Farmers markets all over the state are booming with the season's bounty.
Pretty in pink: prickly pear lemonade.
The Charmer in Chimayó
Summer for me means sitting lazily on one of the stepped outdoor terraces at Rancho de Chimayó. Sipping sangria or prickly pear lemonade while the sunlight plays hide-and-seek with the swaying leaves of the catalpa trees, also makes me feel like I stepped back in time a century or so. The vintage hacienda is the ancestral home of the Jaramillos, one of Chimayó’s founding families. Florence Jaramillo still runs the restaurant today as graciously as she did when it opened in 1965. The village of Chimayó and the restaurant are noted for red chile, but in late summer, I usually lean toward dishes with freshly harvested green pods. I might start with a simple but sumptuous Burrell tortilla, oozing cheese and spicy green. The chicken flautas and zesty carne adovada are favorites of mine in other seasons, but in late summer, especially, I find it hard to pass up the superlative chiles rellenos. The accompanying sopaipillas nearly levitate from their basket, the apotheosis of what these simple fried breads can be. Try weekend breakfast at the restaurant too. The blue corn pancakes, breakfast burritos, and other morning foods make a rousing start to any day.
—Cheryl Alters Jamison
Farmers markets all over the state are booming with the season's bounty, and our chefs are all too happy to take bushels of fresh produce and meats off the growers' hands and transform them into exquisite, unforgettable meals that taste even better when eaten out-of-doors in a restaurant's sun-dappled patio, or under a portal, or on a rooftop ...
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CHURCH STREET CAFE
Web address: www.churchstreetcafe.com
Only steps away from Old Town Plaza in the heart of Albuquerque. Enjoy two outside patios and a waterfall in an early–18th–century adobe home. Try the old–fashioned chiles rellenos, or the carne adovada burrito, to have a true New Mexico gourmet experience. Open daily, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., with a full selection of breakfasts, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and a daily special, all priced to please. $
2111 Church St. NW, Albuquerque
PUEBLO HARVEST CAFÉ
Web address: www.indianpueblo.com
The cafe's native-fusion cuisine is inspired by the traditions and ingredients cultivated by Pueblo ancestors. For 35 years, the eatery has been a favorite dining place for Albuquerque and surrounding-area locals, as well as for visitors who seek a culinary experience full of rich indigenous ingredients. Located inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, open daily, indoor or patio dining for breakfast, lunch, dinner. $$
2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque
ST. CLAIR WINERY & BISTRO
Web address: stclairwinery.com
St. Clair Winery & Bistro near historic Old Town offers a full lunch and dinner menu of French country dishes paired with our award winning New Mexico Wines. We have a relaxed comfortable dining area and two refreshing outdoor patios. With a private room for meetings, parties, and private gatherings, we are perfect for special occasions. We offer wine tasting, local microbrews, live music, and a gift shop. Open Sun-Thurs 11-9, Fri & Sat 11-10; 505-243-9916; $-$$.
ST. CLAIR WINERY AND BISTRO
Web address: stclairwinery.com
You’ll love the newest Bistro located in the beautiful Mesilla Valley. The winemaker and master chef have collaborated to create French country dishes paired with award-winning New Mexico wines. Enjoy the all-season dining room, or the refreshing outdoor patio. Live jazz Thursday–Saturday nights. Gift shop features large selection of New Mexico wines, gourmet foods and gift items. Open Sun.–Thurs. 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
1720 Avenida de Mesilla
(575) 524-0390 $–$$.
Web address: www.double-eagle-mesilla.com
Famed for Mexican food and steaks since 1939, this centuries-old historic adobe compound is "Still Everyone's Favorite Stop on the Old Butterfield Stagecoach Line." Offering award-winning Mexican food, steaks, and margaritas. Private dining rooms, outside courtyard, two cantinas, gift shops, lobby full of tropical birds and fish. Open seven days a week for lunch, and dinner. Now serving breakfast weekends and holidays. $$
On the Plaza, Old Historic Mesilla
LA POSTA DE MESILLA
Web address: www.laposta-de-mesilla.com
Famed for Mexican food and steaks since 1939, this centuries-old historic adobe compound is “Still Everyone’s Favorite Stop on the Old Butterfield Stagecoach Line.” Offering award-winning Mexican food, steaks, and margaritas. Private dining rooms, outside courtyard, two cantinas, gift shops, a lobby full of tropical birds and fish. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Now serving breakfast weekends and holidays.
On the Plaza in Historic Old Mesilla
(575) 524-3524; $
Web address: ilpiattosantafe.com
Il Piatto Italian Farmhouse Kitchen, one block north of the historic Santa Fe Plaza, has been a local favorite for over 17 years. Featuring local produce, everything made in house, a banquet room, wine cave, wine bar and sidewalk patio. Il Piatto has been featured in numerous local and national periodicals. Follow the restaurant on Facebook, Twitter & Foodspotting. Il Piatto serves lunch until 4:30 and features two daily happy hours, 4:30–6 p.m. and 9–10:30 p.m. for 7 days. Open 11:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m. Sunday.
95 W. Marcy St., Santa Fe
(505) 984-1091. $$
MARIA'S NEW MEXICAN KITCHEN
Web address: www.marias-santafe.com
"Hands down the best margaritas in the world!" according to the Santa Fe Reporter. "The Great Margarita List" has grown to more than 200 premium margaritas, each of which is hand shaken with 100-percent agave tequila and no added sugar. Maria's traditional New Mexican cuisine replicates the menus of 1950, when Maria's started at this same location. Lunch (all afternoon) and dinner daily. $
555 West Cordova Road, Santa Fe
PALACE RESTAURANT AND SALOON
Web address: www.palacesantafe.com
This downtown legend is just two blocks west of the Santa Fe Plaza. Once a bordello and a gambling hall, The Palace is a local favorite featuring a dark,welcoming saloon and a bright, elegant dining room. The hidden outdoor courtyard hosts seasonal feasts by chef Ryan Gabel and live music scoots the boots after the dinner rush. $-$$
142 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe
RANCHO DE CHIMAYó RESTAURANTE
Web address: www.ranchodechimayo.com
A timeless tradition and treasured part of New Mexico's history and heritage serving world-renowned native New Mexican cuisine derived from treasured family recipes in an exceptional setting since 1965. Try Rancho's specialty Carne Adovada—marinated pork simmered for hours in a spicy, red-chile-caribe sauce. Open at 11:30 a.m.; seven days May to October, and six days (closed Mondays) November to April. Breakfast served on weekends. $
300 Santa Fe County Road 98, Chmayó
OWL BAR & CAFÉ
Web address: www.soccorro-nm.com/owlbar.htm
For over 66 years, the Baca family has been serving the world’s best green chile cheeseburgers, featuring a fresh, melt-in-your-mouth all beef patty, tangy cheese, and spicy, New Mexico green chile on a steamy bun. Add fresh hand-cut fries and wash down with a cold beer or your beverage of choice. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; closed Sunday.
Ten miles south of Socorro, off I-25 (Exit 139) and N.M. 380
(575) 835-9946; $.
DOC MARTIN'S RESTAURANT
Web address: www.docmartinsrestaurant.com
Conveniently located in the Historic Taos Inn, offering American and Southwest flavors with a local flair in a casual fine-dining atmosphere. Kitchen garden on site and produce sourced from regional farms. Enjoy our chile rellenos, our signature dish and a customer favorite. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Reservations recommended. $–$$
125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos
Web address: www.sabrosotaos.com
In the picturesque rural village of Arroyo Seco, outside Taos, Sabroso offers exquisite American and global cuisine nightly for dinner. Dine fireside, on the patio, or in the intimate piano bar, where live entertainment can be enjoyed Wednesdays and Sundays. Private dining room available for special events and parties. Spectacular wedding venue in the plum grove. Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. Full bar, package sales, on- and off-site catering. $–$$$
470 NM Hwy. 150, Arroyo Seco