There are more than a staggering 50 places to eat in Taos. That’s a lot of options for a small mountain town. But within these restaurants are classically trained chefs preparing unique, complex dishes to family-inspired cooks who present authentic Northern New Mexico fare and then there’s everything in between.
If downtown Taos is on your must-see list (and it should be), to get your food journey started here’s a suggested itinerary for a day in and around Taos Plaza:
8:16 a.m.: The Kit Carson at Doc Martin’s Restaurant in The Historic Taos Inn (weekend brunch): 2 poached eggs, yam biscuit, red chile and cheese ($9)
12:27 p.m.: The Local at Manzanita Market: a bowl of beans and rice made with local organic pinto beans with red chili and lime, sprouted brown Basmati rice, Tucumcari cheddar, toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), spicy green sauce, crème fraîche and sprouts ($9.50)
3:49 p.m.: Sugar fix at Chokolá Bean to Bar: small batch, handcrafted bean-to-bar chocolates
5:11 p.m.: Happy Hour at the Alley Cantina, 5-7 p.m.: half-price drinks
6:46 p.m.: Herb Crusted Lamb Rack at Lambert’s of Taos: made with honey Dijon, lemon thyme Parmesan grits, port and balsamic figs and grilled asparagus created by Executive Chef James Crowther III ($38)
Late night before 9 p.m.: Seasonal wines, meats and cheeses at Pärcht Bottleshop + Bites: “Bites” $4-$16; “Boards” $14-$22; reasonably priced wines