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Looking for an authentic Santa Fe dining experience? Don’t miss the food at these must-try New Mexican restaurants.

Visit any New Mexico restaurant, and undoubtedly one question will be asked: “red, green, or Christmas?” This refers to the type of Chile sauce you’d like served during a meal. Confused about what Christmas means? Hint: it includes both red and green sauce.

At The Shed in downtown, Santa Fe cuisine is truly a specialty. Be sure to order the house guacamole, salsa, and chips, and blue corn burritos with pinto beans, cheddar cheese, and onions. Outfitted with brightly colored doilies, Mexican tile walls, and turquoise dining chairs.

Café Pasqual’s is a local institution. Menu items include a house-made tamale with red chile chicken and green chile jack cheese, and a grilled Bison burger served on a brioche bun with oven-roasted garnet yams and topped with green chile.

Owned by the Maryol/Gundrey family for more than four decades, Tomasita’s serves up Northern New Mexican cuisine such as chalupas and chile rellenos and inventive dishes like the Randy Travis Plate consisting of two grilled pork chops, refried beans, and topped with green chile, posole, and cheese. 

Once you have tried these three delicious Santa Fe restaurants, try dining under the stars at Luminaria Restaurant and Patio.

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