Breakfast is the main attraction for locals and tourists alike. And, if not invented in Santa Fe, this is certainly where the breakfast burrito was perfected. Normally stuffed with scrambled eggs, it often also includes potatoes, bacon or chorizo, and beans. Smothered with cheese and either green or red chile (If you want both, order “Christmas” and sound like a local), there’s nothing more satisfying.
Here are several favorite places to devour a burrito, heuvos rancheros or any of the other ubiquitous breakfast offerings. Be prepared for a wait on the weekend, but trust me, your patience will be well rewarded!
This local institution is packed at every meal. Breakfast and lunch feature primarily New Mexican dishes, while dinner offerings are more eclectic and global. Try the Huevos Motulenos, fried eggs on corn tortillas with black beans, sautéed bananas, feta and green chile, a contemporary riff on the more traditional rendition of huevos rancheros. My favorite are the blue lady cheese enchiladas.
From monstrous pancakes in a variety of flavors to spicy carne adovada (pork cooked in a fiery red chile sauce), and their self-proclaimed “famous” potatoes (thin circles, brown and crisp), breakfast is definitely the thing here. In fact, the restaurant closes at 2:00 p.m., so don’t be late! Since a car is necessary to go to Tecolate, it caters more to locals than tourists.
Driving in from Albuquerque? Stop on your way to Santa Fe and treat yourself to authentic New Mexican fare, albeit in a truck stop atmosphere. Beware, the chile is hotter here than in more tourist-centric venues (undiluted for its native customers). Ask for the #2 green chile if you want searing heat and pure authenticity. The platters of eggs, potatoes and pinto beans are ample enough for two meals.
It’s well worth the wait that you’ll have to endure to get a table for Sunday brunch. They serve weekday breakfast items, as well as incredible specials, including my favorite, a burrito with chicken and potatoes, smothered with red or green chile sauce. If the weather cooperates, try to snag a table outside on the quaint patio.