According to food critics, the ideal café meal is simple, satisfying, and never involves a bulldozer of ground beef. Devour divine café fare with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of lunch fare at Dish n' Spoon Cafe in Santa Fe.
Dish n' Spoon Cafe curates a menu of organic, local, vegetarian, and vegan fare. As a supporter of the local Santa Fe farmers' market, Dish n' Spoon Cafe offers a bevy of locally grown belly fuel, such as the organic chicken-curry-salad sandwich and the farmers' market egg-salad sandwich ($8.25 each) served with three-bean salad, chips, or pickle. The roast-beef and blue-cheese sandwich ($8.25) and the veggie burger with the works ($9) replenish the 22% of the human body not made up of water. Kids' items such as PB&J and grilled cheese ($4.25 each) please youngsters while adults discuss celebrity clog-dancing TV shows. Personal-sized homemade seasonal pies end lunch on a sweet note while making it easier to avoid sharing.
August 14 is known as Dish n' Spoon Day in Santa Fe, an honor bestowed upon the eatery for its unfaltering commitment to community and volunteerism. Dish n' Spoon Cafe was one of the first local restaurants to introduce “pay what you can” Mondays, where locals pay what they can afford. The charming interior filled with unique gifts and smiling faces makes customers feel at home, and the presence of strangers reminds them not to not walk around in their underwear during lunch hours.
Dish n' Spoon Cafe
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 Tr.
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505