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.
Pranzo Italian Grill treats lunchers and diners to authentic Italian fare. Lunch offers pizza pepperoni with marinara, mozzarella, and pepperoni ($14.45), which can be paired with insalata mista, whose green mixture is decked out with toasted pine nuts, tomato, and sweet red onion ($7.95). For dinner, sip a mochaccino ($4.25) while snacking on cozze con finocchio, an antipasto dish of black Mediterranean mussels soaking in a saffron-garlic broth ($10.95). Lasagna Bolognese keeps guests satisfied with layers of pasta, ricotta, mozzarella, meatballs, Bolognese, and marinara ($16.95), and gnocchi astice fills stomachs with house-made gnocchi and lobster among bacon, chili flakes, garlic, peas, and saffron cream ($25.95).
Body pampers and tones physiques with spa services and fitness training and tends to wee ones with childcare services and sating hungers at an organic café. Aestheticians buff visages with organic, Ecocert-certified Naturopathica products during custom facials and tighten sagging skin until it's smooth enough to host a microscopic roller derby with microdermabrasion, microcurrents, and derma-rollers. Yoga and dance classes invite limbs to bend and shake, working up an appetite sated by the café’s menu, which pleases raw and vegan palates as well as source-conscious carnivores. After a massage or personal-training session, clients pick up eco-friendly fashions at an on-site boutique, where sustainable, fair-trade garments give patrons something to wear to a dinner party at Mother Nature's house.
Throughout the day, The Chocolate Maven Bakery & Café buzzes with visitors who dine on kitchen specialties while savoring aromas of fresh pastries from the onsite bakery. With a commitment to locally sourced ingredients and a flavor for international fare, the kitchen crafts dishes such as crispy Mediterranean pizzas with sun-dried tomatoes or empanada pastries with butternut squash. They regularly turn out decorative cakes, bread, and sweet treats as well. True to the eatery's name, the bakery offers vegan sweets and a selection of chocolate goods praised by the Santa Fe Reporter for being "utterly decadent."
Osteria d’ Assisi's chef and owner Lino Pertusini learned the dark, delicious magicks of Italian cooking from his chef father in Lake Como, infusing his passion for gourmet flavors and presentation into every dish on his menu. Guests can begin weighing down their linen-draped table with baby shrimp and crisp, golden calamari rings dipped in a spicy tomato sauce ($10.95). The fettuccine verdi alla Carolina ($18.95) dresses its chicken breast in a summery sundress of spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and a cream sauce, and the agnello al rosmarino con mostarda ($34.95) spices a grilled rack of lamb with rosemary, mustard, and thyme, then bathes it in a red-wine sauce. Osteria d' Assisi can finish on a decadent note with the tiramisu dei dolgi ($7.50) and a chaser of Frangelico-infused cappuccino ($8.50).
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.