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Jan 25, 2008 05:06 AM

Morsels - Ruidoso, New Mexico

Had a wonderful dinner @ Morsels in Ruidoso last evening. It is an independent Chef owned Restaurant. Chef Kristian Markland has trained in Napa @ French Laundry and most recently worked @ Okada at the Wynn in Las Vegas. His menu is eclectic, well presented and well priced and on par w/ some of the best restaurants in major markets!

Morsels is a beautiful space....perfect lighting and beautiful ambiance.

I dined w/ a colleague and we started by sharing 2 appetizers. A shrimp in an herb oil and a flavorful creamy based chili sauce... and an order of salt cod with potato paired w/ a homemade rosemary bread. The menu offers a nice selection of New Mexico wines along w/ California offerings. We went for a local Cabernet from Deming NM...we had it decanted, it paired nicely w/ our choices. For entree we both chose the Lamb Shank penne. The lamb was tender melt in your mouth and the penne cooked al dente.
We finished the meal w/ a cheese plate...the 2 standouts were the manchego and the house made ricotta which again paired beautifully w/ the wine! All was well priced....

I highly recommend Morsels if you find yourself in the Ruidoso's worth the trip!
Morsels: 2919 Sudderth Dr. 575-630-0113

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  1. Thanks for the reports. We own a little piece of land near Ruidoso, but much to our shame, we haven't been out there for a few years. I'm glad to get some current intel, as we might actually guilt ourselves into heading over there this summer.

    1. Thanks for the review and the one for the Texas Club. We will be in Ruidoso next week to watch the races. We go every year, but have never eaten at either place. I made reservations at the Texas Club. I was wondering if there is a dress code at Morsels? Also, did you try Wendell's at the Inn of the Mountain Gods [where we will be staying]? I am a seafood fanatic and my husband likes steaks, so I hope these places can offer something for both of us. We live in Lousiana and I will be glad to get away from cajun cuisine for a while!

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      1. re: bookwormchef

        I don't think there was a dress code @ Morsels...most people were dressy casual.....some were in nice jeans.
        The Texas club is definitely more of a caual spot.....
        Have not been to Wendell's...look forward to your review!

        I'm assuming the the roads and bridges have been repaired to Ruidoso....I was in the area 2 weeks ago when Dolly was a mess.

        Enjoy your visit!

        1. re: ciaogal

          Thanks for the tips. We will be there Tuesday-Friday. I will send you a review.

      2. Well, we just ate at Wendell's. It was fabulous. I had the pecan crusted salmon in a white wine reduction over jasmine rice with creamed spinach. My husband had panko crusted prawn with sauteed mushrooms and asparagus. My daughter had king crab legs. They also served us fresh baked rosemary bread that was delicious. The view was breathtaking, overlooking the mountain and lake. I would recommend this place if you are back in the area. It is definitely worth the money. We are trying the Texas Club tomorrow night. Thanks again for your reviews.

        1. devestating . . . i think morsels closed! my husband and i are currently in ruidoso and were so excited to stop by and check it out. no sign, nothing in the restaurant and the phone just rings. being from california and coming here since forever, i thought FINALLY there were new restaurants opening that were a healthier alternative and kept with the trends. no luck though. . . guess we'll just keep waiting.

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          1. re: charlie_doodle

            It is now called MAISON, and we are offering bigger portions, smaller prices and great flavor!!!
            Come see us at:
            2919 Sudderth Dr.
            Ruidoso, NM 88345

            1. re: maison2919

              When next in Rui--probably at least three months from now--we'll check out Maison.

              When we were there a couple of months ago we dined at Willmon's Prime Steakhouse. Marvelous stuff. One of the better steaks I've had in some time. Santino's Italian restaurant is another favorite evening spot.

              I'm missing Ruidoso again already!

              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                Maison is a 'Gem'! I had an opportunity to dine here when I was in town last month for a business meeting.
                Chef Markland is back @ the helm of this quaint, exquisite venue.
                The menu seems to be more limited than 'Morsels.....which puts the focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients and consistency!

                I started my meal w/ a chopped salad...which was a perfect blend of blue cheese, apples, and seasonal fresh greens.

                I had one of the House specialties "Chicken Fried Steak " for my entree. The steak tender, the batter light and airy. The gravy was well seasoned!
                It was a hearty entree for a chilly January evening. It was served w/ a side of roasted potatoes.

                Karina, Chef Markland's wife, is an extraordinary pastry chef! I ordered my dessert to go, a beautiful Orange brulee tart served w/ a chantilly cream. I enjoyed it back at my hotel w/ a pot of tea near a roaring fire.

                If you find yourself in Ruidoso.....make it a point to visit Maison.

                1. re: ciaogal

                  Thanks for the report, ciaogal. I'll be in Rui mid/late March and will make a point of sampling Maison's fare.

          2. CiaoGal - We're heading to Ruidoso this week. Is Morsels still and live and a keeper, do you know?

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            1. re: JerryMe

              JerryMe, I think Morsels has undergone another reincarnation! It is now know as El Meson. If Chef Markland and his wife are still the proprietors I would give it a try! I have dined @ both Morsels and Maison and enjoyed both.
              Their new address is 2415 Sudderth Dr.

              I probably wont make it back to Ruisdoso til late in the summer or fall.
              I look forward to your report!