Where to nosh your way up the mountain
Whether it’s aprés ski time or your stomach is screaming for lunch, Taos Ski Valley’s (TSV) culinary fare is a memorable experience ranging from New Mexican green chile to Bavarian spaetzle, with authentic margaritas or German beer to wash it all down.
192 at The Blake at Taos Ski Valley — Doors open to the new hotel and 192 restaurant in February 2017. The restaurant features an open kitchen that allows patrons sitting at the bar to watch the cooks. The menu is tapas and flat bread pizzas, plus wine and beer. (Read more on p. 36) TSV main switchboard 866-968-7386.
The Bavarian Restaurant — Besides the popular and fun Fondue Night as featured on p. 84, this authentic Bavarian alps’-inspired establishment serves up a gourmet lunch and dinner menu of refined German dishes, all brought to your table by wait staff clad in lederhosen. Aprés ski noshes are served from 3-5 p.m. daily. Because the restaurant is not in the village proper, but up the mountain a titch, a complimentary dinner shuttle is available from the base area. Dinner reservations are recommended. (575) 776-8020 or 888-205-8020
Blonde Bear Tavern at Edelweiss Lodge & Spa — A taste of classic, seasonal dishes originating in the European Alps made with local ingredients. Dine at candle-lit tables in a warm atmosphere flanked by impressive photographs of the valley. For aprés ski, the Blonde Bear Tavern offers ski in/ski out cocktails. (575) 737-6900
Cafe Narnia at Edelweiss Lodge & Spa — TSV’s favorite breakfast spot featuring freshly baked pastries and full espresso bar. A breakfast burrito — a New Mexico staple — or a plate of Huevos Rancheros smothered in red or green (or both) chile will get you ready for a day on the slopes. (575) 737-6900
Hondo Restaurant/Snakedance Condominiums — Known for its family atmosphere, the historic Hondo Restaurant offers an aprés ski menu, a lighter fare meal selection and a hand-picked wine list. (575) 776-2277 ext. 230
Hotel St. Bernard — Seats at the legendary dinner table are available to a limited number of non-hotel guests, so call ahead. Adjacent to the restaurant is the Rathskeller Bar — a consummate aprés ski lounge and a mainstay with TSV regulars. Read more about the establishment on p. 72. (575) 776-2251
Martini Tree Bar — A bustling bar known for live music, quick eats and a great place to catch a game on a big screen. (575) 776-2291 ext. 2285
Molly’s Crepe Escape — A take-out eatery at the base of Lift No. 6. Quality crepes are served up daily for the veggie, sweet dessert and meat lover in all of us. A second location is on Thunderbird Road in the village offering gourmet coffee, homemade confections and chocolates along with her famous crepes. (575) 776-8280
Pizza Shack — Who doesn’t like pizza? This quaint, cozy little hand-tossed pizza place on Thunderbird Road also serves up pasta and Southern-style barbecue with a beer and wine list. Dine in, carry out or call for delivery. Open every day during ski season. (575) 776-8866
Rhoda’s Restaurant — Slopeside in the Resort Center, Rhoda’s lunches feature soups, New Mexican chile and overstuffed sandwiches and an all-you-can eat breakfast buffet on the weekends. The new dinner menu features salads, steaks, pastas and daily specials. A children’s menu is available. (575) 776-2005.
Tenderfoot Katie’s Food Court — This is the place to go for a quick, affordable breakfast or lunch at the base of TSV. Service is prompt and there is a wide selection to choose from including burgers, sandwiches and other grill items and pizza. Also featured is an expanded salad bar and a new Grab ‘n Go deli-style station. (575) 776-2291 ext. 2280
Stray Dog Cantina — A local favorite since 1989 in the heart of TSV, the casual Stray Dog boasts award-winning chile and the best margaritas in town. (575) 776-2894.
The Whistlestop Cafe — At the base of Lift No. 6 and near the No. 2 quad chair, this is a great place to meet up with friends for a quick slice of pizza, bowl of soup or cup of Joe while you take a breather.
— Staff report