SANTA FE, N.M. — 2013 has been an interesting year for Santa Fe restaurants, bringing several new additions to the scene. One of the newest of these newcomers, Joseph’s of Santa Fe, strikes me as an especially worthy and interesting addition.
The restaurant gets its name from its owner/chef Joseph Wrede, best known for his long-successful Joseph’s Table in Taos, an upbeat, eclectic culinary adventure.
Wrede moved to Santa Fe and tried working at the Palace Restaurant & Saloon and more briefly at the recently closed Tomme before opening his own place. Joseph’s occupies a building on Agua Fria Street across from our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Old-timers may remember the spot as the former home of Cafe Esteban. More recently, the Mediterranean restaurant Azul lived here. I’d thought it noisy in prior incarnations, but the night two friends and I stopped in for dinner, we enjoyed the happy buzz that surrounded us. Joseph’s makes eating fun.