Fodor's Expert Review Arroyo Vino
It's worth making the 15-minute trek out to Santa Fe's western mesa to dine at this outstanding bistro–cum–wineshop that's quickly developed a devout following among locals. At the store, stock up on often hard-to-find vintages from all over the world—for a $30 corkage fee, you can also enjoy your new Bordeaux or Albariño in the airy dining room, where tables are set around a central wine bar and the night's specials are handwritten on a chalkboard. The menu of sublime contemporary American fare changes regularly but might reveal salsify and oyster chowder with bacon emulsion, venison tenderloin with cocoa nibs, foie gras flan, and pistachio, and butter-poached Maine lobster tail with endive, saffron, fennel, satsuma tangerines, potato confit, and Moroccan olives. Do budget your appetite for dessert, which could include slow-roasted sweet-potato custard with buttermilk ice cream and spice cake—the dessert wine options are impressive, too.
218 Camino la Tierra
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506, USA
- Butter-poached Maine lobster
- Rich and beautifully plated desserts
- Stellar wine selection