SANTA FE, N.M. — I have a warm spot in my heart for down-home hole-in-the-wall cafes that serve up basic, satisfying food that can carry you through your day. That coronary spot was tickled when I walked into Felipe’s Tacos, situated in a shopping plaza off Llano Street by St. Michael’s Drive.
Red and white checkered oilcloth covers the tables. A large red cooler holding drinks is decorated with Coca Cola images. Calendars with the business’s name and old-fashioned images hang on the wall behind the register. In an adjoining space, T-shirts are for sale.
Broad-brimmed sombreros hang on the walls. The whole place looks like a bodega that was crammed into your tia’s kitchen.
And this retro vibe is no product of a hip designer. No, you get the feeling this place has looked that way ever since it was a hatchling. It’s authentic and gets the job done, just like its food.