Organic/Locally Grown Santa Fe Restaurants
Santa Fe - Santa Fe
Mon-Sun: Breakfast/Lunch 8am-3pm, Dinner 5pm-9:30pm (hours can change without notice)
It's hard not to love Pasqual's, what with the bright Mexican tiles, tantalizing Latin-American menu and friendly service. The place is especially busy for weekend breakfast, when a line can form down the block. But don't give up; tell the hostess you're willing to sit at the big oak community table, where locals and tourists share copies of the morning paper and talk about how much they love living here or would love to live here. Don't miss the hot chocolate, housemade sausages and fabulous baked goods.
Owner/chef Ahmed Obo was born on the island of Lamu off the coast of Kenya, among the culinary traditions of Africa, Arabia and India. His food reflects the Lamu style of culinary fusion. It’s designed to be interesting and different but doesn’t attempt to force anyone too far from their comfort zone. The ingredients, including a host of local meats and veggies, are priced unusually low for a restaurant dealing in clean, local food. Try the marinated tilapia, served with red chile-and-coconut-infused basmati rice, sautéed spinach and a dried fruit and ginger chutney.
Mon-Sat: 8am-5pm Sun: 10am-5pm (hours can change without notice)
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Vibe: Warm and homey, in a kind of minimalist way.
Mon–Sat 10am-9pm Sun noon-6pm (hours can change without notice)
Ever had a “caramale”? It’s like a Payday candy bar, only adorable and New Mexican. Santa Fe’s Señor Murphy Candymakers fashions the little "tamales" out of vanilla fudge, caramel and piñon. Each one gets wrapped up in an itty-bitty corn husk and finished off with a couple of ribbons. All of the goodies here are picture perfect and range from chile creams to fudges, organic chocolates to sugar-free sweets.
8 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week (hours can change without notice)
The Teahouse is a lovely getaway for any occasion. Not only is this quaint restaurant just the place for tea but it also serves local and organic foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. There are more than 100 tea blends to choose from.
Mon-Fri 7am-10 pm Sat-Sun 8am-10pm (hours can change without notice)
The Tune-Up Café is an ace in the hole for Santa Fe restaurant recommendations, especially if you’re planning a meal for picky eaters. The café is filled with a glow. People-friendly touches include kids’ books, good music and lighting, and a long mirror that lets wall-facing diners feel like they’re a part of the room. Meanwhile, the food manages to be a lot of things without following any one path. It’s not a burger joint, but the burgers are good. It’s not New Mexican, but Tune-Up serves chile rellenos and huevos rancheros and green chile. On paper, its most unique influence is from El Salvador, but you could eat there many times and not even notice. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks to accomodate dining any time of day. There is usually a vegan soup on special.
Mon-Sat 11am-9pm (hours can change without notice)
A restaurant that focuses mostly on salads may be a hard sell for meat-happy New Mexicans, but make no mistake: Vinaigrette does salad right. From gourmet options that feature duck and arugula to more delicate fare with pomegranate seeds and shoestring yams, Vinaigrette presents a world of salads you may not have known existed. And much of their menu is locally grown at their fields in Nambe, N.M., too.