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Trip Report O'Keefe Cafe in Santa Fe

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We had dinner at O'Keefe Cafe on Sunday night. I had bought a groupon [ $50 for $25] and it was about to expire, so we decided to head up to Santa Fe for an early Valentine's Day outing.

We decided to go to a couple of museums to see what was new. We went to a new exhibit of work done by Tony Da at The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.
http://www.indianartsandculture.org/events

From there we headed over to The Palace of the Governors to see the "pits" - portholes that allow you to look into the basement and original foundation of the building. They are not always open, so it was a real treat.

http://www.palaceofthegovernors.org

After the museums we headed over to the Ore House for drinks and people watching. It was about 70 degrees and we were able to get a prime table on the verandah. Some margaritas, charred tomato salsa and chips made for a perfect way to watch the day come to a close.

I made the reservation using Opentable and since it was an early booking, we got 1000 points instead of the usual 100.

We had never been to the cafe before and knew that their dinners featured a 3 course prix fixe menu [and you can get all of the items a la carte, but at a higher overall costs] for $37. I had been checking the menu -- which is the same for the entire month -- since December. This months looked good and it worked well with V-Day and expiration date of groupon.

We were greeted pleasantly by Rosemary and seated at a nice table. Being early, there were only a few diners, but the place did fill as our meal progressed.

I ordered a Calamari appetizer and hubby got Lamb chop appetizer. We both ordered the duck breast for main.

We were brought a lovely amusee bouche of currants, cheese and a HUGE caperberry. The bread was a baguette -- warmed and crusty on outside and soft inside. A dipping oil was served along the bread and we enjoyed both as starters.

The calamari was brought out and I instantly realized I made a mistake in ordering it. I somehow thought it would be fried and it was not. I just don't like calamari unless it is fried. So hubby kindly switched with me.

The lamb chop was big enought to almost be an entree! It was served over a butternut squash puree with a wilted green.

Rosemary, walking by, noticed we had switched appetizers and asked if there was a problem. I explained my mistake and she asked my husband if he would prefer a lamb chop [he would have continued with the calamari] and he said yes. She wisked away the calamari, saying "we just want you to be happy with your meal,not a problem"

The new chop was quickly brought to the table and quick work was made of it.

The duck was cooked perfectly, with no cloying sweet sauce to drown out the flavor. It was served on top of polenta, again with a wilted green.

[That would be my only negative; that both items were served with similar presentations.]
We had chocolate mousse for dessert, along with cappucino and espresso. We were given a little box with 2 truffles to take home.

Rosemary was kind enough to inform us that they were again going to be doing a groupon in March, so be on the lookout for it.

She was such a great server and she made us feel welcomed [even with the groupon] and when we again thanked her for switching out the appetizer, she repeated that they wanted us to enjoy the food and the evening.

We did!

I highly recommend lunch, blunch or dinner at The O'Keefe Cafe! They have a lovely spot to dine outdoors when the weather gets even warmer.

http://www.okeeffecafe.com/

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