More Authentic New Mexico Cuisine

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Location: 5 minutes north of the Opera on Highway 285/84, Santa Fe

Information and dinner reservations: (505) 455-7000

Operating Hours: Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, Sunday to Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday to Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Dining at Gabriel's will delight your senses. Photo courtesy Gabriel's.

Gabriel’s, serving food of the Southwest and Old Mexico, is considered one of the finest Mexican and Southwestern restaurants in New Mexico. The personal attention to service and food also makes Gabriel’s special. Little touches add so much to your dining experience, such as fresh guacamole made at your table, margaritas made with freshly squeezed limes and gold tequila, and handmade and delicious corn tortillas.

Their spacious patio with its fountains, colorful flowers, and spectacular view is a diner’s delight.

Owl Bar & Cafe

Location: 79 Main Street, San Antonio

Information: (575) 835-9946

Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; closed Sunday

The reputation of the Owl Bar & Café lures many travelers from I-25 to visit this gathering place of mainly local residents.

If you’ve never raved about the taste of a burger or consider a burger less than real food, then you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

After a day of birding at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, visit the nearby Owl Bar & Cafe for the best green chile cheeseburger. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Using freshly ground beef, this little place makes the best green chile cheeseburgers. It holds the secret to changing your view of burgers forever. The burger is wide and spills over the sides of the bun. It’s truly flavorful beef, perfectly balanced with cheese, green chile, and other seasoning that will take you to burger heights you never knew existed. Yes, it is that good!

For those of you who do not care for bar crowds, rest assured that this is primarily an eating, not drinking place. It is very popular with families.

We combined dining at Owl Bar & Cafe with a trip to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Reserve. The Owl Bar and Cafe is located several miles north of the entrance to Bosque.

New Mexico Facts

State Capital: Santa Fe, the oldest government seat in the U.S.

Largest City: Albuquerque

State Flag: Red Zia on a field of gold

State Flower: Yucca

State Vegetables: The wonderful chile and its best friend, the lowly pinto bean (frijole) (Technically, however, chile is classified as a fruit.)

State Question: Red or Green? (pertains to chile)

State Tree: Piñon pine (Pinus edulis) which produces the famous piñon nut

State Cookie: Biscochito

State Gem: Turquoise

Worth Pondering…
D.H. Lawrence said it best: “I think New Mexico was the greatest experience from the outside world that I ever had. It certainly changed me forever….The moment I saw the brilliant, proud morning sunshine high over the deserts of Santa Fe, something stood still in my soul, and I started to attend….In the magnificent fierce morning of New Mexico one sprang awake, a new part of the soul woke up suddenly, and the world gave way to the new.”

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