Santa Fe New Mexican
Eat & Drink
MARKET STEER STEAKHOUSE 210 Don Gaspar Ave. I 505-992-6354 I marketsteersteakhouse.com With chef Kathleen Crook, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts–Scottsdale, and experienced manager Kristina Goode at the helm, Market Steer is a classic steakhouse for big appetites with discriminating tastes. Locals love it, and it’s no surprise why: the fall/winter menu stars items like braised elk shank, a seafood medley in a sherry cream with house-made tagliatelle pasta, and, of course, cuts of premium beef cooked perfectly and served with indulgent sauces like truffle butter and Fresno chimichurri. Although not a playground for vegetarians, Market Steer has a number of plant-forward sides, such as green chile risotto, charred radicchio with blue cheese fondue, and Boursin creamed spinach. TUNE-UP CAFÉ 1115 Hickox St. I 505-983-7060 I tuneupsantafe.com Need a casual café that pleases almost any palate, especially when dining with a group? Husband-and-wife team Jesus and Charlotte Rivera run the humble all-day Tune-Up Café. The eclectic menu spans American favorites to local fare, such as enchiladas and chile rellenos. (TV network host Guy Fieri loved the rellenos when he visited for Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.) However, Tune-Up is most famous for El Salvadorian comfort food, specifically banana-wrapped tamales and pupusas. The national dish of El Salvador, pupusas are thick tortillas stuffed with meat, cheese, and other goodness. Tune-Up offers both a vegetarian and a flank steak pupusa.