A tradition in Santa Fe since 1974, Tomasita’s is a perpetually packed restaurant serving traditional cuisine of Northern New Mexico. Renowned for their red and green chile cooked daily, The Monster is eager to dive into some stomach-lining food on this wintery day.
Divided into multiple rooms, each has its own distinct feel. Whether you opt for the light filled “garden” room, the main dining room or the small nook off the bar that feels just like a Denny’s, get ready to chow.
Blue corn tortilla chips, a piquant salsa and guacamole start off the meal for The Monster. There are far too many chips for the limited amount of guac so must make due with the adequate salsa.
For the entree the call is the Super Combination Plate. One rolled enchilada, one tamale, one taco, rice, beans and red and green chile along with a sopapilla, honey butter and New Mexico honey.
The food appears to be resting on its laurels. Sure, it’s huge portions smothered in beans and cheese but The Monster feels snookered. Neither of the chiles merit the press they garner (they bring the heat just not a tremendous amount of taste so what was Bon Appetit gushing about?) and the rest of the food registers somewhere around the meh scale other than the sopapilla which is a fresh, pillowy heaven waiting for one to drown it in honey. Delicious.
This is an example of the locals swinging the tourists to a trap to keep the good food all to themselves. The Monster has learned his lesson.
Why go? You loved it in 1984.
Monster rating: 1½/5 Monsters
500 S Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501