La Fonda on the Plaza sits at the corner of the Old Santa Fe Trail and East San Francisco Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The location is one of the oldest hotel corners in the United States hosting an inn or fonda for more than 400 years. In the past cowboys came to water their horses in the fountain, Russian spies supposedly lurked the grounds during the days of the Manhattan Project bomb development, and guests have always mingled with locals at La Fonda’s bar. The hotel’s signature restaurant, La Plazuela, is “the gathering place” in Santa Fe and I decided to make a visit.
La Plazuela stood as the hotel’s original 1920s patio and now huge potted trees provide an outdoorsy feel. Arriving for breakfast, I entered a sun-kissed room where natural light danced off 460 hand-painted windows, one of the hotel’s treasures. The ambiance from rustic carved furniture mixed with the Southwestern spirit to create a visual treat.
Couldn’t resist ordering one of the house specialties, Huevos Qaxaquenos, described on the menu as green onion cilantro scrambled eggs with crispy fried tortilla strips, salsa roja, poblano rojas topped with assorted Mexican cheese, and served with black beans and grilled breakfast potatoes. The colorful plate infused the air with a delectable aroma when presented. The eggs tasted spicy, but not hot and the texture of the tortilla strips added an appetizing crunch.
If you’re visiting Santa Fe, you owe it to yourself to enter this landmark hotel, if not to dine, to at least soak up the legendary history.
100 E. San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico
505 982 5511
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