New York–style pizzas are large and thin to hold lots of toppings and fit securely in one hand while the other tosses flowers after a Broadway debut. Munch and multitask with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pizza and drinks at Back Road Pizza in Santa Fe.
Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Back Road Pizza bakes and slices a menu of cheesy pizzas prepared with homemade dough and locally sourced ingredients. While each pie starts in the New-York tradition, Back Road adds a special cornmeal-coated crust filled with more flavor than plain pizza bases and a crunchy end to every slice. Savor mouthfuls of a specialty creation ($13–$25) such as the New Mexican, a fiery blend of green chile, red onion, and pepperoni, or the meaty Texan, conveniently hewn into handy wedge shapes or outlines of the Batmobile. Crafty consumers can assemble their own pizzas ($8.50+) using a list of more than 20 toppings and a highly focused imagination. Limited appetites can swap in a gluten-free crust ($10.50) for any pizza. Satisfy three-dimensional cravings with a folded calzone packed with up to three toppings ($8) or an oven-roasted chicken sandwich covered in green-chile aioli and baked open-face so chefs can see its smile and tell when it’s ready to serve ($9.50).
Sip an icy pint from the Santa Fe Brewing Company ($4.50–$6.50), or challenge friends to a casual game of pool in the second-floor loft. Semiweekly musical performances feature local artists performing against a backdrop of red and gray walls, and Tuesday-night bluegrass jams encourage audience participation on their own guitar, banjo, or bagpipe made out of recycled overalls.