The French Pastry Shop, Santa Fe

OK, I know it sounds like all we did in Santa Fe was eat and that’s probably because, well, aside from drinking — gotta love that high altitude buzz! — that is all we did. Literally.

The French Pastry Shop, Santa Fe (Feb. 2008)

At one point Christine and I were plotting out our day and realized that everything we wanted to do involved food. Of course, we eventually found plenty of other some awesome things to do and see, but, wow, with all that good food they got cooking, why not eat your way through Santa Fe?

And a great place to start your culinary day off right is at the rocking French Pastry Shop located inside the historic La Fonda Hotel downtown. Now, I should mention that my first visit here — yes, I went just about everywhere more than once…but, hey, I was in town for six weeks, what do you expect? — with Ginger was not that great.

Inside The French Pastry Shop, Santa Fe (Feb. 2008)

I ordered a dry-ass crepe with ham and gruyere cheese that was way overpriced and, like I said, dry as, well…ass. Not my favorite breakfast. But when Christine and I went again a week later, things were much more to my liking.

To start with, they have no menus, so you have to stare at this chalk board hanging up by the register and pick out what you like then sit down and order. I didn’t do this the first time and simply ordered what the skinny waitress suggested…not a wise move at this place, as what I got was, no offense, skinny waitress food.

Another view of The French Pastry Shop, Santa Fe (Feb. 2008)

So this time, I studied that menu board HARD and, man alive, what a difference! Christine and I shared the tasty looking quiche-type deal with ham, cheese and spinach and wow…just wow. I think the picture below says it all.

For “desert” we ordered a fresh blueberry and raspberry crepe with whipped cream and here again, we ordered correctly. I kind of wanted to marry that thing…you know, if I wasn’t already married.

But the topper was a cold coffee drink made with two shots of espresso poured over homemade vanilla ice cream and lots of ice. I am not kidding…that just might have been the best cold coffee drink I ever consumed…and this from a former Peet’s barista!

Tasty breakfast quiche @ The French Pastry Shop, Santa Fe (Feb. 2008)

All I can say is thanks again to “Santa Fe Sarah” for insisting that Christine try The French Pastry Shop when she came out, because had she not, I would not have gone back. Muchas gracias, Sarah…you were right, I was wrong.

Oh yeah, and one last thing, The French Pastry is a strictly cash-only enterprise, so bring some green, and don’t forget to study that chalk menu board up front, HARD. You won’t regret it…

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4 responses to “The French Pastry Shop, Santa Fe

  1. Yes, unless you’re also skinny, it’s never a good idea to take ordering advice from a skinny waitress.

    It goes hand-in-hand with our old rule of thumb at Togo’s where, at all costs, you avoid having your sandwich made by a skinny female, and opt for the bigger guys instead.

  2. Sarah

    I’m so glad to hear you liked it the second time around! The French Pastry Shop is my second home when I’m in Santa Fe– raspberry crepes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

  3. Maria Trujillo

    I had raspberry crepes with whipped cream there just this morning. Also, try the Croque Madame! Ham and cheese with Béchamel sauce and an egg on top. Order it with extra mustard. Yummmm

  4. yeti9000

    Thanks for checking out our blog, Maria!

    Your breakfast sounds like it was amazing…I am so jealous. All I had for breakfast was boring old eggs and toast! And wow, that Croque Madame with extra mustard sounds awesome! I’m missing Santa Fe already…

    Oh, and since it sounds like you’re in town right now, you have got to check out Todos Santos Chocolates! It’s literally right around the corner from the French Pastry Shop and it’s like, chocolate heaven! Check it out…

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