Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mucho Gusto es Muy Delicioso

We recommend Mucho Gusto to many of our guests at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn who are seeking traditional New Mexican cuisine within walking distance of the inn. Mucho Gusto fits the bill perfectly, serving up delicious fajitas, enchiladas, flautas, chalupas and much more, all less than three blocks from Hacienda Nicholas.

It is important that I sample the fare of the restaurants I recommend, just to make sure they are still on top of their game. This weekend brought such an opportunity when my family and I celebrated my brother's 50th birthday with a dinner at Mucho Gusto. We were given a private room which perfectly accommodated our party of seven. Our meal began with flavorful tomatillo salsa, guacamole and chips - if you are a large party, I would suggest getting two orders of guacamole, as the serving size is a bit small. One of the signature dishes of Mucho Gusto is the fajitas - the owners of the restaurant used to own The Old Mexico Grill, the best fajita restaurant Santa Fe has ever known. I had the tasty vegetable and tofu fajitas, two others in our party savored the succulent lamb fajitas (that night's special), though you can also opt for chicken, beef or shrimp. I love the sound of sizzling fajita platters coming to the table, with the accompanying tortillas, guacamole, cheese, salsa and sour cream.

Mucho Gusto is also famous for "The Bomb", a thoroughly decadent and delicious dish of chicken breast stuffed with jack cheese, poblano chiles, almonds and sun-dried tomatoes, topped with a rich mushroom chipotle cream sauce.

Be sure to save room for dessert. If you are an ice cream lover, the Chocolate Toffee Pie is a fabulous end of the meal.

The decor of the restaurant is fairly nondescript. In my opinion they would benefit tremendously mimicking the decor of The Shed or La Choza, with their brightly painted walls and fun murals. Nonetheless, the combination of delicious food, reasonable prices (entrees are $12-14) and convenient location continue to make Mucho Gusto one of my top picks for guests of The Hacienda Nicholas B&B.

Open Daily from Noon-9pm
839 Paseo De Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505-955-8402

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