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Santa Fe Cafe Review

The Southwest has been convincingly re-created here in South Carolina. Guests are greeted by the sights, sounds, and aromas of New Mexico: Native American rugs, Mexican ballads, steer skulls and horns, and the pungent smells of chilies and mesquite on the grill. The restaurant is perhaps best experienced on a rainy, chilly night when the adobe fireplaces are cranked up. Go for the rush of spicy food chased with an icy Mexican cerveza (beer) or one of the island's best margaritas (order one up, with top-shelf tequila, and let the fiesta begin). It's a party for the senses: after the fiery and artistic Painted Desert soup (a thick puree of red pepper and chilies in chicken stock), you can chill with the tortilla-crusted salmon. Forgo Tex-Mex standards like burritos or the appetizer sampler and experience instead the better Southwestern dishes like mesquite lamb with cranberry-chipotle sauce. Plan on listening to guitarra music in the rooftop cantina on Wednesday through Saturday nights.

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • No lunch weekends.
Updated: 11-27-2012

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