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La Choza

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La Choza Review

The off-the-beaten-path and less expensive sister to the Shed, La Choza (which means "the shed" in Spanish), serves supertasty, supertraditional New Mexican fare. It's hard to go wrong here: chicken or pork carne adovada (marinated in red chile and slow-cooked until tender) burritos, white clam chowder spiced with green chiles, and the classic huevos rancheros are exceptional. The dining rooms are dark and cozy, with vigas across the ceiling and local art on the walls. The staff is friendly and competent, and the margaritas are potent and flavorful.

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  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Sun.
Updated: 12-04-2013

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    How did this become a Fodor's Choice?!

    Unbelievably bad! Quite bland for "New Mexican" food, and mushy, watery, overcooked food. The rice was pink, that was the only resemblance to "Spanish rice," it was literally floating in liquid. Very small amount of green chile sauce that was not spicy, tasted more like ham. The wine Margerita was a waste of money in every way. Why in the world would Fodor's call this a "Choice." Terrible!

    by alicekayvee, 3/16/07
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    Almost as good as The Shed

    There are minor differences between La Choza and its more famous sister, The Shed. First, they both have great chile—red and green—and great New Mexican food. La Choza provides salsa and chips, it is less expensive, it probably serves a little more food, and it is not doing business in a historic old building. The service, like the Shed's is prompt and courteous, but not particularly friendly.

    by lobo59, 4/15/08
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    Falling away?

    In years past, La Choza was one of our favorite little Santa Fe spots, mostly resembling the Fodor's review above. Then a year ago it was less magical, a bit dull and impersonal. And this year on our visit: disaster. Wrong food items, bland messy flavors, slipshod service, and unfriendly front desk staff. Even the clientele seemed a bit off. Are they losing it? We probably won't go back to find out, but maybe Fodor's will...

    by MightyMini, 10/7/08

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