The white-stucco dining room is too bright, and the beer-sign-filled lounge is too dim, but that’s part of the charm at Tiny’s (1015 Pen Rd., 505/983-1100, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 6–10 p.m. Mon.–Sat., $8), a haven of undiluted New Mexico style, right down to its name. All the old favorites are on the menu—the only concession to “modern” trends is that you might get butter with your sopaipillas. Dinner starts and ends an hour earlier in the winter.
Chile still not hot enough for you? Head to
Horseman’s Haven (4354 Cerrillos Rd., 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Sun., 505/471-5420, $6), which claims to serve the hottest green chile in Santa Fe. Locals grumbled when the place moved out of its gas-station-café digs into a shinier new building next door, but the chile seems to have kept its savour.
© Zora O'Neill from Moon Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque, 2nd edition