Latte at New York Deli
Wintertime lunch is when the locals circulate. Everyone has been talking about the Caribbean-African themed Jambo Café (www.jambocafe.net), so I finally popped in, opting for a sweet potato-taro root soup and spicy grilled salmon salad. The unprepossessing Mangiamo Pronto (http://www.mangiamopronto.com) at 228 Old Santa Fe Trail has a great little antipasto salad and white bean hummus plate plus tempting sea-salt caramel gelato. I’ve run into realtor friends at New York Deli, which took over Bagelmania and added lattes. Vinaigrette (https://vinaigretteonline.com) has the most inventive salads in Santa Fe, and is where the art crowd flocks.
Recently opened restaurants? Slurp is serving soups like Curried Cauliflower and Fennel until 3pm weekdays from an Airstream trailer on Galisteo Street near the state capitol. Nile Café just began dishing up falafels from a food truck on Rodeo Road. And the Pink Adobe is re-opened. Closed or closing? Los Mayas, The Plaza Café Downtown, A La Mesa, Railyard Restaurant, Celebrations, El Nido (with plans to re-open), Ore House (with plans to merge with Milagro 139), and Café Paris (with plans to re-open where Mission Café was).
Soup is the centerpiece at Souper Bowl XVII, approaching on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 11:30am at the Santa Fe Convention Center, with a bevy of restaurants competing for best soup awards. A $30 ticket ($25 in advance, www.thefooddepot.org) will get you in.
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