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TerraCotta: Charm and Informality Mix in this Unique Eatery

By Elisha Neubauer

Nestled perfectly in the Historic District of Santa Fe, New Mexico is a quaint 19th century adobe building. Within its charming walls, you'll find TerraCotta, a smart casual food and wine restaurant. Upbeat and informal, TerraCotta is the perfect match for both large groups and small, intimate gatherings.

"The menu at TerraCotta is Contemporary American Comfort Food," states Glenda Griswold, Co-Owner of TerraCotta. "We feature a number of sharing plates to start, an interesting selection of Bruschettas, fresh seasonal salads and of course a varied selection of entree items." For the lunch menu, Griswold explains that they tend to focus on paninis and sandwiches, and thanks to Chef Catherine O'Brien's southern roots, a number of the menu items feature items like collard greens, cheese grits and of course Southern Fried Chicken. Locals know the restaurant for its famed $30 3-course prefixe menu, which alternates seasonally.

"For a first time guest, I would recommend our French Onion Soup, Planked Salmon entree and to finish the warm chocolate chip skillet cookie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream," Griswold details. The menu options do change seasonally, as Chef O'Brien prefers to utilize seasonal ingredients to ensure freshness. "Many guests have commented that they enjoy the break from green and red chile that we offer," affirms Griswold.

One of the biggest draws to the eatery is the extensive wine list. "TerraCotta Wine Bistro has a very extensive wine list and one of the city's largest selections of wines by the glass," says Griswold. "We offer a very wide variety for $6 a glass before 6:00 and our Happy Hour continues all day long." In addition to an impressive wine list, TerraCotta hosts live jazz guitar and local musicians three nights a week. "During the warmer months we have a front portal for dining (very dog friendly) as well as a back covered patio," Griswold announces. "In the early Summer our rose garden becomes a photo stop for anyone passing by."

The co-owners of the eclectic eatery are also the founders of Santa Fe's premier catering company, Peas'n'Pod Catering. Having operated the catering company since 1996, the pair knew a thing or two about what the Santa Fe area truly wanted in their food, and after much encouragement from their repeat customers, they opted to launch a full-service restaurant in the bustling Historic District. "In true Santa Fe tradition, the 'stars aligned' and the timing, location and concept for TerraCotta Wine Bistro all came together," explained Griswold.

Of course, if you ask Griswold what the best part about the opening of TerraCotta was for the community- you'll get this response: "Best of all, we are moderately priced."

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