On the Road Eats: Dallas to Santa Fe

Flights are getting delayed and cancelled so we decided to roadtrip from Dallas to Santa Fe.  Two adults, no responsibilities, no major plans.  Eat, relax and enjoy!

Breakfast treat(Decatur): Trinity Street Roastaurant
Would I dine again?  Yes. 
We started off the drive from Dallas at 6am and after about an hour, I suggested we stop for coffee and a quick breakfast treat in Decatur, TX.  This was a coffee shop/restaurant/cool bar.  My husband grabbed a coffee and I opted for a vegan blueberry muffin which was delicious.

Lunch in Amarillo: Yellow City Street Food
Would I dine again? Yes
.  We wanted to find a great spot for lunch that would be quick.  And after a quick search I found Yellow City Street Food.  The menu had a good mix of tacos and burgers including vegan options (I’m not vegan but have had some delicious vegan meals) and the food sounded really good.  We shared the animal fries and then I had the famous fish tacos and the carnitas, he had the wake & bake burger.

Sights on the way to Santa Fe:
I googled spots to see along the way and a few things came up over and over again so I decided we would be tourists for the afternoon.  We have been to Cadillac Ranch so I snapped a quick pic as we drove by.  No need for us to stop.  Then we stopped at the midpoint of Route 66 in Adrian, TX.  I got out of the car, took a bunch of pics as my husband (and the people in the small cafe) laughed at me and then we were on our way.  Last, I read about the Blue Hole and from the pics online it looked like a secluded swimming hole that you may need to take a short hike to see.  Well, I was wrong.  We started seeing signs and then there was an attendant to pay to park, lifeguards and well, it was a total tourist trap and they got me.  So, next time, we will just drive straight through.

Hotel:  La Posada de Santa Fe, a Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa
I stay in Marriott hotels for work so we decided to stay at this resort after reading numerous reviews.  Overall, the stay was good.  The property is in a great location so you can walk everywhere to eat, shop and see a beautiful sunset.  We reseved a suite and the casita was the perfect size for two of us.  We didn’t dine at the hotel restaurants but they had a lovely outdoor dining area and two bars.  We did get massages at the spa and Meredith was fantastic.  The spa is a bit limited so we left the property and went to a second spa a few miles north of the city.  And the concierge Kevin gave us numerous recommendations for restaurants which was super helpful!

Dinner: Osteria d’assisi
Would I dine again? Yes. 
We had a lovely table on the outdoor patio and our server was great.  We shared the insalata alla cesare, the Torre di Melanzane con zucchini al forno and the linguini allo scoglio- delicious!!

Breakfast:  Cafe Pasqual’s
Would I dine again? Yes. 
This restaurant was recommended to us from Dallas friends and was written up as one of the best places to go for breakfast in Santa Fe.  My husband had the chile relleno con huevos and I had the huevos rancheros.  We enjoyed breakfast so much we went back on our last morning too!

Lunch: The Teahouse Santa Fe
Would I dine again? Yes. 
As we explored Canyon Road and the galleries, we stopped at The Teahouse.  We started with two teas (caffeine free Strawberry kiwi for me), I had the pozole(not spicy which was great for me) and my husband had the Brie, Apple, Black forest ham and mostarda panini.  The desserts looked pretty amazing too but we were so full so we had to pass.

Dinner: Casa Chimayo
Would I dine again? No. 
We were hoping to have a “eat at grandma’s house” kind of experience but this was unfortunately our least favorite spot all week.  The servers, although short staffed, were very nice but when you have tableside guacamole and they leave the avocado skin in the bowl for you to eat, it starts the meal off on a bad note.  The main entree was good but not something I could not get elsewhere in Santa Fe.  We ended the meal with taking home a piece of the tres leches cake and tossed it after one bite, something I would normally never do.  Hoping this was just an off night but we will not return on a future trip.

Downtown and The Santa Fe Sunsets:  We were able to walk everywhere whether we wanted to see the galleries on Canyon Road, shop for jewelry on the square or at the Palace of the Governors or see the sunset.  It did rain a bit during our visit but a short walk from the hotel is The Cross of the Martyrs.  Its a quick walk to the top and two of the nights we were able to see a pretty sunset.  Not the pinks and oranges my husband had told me about but still very pretty.

Our Morning Adventure:  The Santa Fe Farmers Market at the Railyard
I love a Farmer’s Market.  You get to sample delicious fruits and vegetables, find new and interesting products and flavors and buy special items from local artisans.  During this visit, I found a local jewelry designer Karla Hackman who had beautiful rings, earrings and pendants as well as some great vendors selling honey and jams.  For breakfast we had fresh corn quesadillas with zucchini and cheese.   The perfect light meal to share before a huge food journey for the rest of the day!

Lunch: The Compound
Would I dine again? Yes. 
We planned this trip very last minute so getting a dinner reservation was going to be difficult especially since the owner is a James Beard Best Chef of the Southwest winner.  But they are open for lunch and their signature dish is one of my favorites, Chicken Schnitzel, so I had to order that for lunch and convince my husband to share his pastrami sandwich.  We ate on the patio and although it started to storm during lunch, we stayed dry and the rain was rather refreshing.  When we return to Santa Fe, this will definitely be on the list for dinner.

Dinner: Geronimo
Would I dine again? Yes times 2. 
Numerous people recommended Geronimo.  And it was my favorite restaurant of the week.  They started us with a sparkling Gruet wine, we shared the Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Sashimi & Tartare (wow wow wow), then my husband ordeed the Tellicherry Rubbed Elk Tenderloin and I opted for the New Mexico Four Corners Grilled Rack of Lamb.  We finished the meal with Toffee Creme Brulee with Pear Sorbet, Peanut Butter Streusel & Fudge Sauce.

Breakfast:  Dolina
Would I dine again? Yes. 
After the amazing food day we had I was not sure how I could eat another bite but we walked from the hotel to Dolina in a light rain and once the Ricotta pancakes were in front of me, I was ready to eat.  We also started with a coffee cake so it was an amazing carb overload kind of morning!

Meow Wolf
We had to visit at least one museum while we were here so we decided to hit the most interactive one in town.  Meow Wolf was a neat spot to visit and appropriate for all ages.  There was a “story” to follow about a boy and his family or you could simply explore the museum which is what we chose during our visit.

Wine Tasting: Gruet
After trying the wine from Gruet at Geronimo, we decided to hit the Tasting Room at the Saint Francis.  There were a few different flights available or the option to customize which is what I chose for myself.  My husband went with the Still Wine Flight and surprisingly enjoyed the Rose and the Chardonnay.  I opted for The Sauvage, the Sauvage Rose, the Blanc de Blancs and then the Chardonnay.  My favorites…..The two Sauvages.

Dinner:La Boca
Would I dine again? Yes. 
I got lucky with a last minute reservation at this well known tapas spot and really enjoyed our dinner.  Due to the late wine tasting, we opted for a lighter dinner and chose the Gambas Al Ajillo (shrimp with garlic and white wine), the New Mexico Flat Iron Steak with a smoked sea salt caramel sauce and the Seafood Paella.

Breakfast: Tia Sophias
Would I dine again? Maybe. 
We were spoiled by Pasquale and Dolina so this did not make it on the favorite meal of the week list.  Maybe we ordered the wrong thing but the breakfast enchiladas with a side of pozole was just ok.

Chocolate Day:  Kakawa Chocolate House
There was a chocolate house that I read about before heading to Santa Fe so I definitely wanted to stop by and do a chocolate elixir flight.  My husband went with the American chocolate elixir and I opted for a taste of the Chili from the Meso-American options and then tried all three of the European & Contemporary options.  My favorite was the Jeffersonian.  I also left with a few treats from the chocolate case!

Ten Thousand Waves
We decided to skip lunch and treat ourselves to another spa “day” so we headed north to Ten Thousand Waves.  The spa is beautiful and relaxing and we sat in the Grand Pool for a while, then the foot bath and just listened to the relaxing water features.  There was a requiement to show our vaccination card and wear a mask at certain times.  We both had an 80 minute massage and they were wonderful.  We will definitely return to this spa on our next trip.

Dinner:  Izanami at Ten Thousand Waves
Would I dine again? Maybe. 
We skipped lunch and were super relaxed after our massages so we decided to stay and eat at Izanami(vaccination card required)  We reserved the more traditional japanese experience of sitting on the floor and had the server make some recommendations.