Dishes that come from disparate inspirations come together to form the Fire and Hops Menu. It’s unusual for any part of the world. My husband sat down without having looked at it an expressed some concern that we wouldn’t be getting much of a southwestern experience at the establishment, but there are some hidden places that the flavors of the region come into play– most notably in their dessert section. But that’s for later.
The quality of the food could only be outdone by the quality of the waitstaff. Our first evening in Santa Fe turned out to be a disorganized one, and we arrived thinking we would be the only ones coming to dinner. Halfway through our own meal, my husband’s father and their family let us know they would be joining. The waitress didn’t hesitate to move our two seater table in to a four seat table and allow us to hold down the fort while we waited for the crowd to arrive.
Jokes were made about our invisible guests. We sampled beers while we waited. Everyone that went by our table proved to be as kind as the next. Good service is harder to find than good food, and you can get both at Fire and Hops in Santa Fe. Is it a must eat? I don’t know. This is my first time down here, and we walked in on a whim. I was not disappointed, however, and I recommend Fire and Hops to anyone dropping into downtown Santa Fe without a plan.