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Five and Dime General Store

58 E. San Francisco, Santa Fe, NM - (505) 992-1800
Posted By Michael Stern on April 29, 2015 7:36 AM
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.
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Posted By Keith Bailey on July 18, 2015 11:42 AM
In my opinion, chili should be thick and rich and very flavorful. The chili here had a little heat and was only OK. It was also thin and almost seemed like a soup.

We should have gotten the “Frito Pie” but missed that opportunity. Instead, I had a large chili dog. It was tasty, but the chili, ladled over everything, turned mine into a big mess of soggy bun. The only way to eat it was with a knife & fork. I haven’t eaten a hot dog that way since…wait, I can’t remember.
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