Chill out with the burgers and margaritas in Santa Fe
Located within the Inn of the Governors Hotel at 101 West Alameda Street in Downtown, Del Charro is a friendly neighbourhood bar, voted Best Burgers in Santa Fe for 2016.
We were looking for a cosy bar to celebrate having gotten married a few hours before at the County Court House and we couldn't have chosen a better spot.
The back patio
Del Charro sculptures
From the moment we walked through the bar and out to the patio, we were greeted by Alejandro, who told us to choose a table (we opted for the back of the patio to catch the last rays of the dying sun), and settled in with our menus.
We weren't looking for anything fancy for dinner, we just want to celebrate, low key New Mexican style, in the beautiful city in which we'd just said 'I do'.
We ordered up two house margaritas at an extremely reasonable 7 bucks each and these were delivered in salted rimmed glasses, with a cocktail shaker each. Instead of one whole glass of margarita, the total volume of the glass and the shaker amounted to almost 3. After seeing some in the city advertised at more than 15 dollars, getting 3 for 7 was a huge surprise to us both.
What to have...
We settled in to the lovely surroundings and perused the extensive menu, trying to figure out what to order. I opted for a chicken salad wrap with fries and Les just *had* to test out the best burgers in the city and chose the bison burger with fries. We also noticed that there was also a daily special on offer, which I'm sure entices locals back on a regular basis.
Alejandro's service was quick, friendly and efficient, giving us plenty of space and time to make our choices and enjoy our drinks. After serving our 'ritas, he told us just to shout when we were ready and this gave us breathing space that isn't always readily available in restaurants.
The food was fantastic and, after smothering my fries in hot sauce (I just had to) I took the heat off with intermittent sips of my sour margarita. The signature house margarita is made with El Jimador Riposado Tequila with fresh lime and lemon juice, a slice of lime and poured over ice. The drinks menu features a great range of the favoured Santa Fe drink, including pomegranate, Cointreau, Blue Curacao, and a rather interesting sounding Margarite Caliente ('hot' in Spanish), made with Jose Cuervo and New Mexico green chile. I think that, combined with my over indulgence in the hot sauce, might well have blown my tiny mind.
I got hot sauce in my bag...swag
We paid just under 40 dollars (including service) for two large meals and a house margarita each, which was superb value for money for lounging in such a beautiful spot.
I'm firmly of the opinion that I will definitely have to fly back to Santa Fe and do it all over again at Del Charro for my first wedding anniversary. And possibly every single one after that.