Santa Fe Food Fare: Guy Fieri (and his Cool Hair) Stopped by Jambo

Gourmet Girl - October 30, 2013

Local Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Honors for The Shed and Cafe Pasqual's, Holiday Pie Mania & more...

New Mexico Diner's, Drive-ins and Dives

Food Network star Guy Fieri drove his sporty red Camaro convertible into Santa Fe once again for an episode of his hit show, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” which recently aired, titled “Sammies and Stew.”

This time, he stopped at Jambo Cafe to help chef/owner, Ahmed Obo cook up some African dishes, including spice-rubbed mahi mahi cooked in banana leaves, and a Caribbean goat stew made with vegetables, potatoes and curry sauce.

Fieri also stopped in Albuquerque for a visit to Bocadillo's, a restaurant that began when chef/co-owner Marie Yniguez started selling burritos out of the back of her car. She an Fieri join forces to make her Mexican twist on a turkey sandwich, known as the T&A for turkey and avocado, served with chile-apple chutney, muenster cheese, avocado and local heirloom tomatoes. They also made a Duke City Reuben, made with spiced corned beef,  homemade sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing with chipotle and Swiss cheese. To top it off, they cooked up some giant biscuits with green chili gravy.

In “Aces of Authenticity,” a different episode that aired earlier this month, Fieri stopped in at Santa Fe's Casa Chimayo and Albuquerque’s Torino's @ Home, a restaurant devoted to the foods of northern Italy that used to be located in Santa Fe. Maxime and Daniela Bouneou made three dishes for the show—squid-ink black pasta served with calamari, fresh tomatoes and clam broth; beef cheek manicotti; and duck confit  with white fagioli beans and an oven-roasted tomato.
And in Santa Fe, Fieri visited Casa Chimayo and learned how to make chicken enchiladas with chef Ernesto Guzman.

Kudos to Two Santa Fe Dining Treasures

Sunset Magazine has just released its “Top 18 Local Institution Restaurants” and Santa Fe is the only city to have two eateries make the list—The Shed and Cafe Pasqual's. The list honors restaurants that “are the West’s culinary roots––the classic restaurants that weave together culture, atmosphere, and the best ingredients.”

Here's what Sunset had to say about two of our oldest restaurants:

“Run by the same family for three generations, the Shed occupies a sprawling, brightly painted hacienda built in 1692. The menu hinges on the famed Hatch chiles, milled on-site before being put to good use in dishes like blue-corn burritos filled with beans and cheese and drenched with spicy red chile sauce.”

“Hit the Plaza early to grab a spot at the community table at Santa Fe’s favorite breakfast nook, Cafe Pasqual’s, home of the best huevos in town. The hordes line up before 8 for smoked-trout hash over poached eggs, gruyère potato cake, and tomatillo salsa, served in a cozy room decorated with hand-painted tiles and murals.”

Other winner includes Denver's Buckhorn Hotel, Seattle's Steelhead Diner, Napa Valley's Oxbow Public Market, Portland's Natural Connection and Sedona's Elote Cafe.

For the full list, click here.

Mas Opens Nov. 15 in Albuquerque

Chef James Campbell Caruso opens his newest restaurant Má in the historic Hotel AAndaluz on November 15! The restaurant will serve tapas and entrees inspired by the bold flavors and rich history of Spain. Caruso's menu includes reinventions of traditional Spanish dishes, emphasizing locally-sourced foods and premium imported spices and other ingredients. Really looking forward to this one!

Restaurant Round Up

It's been another month of revolving doors in Santa Fe's restaurant scene. First, the good news. Joseph Wrede of Joseph's Table in Rancho de Taos has opened Joseph's of Santa Fe, and foodies are thrilled.

Located in the space on the corner of Agua Fria and Montezuma that formerly housed Azur Joseph's features a fantastical menu of Leek Cake, Carrot Pudding & Poached Egg in Green Greek Yogurt; Local Lamb & Banana Yellow Curry Tagina; and Pumpkin, Kale, Corn & Local Chanterelle Enchiladas with Cotja Cheese, Corn Tortillas, Spicy Green Rice & East Indian Spinach Puree. There's also Rabbit Lasagna and Honey Pistachio & Cardamom Dusted Phyllo Napoleon with Brussel Sprout Laves, Crispy Itaian Ham, Root Vegetable Sautee & Loal Goat Cheese Sherry Wine Sauce & Carrot Ginger Foam.'s like Willy Wonka has taken over the kitchen.

I'm a huge fan of Wrede's cooking and have long missed Joseph's Table, so we're lucky to have him here in Santa Fe, cooking up his amazing concoctions!

Rob Day, longtime owner of the San Francisco Street Bar and Grill, has sold the restaurant to David Yniguez and Beau Bellett. The new owners plan on serving bistro food instead of pub food, and will change their menu twice a year to showcase seasonal ingredients. Chef Victor Medina will continue to helm the kitchen and Day still owns the Santa Fe Bar and Grill in DeVargas Mall. (Thanks to for this news)

Holiday Pie Mania

Pie-lovers (and who doesn't love pie?), don't miss Holiday Pie Mania Saturday, Nov. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. At Builder's Source Appliance Gallery, 1608 Pacheco St. Not only will you be sampling delicious pies baked by Cafe Fina's Annamarie O'Brien, Jambo Cafe's Ahmed Obo, Terra's Andrew Cooper and other top Santa Fe bakers, you'll also be supporting The Food Depot, northern New Mexico’s food bank.

The event includes a lively auction, led by Pie Piper and Auctioneer Chef Johnny Vee. You can either take your bid-winning pie home after the event, or arrange to pick up a fresh-baked version later, for your holiday celebrations. The bakers will demonstrate how to make their famous pies, so you can bake your own at home.

This is a great chance to have your pie and eat it too, while helping out an important local charity. For more info, click here.