Santa Fe Restaurant: The Sopaipilla Factory – Delightful Delicious Dishes Inspired by Northern New Mexico

People call them little pillows, but the name really means “holding soup.”Sopaipillas are one of many foods that New Mexico can call its own - The New Mexican Quick Bread. The history of the sopaipilla dates back more than 200 years old, originating in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area. It is often as much a staple of many New Mexican meals as the tortilla. And if you’re driving north from Santa Fe on your way to Chimayo or Taos, or maybe returning from a visit to the Bandelier National Monument, you would do just fine to bypass the typical touristy food houses and stop at the Sopaipilla Factory.

Located in the culturally-rich community of the Pojoaque Valley, the Sopaipilla Factory hits the spot. This unexpected jewel serves truly outstanding Southwestern cuisine in an unpretentious setting with a low-key New Mexican décor and a classic diner feel. Any day will have you in the company and laughter of three or four generations of families enjoying a meal together, and the comments are unanimous: The portions are fresh and generous, the red chile sauce is superb, tamales are great and the fresh sopaipillas are definitely their specialty. The local gals propose marriage to the chef daily.

The Sopaipilla Factory wants to nourish everybody with its homey regional fare, so, along with savory traditional cuisine, the restaurant offers surprising list of highly-reviewed vegetarian and vegan options. ¡Que sopresa! Think vegan tamale with black beans or an enchilada with tofu and avocado. There are so many items on the list, it’s hard to choose. What’s even more to this gem of a diner is there’s a full bar serving tasty housemade sangria, a surprising selection of wines and beers and a welcome margarita menu, along with daily libation specials.

Sopaipilla Factory
7 W. Gutierrez St
Pojoaque, NM 87507