can pick up sandwiches and other prepared foods to go from their deli case. The little retail section at the entry also has a cute buy of handmade home goods like beautiful cutting boards and aprons.
Tia Sophia’s
210 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe
This downtown diner-style spot is a must for grabbing an easy but impressive breakfast. The affordable, kid-friendly restaurant serves pancakes and French toast, but the real draw is of course the classic New Mexican fare they’ve been serving in Santa Fe for more than 40 years. Their breakfast burrito—a hearty combination of bacon and hash browns wrapped in a soft flour tortilla and topped with a poached egg, chiles, and melted cheese—is reason enough to get out of bed.
El Meze (Closed)
1017 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos
At this 165-year-old restored hacienda in Taos—which boasts amazing views of the mountains at sunset—influence of the centuries-long Moorish occupation of Spain takes center stage. Embracing the culture’s impact on northern New Mexico cuisine, the menu is a mixture of Old World Spain, New Mexican, and Mediterranean foods. The result: uniquely American, rustic comfort food, prepared with organic, locally grown produce sourced from Taos’s small farms. Note: El Meze is open for dinner only, and reservations are recommended.
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