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Local Experts: Santa Fe, Stephanie Pearson

By Local Expert Stephanie Pearson

Best New Mexican Restaurants in Santa Fe

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Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen

Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen

I admit that I love this funky, 62-year-old institution on Cordova Road the most because of its impossibly long margarita menu, which includes more than 100 selections, made only from “real” tequila, which is derived from a Mexican Weber blue agave plant. The food is excellent, too. I can’t stop ordering the chiles rellenos; the stuffed peppers are surprisingly light for being fried.

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The Shed

The Shed

It’s a tourist magnet, but not in a bad way. Whenever I want a delicious silver coin margarita, and to meet people who aren’t from Santa Fe, I head to the Shed on Palace Avenue and order said margarita and the Chicken Enchilada Verde which, of course, is served with green chile.

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Tomasita’s

Tomasita’s

When politicians come to town for a photo op, they gravitate toward Tomasita’s, a cavernous building just a few steps away from where the New Mexico Rail Runner train drops off tourists from Albuquerque. Specializing in classic northern New Mexican cuisine, Tomasita’s makes delicious chile rellenos served with Hatch green chile and New Mexican pinto beans.

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La Choza

La Choza

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El Parasol

El Parasol

There is no better place in the world to fuel a dawn ski odyssey than El Parasol, which has at least three locations on the way to Taos Ski Valley—one on Cerillos Road in Santa Fe, one in the village of Pojoaque, and one in a shack in Española. Their green chile and bacon breakfast burrito is northern New Mexican cuisine at its finest.


Visit the Best New Mexican Restaurants in Santa Fe

El Parasol
298 Dinosaur Trl, Santa Fe, NM 87508, United States
7.6/10

People like this place

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La Choza
905 Alarid St (Cerrillos Road), Santa Fe, NM 87505, United States
9/10

People like this place

Mexican Restaurant
2
Tomasita’s
500 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, United States
7.9/10

People like this place

Mexican Restaurant
2
The Shed
113 E Palace Ave (at Washington Ave.), Santa Fe, NM 87501, United States
8.6/10

People like this place

Mexican Restaurant
2
Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen
555 W Cordova Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505, United States
8/10

People like this place

Mexican Restaurant
2
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