Rise and Shine, it’s Breakfast Time

Lynn Cline - July 24, 2018

Santa Fe has plenty of great spots serving breakfasts that are worth getting up for

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but who among us has time to make, let alone eat, a square meal every day of the work week? Many people simply gulp down a cup of coffee or two to fuel them n their way, skipping food altogether, which isn't an ideal way to start the day for your body, mind or spirit.

The good news is that Santa Fe has plenty of great spots serving breakfasts that are worth getting up for, no matter where you live in town. From hearty breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros to blue corn pancakes, New Orleans-style beignets and dozens of other dishes, you'll find plenty of delicious ways to start your day . So read on, then get ready to rise and shine and head out to restaurants that stand ready to help you start your day.

Tecolote Cafe

“Great Breakfast, No Toast” is the longtime motto at Tecolote Cafe, which opened in 1980 and has been owned by the same family ever since. For more than 35 years, Santa Feans and visitors alike have flocked to the joint, which is named for a tiny town south of Las Vegas, N.M. and translates from Spanish as “owl.”

The only bird on this menu, however, is chicken, and long-timers love the Shirred Eggs Tecolote, made with sauteed chicken livers, salsa fresca and eggs cooked to order. Other specialties include the pork carne adovada burrito, corned beef hash with two eggs any style and a side of potatoes or chile, and the Sheepherder's Breakfast with griddled red potatoes, jalapeño and onion topped with red and green chile, melted cheddar and two eggs cooked to your liking.

The ample menu also includes steak and eggs, eggs Benedict, asparagus and hollandaise omelette or you can build your own omelette.You'll find all kinds of pancakes, short stack or full—atole piñon, blueberry, chocolate chips and walnuts and more—as well as French toast with the house-made bread of the day. There are healthy alternatives, too, including granola and oatmeal. But the restaurant may be best known for its bakery basket, filled with all kinds of homemade goodies—hence the motto about no toast. You could eat breakfast at Tecolote every day of the week for a good long time, and never have the same thing twice.

The Pantry

The Pantry has been “Santa Fe's meeting place since 1948, where business deals have been closed, political agreements sealed and relationships launched all within these dining rooms. The food is hearty and filling, from the traditional huevos rancheros served with Pantry fries and beans to the breakfast burrito and Buenos Dias, a hearty dish of Pantry fries smothered with chile, cheese and two eggs. There's also an array of omelettes, and the Pantry's take on the proverbial steak and eggs—a Ranchero steak sauteed with jalapeño, tomato and onions and served with refried beans, Pantry fries and a flour tortilla. Or go for the famous chicken fried steak, smothered in country gravy with a side of flaky biscuits. Order that and you probably won't need to eat dinner.

If you have a sweet tooth, The Pantry will fill it with Belgian waffles, Corn Flake-coated French toast stuffed with cream cheese, blueberries AND strawberries, stuffed pancakes, blue corn cinnamon cakes and other choices. This is rewarding place to start your day, but beware...you may need a nap before lunchtime.

Plaza Cafe Southside

The Plaza Cafe Southside is devoted to using quality ingredients—cage-free eggs, locally made corn and flour tortillas and local grass-fed beef. The menu offers some unique fare, such as the chile relleno omelette, consisting of a roasted green chile stuffed with cheese then wrapped in an omelet and served with beans, hash browns and a tortilla. Breakfast tacos are made with scrambled eggs and calabacitas, avocado,cheese and your choice of meat or a veggie sausage. For a sweet treat try the Blue Corn Piñon Pancakes drenched with orange butter and cinnamon syrup, or the signature challah French Toast with maple and mascarpone frosting. For a combo of sweet and savory, the South Side Breakfast is a feast of hot cakes, two eggs, hash browns and your choice of meat—thick-cut sugar-cured bacon, link sausage, cured ham, house-made chorizo or veggie sausage. Isn't that worth rolling out of bed for?

35° North Coffee

If you've ever been to New Orleans, then you've likely tried beignets, those fried dough delights that are dusted with confectioner's sugar and served with jam. What a way to start the day, especially paired with an excellent pour over. This you can do in downtown Santa Fe at 35° North Coffee, a sweet little spot that specializes in sourcing, roasting and brewing coffee that people love. You could also pair a cup of Joe with cinnamon-battered French toast, a breakfast burrito, delectable homemade pastries or scrambled egg tartines with spinach or bacon. On a crazy hot day like the ones we've recently endured, order a nitro cold brew, which should cool you down and amp you up for the day ahead.