We know better than anyone that wandering dozens of galleries, hiking and biking our jaw dropping trails and soaking in more than one thousand years of history can work up a serious appetite. Luckily, Taos is home to more than 60 independently-owned restaurants offering something for everyone, from the casual diner to the culinary connoisseur. Whether it’s local New Mexican or farm to table fresh, dining well is a religion and food is serious business.
Northern New Mexico Food is the Eighth Wonder of the World
You don’t know spice until you’ve eaten in New Mexico. We do chile (not chili) a little differently here. It comes in red, green or both (Christmas, as we like to call it) and the flavor and spice will stay on your tongue and live on in your hearts long after you leave the Taos city limits.
If you’re looking for spice, you’ll find it at Ranchos Plaza Grill, where they are busy serving warm, fluffy sopaipillas and blue corn enchiladas that are so good they may ruin all other food for you forever. Meanwhile, the food magicians over at Michael’s Kitchen are whipping up Frito pies so perfect you just might find yourself considering taking up permanent residence in Taos. And on your way out of town (if you do decide to leave), do yourself a huge favor and pick up a breakfast burrito (with green chile, of course) from the Taos Chicarron Burrito food truck.
We Love Brunch
In a world full of different people and unique personalities, there’s one thing that we all have in common – a love of brunch! There’s nothing quite as charming as the harmonious blend of breakfast and lunch and we might be a little biased, but we think Taos does it best.
Gutiz is a one-of-a-kind experience that serves up French cuisine with a New Mexican and Latin twist for a brunch experience you’re sure to remember long after you’ve left Taos. From the green chile sausage bowl to the classic Taoseño – you can’t go wrong! And while you’re brunching, don’t miss Bent Street Deli for the authentic Northern New Mexican brunch that you simply cannot leave without. We’re talking huevos rancheros and Taos-style eggs benedict – is your mouth watering yet?
Organic Food is Our Specialty
We love how popular and widespread the farm-to-table movement has become – but we have to say, we’ve been doing organic long before it was cool. Foodies looking for places where they can know exactly where the food they’re eating came from need not look any further than Taos.
Farmhouse Café and Bakery, for instance, uses only the finest local, organic, and GMO-free food available for their impressive menu that includes everything from huevos rancheros to bison burgers! Similarly, The Love Apple’s food is organic in nature, regional in source and prepared from scratch. Not to mention, the atmosphere is unbelievably romantic and the homemade baked tamale with Oaxacan-style molé is to die for! Fresh, organic and appetizing – you simply can’t go wrong with any of these eateries.
There’s Plenty of Booze
As far as we’re concerned, there’s only one thing to do after drinking in the beautiful views around Taos: chase them down with a nice cold beer, margarita or glass of wine. With breweries, wine bars and inspired cocktails galore, you’ll have no problem finding local libations.
Local favorite Taos Mesa Brewing features 12 distinct house beers on draught at all times. On any given day, you can drink anything from light beers to full bodied, hearty dark ones and everything in between. Top quality, consistent beers are the TMB signature! Also in town is Parcht Bottleshop + Bites – an intimate and well stocked wine bar perfect for any and all oenophiles! Still thirsty? Don’t even think about leaving town without trying the world-famous Cowboy Buddha Margarita from the Adobe Bar in the Taos Inn, which is affectionately called the “living room of Taos” by locals.
We Have a Bit of a Sweet Tooth
Calling all sweet enthusiasts – Taos has got a treat for you! If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’re going to love it here.
Taos Cow has always used natural and local ingredients in their ice cream and boy does it make a difference! Their unique flavors like pistachio white chocolate and chocolate rio grande simply cannot be missed! If you have room for seconds (which you always should), visit Chokolá Bean to Bar– a small-batch, organic, crafted, bean-to-bar chocolate maker. The chocolate here is made from ethically sourced beans from all around the world, offering chocolate lovers not only a taste of Taos – but also unique flavors from other countries!
We also love: Chocolate + Cashmere
Dining at its Finest
El Monte Sagrado is your ticket to fine dining and fun. De la Tierra restaurant provides culinary delights inspired by regional and local influences. From crab stuffed bronzino to duck confit jicama tacos, you’ll be in dining heaven. Also offering a taste of luxury is Lambert’s of Taos. With menu items like Maple Leaf Farms grilled duck breast, coconut red curry squash bisque and an ever changing “catch of the day,” you just might find yourself eating here multiple days in a row.