Part of dining in Santa Fe is savoring a local Margarita. We've chosen 5 places where we know you will enjoy your Margarita and the foods that accompany this tangy treat.
La Fonda - Just off the lobby is La Fiesta Lounge, the meeting place for all of Santa Fe. Enjoy one of their signature Margaritas with some chips and salsa. One local provided a glowing recommendation: "I think Kelly Rael's "Don Rael" is the best margarita in Santa Fe." In the evening, bands play for the middle-aged set. In the summer have your Margarita in the Bell Tower Bar overlooking the city and enjoy the sunset. Salud! More Information.
Maria's - At Maria's, the boast that they have over 100 REAL Margaritas from which to choose. They are Margarita purists. What is a "real" Margarita? Simple. According to Maria's, it's one that's made with "REAL" tequila, "REAL" triple-sec and "REAL" lemon or lime juice (they use fresh-squeezed lemon juice instead of lime, because of its year-round consistency). Real Tequila is a liquor made ONLY in Mexico, which has been distilled from the sugary juices extracted from the cooked heart of the Weber blue agave plant. To be considered true tequila, it must contain at least 51% of this agave juice (sugar). Most off-brands or "cheap" tequilas sold in the USA do not contain the required 51% agave sugar and by regulation, are not considered tequila. More Information.
Gabriel's - Gabriel’s has long been a favorite of Santa Fe locals. The restaurant is located under shady trees close to the Santa Fe Opera off Hwy 285/84. Most who dine at Gabriel’s rave about the Guacamole which is skillfully made to your order tableside. But there is nothing better than a Gabriel's Margarita to accompany your guacamole! In the summer sip your Margarita on their lovely patio. More Information.
Coyote Cafe's Rooftop Cantina - One evening I was walking along Water street and looked up to see a rooftop full of people enjoying themselves. I made a mental note to return. I had the pleasure of joining three friends at the Rooftop Cantina for a fun evening of people watching and Margaritas. We sat along the counter and peered down into the streets. After the sun began to set, we got hungry and ordered Jalapeno Shooters... an amazing concoction involving huge jalapeno peppers, stuffed with cheese and lightly breaded served in a shot glass with a light cucumber sauce for dipping. The cantina is open April through October. More Information.
Del Charro Saloon - Downtown, on Alameda, you'll find the local hangout, Del Charro Saloon. They are known for their burgers but you might want to try their $6.50 House Margarita made with El Jimador 100% Agave Tequila, Real Juice, and a Tequila Marinated Lime. This is one place in Santa Fe where the prices are reasonable and the traditional food is comfort food for visitors and locals alike. More Information.