Since 1983, La Choza restaurant has served authentic New Mexican food in an old adobe former ranch barracks building in the Railyard area of Santa Fe.
La Choza tied for first place as best red chile in town according to the Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe 2015 issue. It is tied with it’s sister restaurant, The Shed, because they both use the same homemade red chile recipe.
I love the ground beef stuffed sopapilla covered with red chile, of course. It is similar to a burrito but the light, flaky, sopapilla tastes better than a flour tortilla. The tasty sopapilla combined with the delicious red chile make this an outstanding dish.
La Chosa has an excellent bar located inside the historic adobe.
Whenever possible, I always recommend eating outdoors in Santa Fe to take advantage of the lovely weather. La Chosa has a shaded patio that makes for a very pleasant meal. One of the shade trees is an apple tree which is loaded with fruit in the summer. The Rail Runner train runs directly adjacent to the patio but I found it more charming than annoying.
La Chosa is always busy, so reservations are highly recommended. I recommend Uber to drop you off at the door as parking is inadequate and crowded.