Sips and Tips

All the news that fit to eat and drink

Welcome to Sips & Tips! This new SantaFe.com column is where we talk about the cool things happening in the Santa Fe food & drink scene! Have a hot tip on a new restaurant opening, an amazing success story or just something really cool? Email us at editor@santafe.com and we'll get it in to our site that gets more than a million pageviews a year.

 

Vote for Totemoff's as the Best Slopeside Watering Hole in North America!

Ski season is just around the corner, so it apropos that USA Today's 10 Best is looking to choose the best apres ski bars in North America. The fact that little ole' Totemoff's has made the nominees list is quite a feat. They are up against some of the big resorts: A-Basin, Aspen, Breck, Alta, Whistler...you get the picture. The competition generally are from the big resorts that get tons and tons of visitors every season.

The timing of the nomination is great as Totemoff's has been remodeled for this upcoming 2019/2020 season. We haven't seen the changes yet, but they assure us the remodel has been made with the goal of reducing the size of lines to get food and drinks. They have also added the Tram Car Bar outside the deck area to alleviate some of the congestion. And yes, it is an old tram car, which we think is pretty cool.

Of course we know how special Ski Santa Fe and Totemoff's are, so it's imperative you vote as much as possible. There are 5 days left and it looks like you can vote every 8 hours. 

 

The Best Sports Bar in New Mexico is Santa Fe's Very Own Boxcar

Santa Fe's very own Boxcar has been voted best Sports Bar in New Mexico, EatThis.com reports. We've always enjoyed Boxcar for it's mix of a bajillion sportsball screens, a great beer list (and some killer cocktails, too) and some pretty stellar pub food made fresh every day. Apparently lots of others agree because they have been giving Boxcar a lot of great Yelp reviews, which is where EatThis.com pulled the list.

According to the site, they measured using an algorithm that looks at the number of reviews and star rating for a business. Yelp actually sent the top three sports bar options for each state. If the first option didn't appear to be a true sports bar or at least a bar that screens games, they removed and went to the next in line.

The article actually lists to top sports bar in every state, in case you are interested. Or check out our other restaurants in Santa Fe.

 

Geronimo Is One of the Best Restaurants in the Country

One of Santa Fe’s favorite restaurants is one of the best in the United States! That’s according to Trip Advisor, anyway. The mega travel review site just labeled the Santa Fe mainstay the 5th best fine dining restaurant in the country.

That’s a serious accolade considering the competition. Daniel Boulud’s restaurant Daniel in NYC takes top spot on the list, which is perhaps a bit less surprising than some of the others that ranked in the top 10. Then again, the rankings are determined by those who have paid money to eat at these places, so maybe they’re worth a little more than those who get paid to review restaurants. Maybe...

Here’s the list:

  1. Daniel, NYC
  2. Hall’s Chophouse, Charleston, SC
  3. GW Fins, New Orleans, LA
  4. Lahaina Grill, Lahaina, HI
  5. Geronimo, Santa Fe (woot woot!)
  6. Charleston Grill, Charleston, SC
  7. Peninsula Grill, Charleston, SC
  8. Mama’s Fish House, Paia, HI
  9. Merriman’s, Waimea, HI
  10. The Bazaar by Jose Andres, Miami Beach, FL

And also, what’s up with all the Charleston restaurants? We’ve heard it’s a lovely town and we know it competes directly with Santa Fe to attract visitors, so it makes you wonder what they are doing to get all these votes. Are they really doing it better than we are? We’d like to hear from you on our Facebook page.

 

Santa Fe Brewing Completes New Brewhouse, Poised for Domination

We kind of take Santa Fe Brewing for granted seeing as how they’ve been in town for decades. But they are building something amazing in their new brewhouse off of Highway 14.

On Monday, Oct 6, they brewed their first production batch of their flagship 7k IPA in the new 70-barrel brewhouse. The additional brewing capacity means they can scale to 200,000 barrels of beer annually. (BTW, a barrel is measured as 31 gallons, so they can brew 6.8 million gallons).

Santa Fe Brewing said in a press release that they have added seven full-time staff and multiple part-time positions to meet the growth of the company. This will only continue as they bring the new brewery taproom online and continue to add more locations around the state and more sales people around the region. VP of Sales Jarrett Babincsak said they plan for two more taprooms in New Mexico in the next year or so.

That’s a ton of room for growth, as the brewery is currently producing just shy of 33,000 barrels. The new brewhouse comes in the nick of time as they have had to prioritize certain markets so they didn’t run out of beer. Thankfully, the most important market was New Mexico, so we never had to go without the beloved 7k or the new Social Hour.

Those in Kansas and Missouri weren’t so lucky. They’ll just have to come visit the new two-story beer hall (yes, not just a tap room but a beer hall!!) when it is complete. Dates are tentative, but it sounds like it will be before the holiday season. We’ll keep you posted once we know more.

Santa Fe Brewing is #7 in the Mountain West region according to the Brewer’s Association. They are only one of two breweries in the top 10 to experience growth (approximately 20% year over year, 40% over 2017) and the other one is owned – and capitalized – by AB Inbev, the megacorporation that owns Budweiser and is buying up micro-breweries across the country in an attempt to buy marketshare to make up for sluggish Bud and Bud Light sales.

 

Santa Fe Bite Reopened! 

We were all sad when Santa Fe Bite closed its doors on its downtown location last year. Mind, there are some good burgers in town, but theirs really were the were the best, weren’t they? Plus the location was casual, the prices were reasonable and there was parking. 

Well, apparently the Eckre’s really weren’t hanging up their hats for good. We don’t know why they decided to reopen -- probably because everyone was clamoring for those green chile cheeseburgers -- but we are oh so glad they did. 

The new location is on St. Michael’s drive, where Tecolote used to be, at 1616 St. Michael’s Drive. The doors are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so get over there now! Check out their Facebook for more info.

The Pantry, Two

Speaking of Santa Fe restaurant icons, The Pantry has opened its long-awaited second location, The Pantry Dos. So far the new location is getting great reviews for its modern decor and the fact they have the favorites you have come to know over the decades. And did we mention the wait times are miniscule? Sounds like a great reason to check it out.

The new location is south of town, just off Richards Ave in Oshara Village. The address is 20 White Feather, 87508. Get more info on their website.

 

Oct, 8: Gold Medal Beer Right Here in Santa Fe!

image credit: Brewer's Association

Rowley Farmhouse Ales is having an amazing year. Last weekend they won three medals at the Great American Beer Fest. And get this: that's more than any other brewery in the country. That's some serious beer considering there were 2,295 breweries that entered almost 9,500 beers in 107 categories from one of Santa Fe's smallest breweries. 

Their winning brews were Meier, a German-style sour ale (gold); Agent Orange for Wood and Barrel-aged Sour Beer (silver); and Cote d'Or (Double Cerise) for Mixed-Culture Brett Beer (bronze). 

Yesterday the brewery was written up in the Food & Wine magazine website, which gets millions of views every month. Owner John Rowley was super humble in his interview, telling the magazine, "We won a competition. That's it. We try to make the best beer we can, and we entered beers we had on hand that we felt were peaking at the right time. Merely winning a competition doesn't make you the best at anything. It simply means you scored well at a given point in time… All this said, we are excited and humbled to be recognized for our passion towards making better beer."

On top of that, Rowley will be featured on the iconic Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives this Friday, October 11. The brewery will have a watch party at 7 pm and everyone is invited. 

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