Five & Dime General Store
Address: 58 E San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: (505) 992-1800
Known For: Frito Pie
What I had: Frito Pie
Price: $4.86 ($1 parking)
Rating: 5 out of 10
I’ve heard about Frito Pie for ages now and have been wanting to try it for just as long. What’s not to like? I love Fritos, I love chili, I love cheese and I love chopped onions. The famed Frito Pie is essentially that all thrown together in the bag of Fritos. Supposedly the Five & Dime serves some of the best available.
After wading through all the tourists and trying to find parking in “downtown” Santa Fe, 20 minutes later I was finally able to get to the store. I was extremely excited to see the Frito Pie, this fabled delicacy. After hearing the shocking price of just under $5 (for what it is) I conceded that it was something that I just had to try. As an option I had mine topped with the previously mentioned chopped onions and dug in…well, it was an extreme let down after all the build up.
It’s nothing more than I could make myself and probably better, definitely cheaper. The Fritos are of course Fritos, onions onions and cheese…a store bought 3-cheese blend. The sad point here really though was the chili…there was nothing about it that stood out, it had absolutely no bite or bark to it. It was bland and tasteless. When I think of chili I think of a rich, hearty pot of meat and spices. This had none of those qualities, it was loaded with beans and in all honesty was completely overshadowed by all the other ingredients in the bag. Looks like I’m still on a search until I can find a Frito Pies that I’m impressed with. Any suggestions? The Five & Dime General Store, although draped in old-time lore, is sadly nothing more than a tourist trap nowadays.
Sep 1, 2009 @ 12:24