228 E. Palace Ave. (in the Drury Plaza Hotel), 505-982-0883, www.eloisasantafe.com Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Mondays-Fridays, dinner 5:30-9:30 p.m. daily Takeout available Vegetarian options Handicapped accessible Outdoor dining in season Noise level: a sophisticated bustle
Full bar Credit cards, no checks
The Short Order
The vaguely cosmopolitan L.A. vibe of Eloisa seems appropriate, given that chef John Rivera Sedlar opened the restaurant in the new Drury Plaza Hotel to herald his return from the City of Angels to the City Different. Sedlar pays homage to his Northern New Mexico roots by including traditional dishes that are given a creative personal spin. The bar team creates some of the finest cocktails in New Mexico. Service is cordial and exceedingly professional but can be neglectful, but those hiccups aside, this is the real thing. Recommended: Don Aji and Fresa cocktails, chile primavera, pastrami tacos, maize budino, potato-wrapped scallops, duck enfrijolada, carne adovada,
Frito pie, and bizcochitos.