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Pasqual's

121 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM - (505) 983-9340
Posted By Michael Stern on 12/23/2012 11:56:00 AM
Pasqual’s is a modest corner café with spectacularly good food. It serves three meals a day, and we love its squash and red onion enchiladas as well as the chicken mole and truly excellent “Ranch Burger” served with garlic fries; but the best time to come is breakfast. The whole wheat pancakes are large but featherweight, served with real maple syrup. French toast is made from house-baked honey whole-wheat bread. Granola is world-class, and the five-grain hot cereal with butter and syrup is impossible to resist. For those who want something really exotic, there is a tamale dulce, wrapped in banana leaves and garnished with Mexican hot chocolate. Or how about fried blue and yellow cornmeal mush?

There is no more wonderful corned beef hash than the one served here. Good-size nuggets of zesty brisket, some of them velvet tender others crunchy, are scattered with scallions over a plate of buttery home fries, the whole shebang topped with two quivery poached eggs. To make this one of the best morning meals ever, we like to side it by a glass of Mexican hot chocolate, which is garnished with freshly grated cinnamon and packs a dizzying cocoa/spice character that is subtle but impossible to stop drinking.

After a few meals at Pasqual’s, it is easy to feel affection for its unpretentious, sometimes clamorous ambiance; this is a restaurant with a brilliant personality that perfectly complements the high quality fare from the kitchen.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Corned beef hash
French toast
squash & red onion enchiladas
Mexican Hot Chocolate
granola
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Made of good-size chunks of corned beef, Pasqual’s hash is part crisp, part tender. And the potatoes underneath are buttery-good.
"Made of good-size chunks of corned beef, Pasqual’s hash is part crisp, part tender. And the potatoes underneath are buttery-good."
Michael Stern





Always a festive place, Pasqual’s is especially fun around Christmas.
"Always a festive place, Pasqual’s is especially fun around Christmas."
Michael Stern


A close-up view of Pasqual’s superb Mexican hot chocolate. Freshly-grated cinnamon on top makes all the difference.
"A close-up view of Pasqual’s superb Mexican hot chocolate. Freshly-grated cinnamon on top makes all the difference."
Michael Stern


The pancakes are light and fluffy. The bacon is thick and crisp. A perfect breakfast!
"The pancakes are light and fluffy. The bacon is thick and crisp. A perfect breakfast!"
Michael Stern


Pasqual’s fabulous spinach and cheese enchilada is accompanied by a ridiculously tender roasted banana.
"Pasqual’s fabulous spinach and cheese enchilada is accompanied by a ridiculously tender roasted banana."
Michael Stern


The creative Durango omelet included organic ham, scallions, jack cheese, guacamole, sour cream, sautéed mushrooms and a green chile or a tomatillo salsa.  Or in this case, both sauces!  Highly recommended!
"The creative Durango omelet included organic ham, scallions, jack cheese, guacamole, sour cream, sautéed mushrooms and a green chile or a tomatillo salsa. Or in this case, both sauces! Highly recommended!"
Cliff Strutz


Huevos motulenos puts over easy eggs and black beans on a corn tortilla and then tops them with banana, feta, green peas, roasted tomato-jalapeno salsa, plus the chile of your choice.  Spectacular!
"Huevos motulenos puts over easy eggs and black beans on a corn tortilla and then tops them with banana, feta, green peas, roasted tomato-jalapeno salsa, plus the chile of your choice. Spectacular!"
Cliff Strutz


One of Pasqual's unique menu covers.
"One of Pasqual's unique menu covers."
Cliff Strutz


Despite its long-standing status as one of Santa Fe's best places to eat, Pasqual's remains what it's always been: a casual corner cafe.
"Despite its long-standing status as one of Santa Fe's best places to eat, Pasqual's remains what it's always been: a casual corner cafe."
Michael Stern



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