M A C A L I C I O U S
Gourmet Mac & Cheese
Theo Gio, Owner/Chef
Colorful, textural decor...
Get the Mexican Coke! The bottle looks cool and just fits your hand...
Simple presentation of a decadent Smoked Gouda, Fontina, Parmesan and Ricotta Cheese M & C studded with Smoked Bacon and topped with beautifully-browned crumbles of Panko bread crumbs and clarified butter... OH MY...
The drooling begins when you peruse the menu...Mac & Cheese in all delectable combinations - Sweet Potatoes & Candy Bacon...
Chicken, Buffalo Sauce and Blue Cheese, Truffle Oil, Shitake and Portobello Mushrooms... (Portions are generous!) You get the idea!
But the menu also touts yummy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches..Salads, Appetizers & Deserts that will make you swoon...
226 N. GUADALUPE - SANTA FE
O P U N T I A
(Latin for Prickly Pear)
TEA AND BOTANICAL CURIOSITIES
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (soon)
Wood...Steel...Glass - The overall design fits perfectly with the industrial-chic of the Baca Street neighborhood.
CO-OWNER TODD SPITZER -- one of the original
founders of ICONIC COFFEE.
THE SPACE IS LIGHT-FILLED & INVITING!
THE GALLERY OF SUCCULENT PLANTS is the brainchild of Todd's
partner and co-owner Jeanna Gienke.
Photo courtesy of Opunita
I stopped by for lunch twice...First time I ordered Earl Grey Tea - my benchmark for tea-taste and how well a tea is brewed. It was lovely on both counts; arriving in a French Press having been properly
steeped before serving.
The grilled cheese - Austrian Gruyère, Fontal and Reggiano -with Caramelized Onions, Mustard and Fig Jam on lightly
toasted Whole Grain Bread was delicious.
On the second visit, we ordered the special - THE CUBAN SANDWICH - and it was a taste stunner. Layers of succulent, pulled pork, tangy mustard, pickle, and Gruyère cheese on a perfect roll. I DO hope they put it on their permanent menu!
It came with a ramekin of black beans and a side of roasted sweet potatoes. I ordered a cup of tomato soup and toast with rounds of compound avocado butter. Pure Yum!
The menu also touts pastries, salads, Japanese & polenta bowls and a variety of breakfast toasts topped with delightful taste combinations like cinnamon/cardamom/ blue cheese/ whipped ricotta, mixed mushrooms, roasted garlic, avocado.
Three photos above courtesy of Opunita.
Photo courtesy of Restaurant Guru
Lots of inviting stuff to take home...
O P U N T I A
922 Shoofly St. - Santa FE
BACA St. District - behind RAVEN
Daily 9 - 6 - kitchen till 4pm
What would Friday in Santa Fe be without Gallery hopping? I headed
over to the Railyard District to take in a few openings...
At BLUE RAIN GALLERY, I spotted one
of my favorite artist's - ROSETA SANTIAGO - new work.
Her beautiful paintings paired with equally beautiful glass work by PRESTON SINGLETARY & DANTE MARIONI
And don't miss Santiago's inspiring
DEMO at BLUE RAIN GALLERY
Wed, Feb 28th 3 - 7
JODI COLELLA - UNIDENTIFIED WOMEN
Exquisite Mixed-media on diminutive Daguerreotypes
Courtesy of Gallery
Courtesy of gallery
DEBRA BAXTER'S charming bronze renderings...
JAYDAN MOORE is a marvel.
He finds embossed silver-plated platters; painstakingly cuts
out the designs and re-works them into lace-like sculpture.