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Santa Fe + Taos restaurants

One word defines New Mexican cuisine: chiles, which find their way into everything from hamburgers to eggs. There are two varieties, green and red, and choosing an allegiance is a bit like picking a favorite football team. (You can always ask for "Christmas"—meaning both.) Green is fresher and brighter tasting, while red is smokier and often hotter. The preponderance of chiles and the lack of cilantro separate New Mexican cuisine from Mexican. Quiet the heat with after-dinner sopapillas—doughy, fluffy fried-bread confections meant to be dribbled with honey.

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315, Santa Fe

Cozy and romantic—whether in the white linen tent or the Provençal-themed dining room—315 worships at the seasonal ingredients altar, perhaps...more

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Anasazi Restaurant & Bar, Santa Fe

Chef Martin Rios has lived in New Mexico most of his life, but he eschews chiles and spices for his flavors and sauce reductions. The result is a menu that...more

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Aqua Santa, Santa Fe

This place follows the credo (one that came relatively late to these parts) of everything local and seasonal. Owner and chef Brian Knox changes the menu every...more

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Café Pasqual's, Santa Fe

This casual one-room restaurant has long been a local Santa Fe icon. Opened in 1979, it was working the organic-fresh angle long before the rest of the world...more

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Guadalupe Café, Santa Fe

New Mexican food is often at its best when it's at its simplest, and Guadalupe Café keeps its dishes, such as egg burritos and enchiladas, as simple (and...more

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Joseph's Table, Taos

As high-concept a restaurant as any in New Mexico (some locals call it pretentious, and they may have a point), Joseph's is located in a windowless space in the...more

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La Boca, Santa Fe

Local chef James Campbell Caruso opened this new restaurant downtown to introduce Santa Fe to tapas, and the place is buzzing. Rather than familiar dishes like...more

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Lamberts of Taos, Taos

The Lambert family wound its way here from San Francisco in the early 1990s, and the first-rate restaurant they own attracts a similar crowd of transplanted...more

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La Plazuela and Bell Tower Bar, Santa Fe

The restaurant and bar at La Fonda hotel (not to be confused with the hotel of the same name in Taos) is a good place to recharge while gallery- and...more

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Santacafé, Santa Fe

Opened in 1983, Santacafé became famous for infusing American dishes with Southwestern influences in an era when regional cuisine was still a new idea....more

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