Chef Arturo Flores cut his teeth working for beloved local restaurateur Bill White before joining the team at Chimayo over a decade ago. Chimayo has become something of an institution in town, and Flores and his team keep things exciting by using seasonal ingredients and riffing on classic Southwestern cuisine. Of particular note: the guacamole Azteca, served with snow crab, stuffed avocado and roasted vegetables and Tierra + Mar fajitas, a happy mix of kobe steak, jumbo shrimp, and pico de gallo. The overall aesthetic feels equally transforming—there’s Mexican tile flooring, washed brick walls, and woven throw pillows throughout the space. When it comes to cocktails, just ask your server to keep the house’s signature Chimayo Margarita coming.

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