Abiquiu is a small village in northern New Mexico and you will find many restaurants serve traditional New Mexico styles of cooking – including red and green chiles and sopaipillas. You will likely see red ristras (drying red chiles) hanging in doorways or from rooftops.
Below are some local spots and some of our favorites that are not too far away:
Bode’s Cafe. This is a true general store/gas station with a cafe. The Cafe is known for its Green Chili Cheeseburger and was recognized as part of the “Green Chili Trail” in 2011. Fresh baked pastries, deli sandwiches, subs, burgers and casual foods are available.
Cafe Abiquiú. About 20 minutes from The Casita. Located within the Abiquiú Inn, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Southwestern and New Mexican cuisine.
Frosty Cow Ice Cream. Located behind Bode’s General Store. Ice cream, cones, shakes, banana splits, smoothies and espresso. Open during summer, usually starting May 1.
Ghost Ranch. The cafeteria at Ghost Ranch sell tickets at the office that you can use for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Meals are served cafeteria style.
Mamacita’s Pizzeria. Voted the “second best pizzeria in New Mexico” (proudly beating out 900 other pizzerias).
Purple Adobe Lavender Farm Tea House. Great Tea House in a beautiful setting. Gluten-free menu. Look for the purple flags between mile marker 210 and 211 on Hwy 84. Closed in winter.
Arioso. A kitchen-garden cafe following Slow Food movement. Price range is $$$$, attire is dressy. They offer a single, prix-fixe, 3-4 course lunch and dinner menu. BYOB. No corkage fee. Reservations are required in advance and sometimes they book up weeks ahead – 505-901-1712. From Abiquiú, go south on US-84 about 11 miles. Cross over the Rio del Oso bridge and turn right on CR 135. Look for US and NM flags at the gate. 95 County Road 135.
Rancho de Chimayo. Located in a restored adobe home. Garden terrace in summer. Emphasis on New Mexican specialties, though there are plenty of all-American favorites. Winner of the 2016 James Beard Foundation America’s Classic award. About an hour drive from The Casita del Lago, but worth the drive! Located in Chimayo.
El Farolito Restaurant. Small cafe, reasonably priced food, off the beaten path. Cash only.
El Paragua. Large selection of Mexican, Hispanic and American dishes. Steaks and fish are grilled over mesquite wood fire. Lunch and dinner served daily. Located behind Long John Silvers. Warning: GPS will not take you here!
Artesian Restaurant at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs.
There are simply too many good restaurants to list in Santa Fe (we recommend reading reviews on www.yelp.com to narrow your choices), but some of our favorites are The Shed, 113 ½ E. Palace Avenue, 505-982-9030, www.sfshed.com; Cafe Pasqual’s, 121 Don Gaspar Ave, 505-983-9340, www.pasquals.com; The Compound (we love sitting at the bar), Canyon Road, 505-982-4353, compoundrestaurant.com; and Geronimo, Canyon Road, 505-982-1500, geronimorestaurant.com. Bodes – located in downtown Abiquiu. This is a small deli/restaurant in the local general store. Great for sandwiches.