This curiously named Tex-Mex restaurant is located o 47th ave, near the corner of 47th street. I am not sure if there is a fake Santa Fe steakhouse somewhere, but this place apparently wants you to know that it’s “real.” Most of the items on the menu are actually reminiscent of a Mexican restaurant, but they do indeed have steaks, as well as an intriguing variety of other meat dishes (including even boar).
A few years ago this location used to be the “Friends Kitchen” Chinese restaurant, and for a very brief period of time it was a different steakhouse. We’ll see how long Santa Fe will stick around for. I think they do most of their business through the outdoor window you see in this picture, where you can order tacos, tortas, and other small items. Inside the restaurant it’s nicely decorated, and there are many, many tables, but when we ate there on a Friday evening, we were the only ones there for almost the entire dinner.
The somewhat overly zealous manager (and possibly owner) was very polite, but also a bit pushy. Even before we got our menus, he asked if we would like some guacamole, which of course later turned out to be the most expensive appetizer available ($8). To be honest though, it was quite good, and quite large (more appropriate for 4 people than 2). They also provided complimentary chips and salsa. They have an extensive non-alcoholic drink menu, which included the horchatas (rice milk, $3) you see here. They did not, however, bring any water to the table.
We opted for the Mexican side of the menu tonight, and these chicken fajitas ($12) did not disappoint, despite their somewhat steep price. They came steaming hot, the chicken was f good quality, and the accompanying vegetables were somewhat different from what I ordinarily see. It came with a side platter of rice & beans, as well as small tortillas to wrap these up in. Generally I find fajitas at Mexican restaurants to be of different quality, but generally similar taste, but these were genuinely different – which is a good thing, although ultimately a matter of subjective taste preferences.
These enchiladas ($8) were certainly worth the price, and also came with a side of rice and beans. This restaurant is definitely going with original recipes, as just like the fajitas, these did not taste like your standard restaurant fare. There was a relatively strong hint of mint, and although I prefer traditional enchiladas, I can certainly see some preferring this version – it’s certainly worth a try.