SANTA FE, N.M. — Gourmet Today is part ladies’ tea room and part gourmet take-out, a place to find chicken salad sandwiches or chicken and dumplings, crab and corn bisque, Texas chocolate sheet cake or an airy meringue pavlova. It’s a one-woman show: owner T.J. Griffith makes, bakes and serves, either at the table, on the patio, or for take-out.
The menu is limited, but it changes daily; we found a choice of chicken and dumplings or filet one day, along with a range of soups, sandwiches, salads and cherry cobbler, among other things.
We opted for a couple of side salads to start ($3.25). Each was an excellent mix of lettuces, with trimmings ranging from cherry tomatoes to slivers of sweet red pepper, cucumber and radish, with a generous dollop of the house dressing atop. The latter was a housemade poppyseed vinaigrette that was good, but unfortunately for my guest, on the sweet side. A true Francophile, she was horrified.
But she was entirely happy with Gourmet Today’s filet special ($17.50), which could have done any Paris cafe proud. The filet was melt-in-the-mouth tender, although a little more cooked than the medium rare she ordered, and it came with suitably simple accompaniments: butter-fried baby potatoes and glazed carrots. She ate every bite.
I tried the corn-crab chowder ($10) and was pleased, too. It was velvety with corn and just a hint of seasonings, and nicely laced with crab meat, including several substantial chunks. A wedge of Gourmet Today’s fresh cornbread ($2) was the perfect side.
At this point, we were stuffed, but as my guest noted, dessert was, under the circumstances of a review, obligatory. It was hard to choose – that Texas chocolate sheet cake? A nut tart promising macadamias? Buttermilk or chess pie? We settled on cherry cobbler (fruit choices vary often) with ice cream ($9.50).