Occupying a 19th-century former railroad depot on the “Chile Line,” this local standby cooks up fresh red and green chile every day. No surprise, then, that both are often voted the best in Santa Fe, and the lines here often stretch out the door. Tomasita’s has been run for over 40 years by the same family, so they know what they’re doing, using recipes handed down from generation to generation. Tomasita’s reflects its brick railroad station origins on the outside; inside, it’s a homey place with hanging chile ristras (a string of dried chile peppers), brass light fixtures, brick walls, colorful art, high windows, and light wood accents. There’s also a pleasant outdoor patio. The food is nothing fancy, just solid northern New Mexican cooking, as in the combination plate: a red chile cheese enchilada, taco, Spanish rice, posole, pinto beans, and green chile. Entrees come with one of the best sopapillas in the city, served with honey butter. Known for its margaritas, Tomasita’s has full liquor service. New Mexico’s only all-female mariachi band plays every Tuesday at 7:30pm.
Santa Fe› Restaurant
500 S. Guadalupe St.
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown Hours Mon–Thurs 11am–9pm, Fri–Sat 11am–10pm Phone 505/983-5721 Prices Main courses $7–$16 Cuisine Type New Mexican Web site Tomasita's
Map500 S. Guadalupe St. Santa Fe
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