Dionne Christian—who also owns The Teahouse—opened Revolution Bakery to put a gluten-free spin on desserts and baked goods such as bundt cakes, whoopee pies, and focaccia. Within the shop tucked in Santa Fe’s Railyard district, bakers' work ensures no gluten-averse tongue goes without treats, fashioning peanut-butter-swirl brownies, mint-lavender cookies, and five flavors of bundt cake, including maple and chai. Not to be outdone by its sweet compatriots, savory fare, including artisan challah loaves, begs to be taken home like a snowman on a tropical vacation.
The fare forgers at Aztec Cafe craft fresh international lunch dishes, Boar's Head sandwiches, and a variety of organic café drinks to sate stomachs and fuel conversation. Plate pilers stack doughy foundations with Boar's Head meats, cheeses, and fresh vegetables in a variety of hot and cold sandwiches, such as the italian turkey sandwich, with roasted red peppers, pesto, and provolone cheese, and the smoked turkey with muenster, which stacks green chile, thinly sliced red onions, sunflower sprouts, lettuce, mayonnaise, and mustard. Vegetarian options are also on hand to give meat and dairy the day off. Diners can moisten mouths and amp up energy levels without swallowing bottled lightning by sipping a variety of organic, fair-trade coffees and teas, a hand-crafted organic chai, or a fresh-fruit smoothie. Opt for a cone of organic ice cream ($3.75), available in flavors such as espresso and mint chip.
At Frogurt, LLC, local husband-and-wife team David and Pattie Christianson pour a rotating roster of YoCream frozen-yogurt flavors into four machines, all of which contain wholesome probiotic cultures certified by the National Yogurt Association. Guests can charge palates with a fruity spark by swirling frosty foundations of nonfat pomegranate raspberry or original tart into their cups, or sample sweet dollops of nonfat New York cheesecake to twist tongues into talking in a temporary Brooklyn accent. At two-topping bars, more than 50 tempting toppings, ranging from gummies and candies to sprinkles and fresh fruit, festoon servings before cashiers weigh and price the entire chilly masterpiece at $0.49 per ounce. Gluten-sensitive tummies can indulge in the majority of Frogurt's flavors, and curious patrons may investigate ingredients, nutritional facts, and dance steps that ward off brain freeze by clicking here. Espresso and hot coffee drinks are also available along with Frogurt pies for the holidays and special occasions.
The Teahouse Santa Fe lovingly serves a menu of light sandwiches and salads alongside a selection of more than 150 teas. Owner Dionne Christian has honed her taste for tea on past trips to China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and South Africa, and invites customers to relax on couches and cushioned benches or retire to the library for a high stakes game of book-alphabetizing with a cup of house-blended Coyote chocolate chai or Whitesage mint chai ($3.50 each). Coffeehouse classics, including lattes and cappuccinos ($2.75 for a small; $3.50 for a large) and the locally inspired chili-infused Border mocha ($3.00 for a small; $3.75 for a large) are also available. Lounging guests pair sips with organic eats, such as the garden burger ($10.75) or the Teahouse Mega salad's healthy feast of greens, carrots, beets, tofu and steamed spinach ($12.75). For lighter accompaniment, snag a hot bowl of oatmeal with black sticky rice ($5.75), which Christian cites as her most famous dish.
Station at the Railyard fills its patrons with Illy coffee, icy smoothies, and mouth-pleasing house-baked treats. A basic brew coffee perks up the senses ($2–$2.50), while a rich shot of espresso thumps the forebrain into a fit of day-seizing, wild-eyed wonder ($2.75). A sugary ensemble of baked goods ($2–$5.50) and a selection of organic full-leaf and matcha teas ($2.50–$4) compete for mouth space with robust mulled cider ($3.50) and tongue-hogging sandwiches ($6.50–$8). The delectable treats and perky percolations are complemented by the scenic railroad nearby, making Station at the Railyard an ideal spot for lazy afternoons of train spotting, or frenzied morning of auditions for America’s Next Top Boxcar Hobo.