Sunday, January 3, 2010

Chilis are always good

Terry and I spent the past week in northern New Mexico. We had not been to Santa Fe in a few years and it was great to get back. We also spent a couple of days in Albuquerque.

We ate at 3 new (to us) restaurants in Santa Fe. All were very good.

Milagro 139 is just off the plaza and Dinner For Two is on Guadalupe just about 4 blocks from the plaza.

Dinner For Two (yes that is the name) was really wonderful. We had New Year's Eve Dinner there (a 9pm seating that was just right as far as timing goes).

Service was outstanding and so was the food.

The head chef/owner met us at the door with champagne to sip while we waited for our table to be ready.

The third new restaurant for us was La Choza. A long wait for a table but well worth it.

Outstanding Tamales - very light which is not easy with Tamales. Keeping the masa light as well as the filling yet having plenty of flavor is a real trick and La Choza handled it well. The green chile and posole were very good as well.

The real treat of the evening, however, was the clam chowder with green chilis.

Yes, I know. Sounds strange but it is great. If you are in Santa Fe and have a chance go to La Choza don't pass on the clam chowder.

The other odd food combination I had that was also fabulous and unexpected was the Reuben with green chilis I had at a restaurant in Albuquerque.

Terry and I were looking for a place for a late lunch and stumbled on the Savoy. When I saw the Reuben with Green Chilis, I couldn't resist. Indeed I am glad I had it.

The Reuben itself was quite good (one of the best I have had) and the addition of the chilis made it even more so.

As I always say, chilis are always good.