After our visit to the Nambé Falls, we stopped off in Santa Fe for lunch before heading back to Albuquerque. Our goal was to find a place that was dog-friendly since we had our 6 month old German Shepherd with us. I looked on-line for recommendations and found three possibilities- Louie’s Corner Cafe, The Atomic Grill, and the Santa Fe Baking Company and Cafe. It turns out Louie’s is closed and replaced by Tomme which seemed too nice of place to bring a dog. The Atomic Grill is located right on the Santa Fe Plaza and we didn’t feel like hassling with parking and the crowds.
The Santa Fe Baking Co. and Cafe is located right off W. Cordova, away from the center of town with easy access to IH-25, perfect for us and our dog. This place is located in a shopping strip which was quite busy. There is a small, cozy outdoor patio at the front of the cafe with only about six tables. Inside the decor is brightly colored and there were lots of diners- a good sign. This place has good reviews for their burritos so my husband, who really likes burritos, ordered their Burrito Grande and I the Carne Adovada Burrito. The starving kids, who had enough of New Mexico for the day, ordered a Club Sandwich and a BLT w/avocado. The dog settled for a bully stick and a dental chew along with a bowl of water.
While we waited for our food, my daughter read the Onion, a satirical newspaper filled with fake news, while the rest of us people watched. I wondered…is there a difference between Santa Feans and Albuquerqueans? There is definitely a difference between Texans and New Mexicans.
Our food came and I was shocked at the looks of my burrito. It was a ginormus rectangular tortilla package with red chile sauce poured all over it and the Burrito Grande was just as big but with green chile sauce all over it. The kids commented that their sandwiches would satisfy their hunger.
Inside my burrito, there was plenty of spicy shredded pork, large potato cubes, egg and cheese. I ordered the black beans on the side. It was just spicy enough so that I could enjoy the chile flavor. I couldn’t eat the whole thing so with help of my husband we managed to finish 95% of it. My husband ate his entire burrito, which was much milder but just as tasty. We agreed that this place deserved its burrito fame.
My daughter and I decided to check out the baked goods display case inside. They weren’t kidding about the out-of-this-world selection. There were extra large scones, cheese and fruit danishes, carrot cake, chocolate cream cake, croissants, turnovers, and more. We were stuffed so we settled on the chocolate muffin. I could see how this muffin would be great with coffee/tea or even a glass of milk, and it was not too sweet so it could be eaten without having a glass water nearby.
On the way back to Albuquerque, luckily my husband drove because postprandial narcolepsy had settled in and I took a nap.
Dated visited: May 25, 2012