You know how once in a great while, you happen upon an exceptional restaurant and your experience with the food you enjoyed there remains in your brain and on your taste buds for weeks. Well, that was what I experienced recently while there on vacation visiting a very dear lifetime friend. We had just taken the roundtrip 8 hour excursion scenic Cumbres & Toltec Train tour from Chama, NM to Antonito, CO. It was about a 4 hour car ride back to her home outside of Albuquerque, and we decided to make a dinner stop in Santa Fe. She said she had a great place to take me for a dinner she was sure I would thoroughly enjoy. Her assessment was absolutely dead on!
The restaurant is called Dinner for Two. I would absolutely urge you to have dinner here if you live or are visiting Santa Fe. They are a family owned and operated restaurant and they are located downtown, and besides an exceptional menu, they have won Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for the past decade.
I encourage you to visit their website at www.dinnerfortwonm.com and drool over their menu, which is simply stated, but their food actually speaks for itself. Please do yourself a favor, and have dinner with them if you can. For you bread lovers, they serve freshly baked bread every day also.
We had fabulous meals at Dinner For Two, Santa Fe, NM
We shared an appetizer of lightly battered zucchini blossoms stuffed with an herbed goat cheese; then we both had a soup; Deb had a classic French Onion, and I had this totally amazing Cold Cherry and Ginger Soup; and of course, lots of freshly baked bread!
For my main course, I had the Crab Cake Caprese. It was light yet filling and the crab cakes were wonderful. I loved the idea of combining them together as one thoughtfully constructed dish… Deb had the Veal Piccata, served traditionally, but done exceptionally well. We finished our meal with some wonderful desserts… Deb had their gluten-free Key Lime Cheesecake and I had this amazingly fresh and delicate strawberry and basil sorbet with a wonderful ginger cookie. We unfortunately didn’t have any wine, because we still had a 2 hour ride home on the pitch black New Mexico highways and byways.
Now, for the Cold Cherry and Ginger Soup! OMG, I had the taste of this soup on my palette and lingering in my brain for days after. I resolved that when I returned home from vacation, I was going to beg the Chef to share his recipe with me. Thank the Gods, he did! As all cooks and chefs, do, I tweaked it a bit and added a touch of Crème de Cassis and a little lemon peel. It added yet another layer of flavor to this already intense, sexy and fabulous soup. I hope you enjoy!
I wish Dinner for Two many, many more years of excellence!