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San Marcos Cafe

3877 SR-14, Cerrillos, NM - (505) 471-9298
Posted By Michael Stern on October 22, 2010 10:27 AM
When we came across the San Marcos Café along the Turquoise Trail to Cerrillos, a heretofore unrecognized rule of finding good Roadfood dawned on us: look for restaurants with live poultry strutting around. Blue Heaven in Key West was the first such place on the good-eats honor roll. Now we can add the San Marcos café, where peacocks and peahens, wild turkeys, and roosters all cavort around the front and back of the restaurant. They are not allowed in the dining area, but about fifteen years ago there was one very famous leghorn rooster named Buddy, who served long tenure as unofficial maitre d’ of the restaurant. Dressed in black tie, Buddy cheerfully greeted guests at the door and crowed through the breakfast hour.

Wandering chickens notwithstanding, San Marcos Café is a real find. A cozy, charming ranch house decorated in country-kitchen style (old enameled stoves, wooden cupboards, knickknacks galore), it serves one of the best cinnamon rolls we’ve ever devoured. It’s an unusual roll in that it’s taller than it is wide; and rather than being dense and doughy like so many others, it is crisp and lightweight, almost croissant-like in character. A beautiful thing!

Other breakfasts are wonderful, too. We sampled “eggs San Marcos” which is a large serving of fluffy scrambled eggs wrapped inside a tortilla and sided by beans, chili, and guacamole under a mantle of melted cheese. We also had a half-order of biscuits and gravy (one large one), the gravy hugely sausage-flavored and yet not the least bit unctuous. Some of the other breakfast choices include a pork chop with eggs, machaca (beef and eggs with pico de gallo), and smoked chicken sausage, We’ve yet to have lunch at San Marcos Café, but we intend to!
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Posted By Catherine on May 14, 2011 1:16 AM
This place is awesome! I love the ambiance, the food, the service, and the fact that it is attached to a "feed store" (they sell feed for livestock). This restaurant is in an old adobe building and has peacocks roaming the grounds.
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Posted By claire church on November 3, 2010 11:53 AM
We were in Santa Fe and decided to take a detour and go to the San Marcos Cafe. We got there early and when we entered the restaurant, a woman asked us how many of us there were and we told her 5. She asked if we had a reservation and we said no so she said it would be "a while, you can wait outside and I will see what I can arrange" even though the restaurant was 2/3 empty. We were going to leave but did not want to have wasted our time driving all the way out there only to wait in a line somewhere else. My brother went to see about the table and we were seated. We got some extremely watered down coffee and cinnamon buns. For breakfast we got the Eggs San Marcos and Huevos Rancheros. The cinnamon buns were OK but did not have enough icing. The dough was similar to a danish. The rest of the food was also OK but nothing exceptional compared with other meals available. The Eggs San Marcos was good and I liked the guacamole that came on the plate with it. The green chile was good also. No refills were offered and the restaurant never got busy including numerous empty tables that could have accommodated us to begin with. The staff was neither good or attentive. Not worth the drive or the money-it cost us $75 for 4 meals, 2 cinnamon buns and 2 coffees! And to be treated rudely!
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