Fall in Santa Fe brings the turning of the aspen trees to gold, a hint of chill in the evenings and lots of new reasons to see what’s happening in town. Here’s a quick look at some of the changes in Santa Fe's culinary scene. There are always changes!
New owners, new flavors and new awards for Santa Fe Restaurants:
- The Atomic Grill, a longtime favorite of downtown’s late night crowd has closed because its owners, Brisa and Dennis Barnes, are moving on to new things. But hungry night owls need not fear. The restaurant will re-open soon as El-Evation. It will be more sports oriented, with a more varied menu, but will still have some late hours for those who are prowling for food after hours. 103 E. Water Street.
- San Francisco Street Bar & Grill, upstairs at 50 E. San Francisco Street has new owners. Rob Day had owned and operated the popular downtown restaurant since it opened in 1985. Two of the restaurant’s employees, Beau Bellet and David Yniguez have purchased it. Expect favorite “American Bistro” dishes to remain on the menu, plus a new bar menu, New Mexican entrees and new additions including possibly serving breakfast on the weekends and staying open later at night. Day continues to own Santa Fe Bar & Grill in the DeVargas Mall on the north side of town.
- Chef Clay Bordan is the new owner and Executive Chef at Tabla De Los Santos at Hotel St. Francis bringing localized contemporary America cuisine to the historic property. Bordan focuses on freshness, flavor and presentation utilizing New Mexican ingredients from local farmers to produce seasonally fresh menues. Clay returns to New Mexico from his latest restaurant, Clay’s La Jolla.
- Omira Grill owned by Santa Fe’s Ziggy Rzig, has opened in the shopping center at the busy corner of Saint Francis and Cerrillos Road. The restaurant is based on the idea of a Brazilian grill where servers brandish long skewers of meat for diners to choose from. But the food goes way beyond Brazilian with international flair. The salad bar alone is a good reason to go to the restaurant with items such as kale salad, potato cakes, and a mango chicken curry that is already earning local buzz.
- Popular New Mexico chef Joseph Wrede is opening Joseph’s in the space recently occupied by Azur in the Santa Fe Railyard. Wrede is back to being in charge of his own place after stops at The Palace and Tomme and is expected to expand his menu of contemporary American cuisine creations.
- No surprise to Santa Fe foodies—Bouche Bistro, Chef Charles Dale’s charming restaurant, has been named by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the top French restaurants in the United States.
- The Santa Fe Culinary Academy begins hosting monthly Pop-up dinners on the first Thursday of each month in the academy’s student restaurant, The Guesthouse. November 7th is the first dinner based on the theme, winter is coming! Other upcoming dinners include Throwback Thursday on December 5 and Baby it’s Cold Outside on January 2, 2014. Seating is limited; reservations are $45/person which includes dinner, gratuity and tax. Beer and wine are available for purchase.
- Those who missed all the fun at Santa Fe’s first Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown on September 7 can enjoy the winning burgers at Realburger, 2907 Cerrillos Road, the top prize winner, and Cowgirl BBQ, the People’s Choice winner. Great showings were made by all seven chefs who made the finals after online voting.
News courtesy: Santa Fe CVB