chimayo, new mexico between taos and santa fe
Reading Fydeaux's comments and seeing links, it occurred to me to direct you to Gil Garduno's website which is an excellent resource for information on New Mexico eating.
He writes of six places in Espanola and two in Embudo:
He also reviews Rancho de Chimayo and shows photographs:
Right next to the Santuario is Leona's. It's just a stand and a few tables, but this is the best carne adovada I have ever had, and the posole is to die for. There's not a lot of information on their website, but here it is:
If you are there on a Sunday and the weather is nice, after mass the whole area around the church has the potential to turn into a big tailgate party and festival. Plus, some of the best deals on Chimayo chile are to be had from the little shops that line the driveway up to the church.
Fyfas' cautionary note about driving in Espanola is on the money, as is the recommendation about Sugar's BBQ. I also recommend continuing up the most beautiful stretch of highway in the world to Rancho de Taos (just south of Taos itself) and having a dinner at The Trading Post.
Info about Sugar's is here: http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overv...
Chimayo is barely a crossroads. It is notable for the Santuario where a bit of the earth supposedly has miraculous healing powers.
Nearby is the family run New Mexican restaurant, Rancho de Chimayo which I always suggest to any first time visitor to New Mexico, as much for the drive through wonderful scenery as for the meal and margarita/beer.
Chimayo as a community is known mostly for textile weaving and there are a few places where the weavings are sold. And, one or two places that sell very modest but good/authentic New Mexican food in extremely modest surroundings. Rancho de Chimayo is the only place that, imo, qualifies as a restaurant.
Espanola is about 10 miles away with many other places to choose from but nothing fancy or "fine". Lots of Mexican and New Mexican and the usual fast food "suspects" (think Chili's and Applebees; KFC and Pizza Hut). The "locally-owned" places are the way to go. Others will post I expect with specific suggestions.
If you do choose to either go into Espanola for a meal or to Santa Fe be careful about drinking and driving... there are police everywhere and DUI is a huge problem in New Mexico.
North of Espanola - about 15 miles - in the beginning if the Rio Grande canyon, enroute to Taos, is Sugar's BBQ at Embudo. Good Q, eaten at outdoor tables.
thank you so much. leonas was closed for both days we were in chimayo. we ate at rancho de chimayo . i ordered carne advodo ( spelling may be off... it is their specialty pork) it was good. i didn't like the posole. next day we ate in taos at orlando's and the food was much better. i liked the posole better there and i had enchilada colores with blue corn / chicken and beef. very good. like i said , leonas had hours posted 11-5 but was closed for mothers day and the day after that and posted to be closed tuesdays and wednesdays regularly.
thanks to all the other foodies !