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Dec/Jan 2012 Issue
Good Eats: Sante Fe New Mexico
New Mexico cuisine is famous for its chilies. Green chile sauce, red chile sauce and a combo (called “Christmas”) can be found on many Southwestern menus. Traditional chile sauces typically contain wheat flour—so check ingredients at every restaurant stop.
The following dining establishments take extra steps to accommodate customers with special dietary needs. Call ahead to notify staff of your specific allergies and intolerances and double-check with the manager or your server once you’re there.
In Santa Fe
Annapurna’s Café $
This Ayurvedic café is a vegetarian restaurant with Indian influences. With a menu of ‘healing foods,’ most dishes are soy free and all gluten-free and vegan items are clearly marked. Kid friendly.
1620 St. Michaels Drive (2 locations in Albuquerque)
Body Cafe $-$$
Part of a spa and yoga studio, this café offers food choices that are wheat-, dairy- and sugar-free, with some selections for those on raw and vegan diets. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kid friendly.
333 West Cordova Road
Bumble Bee’s Baja Grill $
The owner of this local establishment, which serves tacos and burrito bowls, is accommodating to gluten-free and food-allergic customers. Kid friendly.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Café $$$-$$$$
This establishment, adjacent to the Georgia O’Keeffe museum, offers contemporary cuisine in a setting surrounded by artwork and photography from the O’Keefe collection. The café is very willing to accommodate special diets with advance notice.
217 Johnson Street
La Casa Sena $$$-$$$$
Take your Southwestern dining experience upscale at this restaurant, centrally located in the Santa Fe Plaza. The menu is not allergy-specific but knowledgeable servers will help you find your way. A notable wine list and kid’s menu are available. Kid friendly.
125 East Palace Avenue
Coyote Café $$$$
Modern Southwest cuisine with a menu that includes wild game. This splurge will heighten your New Mexico dining experience. Lunch available on the rooftop cantina. Dinner only in the dining room.
132 West Water Street
La Choza $$-$$$
Authentic Southwestern cuisine with an atmosphere and décor to match. Sister restaurant to The Shed. Kid friendly.
905 Alarid Street
Pranzo Santa Fe $$$
This Italian restaurant will prepare gluten-free pasta if you call ahead. Open for lunch and dinner daily with a Sunday discount for kids 9 years and younger. Kid friendly.
540 Montezuma Avenue
Southwestern cuisine with a French twist, this is one of the top restaurants in Santa Fe. Servers will help you navigate the menu according to your special dietary needs.
548 Agua Fria Street
American cuisine with a Southwestern flair, this upscale restaurant will work with you to create a meal that fits your dietary needs. Save money by visiting at lunch.
231 Washington Avenue
Annapolis Tea Company $
This tea shop and café serves soups, salads and sandwiches on Udi’s gluten-free bread. You can super-size a sandwich that’s made on a separate cutting board to avoid cross-contamination. Kid friendly.
3107 Eubank NE #12
The Cube Restaurant $$
This barbeque restaurant offers gluten-free sauces and gluten-free French fries made in a dedicated fryer. Contact the manager in advance to determine what’s safe for other food allergies.
1520 Central Avenue SE
Enjoy classic Italian fare with rare gluten-free options, including lasagna, fried calamari and tiramisu. Virtually the entire menu can be made gluten free. Kid friendly.
1935 Eubank NE
Pizza Nine $$
This Chicago-style pizzeria serves gluten-free pizza crusts made in a dedicated facility in Austin, Texas, by Smart Flour Foods. Kid friendly.
Antonio’s of Taos $$
This casual Southwestern restaurant delivers fresh ingredients and unusual options, like yak and elk burgers, in a perfect location right off Taos Plaza. Great Sunday brunch. Kid-friendly.
122 Dona Luz
Doc Martin’s Restaurant at Taos Inn $$-$$$
New American cuisine, like blue corn tacos, may draw you to this lively Taos restaurant but the live music will keep you there. Check the website for a full schedule of performances. Reservations recommended for Saturday and Sunday brunch. Kid friendly.
125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Eateries with gluten-free options are often accommodating of food allergies. Always call ahead and then double-check with the manager upon arrival regarding your particular food sensitivities or allergies.