Smiling Food -- En route to Las Vegas from Santa Fe, along I-25, stop in at La Risa Café, tel. 575/421-3883) on NM 3 in Ribera. In a cozy old house with brightly painted walls and on a fun patio, "the Smile" offers imaginative food made with fresh ingredients. For breakfast, their "Hangover stew" (green chile stew topped with eggs) is delicious. Lunch and dinner bring sandwiches, salads, and New Mexican dishes, as well as daily specials. Beer and wine accompany the menu. La Risa is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 8pm and Sunday 8am to 6pm, with abbreviated hours in winter.

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