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Feb 19, 2009 02:55 PM

Taos, NM


I'm new to Chowhound and have heard from numerous people how great this website is. My husband and I are going to Taos NM skiing next month. Any suggestions on restaurants would be helpful. Also, we'll probably be spending some time in Alburquerque. We love New Mexican food (really authentic). Appreciate any suggestions.

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  1. Welcome! If you plug Taos into the search field above, you'll come up with many posts on the area. Here's a short circuit from my perspective.

    Orlando's. Fabulous New Mexican. Reasonable prices.
    Joseph's Table. Upscale, creative. In the Hotel La Fonda. Excellent wine list with a nice selection of half bottles.
    Lambert's. No longer owned by Zeke Lambert but much of the original staff is theres. Was still fantastic when I ate there last October.
    Dragonfly. Wonderful breakfast & lunch.
    Graham's Grille. Sort of nouveau. Sort of Southwest. Dyanmite food and atmosphere.
    Doc Martin's in the Taos Inn. Forget the restaurant. It's mediocre and overrated. But the bar is fun with some good music.
    Anaconda Bar in the Monte Sagrado. Good atmosphere and Scotch & gin selections.
    Roberto's. Pretty decent rellenos and basic New Mexican. Worth it for the eclectic and retro experience, if he's open. The hours and days are always an adventure.
    Have fun. Taos is one of my all time favorite places.

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    1. re: chowmix

      Dear Chowmix,

      Thank you for your recommendations---greatly appreciated!


      1. re: chowmix

        I agree with Orlando's, Dragonfly, Graham's Grill, Doc Martin's, Joseph's Table.

        For a local, funky place for breakfast [other meals ok too] Michael's Kitchen at the north end of town [closer to ski valley] 304 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte

        OBL Old Blinking Light, also closer to ski valley

        To save a bit of $$, check out They sell dining certificates that save 50% and are available for Lamberts, Grahams Grill and OBL.

        1. re: DebitNM

          Thank you for your recommendation---I ordered a certificate for Praire Star ---we're staying in santa ana pueblo for a conference after skiing -March 12-15th----would you recommend OBL in Taos buying a dining certificate---is it on the mountain?



          1. re: stokarz

            WE've liked OBL in the past, but haven't been there in about 2 years. It is on the road to the mountain; it is north of Town proper.

        2. re: chowmix

          For ABQ restaurants:

          See my favorites [lived in ABQ for over 5 years and am considered to be a chowhound:


        3. Staying in Taos or Taos Ski Valley, very different unless you don't mind the 20-30 drive. Taos ski valley is very limited, taos however has many great restaurants. Alburquerque has tons, but haven't been in a year so my recommendations may not be there. I just wanted you to be aware of the ski valley and the town itself. We stayed in the valley and actually stayed in since we had a kitchen. The view was amazing, the jacuzzi great. We loved making a great dish in the room and enjoying the view. It was romantic, the fireplace, jacuzzi wine a simple Italian dinner and no restaurant could of surpassed that.

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          1. Thank you for responding----we too enjoy simple dinners when we're on a ski vacation. We're staying at Snakedance---looks quite nice. Do you know anything about these condos? We plan on enjoying cocktails on our deck, plenty of chips and salsa! Where would you suggest the best pizza (my favorite)? Thanks to all for your input!! My husband was in Taos many years ago---loved Tim's Stray Dog.

            1. re: stokarz

              I think it is Crossroads pizza, I still have a brochure. Not sure if it is the same. In a small wooden shack almost. But you know what the valley is like. It so relaxed some micro brews and just a fun relaxed time. The St Bernard if I remember had a nice after ski place to relax too. Also a small grocery store place that will actually deliver to you to cook your own meals or just get some stuff for the fridge. I think it changed names but still there for what I heard. And I think Rhodas, but my friend mentioned that to me and I am sure that was the name. Right in the main complex at the base. Great all around good food lunch and dinner. We ate there every night or cooked in. Snakedance and Eidelweiss (sp?) also have good nightlife. And since I was there last, there is a martini bar for after skiing right at the base. Pretty much all I can remember. I believe has some good info too.

          2. the Frontier in Albuquerque on Central for dive New Mexican. I've never been through ABQ and not gone. Naughty and cheap. I think it's 24 hours.

            Also if you're driving from ABQ to Taos, Ojo Caliente hot springs is a small detour and a steal! check out their packages.

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            1. Frontier has THE best tortilla and they are made fresh, constantly. MMMMM.

            2. It is a long, somewhat boring drive. Tan, tan and dark tan :) Everywhere. Other than the mountains, the scenery to me coming was FL was less than exciting. But getting into the mountains a whole different story. We went from ABQ to Santa Fe and then Taos, I think about 3 hrs if I remember. Definitely different but the skiing was awesome.

              1. Lucky you--you are off to Taos! I agree w/Chowmix's suggestions. Here are a few more.

                Tim's Stay Dog is being sold--I ate there a few months ago and it was still fun and good. It's a great choice if you are up the mountain. I hear that it will stay open, just that it will have a new owner. I'm not expecting any changes. I love that place. Also on the mountain is The Bavarian. It is really good--but it's, well, Bavarian food!!

                The better food choices are away from the mountain. It's not that far of a drive.

                I'm not sure what your tolerance level is vis-a-vis authenticity--but you can't get any more authentic than Abe's just down the road in Arroyo Seco. Abe has a great local bar, and there is a very basic take away counter (with seating). Best tamales and posole around!

                Just about next door is Taos Cow for ice cream, sandwiches, coffee and treats. The flavors all great, but I love the caramel-pinon ice cream.

                Down the road a little bit more is Sabroso. Great food! (Get a 999dine coupon for the restaurant.) I usually eat in the bar--great wines and the bar scene is cozy. I love the restaurant, too. Can't go wrong with either. Went there for my birthday last summer. (Their terrace is excellent, too. Too bad you won't be there when its warm.)

                The newest place to eat is Love Apple. It is totally Taos-cool, located in an old church. The menu is organic/natural, with Southwestern as well as international overtones. Nice, fairly priced wine list, too. (It is on the Paseo del Pueblo Norte.)

                I highly recommend the Taos Diner. Fabulous red and green chile sauces. Excellent New Mexican dishes, and American ones as well. Great biscuits. Great pancakes. Huge burritos (get a small one unless you are a pro football linebacker!). Love the huevos rancheros. It used to be almost all locals, but it's being discovered.

                For pizza, you have some great options. Pizanos is really good and about a 15 minute drive from the ski valley. On the main road north of town (Paseo del Pueblo Norte) is another great option, Taos Outback Pizza. Each has its admirers--you really can't go wrong with either. Pizano's is closer to you.

                For some New Mexican, you might want to try Orlando's, Ricky's (a hole in the wall, but really authentic), Chow Cart (again, a former chow cart that's now in a permanent spot), Michael's Kitchen, the Taos Diner, Roberto's (but sometimes he doesn't open if the snow is good--don't be upset--it's just Roberto). Rellenos is good, too.

                A few more things--Old Blinking Light (about 15 minutes from the Ski valley) is now run by Joseph Werde, who also runs the excellent Jospeh's Table (on the Plaza). OBL seems to be upgrading its menu and service. It looked much cleaner and brighter. Unlike days of old, you should make a reservation. Try to go on a night when Michael Hearne or Jimmy Stadler or Kim and the Caballeros are playing--all local favorites. Also, buy a bottle of wine in the wine shop next to the restaurant. The restaurant charges a nominal ($10????) corkage fee, so you can enjoy a nice bottle of wine w/ dinner. (Try to get a 999dine coupon.)

                El Monte Segrado is the swish spot. High end, big city feel. It's less painful if you are on an expense account! Excellent, though.

                I do disagree with the suggestion to skip Doc Martins at the Taos Inn. I've been eating at Doc Martin's for about 20+ years. It has definitely had its lows, but it's been quite good lately. You can get many of the food items in the Adobe Bar--probably all of them. That's an option is you want to listen to the entertainment. I was there last August and the restaurant was very good. We tried to get in last month, but couldn't--they were full. (Make a reservation.) The key is to go between 5 and 6:30 and get the early bird specials (about $18--a deal in this day and age. I'm sure I'll regret telling the world that--now I'll never get in!) They have a nice wine list. I've gotten some great bottles for a great price. And you can't beat their $5 glass of Gruet chardonnay or sparkler!

                Speaking of wine, please don't drink and drive. New Mexico strictly enforces its drunk driving laws.

                Have a great trip!!

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                1. re: Lenzo

                  Glad to know that I am not the only to take advantage of A great way to save money and to try some restaurants not on regular list of go to places. They have certificates for ABQ, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, Taos and even a few in Durango.


                  1. re: Lenzo

                    OBL is open again? Great news! My wife & I were there a few years on one of our Taos ventures......had an absolutely fabulous evening with music by Michael Hearne & Bob Livingston from Austin. A magic night!! We still talk about that night here at our ranch.