After indulging in days of HEAVenlY burritos, we decided to take it easy with a couple of boring salads. These salads were anything but boring. We got the duck and goat cheese arugula salad and the kale and pepitas salad which were light and refreshing and a wonderful change of pace from the traditional New Mexico fare. Also say yes to the warm house made focaccia and olive oil! The restaurant itself was bright, clean, and cheery. Makes you feel good about eating your vegetables.
Went for breakfast and was not disappointed. We got the duck hash and the BLT which were both very good. The duck was tasty and definitely not something I've seen offered anywhere else. Although BLT sounds like NBD, this one was amazing! Candied twirls of bacon, avocado, and heirloom tomato made this the best BLT I've ever had. It can be a little confusing if it's your first time as you need to go right to the counter to order then seat yourself but don't let this discourage you. This was by far our favorite place to eat in Santa Fe.
They claim to be a four diamond hotel but you wouldn't be able to tell by their service. To start, it's almost impossible to park in front of the hotel to even check in. Valet parking is $25 for the night but no one was even around to park cars. I finally dropped my girlfriend off to check in and I circled the block multiple times waiting for the cars in front to move which never happened. She finished checking in and I picked her up. She was told we could park overnight in the catty corner parking lot overnight for $20. We pull into this parking and immediately saw a sign that said no overnight parking. We eventually found parking on the opposite side of downtown at a church for $20 where we could safely park overnight. You would also think that a four diamond hotel would offer some sort of bellhop service to help with your bags or at least open the door when you initially check in but that was not the case. Not only did we park across town and have to walk about a half mile away but had to carry our luggage back. The hotel is convenient to downtown but is not worthy of four diamonds.
This place feels like a tourist trap. The service felt rushed and the server seemed to not care about waiting on our table unless it was to drop something off. Had to hurry and get his attention to order a drink before he ran away. The food was mediocre. The outside dining patio felt cramped but was nice with dusk approaching.
Meow Wolf is all over the place with so much going on but somehow hard to explain. It starts with a house but secret doors (fireplace, fridge and closet) lead to some trippy passageways and rooms. There are certain stones and elephant bones you can bang on that play music notes. A kitchen that looks like a black and white cartoon room. A small hallway made entirely of old TVs. A lot of sensory overload but before we knew it, we were in there for almost two hours. And make sure you look into the toilet in the upstairs bathroom.
Had the apple cider, octoberfest and happy camper IPA which were all pretty good. Bar area is pretty small but there is outside seating and an upstairs game room with dartboard and foosball table. The outdoor seating area is nice but overlooks the highway which isn't the best view and a bit noisy.
We went for breakfast and holy moly good thing we were hungry. We got the breakfast burrito and papas & huevos (potatoes and eggs). The burrito was the size of my head but boy was it delicious. The papas & huevos were very good and came with guacamole and sour cream which when mixed together created a food explosion in my mouth. Luckily there weren't too many plants in the window so I could look out at the beautiful mountain view.
This place is beyond words. Every house is self sustaining but you wouldn't know it. Each house is built with used tires, recycled bottles and includes a green house. We stayed at Picuris which also included a garage. We learned a lot about green architecture/engineering and how the water in each house is used in 4 different applications before being sent for treatment. Don't let these things scare you away because if you didn't know you were staying at an earthship, you would think you were staying at any normal house. Only downside is that the toilet smells off since it is the final use of water before it is sent for treatment.
The location is stunning with a view of the mountains. There was an outside patio with plenty of seating and a stage where bands could play. Happy hour beers are only $3. The beers were fantastic and the staff were friendly and helpful. We ordered 4 tacos: calabacitas, chicken, steak and smoked pork mole. The smoked pork mole and calabacitas were best by far. Chicken=yawn. Overall a great place to spend the evening and watch the sun set over the mountains.
Cute little store to see local jewelry and fetishes (little carvings of animals). The staff was helpful and gave us a brief description of the store and pieces available.