I have been to Santa Fe a few times, it is a small town in the Southwest that is arguably the hub for the arts culture in this region. It is mildly tourist, not that trendy, and “enchanting”. Nearly every place you dine you feel like it’s a locals joint with the exception of the Plaza. Previous attempts to visit Cowgirl presented late night lines that are not my style. This time we did lunch AND dinner and no lines at all. Cowgirl has some history to it and the owner is no joke; hopefully you are lucky enough to have Barry sit down with and chat about Santa Fe, life and food as we did. One of the nicest guys ever and one savvy business man. Want to know more, go for a visit.
TIP: Santa Fe closes down early and Cowgirl is one of the few places to get late night drink or food. It’s worth waiting in line and not giving in to Sonic Drive-In for a fix.
Yes, I know I said several times that chains would not be welcome here but after the encounter at The Cheesecake Factory i have decided to try a few of the better known chains and see who can actually make the cut. To date I have been to Applebee's and Cheesecake and both have stood up well, in fact Cheesecake still has some of the best chips ever and very special cheese sauce I love. I high bar to say the least.
SPECIAL NOTE: I did not see nachos right off the bat so I asked. They still offer the “Chili Nachos” but I hope you all know that is a sin. They also offer “Flatbread Nachos” and WTF is that, it ain’t nachos of sure. Then I am told that have “Off Menu” traditional nachos. YEAH!!!!!! So i order those with chicken and no Guacamole. Ok, so here is BJ’s. My note in the taste section really changes the complete dynamic in all areas but Service. Make note BJ’s.
In general I am a very low key guy that loves dive bars and simple joints. I shy away from trendy Millennial oriented places (please no hate mail on the Millennial comment). But every now and then you find a place where folks from all walks of life mesh into a pleasant experience, This is High Desert. You will find older, younger, college, tourists, and more all enjoying great beer and food. And if you are there at the right time, some great music too. HDB has a reputation for the nachos so I had to make the trip and see for myself. One cool thing about Las Cruses is that everything is literally 20min away at the most so if you want to get drunk and cab home it’s no big deal.
TIP: Go in the evening and hear a local band. It amps up the experience two fold.
A warm Spring day hanging out with my buddy Jesse finds us…. well at least me…. on a quest for nachos. Jesse indulges me and we happen upon El Guapo’s!!! There was no research, no expectations but there was good conversation & food. First impressions was a great place for drinking and probably attracts a younger crowd, but gazing around I found people off all walks o life. Not one person made a fuss that I was eating with a local TV personality. Jesse has worked on both coasts and won an Emmy or two as well so days like this area real pleasure. And I am famous in my own right being the world's foremost authority on NACHOS (ha ha ha ha).
I lived in Millbrae for several years and have been to The Green many times. Sexy dates with my wife, the guys downing beer, and even family outings. It’s the kind of pub that everyone wishes they had down the block instead of an Applebee’s Sassy waitresses, great beer, food that tastes just as good even if you are not drunk.
Dining tip: Have them put aside a loaf of authentic soda bread for you to take home. So worth the price.
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