Atrisco, in a shopping center a little north and west of the Plaza in Santa Fe, is not much to look at. Yes, it's clean, and not a total hole-in-the-wall like a lot of New Mexican places, but it does have a sort of plastic feel of a Denny's. A Denny's with a bar. The place was very busy on a Saturday night, filled with families, oldsters and everyone in between. We were seated after a fairly short wait. The margaritas are decent, if a bit sweet. Service was efficient. As for the food, I tried yet another carne adovada (if my search for the perfect one), and found Atrisco's to be quite good - chunky, spicy, but not overwhelmingly so. My wife tried the stuffed sopapilla with lamb. It's an interesting dish, but probably would have been better had the lamb been cooked in a sauce, giving it more flavor. The sopapillas at Atrisco are made with a bit of whole wheat flour, evidently a concession to health-conscious eating, and are lighter and a bit drier than you often find. Prices are very reasonable overall, although I thought $4.00 for a tiny side of guacamole was a bit high. Service was fine, if not exceptional.
This is obviously a place that's popular with families, so that is something to take into consideration depending on your tolerance to kids. Still, Atrisco is a good alternative to a lot of
the more well-known places in Santa Fe.
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