Bobbito’s: Santa Fe’s Friendly Neighborhood Eatery

Santafe.com - July 5, 2017

Where you feel like everybody knows your name...

Bobbito's is the kind of place where, even on your first visit, you feel like everybody knows your name. With hearty sandwiches and other delicious items named for the friends of owner Dave Fitzgerald,, this breakfast and lunch spot offers something for everyone, whether you're craving New York deli-style sandwiches or traditional New Mexican fare.

Located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, Bobbito's has a well-chosen slogan, bueno, bonito y barato (“good, tasty and inexpensive”) and, perusing the menu, you'll agree. Start your day with tempting choices such as Da Mayor's French Toast (“No Council approval needed here!” says the menu), sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with maple syrup. Or try Buddy's Quesadilla, loaded with scrambled eggs, your choice of bacon, sausage, ham or chorizo, guacamole and red or green chile.

The breakfast burrito is a big hit here, filled with your choice of meat as well as hash browns and red or green chile, or Christmas. You can also order yours smothered in chile...and why wouldn't you? If you happen to be in the neighborhood on your way to the County building, order the County Carne Adovada—served with two eggs and tortillas—and “your visit with our County Clerk or Treasurer will be much easier,” the menu promises. Order the City Hall Delights and you're in charge in creating your own omelet with your choice of meat, cheese and veggies, served with potatoes and toast. It's a hard choice to make, but my favorite breakfast breakfast dish here is the Classic Egg Sandwich, featuring scrambled eggs on Fano bread with bacon (or your favorite breakfast meat) and green chile. It's the perfect way to fuel up for your day.

For lunch, sandwich offerings include the Chmura Reuben Deluxe, a Polish-style Reuben made with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Pope John Paul II’s Secret Sauce (it's secret, so don't ask) and named for Fitzgerald's friend, Mike Chmura. Charlie’s Hey, Hey, Hey Hoagie is named after another friend, community activist Charlie Maxwell. Paco's Pecos Pastrami includes Swiss cheese and peppers and Bobbito's Philly Cheese Steak has a nice green chile kick, The Cathedral Club (“...you don't have to mention it in confession,” jokes the menu) is a BLT loaded with with turkey, ham and Swiss cheese. And if you're a heat seeker, the Santa Fe Turkey will keep you coming back—it's made with the fabled ghost peppers as well as caramelized onions. All of Bobbito's sandwiches are made with Fano bread, from the acclaimed family-owned bakery in Albuquerque.

It won't surprise you to learn that the restaurant is named for Fitzgerald's friend Bob, known by his nickname...Bobitto. Or that Fitzgerald is from New York and his first restaurant was a deli in New Jersey. Bobbito's sandwiches reflect that history, with creative flair. And like many hip, urban eateries today, Bobbito's offers delivery and catering services, too. But the restaurant pays tribute to Santa Fe history, too, with a colorful wall mural depicting flamenco dancers, the Plaza obelisk and other regional elements.

So grab a seat at a table, counter, or beneath the shade of an umbrella on the patio, which is perfect for people-watching and dive into delicious food at affordable prices. You'll see why Bobbito's has become a favorite with locals as well as visitors, including one who recently wrote this review on Yelp: “Places like Bobbito's are what make this city such a special place. When you visit a town like Santa Fe you want that good home-cooked meal, like what you would get while visiting mi abuela. Bobbito's is exactly that. Old-fashioned New Mexican food, cooked to perfection.”