Tia Sophias in Santa Fe by Joseph Boches
Santa Fe, New Mexico
A friend who loves Santa Fe has reminded me for years to check out Tia
Sophia’s for the best red chile he’s ever had.
He’ll get a
tear in his eye speaking about it.
It’s hot, but
not that hot, in spite of the
menu’s disclaimer “Not responsible for too hot chile.”
Tia Sophia’s is full of locals and natives, critical when looking for
good food and value in any resort or “destination location.”
great for my family passing through post New Year’s.
dining room was full after a busy lunch; two parties waited ahead of us,
but we were seated fairly quickly.
various combinations to try all the basics: tamales, enchiladas, tacos,
tostadas, and chilis relleños; and all well were well made, with a
choice of “red or green,” made from scratch, not greasy pinto beans,
and decent Spanish rice.
Service was a bit spotty, somewhat exuberant and after the busy holiday
they were out of a few things, like sour cream. The food was fine and
the large sopaipillas, which we filled with honey, were
You'll find Tia
Sophia’s at 210 W San Francisco, Santa Fe, N.M., 938-9880.
7-11 am (Huevos Rancheros!), Lunch 11 am~, Mon-Sat.
(Don’t expect lunch after 2:00!)
If the place is too busy for you to wait, try the award winning
restaurants around the corner, Café Pasquale and Mark Miller’s Coyote Café.
Joseph Boches, operates Consulting a la Carte, Inc., a professional service for the
food industry, and teaches culinary arts at Johnson and Wales
University’s Denver Campus.
Executive chef positions include the Denver Petroleum Club; as
well as other fine clubs in California, Pennsylvania and New York. He
opened the kitchens in Pelican Pete’s, Boulder, Denver and Scottsdale,
Arizona; the Denver Buffalo Company and Boulder Breadworks.
Boches was chef-proprietor in his own, acclaimed, Boulder
restaurant, À la Carte.
He has also worked as a sales specialist, in the Rocky Mountain
region, for Italco Food Products, a supplier of fine domestic and
imported foods. Chef Boches lives with his family in Niwot, Colorado.
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