Not sure where to eat? Ask A local.
By Scott Gerdes
We asked Taos News staffers if they had just one more meal to eat in Taos, what and where it would be.
Some were quick to answer, while the faces of others said they were having difficulty picking just one – and with all of the wonderful restaurants in Taos County, that’s easy to understand. Of course, we have some of the most authentic and tastiest New Mexican fare in the state. But the choices don’t stop there. Traditional Mexican food is plentiful here from Café la Cueva and Bella’s Mexican Grill near Taos Plaza to Antonio’s on the south side of town. Taos’ food wings spread to fusion, Asian, vegetarian, gourmet burgers and Italian.
Some of the newest eateries include Quechua Peruvian Restaurant – not just a restaurant, but a cultural integration project – near Taos Plaza; Common Fire (and, yes, as the name implies, the artisan fare is cooked in a wood-fired oven); and for locally crafted beer and wood-fired pizza, there’s Taos Tap Room near the heart of town.
If you are visiting Taos for the first time, “Where should we eat?” can be a conundrum. Maybe the following favorite dishes/restaurants will help:
Mary Chavez, business manager: Chicken chow mein at Song’s
Karin Eberhardt, art director: Sabich sandwich at El Gamal
Katharine Egli, photographer: Mole enchiladas at the Stray Dog Cantina in Taos Ski Valley
Agnes Hernandez, classified sales: Red chile Frito pie at Orlando’s
Cody Hooks, reporter: Lenten season fish special at The Wildcat’s Den in Questa
Staci Matlock, chief editor: Sunday brunch at the Trading Post Café & Gallery
Jordan Miera, copy editor: Chimichangas at Guadalajara Grill
John Miller, reporter: Chicken and waffle at ACEQ
Shirley Mondragon, classified sales supervisor: Green chile Frito pie at Orlando’s
Teresa Montoya, mailroom assistant: The combination plate at Ranchos Plaza Grill
Jesse Moya, reporter: Stuffed sopaipillas at El Taoseño
Yvonne Pesquera, digital editor: Tiger shrimp and blue corn enchiladas at Orlando’s
Kiko Rascon, circulation driver: Los Colores at Orlando’s
Rick Romancito, Tempo editor: Blue corn enchiladas at Orlando’s
Ray Taylor, circulation director: Any burger at 5-Star Burgers
Arcenio Trujillo, sports editor: Steak with a salad wedge at Casa de Valdez
And if you’re still undecided, take a good look at the restaurant ads in Discover Taos or pick up a Taos News Dining Guide found in freestanding racks on streets all around town, inside just about every restaurant, at Taos Visitor Center on Paseo del Pueblo Sur and The Taos News office on Albright Street.