One of my friends from Southwestern College, Leslie Thompson, opened Momo & Co. a vegan (mostly) and gluten-free cafe in Santa Fe, New Mexico about a month ago. We were lucky to visit during our recent stay in Santa Fe.

MoMo & Co

Leslie discovered a need in the Santa Fe community for a provider of vegan and gluten-free foods. She started by creating beautiful cakes, pies, cookies and cupcakes. I was unfortunately not in Santa Fe while she started to develop her recipes, though I enjoyed the pictures of her amazing creations on FaceBook.

Leslie, Laurie and Lua

With help from her staff her cafe offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options including pizzas, soups, and sandwiches. And of course, dessert includes a variety of cupcakes, cakes, and sweet roll options.


Momo & Co. located at 229A Johnson Street in Santa Fe, NM. It is beautifully decorated with vibrant, lively colors and furnished with a designated play area for children which includes a dolls house and kitchen set. Brilliant for those with children. Lua loved it! It has an open lay-out so you can see the staff cooking and baking throughout the day.

Play Area

We were hungry after hiking when we visited Momo & Co. so I ordered a sandwich which came with a large colorful salad. But let’s back up, I GOT TO ORDER A SANDWICH in a restaurant! This was so thrilling, to eat bread that was both gluten and dairy free! And it was delicious.

Gluten-Free Bread

Lua gobbled up the black bean soup and Gabe loved his Egg McMoMo.

Black Bean Chili Soup

After our meal we treated ourselves to the cupcake window. Gabe and Lua got the chocolate, chocolate cupcake and I got the chocolate cupcake with coconut frosting. They were amazing, seriously delicious. Gabe was bewildered that they were gluten-free and even compared them to the famous Sprinkles Cupcakes.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Lua was still talking about “Leslie’s Cupcakes” on the plane ride back to Minnesota a couple of days later. To sum it up, Momo & Co. was a hit! We look forward to return on our next visit to Santa Fe. Your work is an inspiration, Leslie!