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There are so many excellent restaurants that it is hard to know where to start. Many of the good restaurants are very “local” in nature and not the type that you would normally drive by and think “we must try that one”. As I’m sure you will discover, Taos is a very laid back little town. Those who call this their home usually march to the beat of a different drummer. The atmosphere of the community lends itself to this attitude….one which is far less imposing or ostentatious than Santa Fe…..therefore, the “local” restaurants reflect this attitude. “El Taoseno” has great Mexican food…..I think the best in town….the best Sopaipillas I have ever eaten.

Just down the road from the house is the small town of Arroyo Seco( dry river bed) and the several excellent places to eat. First, on your left as you are going towards Taos is “Abe’s Bar and Restaurant” ……you must go down some morning and have their Breakfast Burritos……we like to add a little Worcestershire Sauce….but they are to die for!! It is a 1.8 mile walk from the house if you wish to start the day with a little exercise! I had better warn you, the walk down is easy…..the walk back up…..at 8000 feet is a real test of your cardiovascular system……you will find the need to stop often and enjoy the scenery!! Also in Arroyo Seco, the Taos Cow. Homemade ice cream, everything is home made, Chicken Pot Pies, all kinds of sandwiches, you won’t be disappointed.

After you leave Arroyo Seco heading towards town….and I do mean just after….just around a curve you will see a sign for “Sabroso” one of the best restaurants in the area. The building is an old hacienda which the owners have transformed into a remarkable restaurant. The bar/lounge has a fireplace at one end with lots of comfortable chairs and a piano. On weekends there is live jazz played by one of the many local, talented groups. It really is a must while visiting the area. 776-3333.

Driving back into Taos, you will come to El Prado, a small community just on the edge of Taos. On your right you will come to Gutiz, a small, wonderful restaurant with a fantastic menu. A must try, you will not be disappointed.

Across the street is a fairly new restaurant, The Love Apple, 751-0050, located in an old chapel. Great food, great wine, and you will feel your were dropped into a French or Italian restaurant.

Downtown you will find Graham’s Grill, front entrance right off Paseo Del Pueblo Norte (the main street thru town) and the back entrance adjacent to Bent Street Shops and parking lot. 751-1350. Chef/Owner Leslie Fey will charm you with her imaginative creations!
The Bent Street Deli -758-5758, another great breakfast and lunch spot. Great sandwiches and soups……I would especially recommend their Ruben sandwich….outstanding! Right on the Plaza is The Gorge – 758-8866…..traditional Mexican food….very pleasant atmosphere and excellent food.

Also downtown is Eske’s Brew Pub…..great beer…no smoking…food is not fancy but very good!

Moving south out of the downtown area you will come to Lambert’s– 758-1009 – on the left side of the road. A little more upscale….very good food….I especially like their roast pork loin with garlic mashed potatoes with fantastic Chipotle gravy…..a real must try! If you are of a vegetarian bent then ask them to give you the garlic mashed potatoes with their mixed vegetables…AND the gravy….out of this world!!! They also have an excellent wine list and a good rack of lamb.

Driving south to Ranchos de Taos you will find another more great restaurant, the “Ranchos Trading Post”.

It seems there is always a new restaurant we hear about…and I’m sure you can find a good one which I haven’t mentioned. Be brave….I don’t think you will have a bad experience anywhere.

On the way into town on the left, is “Pizanos”. Great pizza and Italian food. You can dine in, or on warm sunny days (325 days of sun in
Taos!)
you can dine out on the patio looking out at the sacred Taos Mountain and the 90,000 acres of Indian land. And speaking of Indian land, you must visit the pueblo, 2000 years old and still inhabited by the Tiwa Indians, in the same primitive way they have lived for all those years…..however, they do have a casino!!

Another favorite, on the north side of Taos on your right as you drive into town is “Gutiz”, a small but wonderful restaurant. Very European, leaning to French. You won’t get a bad meal here.

The newest, possibly the most grand, is “Martina’s”, a labor of love my Martina Gephart, un dauntingly fought the system until she restored the old Martinez Hacienda, into a fantastic restaurant. On the right hand side of the road, heading south out of Taos in Rancho de Taos.

These are but a few of the wonderful places to eat in our charming community. You should also visit Taos Ski Valley, 10 miles up the road from our home, and try “The Bavarian” restaurant. If you like Swiss/Austrian food, it is a must.

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