The Five and Dime is located on San Francisco Street on the Plaza where the old Woolworth’s used to be. It continues to carry a variety of souvenirs and household goods, and its lunch counter is still a source of definitive Fritos Pie. It serves it the old-fashioned way: in a slit-open bag of Fritos.
When you order one, mild and meaty red chile is ladled into an open individual-size bag of corn chips, then shredded cheese is spread across the top. The chili is hot enough so the cheese begins to melt, and by the time you plant a plastic fork, it’s molten. The chips below have begun to soften so they retain only the echo of a crunch. Chopped onions and jalapeno chips are offered as a garnish. It’s a pleasure to stand at the counter and fork into a Fritos pie, but these meals are indeed portable, and it is entirely possible to eat one on the stroll in the Plaza … as generations of Santa Feans have done.
"The fork's been planted and the top of the pie has been strewn with (optional) diced onion and jalapeno chips."
"In the location on The Plaza once occupied by the town’s wonderful old Woolworth’s, the Five and Dime continues to sell a wide variety of household goods as well as its famous Fritos pie."
"Come on in for a taste of people's food, Santa Fe-style."