While the lines can be long at Tomasita's, the food is worth it. Living in Albuquerque, I am spoiled by the food at Barelas Coffee House, and all other Mexican restaurants must match that standard (which Gardunos couldn't dream of doing). Tomasita's measures up. The enchiladas are delicious, the posole is just like I make it at home (i.e., just how I like it), but my favorite part is the sopaipillas. Don't expect any Tex-Mex here.
You can get in and out on your lunch hour most days without too much worry because the service is fast, if not always perfect, and the price is fair.
We moved to New Mexico from Chicago five months ago and have eaten at many New Mexican restaurants in Albuquerque.
We were told Tomasita's in Santa Fe was the best, and finally had the chance to eat here on August 18th.
The food had way too much chile for my taste. I ordered the shrimp enchilladas, which had exactly four shrimp and about 1 cup of green chile. We had to ask our waitress for refills on our drinks two times. With two mixed drinks, one chile rellenos before dinner and two adult meals, our bill was $38 plus. I did not feel the meal was deserving of the reputation or price.
I would not go back, instead would pick Casa de Benavidez, Gardunos or El Pinto in Albuquerque.
This place is awesome! Don't miss Tomasita's if you ever visit Santa Fe. The stuffed sopapillas are excellent as is everything else. The homemade guacamole is delicious. Be warned their chile sauce, red & green, are spicy, but you can always get it on the side. The service was excellent with the waitress taking the time to answer all our questions on our first visit. We liked it so much we came back the next day.