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The Pyramid Cafe on Cordova Road offers Mediterranean and Tunisian cuisine. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Mediterranean dining that exceeds expectations

By Karen Peterson / For the Journal

Santa Fe is graced by a number of “Mediterranean” restaurants offering variations on the salads, kebabs and casseroles common to the eastern end of that sea.

Nancy Zepeda of Santa Fe has lunch early this month at Dr. Field Goods Kitchen in Santa Fe. Portraits of famous people by local artists hang on the walls. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

Busy venue offers eclectic take on American favorites

By Karen Peterson / For the Journal

Dr. Field Goods Kitchen, just celebrating its two-year anniversary, is a tiny place that showcases American favorites with an imaginative edge.

Not your cookie-cutter pan-Asian restaurant, Lan’s Vietnamese Cuisine is located at the south corner of College Plaza off Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

There is a deft hand at work in the kitchen of Lan’s

By Karen Peterson / For the Journal

The first thing to know about Lan’s, a tiny restaurant tucked in the south corner of College Plaza, is what it’s not: namely, one of those cookie-cutter, vaguely pan-Asian places specializing in the tastes-the-same stir fry.

Trudie Sanberg, left, and her granddaughter Marlow Payne, 4, of Albuquerque have lunch at the Santa Fe Baking Company Cafe. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Neighborly hangout: Good food, free Wi-Fi. What’s not to like?

By Karen Peterson / For the Journal

Santa Fe Baking Company Cafe has been around forever and ever, starred in many an enthusiastic reviews by both locals and tourists, and won “Best of” ratings for years running.

For casual Middle Eastern fare, visit Cleopatra Cafe on Santa Fe’s south side. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Cleopatra’s south side location offers exotic options

By Karen Peterson / For the Journal

Longtime fans of Cleopatra Cafe’s downtown location in the Design Center, we were enthused about trying its (relatively) new south side location in what we think of as the “movie court” off Zafarano Drive.