Fire & Hops ~ Santa Fe, New Mexico
Food: Fire & Hops is a classic Craft Tavern (fka Gastropub), with focus on locally grown ingredients, small and large plates, and of course, craft beer. Seems as if these places were designed specifically with the RJG in mind! The definition of "small plate" wildly varies from place to place. In San Francisco, it means a small appetizer, whereas at Fire & Hops it means a full meal. And a large plate means we couldn't finish it. And what was my massive dinner? A Cubano sandwich. It was giant! I was expected a regular size sandwich with a handful of homemade potatoes. Well I got a bushel full of those as well. And they were delicious! The sandwich was almost perfect, especially the bread, but the pork was unfortunately a bit tough for a sandwich, and I ultimately pulled it out and cut it with a knife. But the flavor was fantastic. Mrs. RJG went with the Ground Burger, which received a huge thumbs up and the hand cut fries were out of this world. She did comment "I'm eating and drinking like a guy" as we both waddled out. Somehow I sense we're dining on salad all next week... There are many other mouth watering items on the menu that we're hoping to try in the future.
Drink: New Mexico doesn't have the most robust craft beer culture, but it's rise has been slow and steady. As such, many of their beers are brought in from Colorado and California. But we were defiantly going all New Mexico, and I had my first beers from a brewery in Albuquerque called Bosque Brewing. Both the Scaletipper IPA and the Riverbank Brown were superb for their respective styles. In addition to beer, Fire & Hops has a fine selection of wines and ciders.
Location: Fire & Hops is in a trendy area of central Santa Fe on Guadalupe, north of Alameda and south of Paseo del Peralta. Not far from the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. As usual with places such as this, finding parking is a pain in the butt. Just drive around until you find something that isn't prohibited. The earlier you go, the better your chances. The restaurant itself is in an old house and is very comfy and charming. Patio seating is also available.
Notes: More about Fire and Hops can be found here on their website.
Rating: 4.0. We've only been once, so this is as high as we can go. As well, we have no idea how consistent it is.
Hours: Monday through Friday: 5pm - 11pm; Saturday and Sunday: 2pm - 11pm