Bar food apres ski. At the Dragon Room.
Photo by Kristin Carlson.
After a day on the slopes, I want bar food. Onion rings, french fries, beer, amped-up hot chocolate. There is no real explanation for my inexplicable ski cravings, because these aren’t the kinds of things I normally eat. However, if it’s fried and laden with salt, after skiing it probably sounds good to me.
If you are like I am, getting your last few days of spring skiing in Santa Fe, may I present: The Best Bad-For-You Food And Drinks Hit List. I have organized these establishments in terms of transit to give you a full plate all the way home, from destinations physically on the ski run, to partway down the mountain, to downtown and on the outskirts.
Totemoff’s Bar and Grill, at the Santa Fe ski basin:
Enjoy the fireplace inside, or watch skiers come down the mountain as you swing in a re-appropriated chairlift on the deck.
What’s fried: Mozzarella sticks
What else I like: Zozobra hot chocolate with whiskey,
kahlua, and whipped cream
Tamales with green chile or posole stew
Veggie burgers off the grill
Ten Thousand Waves, partway down the mountain,
on the fringes of Santa Fe National Forest:
Requisite stop at Japanese hot bath and spa to soothe hardworking muscles.
What’s fried: Wasabi peas in the gift shop (I know this is a stretch)
What else I like: Private outdoor pool with personal cold plunge and sauna
Full body salt scrub and massage
Drinking about a gallon of cucumber water to rehydrate
The Dragon Room, downtown:
A lounge attached to the famed Pink Adobe restaurant, this cozy little bar has a fireplace, brushed copper tables, and cushiony corner seats.
What’s fried: Crab cakes
Southern fried chicken
Possibly parts of the bread pudding, which is served with pinon nuts and Tequila sauce
What else I like: Hefeweizen on tap
Cous-cous ragout with mushrooms and parmesan crisp, if I’m feeling fancy
Second Street Brewery, well, on 2nd Street:
A lively locals’ micro-brewery with music performances, family-friendly indoor and outdoor seating, and a colorful interior.
What’s fried: Green chile cheese fries
Santa Fe habanero spiced chicken wings
Beer battered calamari or shrimp with chipotle sauce
What else I like: The Cream Stout is my absolute favorite beer
I also love the Extra Special Bitter ale
Baked brie with roasted garlic and sourdough
NEW DISCOVERY! Blue Moon Cafe, near Eldorado/Lamy:
Cute, tiny eatery with fresh homemade sandwiches, salads, and prompt excellent service. No beer or wine here, but you can take your food to go home and booze.
What’s fried: World’s best onion rings ever
What else I like: Double grilled cheese with onion and mustard
Real Texas brisket
Enjoy! I feel fatter already.