2011-10-12 / Restaurant of the Week

Santa Fe Steakhouse

This wonderful southwestern style steakhouse will soon be celebrating its 19th anniversary on restaurant row in Forest Hills. The secret to Santa Fe Steakhouse’s success is in its consistency, quality and value. Each and every time you visit, you can count on the same quality ingredients, prepared with the recipes you’ve come to love over the years, at familyfriendly prices. The authentic southwestern decor features lots of wood booths and tables, cactus plants, a festive bar, and a warm welcome from the hospitable owner Danny, and his personally trained, friendly staff.

The fiesta starts off with their thirst-quenching cocktails, such as one of many frozen margaritas, daiquiris and pina coladas mixed up on the spot. The mango martini is made with juicy fruit puree while the “ultimate” margarita is made with premium white tequila for extra punch, flavored just right. Choose from over 20 imported and domestic beers or your favorite wine. Next, dive into some of Santa Fe’s tempting appetizers, all generously sized for sharing, starting at $7.95. Apache coconut shrimp is made with plump, juicy shrimp, coated with shredded coconut and served crunchy and hot with their special dipping sauce. Coyote quesadillas are real crowd pleasers, filled with Jack and cheddar cheeses, bacon, chopped tomatoes, scallions and green chilies, grilled to gooey perfection. Buffalo Bill’s wings are crispy chicken wings tossed in spicy sauce with a side of chunky bleu cheese dressing, celery and carrot sticks. Bet you can’t eat just one of these tasty wings! Santa Fe Steakhouse makes awesome baby back ribs that can be ordered as an entrée or as an appetizer in the rib sampler. This is the perfect way to try the many specialties of the house. The meat on these ribs falls right off the bone and the house made barbecue sauce really complements the succulent meat. The evening specials included delicious crab cakes, replete with sweet lump crabmeat and mild spices, served with homemade tartar sauce. You might also start with a bowl of the soup of the day, such as creamy lobster and crab bisque, or deepdish chili, made from scratch and served with melted cheese and tortilla chips. The individual loaf of warmfrom the-oven bread that’s brought to your table will help you soak up every drop.

The friendly, efficient staff clears your table quickly and sets it up for your main course. Entrees include steaks, chicken, ribs, fish and southwest specialties, starting at just $16.95. We tucked into Santa Fe’s rib-eye steak, a mouth-watering 14 ounces of “buttah”. It was tender, juicy and cooked just as we asked. Center cut sirloin is available in two sizes, and the New York strip is a classic center cut 11- ounce steak. The “Big Daddy” is a mammoth, 20-ounce Porterhouse and all steak entrees come with a salad and a side dish or two side dishes, if you prefer. Tantalizing side dishes include baked Idaho or sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, steak fries, sweet potato fries, southwestern rice or steamed fresh vegetables. We shared the signature Backyard Barbecue chicken, which was a half chicken basted with their delicious BBQ sauce, served with veggies and warm cornbread.

Without a doubt, Santa Fe Steakhouse makes some of the best ribs around. You can order half or full racks of these luscious ribs, or combine them in a “Wicked West Combo” of ribs and sagebrush or sandstorm chicken. “The Storm” combines ribs and BBQ grilled shrimp, or your choice of chicken. Chicken Sierra is a tender chicken breast served with plum wine sauce and grilled pineapple. Sagebrush chicken is smothered with mushrooms, bacon, Jack and cheddar cheeses. Try the sizzling fajitas, a southwest favorite, offered with juicy steak, chicken, shrimp, vegetables, or any combo. Barbecued beef burritos, enchiladas and taco salad are all consistently delicious, or order the Santa Fe Fiesta Platter with a sampling of some of these favorites.

Seafood lovers will enjoy blackened catfish, coated in special seasoning and cooked crisp on the outside and flaky inside. I hear the salmon is excellent, coated with honey lemon glaze and served with steamed vegetables.

A specially priced Early Dinner Special lets you try some of these delicious entrees with two sides, soup or salad, dessert, and unlimited soda, coffee or tea, for just $21.95, served from 4:30-6:30pm (dine in only). A special kid’s menu will keep the little wranglers happy, as they dine in with their parents.

Just try to resist dessert when they have fried ice cream with chocolate Kahlua sauce, chocolate chip cookie sundae with the works, chocolate brownie stampede, or the homestyle apple crisp that we shared, served warm with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

Santa Fe Steakhouse offers consistently delicious food, great service and affordable prices for all to enjoy. They’re open 7 days a week: Mondays to Thursdays from 4:00pm to 10:30pm, Fridays from 4:00pm to 11:30pm, Saturdays from noon until 11:30pm and Sundays from noon until 10:00pm. Stop in after work for takeout or have it delivered. Santa Fe is conveniently located, just one block away from the 71st Avenue subway. What’s more, Santa Fe is a great place for a birthday party or special occasion.

Make any night special with a delicious meal at Santa Fe Steakhouse!

107-18 70th Road  Forest Hills, NY
718.459.4040

www.santafesteaks.com

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