On a sunny Saturday morning I take a trip south of Santa Fe headed toward Madrid. My destination is a unique restaurant tucked into a cozy building. Whether you’re taking a day trip to explore the Turquoise Trail, or the restaurant itself is your intended stop, the San Marcos Cafe is a dining experience like no other.
Located about 20 minutes south of Santa Fe on Highway 14, this restaurant is easily accessible for people from Santa Fe, Madrid and even people traveling I-25 can easily stop in for a bite to eat.
As soon as I get out of my car a nearby rooster announces his presence, and as I make my way to the front door I spot several chickens, turkeys and even some peacocks. The animals are a popular sight, especially during the summer months when there is often a wait to be seated.
Once inside I am handed a small menu. Though not laden with options, the food is extremely well priced and cooked to perfection every time. As I wait on my meal to arrive I am treated to a show from another of the peacocks as he struts outside the window, his impressive tail on full display.
The San Marcos Cafe is home style cooking at its finest, and whether you’re looking for classic comfort food or traditional New Mexican you will find it here. Personal favorites include the Biscuits and Gravy, Breakfast Burrito and the San Marcos Burrito, though you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. If you’re having lunch make sure to try their Apple Bourbon Pie, you won’t be disappointed.