This local favorite is known for its award-winning red and green chile. That's why they were voted the '#1 New Mexican Restaurant' by readers of the Santa Fe Reporter. Their adorable summer patio and full bar are perfect for a hot Santa Fe summer. Providing delicious food and exceptional service since 1983, La Choza truly reflects the heritage of past and present Santa Fe.
FUN FACT: La Choza is the sister restaurant to the popular downtown spot, The Shed and the name La Choza means 'the shed' or 'the hut' in Spanish.
Notable entrepreneurs, Thornton and Polly Carswell, made their mark in Santa Fe by opening the popular New Mexican restaurant The Shed (also on our list). While their other restaurant was thriving, the Carswells came across another property in what was then considered "the edge of town". The building was once the headquarters for the Mercer Ranch in the early 1900s and was a perfect space for the Carswells to open their second restaurant - La Choza. While this spot was once considered on "the edge of town" and was surrounded by an old residential barrio and some industrial offices, this same spot is now in one of the busiest intersections in downtown Santa Fe.
If you don't run from spicy foods, then you have to try the chicken enchiladas with Christmas chile, which combines both their green chile and red chile. Christmas chile is traditional Southwestern. Start it all off with their New Mexican take on the traditionally Mexican posole with their New Mexican Posole - a pueblo stew made with pork, their famous red chili and topped with blue corn tortilla strips. Sip it all down with a classic margarita...or two. And don't forget to finish it all off with a fluffy sopapilla drowned in honey!
Cover photo source: Brett Haskins via Flickr