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Jun 13, 2010 03:31 PM

Taos - What is the best since Josrph's Table has closed?

We will be in Taos for one day and are looking for the best local cuisine creatively using fresh high quality local ingredients. We do NOT want Thai, pizza, sushi or other international options - just the finest New Mexican.

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  1. We had an excellent dinner recently at Lamberts. I highly recommend it.

    Orlando's is consistently good too.

    Lambert's of Taos
    309 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM 87571

    Orlandos New Mexican Cafe
    1114 Don Juan Valdez Ln, Taos, NM 87571

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    1. re: DebitNM

      I heard this weekend that the crew behind Seasons/Zinc/Savoy are putting in a Taos spot . . .

      1. re: DebitNM

        Antonio's, Love Apple, Trading Post Cafe, probably in that order.

      2. I have not been to Lambert's under the new chef, but hands down our two favorites in Taos are Graham's Grill (now open for all 3 meals, 7 days a week) and Love Apple. They're both chef-owned, employ local or regional ingredients whenever possible. Love Apple is in a converted church and is only open for dinner -- 5 nights a week. (Check: schedule may change depending on seasons). Kind of an Alice's Restaurant vibe; feels very Taos, whereas Graham's has a much more mainstream feel. Graham's Grill has been good to great since it opened about 3 years ago, but chef Lesley Fay has really hit her stride this summer. Even my husband, who is not a foodie, raved about his dinner. A local oenephile has been brought in as a wine consultant, and the wine list recently won some kind of recognition from Wine Spectator. We have a home in Taos and so have tried most of the local places, and have eaten in quite a few in Santa Fe as well. Graham's Grill is the most consistently good and a great value -- and I thought that BEFORE Joseph's Table closed. I go to Love Apple when I want to feel like a local who has been here longer than 4 years.

        Joseph's Table
        108 A. South Plaza, Taos, NM 87571

        1. Probably the best pure "New Mexican" is Orlando's, but if you're willing to try a couple lesser known places with great food, you might visit:
          1. El Meze. Fred's back with his innovative mix of Mediterranean and Old Spanish cuisine.
          2. Hiro Hobo in Arroyo Seco. Tiny restaurant with Asian cuisine, carefully prepared.
          3. Grahma's Grill on Paseo del Pueblo Norte just north of the light. Place to go if you're tired of ethnic and are looking for well done American classics. Their mac 'n cheese is the bomb.

          El Meze
          1017 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571

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          1. re: salmoore

            Hiro hobo has closed. At the same location and with chef sheila is "Hunter Tom's" burgers and brew.

            El Meze is the best restaurant in Taos now. I went last night and had lamb chops with swiss chard and roasted radishes. So good!

            El Meze
            1017 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571

            1. re: wannabeinTaos

              I nominate Love Apple as "best in Taos", respectfully.