Hubby and I are huge fans of the Food Network show 'Diners, Drive Ins and Dives' and generally watch with wonder as Guy Fieri eats some of the most glorious looking food we've ever seen.
On our recent road trip to the South West United States, we were lucky enough to have our very first Triple D experience at The Coffee Cup Cafe in Boulder City, Nevada. After that, we were more hooked than ever.
On arriving in Santa Fe, we discovered there were several restaurants that had been featured, so we took a vote and headed for Casa Chimayo to test out the Blue Enchiladas that had featured on the show.
The adobe exterior of Casa Chimayo
Located at 409 West Water Street, just a short walk from the Downtown area, Casa Chimayo is immediately striking from the outside with its fairy lights, adobe construction, and lack of hard corners and lines. Sun dried bunches of chillies hang from the archway and signage alerts you to offers on Sunday brunch, breakfast and lunches.
As we hung around outside to take photos for this article, the owner emerged from the courtyard and chatted to us in the friendly style we've become accustomed to since we arrived in New Mexico. He told us, if we liked the outside, we'd love the inside. And we did.
A riot of Mediterranean colours hits you as you enter, with fabulous bright blue rugs, painted table tops, and a wonderful host of steel sculptures, which are strewn along the main walkway and used as features in the open air back patio area. Given we'd only just gotten married the day before, I was particularly fond of the El Dia De Los Muertos (Day of The Dead) bride and groom that stood proudly, if not a little scarily, in the main corridor.
Gorgeous colourful courtyard
I love these guys...even if they might keep me awake at night
Service was so friendly and efficient and we put in an order for margaritas, which were served in the best cactus glasses I've ever seen. Now I want them for home and haven't been able to find a pair. Gutted. Anyway, my sadness over the fact that I can't own All The Margarita Glasses was soon assuaged by a delivery of severo's green pork chile stew with warm corn tortillas, and Les' delivery of the famous blue corn enchiladas. They were both fantastic. My stew was wonderfully hot, which is just the way I like it and Les, who doesn't *quite* appreciate as much chilli as I do, was raving about his lunch for the rest of the day. It was seriously good stuff.
House margarita. I LOVE this glass!
Pork chile stew...so spicy
Casa Chimayo is a really beautiful spot and we're so glad we found it. If I don't go home and decorate my own casa in a similar style, then I don't know what's wrong with me. I wonder where I can procure 12ft high skeleton bride and grooms in North Wales, though. I may just have to settle for memories and the half million photos we took inside.
I really can't recommend this beautiful restaurant enough. It was definitely one of the highlights of our days in Santa Fe.