Coffee & Treats in New Mexico

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Named Best New Restaurant in 2010 and Best Fusion Restaurant in 2013 by Alibi, CoolWater puts a spin on traditional recipes with a menu full of creative flavors and plating techniques, leading to upscale American-inspired dishes nuanced by French and Italian flavors. They also serve New Mexican favorites such as enchiladas grande and a New Mexican smothered burrito. Alibi recommends CoolWater's "scrumptious" boneless short ribs, which braise their protein with a mix of red wine, chilis, and plums, and Albuquerque Magazine touts the well-blended flavors of the rainbow trout. Lunches star five sandwich plates and London-style fish 'n' chips, a tilapia battered in the English tabloids but comforted by red-cabbage coleslaw and house-made potato chips.

Seated in cozy booths that are softly lit by dangling light fixtures, patrons can enjoy occasional live music or hone their x-ray vision by staring intently at the brightly colored walls.

2010 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque,
NM
US

Ever since Baskin Robbins began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have sauntered across the nation's tongue runways, 31 at a time. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as your guide, taste-test as many as you like until you find the flavor that gives your soul a back rub, whether it's a classic flavor such as rocky road single scoop ($2.49) or a seasonal serving of Love Potion #31—white chocolate and raspberry ice cream loaded with raspberry-filled chocolate hearts—and America's Birthday Cake ($3.99). Otherwise, keep it simple and bury your face within the flavor of the month. The ice alchemists at Baskin Robbins can also transmute their ice cream and sherbet into drinkable desserts such as floats, freezes, and shakes ($4.39–$5.89).

4320 Ridgecrest Dr SE
Rio Rancho,
NM
US

Anna and Sancho Soeiro operate their Canyon Road café five days a week, serving organic fare largely sourced from local farmers’ markets. Dish n' Spoon Cafe's menu spans soups, salads, and sandwiches (made with chicken-curry salad, for example, or roast beef and horseradish), and caters to the noncarnivorous with veggie burgers and veggie lasagna. The café itself is housed in what was a one-room grocery store for 70 years; after moving in, the Soeiros decided to reflect the welcoming environment and community loyalty it represented in the repurposed space.

Cubbies of knickknacks, sculptures, and other gewgaws and gifts line the walls, creating an atmosphere of cozy, quaint chaos. The faces of frequent customers smile from a Star Wall of pictures, and kids chomp organic PB&J or grilled-cheese sandwiches before running off to play in the restaurant’s special kids’ corner. A Santa Fe Reporter write-up notes some of the café's Santa Fean charms—"quirkily mismatched" plates and silverware, and a patio where patrons can sprinkle sunshine and shredded clouds on their meals.

New Mexican correspondent Rob De Walt describes how, in 2009, Mayor David Coss declared August 14 Dish n’ Spoon Day in honor of the Soeiros’ consistent dedication to volunteer work and community service—they've been involved in historic preservation, the Buckaroo Ball, and a court-appointed advocate program for survivors of juvenile abuse or neglect. Every Monday, Dish n’ Spoon runs on a pay-what-you-can price structure, allowing patrons to live within their means or finally use that stash of leprechaun gold that banks refuse to convert to U.S. dollars.

620 Old Santa Fe Trl
Santa Fe,
NM
US

Though the lunchtime munchfare may be expected, Your Play scrambles the café paradigm by welcoming both children and adults. The space has extensive indoor and outdoor play areas designed to reconcile the often mutually contradictory parental impulses to spend time with the kids and get out of the house. The café aspires to be a family hangout that fulfills both the grown-up need for caffeine and adult conversation and the childhood need to slip down a slide and yell common Latin phrases in public.

1400 Main St NW
Los Lunas,
NM
US

Though he opened the first Garcia's Kitchen more than 40 years ago, each one of the seven present-day locations smacks of founder Andy Garcia’s lively personality. His portraits beam down from the walls among festive Mexican decor, while vibrant spices characterize his menu of Mexican and New Mexican cuisine. Within kitchens, chefs craft tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and all-day breakfast specialties, arranging them onto colorful plates before sousing them in homemade red and green chili. Jars of the signature Garcia's Kitchen chilies and salsas can be found at any of the restaurant locations, as well as on display in local grocery aisles, supermarkets, and the trench-coat linings of shady black-market salsa dealers.

2924 San Mateo Blvd NE
Albuquerque,
NM
US

Though he opened the first Garcia's Kitchen more than 40 years ago, each one of the seven present-day locations smacks of founder Andy Garcia’s lively personality. His portraits beam down from the walls among festive Mexican decor, while vibrant spices characterize his menu of Mexican and New Mexican cuisine. Within kitchens, chefs craft tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and all-day breakfast specialties, arranging them onto colorful plates before sousing them in homemade red and green chili. Jars of the signature Garcia's Kitchen chilies and salsas can be found at any of the restaurant locations, as well as on display in local grocery aisles, supermarkets, and the trench-coat linings of shady black-market salsa dealers.

3601 Juan Tabo Blvd NE
Albuquerque,
NM
US