Published July 2012.
Best Ethnic Food: Jambo Café
If you’ve lived in Santa Fe for more than a year—and especially if you moved here from a bigger town—you’ve probably had at least a moment of wanderlust. Santa Fe is lovely, of course, but sometimes you just yearn for something bigger, farther, stranger (no, really!). If international traveling is your game—and even if it’s not—Jambo Café offers the perfect night of adventurous eating in a low-key, vibrant setting with the power to transport you directly to the tropics. Chef/owner Ahmed Obo fuses the exotic flavors of his native Kenya with Caribbean staples such as Jamaican jerk chicken ($9.95) and American favorites like sweet potato fries ($3.95)—and if you’ve never tasted goat stew ($10.95), it’s a must-have item on Jambo’s extensive menu. As multipurpose as the Swahili greeting itself, Jambo’s plates will expand, delight and refine your sense of ethnic eating.