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Taos is New Mexico True
Taos, NM
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Taoseños know better than anyone that wandering dozens of galleries, hiking and biking Taos’ 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 in Taos, and food is serious business. Here are just a few reasons why Taos is a foodie’s dream come true.

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 warm your heart long after you leave the Taos city limits.

If you’re looking for spice, Taos is a foodie’s dream come true. You’ll find some of the best at Ranchos Plaza Grill, which serves up warm, fluffy sopapillas 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 almost any of your delicious food trucks.

We also love: Orlando’s, Doc Martin’s Restaurant, Antonio’s Taste of Mexico, Abe’s Cantina Y Cocina, Jalapenos Tacos and More

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 is a foodie’s dream come true when it comes to brunch.

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 savor. From the green chile sausage bowl to the Croque Monsieur―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? And The Terrace at Taos Country Club has outstanding brunch fare, like a chipotle-avocado BLT and a chile-smothered breakfast burrito, and hands-down the best brunch view in town-keep in mind that The Terrace does close during the winter season.

We also love: Koko, Taos Café Upfront, A La Cart World Street Food, Sakis’ by Church, Wake and Take

Find more breakfast options here.

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 since long before it was cool. The abundance of locally sourced, organic fare is another reason why Taos is a foodie’s dream come true.

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. The homemade baked tamale with Oaxacan-style molé is to die for! Not to mention, the atmosphere is unbelievably romantic. For all your vegan needs, Plant Base Café is your one stop shop! They have vegan cheese that will leave you speechless! Fresh, organic, and appetizing―you simply can’t go wrong with any of these eateries.

We also love: ACEQ, Manzanita Market, Sol Food Market & Café

There’s Plenty of Booze

Not only is Taos a foodie’s dream come true, it’s also heaven for those who enjoy a good tipple. 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 draft at all times. On any given day, you can drink anything from ciders and light beers to full-bodied, hearty dark brews 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.”

We also love: Black Mesa Winery, Vivác Winery, Taos Ale House, Corner Office, Barro Vino, The Alley Cantina, Anaconda Bar at El Monte Sagrado,

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, bean-to-bar chocolate maker in the heart of downtown. 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. A Salty Little Sweet Shop is the newest addiction (ahem, addition) to Taos’ sweet offerings, featuring both classic and creative baked goods in a cozy environment.

We also love: Chocolate + Cashmere, A Salty Little Sweet Shop,

Dining at its Finest

If a fine dining experience is what you’re looking for, Taos is a foodie’s dream come true for you too! Experience the historic Taos charm with a lavish twist.

Lambert’s of Taos offers a taste of cosmopolitan luxury in 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.

medley. is another fine choice, where the food is as great as the views. Signature dishes like a “super greens” salad with a piquant jalapeño-lime vinaigrette and ahi tuna tartare with truffled avocado mash will keep you coming back for more.

For a unique Taos experience, visit the Stakeout on the south end of town for one of their pop-up music and art events that feature great food and wonderful views. Aside from special events, the Stakeout is currently open every Sunday from 4pm-10pm serving Chef Kevin Sousa’s BBQ along with vegan and gluten-free options, and cocktails.

We also love: Martyrs Steakhouse, Aji Restaurant, Sabroso