NEW MEXICAN FOOD IS IN A CLASS ALL BY ITSELF
You came to Taos to awaken your palate.
Our traditional food culture is a melding of Spanish, Mexican, American Indian and Cowboy Chuckwagon influence — just don’t call it Tex Mex, because it isn’t. However, nothing says New Mexican cuisine more than the green chile. If that’s a foreign ingredient to you, no worries — the article by local food writer Teresa Dovalpage will give you confidence when ordering. Chile is technically a fruit (although it looks more like a vegetable). Conversely, chili is a meat and beans stew.
From unexpectedly unique bar fare to food carts to casual and fine dining, many options await.
The New Mexican food culture also includes beef jerky, barbecue and burrito roadside stands, authentic Indian fry bread and the state gave birth to the breakfast burrito.
World-class chefs create fresh, unique dishes often based on Spanish and Southwest ingredients. Buying locally grown produce and meats is also a common goal of many of Taos’ restaurants. Taos boasts fine Asian, German and Italian menus as well. Deli’s, coffee shops, cafés, steaks, pizza, buffalo burgers, extensive Vegan dishes … it’s all here right under your nose. Even the local McDonald’s offers a green chile cheeseburger (although Blake’s Lottaburger is the state favorite).
Be sure to peruse discovertaos.com for all of the diverse and tantalizing dining options.
— Scott Gerdes, special sections editor