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Dining Out Summer/Fall 2013


Angel Fire


Located in the legendary La Fonda de Taos hotel on historic Taos Plaza and now reborn as a stunning new restaurant; Mosaic Fine Dining is an ever-changing delight for the palate. Executive Chef and owner George Bartel uses classical French techniques adapted to local, fresh ingredients and a variety of culinary traditions.

His creations are a global mosaic

of tastes, flavors, aromas and textures. Whether you choose lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, or just want to hang out at the bar for a draft and a bite, you’ll find a comfortable atmosphere that delivers the true “Taos experience”. 575.751.3438

Historic Taos Plaza 108A South Plaza, Taos, New Mexico 87571 • Open Tuesday-Saturday and Sunday Brunch, closed Monday Private dining room available

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111 Dona Ana Drive, Taos (across from the Sagebrush Inn) dining out summer/fall 2013 • 3 •



SPIRITS Competitive Prices • Largest Selections • Friendly Staff Something For Every Taste Presently Stocking: • Over 3500 Wines • 240 Types of Vodka • 950 Beer Choices • 230 Tequilas • 105 Single Malt Scotches • 136 Types of Rum


Established 1981

Temperature Controlled Wine Cellar • Wine Manager on Duty We also carry over 20 varieties of keg beer Wine tasting every Saturday 4pm - 7pm

505-455-2219 Hwy 84/285 • 34 Cities of Gold Rd. Pojoaque 87506 dining out summer/fall 2013 • 4 •

Dip ‘n Dine Experience The Artesian Restaurant Wine Bar & Lounge Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

Come to Ojo for a relaxing soak and enjoy a delicious meal. Your palette will be rejuvenated too! Visit for new menus featuring: Green Chile Crusted Salmon, Lamb Chops, Cinnamon Duck, Ojo Fish Tacos with blackened Mahi Mahi, and our famous Green Poblano Chile Fries Don’t miss our heavenly desserts including: Chocolate Cigar, Coconut Mango Trés Leches and homemade chocolate truffles.

The Wine Bar serves a wide variety of local and imported wine and beer plus delightful Agave Wine Margaritas and Sake Mojitos.

505.583.2233 ojocaliente What our guests are saying: “The restaurant is one of the best anywhere in New Mexico.” “I would travel there just to eat!” Just South of Taos via W. Rim Road/285 dining out summer/fall 2013 • 5 •

Summer/Fall 2013

Includes Taos, Angel Fire, Española & Ojo Caliente


43 Martyr’s Steakhouse 47 Michael’s Kitchen Cafe & Bakery




Taos Spa & Tennis Club


Kokoman Liquors


Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

51 Pizaños Pizza, Pasta & More


Francesca’s Clothing Boutique

52 Purple Sage Cafe


The Bridge at Alamosa


5 Star Burgers

53 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

48 Mondo Italiano Italian Restaurant & Coffee Bar 50 Orlando’s

54 Sabroso American & Mediterranean

10 Taos Inn 12 Alley Cantina 13 Angel Fired Pizza 14 Angel Fire Resort

55 Smith’s Food & Pharmacy 56 Sol Food & Cafe

15 Antonio’s A Taste of Mexico

57 Song’s Asian Restaurant

16 Bent Street Deli & Cafe

59 Taos Mesa Brewing

17 Casa de Valdez Northern New Mexican & BBQ

60 Taos Diner (two locations)

58 Station 3 One 6 by Orlando’s

18 Casa los Cordovas

61 Taos Mountain Casino The Red Diamond Restaurant

20 Chalupp’s Pizza

62 Taos Pizza Outback

22 Cid’s Food Market

63 Yu Garden Asian

23 Dos Hermanos 24 El Meze New Mexican & Mediterranean 25 El Monte Sagrado

66 Ranchos Trading Post 67 Taos Java 68 Old Martina’s

26 El Taoseño Restaurant New Mexican & American 27 Eske’s Brew Pub & Eatery 28 The Gorge Bar & Grill 29 Gutiz Restaurant Latin French Fusion 30 Hacienda del Sol 31 Hail’s Holy Smoke BBQ 32 Hatcha’s Grill 33 Hunan Chinese Restaurant 34 Area Map 36 Ikoko 37 KTAOS Solar Bar

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38 Kurt’s Deli 39 La Cueva Mexican 40 Los Amigos at Quality Inn 41 Los Vaqueros at Sagebrush Inn 42 Marisco’s Mexican Style Seafood & Mexican

Advertising Sales: Chad Lewis • 575-758-2241 To get your free copies call: The Taos News • 575-758-2241 Cover Design: Chris Baker Cover Photos: Tina Larkin


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, 2011 & 201 010 2, , 2 “People’s 20 9 0

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What a great time... to be a girl!

Best Women’s Clothing 2 Boutique

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Francesca’s Clothing Boutique

Visit us in the magical town of Arroyo Seco on the Ski Valley Road! Open 7 days

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“The Bridge was there when Mom needed more than I could give.”

“Moving Mom to The Bridge was the best decision I could have made. She needed attention and monitoring that I wasn’t capable of providing. The Bridge has revitalized my Mom’s health and put my mind at ease.”

Call (719) 587-3514 to learn how The Bridge enriches the lives of seniors.

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“Best Burger in New Mexico” - USA TODAY

Gourmet Burgers Beer & Wine MON-SAT 11-9, SUNDAY Happy Hour 12-9

PM DAILY Happy 4-6 Hour 4-6 PM DAILY

Beer, Wine and Food Specials

758.8484 758.8484 1032 PASEO del PUEBLO SUR dining out summer/fall 2013 • 9 •

1032 PASEO del PUEBLO SUR Just south of Wal-Mart





Lunch • Dinner SaturDay & SunDay Brunch

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Premier Lodging, Dining and Live Music


At The Historic Taos Inn 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte 575.758.2233

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Mon-Fri 4-6pm


Wine sPectAtoR “Best of� Award Winner

Voted best of tAos Best Patio Best Happy Hour Best Margarita Best Bar



At The Historic Taos Inn 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte 575.758.2233

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WINGS Live Entertainment • Full Bar

New Mexican Specialties • Famous Fish & Chips Southwestern BBQ • Burgers • Salads • Sandwiches

An Historic Taos Adobe Since 1997 • Serving Food 11:30am - 11:00pm Daily 121 Teresina Lane • 758-2121 dining out summer/fall 2013 • 12 •

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Elements mixes upscale elegance with a truly relaxed mountain feel. Choice steaks, fresh seafood and elegant salads complement our inspired selection of gourmet appetizers and tempting desserts. Children’s menu also available. Arrive early for the best patio seating. The most incredible views of Wheeler Peak and Angel Fire’s legendary sunsets are on display here nightly. Open to the Public. Hours vary, please call for current schedule.




ELEMENTS IS LOCATED IN ANGEL FIRE - 23 MILES EAST OF TAOS. dining out summer/fall 2013 • 14 •

Peoples’ Choice Award 1st Place for Red Chile 2012 at the Taos Chile Challenge. Certificate of Excellence 2013 Award from TripAdvisor

Wine • Sangria • Margaritas Draft Beer • Wine • Table Side Guacamole

Chile Relleno en Nogada

Seafood Paella

Cochinita Pibil

Carnitas de Cerdo en Mole Verde

Barbacoa de Borrego

Lobster Enchiladas with

Carne Asada a la Tampiquena

Beef Tenderloin Medallions

Camarones al la Veracruz


Tacos de Alambres


Pato Enchilada con Mole Poblano


Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free available

Introducing Our New Location in Longmont, Colorado!

Open Mon - Sat 11am - 9pm In Longmont: In Taos:

122 Doña Luz Street Located Behind Taos Plaza


246 Main St.

Downtown Longmont

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Breakfast Lunch Sunday Brunch menu selections for everyone relaxed & friendly with year ‘round heated patio & outdoor terrace gourmet french toast • eggs & omelets fresh salads • creative sandwiches housemade soups & desserts • lasagna burrito & tamale plates • red & green chile vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options beer & wine • daily specials serving free trade organic coffee Harris Ranch natural beef incorporating local seasonal produce

Serving Taos For 25 Years Reservations • Takeout • Catering (575) 758-5787 • 120 Bent Street John Dunn House Shops • Taos, NM dining out summer/fall 2013 • 16 •

a family tradition returns after 10 years Serving Native New Mexican Cuisine ar Hickory Pit Smoked BBQ B l l u F rvice Chargrilled Steaks Se

Open: Monday-Tues & Thurs-Sun Closed Weds. Lunch: 11:00-3:00pm • Dinner: 3:00-9:30pm BBQ Catering Available


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Thirty Years of Good Food El Taoseño is a family-owned and family-operated restaurant. By Yvonne Pesquera | Photo by Chad Lewis


n 1983, Arturo and Connie Archuleta first opened El Taoseño on the west side of Paseo del Pueblo Sur. But as word of their good food spread among locals and visitors, the Archuletas set their sights on a larger property that had come up for sale: the bowling alley across the street. Today, Diana (Archuleta) Gonzales, who is the manager, remembers when her family restaurant, El Taoseño Restaurant, was once a bowling alley, skating rink, and later became a dance hall. “My mom and dad bowled here. I would come for the home fries and a Coke,” she recalls. The Archuletas moved into the present-day building in 1993 and in one area of the restaurant, a large section of the original bowling alley floor is still visible. Longevity is definitely a point of pride for the Archuleta family. When asked how long their family has been in Taos, Gonzales and her brother Fred Archuleta, who is the general manager, respond: “Forever.” Within the restaurant itself, all of the brothers and sisters have worked there –– Yolanda (Archuleta) Muñoz, Orlando Archuleta, and Leonard Archuleta –– as well as spouses and children. Several members of the wait staff and cooking crew have been with the familyowned business for over 20 years. “Sometimes family businesses can be hard,”

says Gonzales. “But we work really well together.” Referring to his father, Arturo, who passed away 13 years ago, Fred Archuleta says, “Maybe this was his way to keep us all together.” And what keeps the business thriving for so long is the quality of food they serve. “We serve the kind of food you make at home,” says Gonzales. “Everything is fresh and the food is consistent.” El Taoseño is known for its award-winning red and green chile; both come from the Hatch Valley. Fred Archuleta says the best part of managing the restaurant is seeing new and repeat customers come in. “We know so many of the locals,” he says. “But it’s also great when visitors say: ‘We stop here every time because this is the best.’” El Taoseño is looking toward a busy summer with remodeling upgrades and special functions in its private party room. As the town of Taos continues to grow and welcome newcomers, the Archuletas plan on continuing to be a part of the Taos character. “We serve good food at reasonable prices,” says Fred Archuleta. “That was Dad’s advice. And that’s what we do to keep people coming back.” El Taoseño Restaurant is celebrating 30 years of business. Look out for specials and promotions later this summer.

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Meal Special 2 XTRA Large Pizza’s w/ 1 Topping

Hawaiian Pizza

Lunch Special 11am-2pm

Chicken, Alfredo Sauce, Mushrooms and Extra Cheese

40 Wings $39.99

2 Slices of Pizza w/ 1 Topping Drink $4.99

Ham, Pineapple and Extra Cheese

Chicken Alfredo Pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Supreme Pizza

Pepperoni, Sausage, Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Onions, Black Olives, Extra Cheese Large $15.99, XLarge $17.99 24" Large $34.99

Chicken, Onions, Bell Peppers, Cheddar Cheese and Extra Cheese

Chalupp’s Pizza

Ground Beef, Bacon, Ham, Bell Peppers, Onion and Extra Cheese

Meat Lovers Pizza

Ham, Canadian Bacon, Beef, Pepperoni, Sausage and Extra Cheese

Vegetable Pizza

Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Onions, Black Olives, Tomato, Zucchini and Extra Cheese

Mini Cheese Large Cheese X Large Cheese 24" Cheese 2 Large Cheese 2 X Large Cheese 6 Breadsticks

$3.99 $9.99 $10.99 $18.99 $16.99 $18.99 $3.99

With Cheese


With Cheese


12 Breadsticks

Toppings Pepperoni, Sausage, Bacon, Ham, Beef, Canadian Bacon, Ground Beef, Chicken, Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Onions, Pineapple, Black Olives, Tomatoes, Garlic, Jalapenos, Green Chili, Pepperocini & Cheddar Cheese


Extra Toppings (each)

Mini $.59 Large $1.49 X Large $1.99 24" $2.99

108 West Siler (Across from Smith's) • 575-758-0090

HOURS OPEN: Sunday thru Thursday 11am to 10pm • Friday and Saturday 11am to 11pm


Family Owned and Operated

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Mild, Medium, Hot, or BBQ

12 Wings 24 Wings 40 Wings

$8.99 $17.99 $25.99

Meatball $4.99 BBQ Chicken $4.99 House Salad

Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Black Olive and Cheese $4.99


Pepperoni, Ham, Black Olives, Tomatoes, Pepperocini and Cheese $4.99

Chicken Salad

With Tomatoes and Cheese


Fettuccini Chicken Alfredo

Mushrooms, Chicken or Shrimp $9.99 2-Breadsticks

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Marinara Sauce & Meatballs $9.99 2-Breadsticks

Flan Choco Flan Natilla Cheese Cake Chocolate Cake $2.99

Chalupp’s Chicken Penne

Cream of Mushroom, Sour Cream, Broccoli, Red Peppers & Chicken $12.99 2-Breadsticks

Coca~Cola Diet Coke Sprite Mtn Dew Orange Crush Dr. Pepper Can $1.00 2 Liter $2.50

108 West Siler (Across from Smith's) • 575-758-0090

HOURS OPEN: Sunday thru Thursday 11am to 10pm • Friday and Saturday 11am to 11pm


Family Owned and Operated

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The Largest Selection of Organic & Local Foods in Taos Organic Produce • Fresh Hormone-Free Meat Fresh Seafood • Coffee • Bakery Products • Cheese Fresh Flowers • Bulk Foods • Vitamins • Herbs • Gifts

Tempting Take-Out Foods including Hot Food & Salad Bars!

Sushi • Ribs • Sandwiches • Tamales • Rotisserie Chicken & More

623 Paseo del Pueblo Norte • 575-758-1148 • Taos dining out summer/fall 2013 • 22 •

TORTILLERIA DOS HERMANOS Come and Taste our Fresh Tortillas! We have Flour and Corn available. We also have the following: Corn on The Cob • Aguas Frescas Dori Nachos Come try our Elotes and Mexican Candy We are Open 8am to 8pm Mon - Sun Benga y Pruebe Nuestras Frescas Tortillas de Harina y Maiz Tambien Tenemos Elotes en Baso y Enteros Dorinachos • Agua Frescas • Chilindrinas Abrimos 8am to 8pm De Lunes - Domingo

575-758-3264 located on (Enchanted Plaza) on Salazar Rd St. #F and Canon West dining out summer/fall 2013 • 23 •

Restaurant Simple Food - Well Prepared from Chef & Food Historian Frederick Muller

Share Plates

Frijoles de olla local bolita beans, New Mexico sharp white cheddar, jalapenos, cilantro and green onion garnish with grilled flat bread Jamon Serrano Spanish cured ham with white nectarines & shaved Manchego cheese Grilled Artichoke with mustard caper vinaigrette

Salads Grilled Hearts of Romaine with lemon anchovy dressing and Manchego cheese

Large Plates Truchas Yerba Buena grilled whole trout with preserved lemon, mint, cilantro and garlic Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs sautéed kale with roasted tomato vinaigrette & fresh grated horseradish Tamale de Cardenas buffalo tamale, chile verde, Campo de Mantaban and Tucumcari feta House Made Pasta with mushrooms, asparagus, garlic, greens, olive oil and shaved Manchego cheese

Soup Chunky Gazpacho with prickly pear granite

Watermelon & Feta preserved lemon, white onion, kalamata olives and pomegranate syrup

Menu is subject to change Please check website for the most current offering

Desserts Dark Chocolate Souffle Cake with hazelnut crème anglaise and toasted hazelnuts Lavender Crème Brulee Almond Semifreddo with fresh berries & burnt sugar sauce Mini Cardamom Doughnuts (cooked to order) served with a caramel chocolate sauce Located in the historic El Torreon Hacienda • 1017 Paseo del Pueblo Norte (1.2 miles north of the Taos Plaza) Reservations recommended 575-751-3337 Hours: Monday - Saturday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm • dining out summer/fall 2013 • 24 •

EAT THE ART Taos’ finest dining with award-winning cuisine. Enjoy the freshest, local ingredients, featuring contemporary comfort food, an inclusive wine list and live entertainment.

Mention this ad and receive 15% off your dining experience. Not including alcohol, tax and gratuities.

3 1 7 K I T C A R S O N R OA D , TAO S ELMONTESAGRADO.COM • 575-758-3502 dining out summer/fall 2013 • 25 •


Northern New Mexico & AmericanCuisine

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Home of the Breakfast Burrito Eggs, Pancakes, French Toast, Breakfast Burritos, Huevos Rancheros & Menudo. Green Chile Cheese Burgers, Burritos, Tacos, Enchiladas, Chile Rellenos. Fajitas, Grilled Rainbow Trout, Steak, Liver & Chefs Salad Beer & Wine

819 Paseo del Pueblo Sur • 758-4142 6am-9pm on Mon.-Thurs. • 6am-10pm on Fri. & Sat. • 6am-2pm on Sundays Full menu at dining out summer/fall 2013 • 26 •


Our beers are made and sold on premise. We employ only the finest ingredients, serving our beers fresh, unfiltered, and unpasteurized . We also offer “Guest Beers” from other breweries.


In addition to our regular menu, we offer great daily specials including fish, pastas, and salads. Also ... Sushi Tuesday, the Sunday Blue Plate Special, and World Eats Thursday.


We take our food preparation very seriously. Employing locally grown, organic produce as much as possible, as well as, locally raised grass fed beef. We take pride in serving consistent, quality food, settling for nothing less than the highest quality ingredients.


For the young, we offer a Children’s Menu. And for the young at heart we offer fun and games like ping pong, hula hoops, and an all-ages sandbox full of toys!

Eske’s is Located on Des Georges Lane One-Half Block Southeast of Taos Plaza 21 years in business! Summer hours: lunch and dinner through mid-October. • 575-758-1517 dining out summer/fall 2013 • 27 •

Juicy burgers Cold Beer

Located in the historic taos pLaza

Open daily at 11am 575.758.8866 dining out summer/fall 2013 • 28 •

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Best of New Mexico Cuisine & Texas BBQ • On-Site Smoked Meat • Daily Specials • We Pride Ourselves on Our Homemade Desserts & Sides • Take Out By the Pound

John & Wendy Hail Owners/Operators

Check Out Our Reviews

• We Do Catering • Great Guest Satisfaction

575-377-9938 3400 N. M. 434 Suite F Angel Fire

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New Mexican & American Cuisine in the Enchanted Circle

Open 7 days a week • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Serving Homemade Sopapillas

Specialties Hatcha’s Blue Corn Enchiladas Homemade Tamales Fajitas



American Dishes Hand Pressed 1/3 lb. Burgers Hatcha’s Famous Sandwiches Ribeye or Chopped Steak





*Expires November 30, 2013

*Expires November 30, 2013

Consider Hatcha’s to cater your next function whether it’s your wedding, business meeting, or social event. We have the experience & style to ensure your guests enjoy a deliciously memorable meal!

575-377-7011 • 3453 Mountain View Blvd., Suite D • Angel Fire, NM www.

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(575) 751 - 0474

1023 Paseo del Pueblo Sur next to Storyteller Theater closed Lunch Specials Tuesdays From 11am - 3 pm Served with Soup, Rice, Egg roll, Wonton BEER & WINE


SEAFOOD BIRD’S NEST Lobster, scallops, shrimp, crab and fish filet, sauteed in a delightful white wine sauce. Served in a flour basket. vOLcANO SHRIMP HOT! Dipped in a light tempura batter, then combined with ginger, crushed red peppers and scallions. Garnished over a bed of steamed broccoli. IMPERIAL SHRIMP Crispy Shrimp in a light tempura batter, glazed with sweet ginger sauce. Garnished over a bed of broccoli. Gotta try it! BLAcK PEPPER SHRIMP Succulent tiger shrimp stir-fried with diced sweet onions, peppers, and a touch of black pepper. Garnished with steamed broccoli. SPRING ROLL (2) Vegetarian egg roll. POT STIcKERS (6) Pan-fried dumplings with ground meat and vegetables. HOT & SOuR SOuP HOT! Spicy chicken broth with pork, bean curd and bamboo shoots. DRAGON PHOENIX SOuP Subtle flavors of chicken and crab compliment each other delicately. GENERAL TSO’S TOFu Vegetarian “General Tso’s Chicken” TA cHIEN GAI Sliced chicken with broccoli, snow peas, carrots, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, etc. Sauteed in a spicy brown sauce. PEKING ROAST DucK Roast boneless duck. Served with pancakes, scallions and Hoisin sauce. • lemon chicken • • General tso’s chicken •

• teriyaki chicken • • moo-shoo duck •

PEPPER STEAK Beef tenderloin sauteed with fresh green peppers and onions in a brown sauce. GINGER LAMB Sliced lamb sauteed with sweet spicy ginger in a brown sauce. Garnished with steamed broccoli. ROYAL SHRIMP Shrimp with snow pea pods, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, broccoli, carrot and mushrooms in a wine sauce. SESAME SHRIMP Lightly battered shrimp glazed with a sweet, spicy brown sauce. Sprinkled with sesame seeds. Served over a bed of lettuce. • stir-fried rice • pan-fried noodles • • lo mein • sweet & sour • • VeGetaBle entrees • Subject to change without notice.

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Summer/Fall 2013

Restaurant Location Guide 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34

Mosaic Taos Spa & Tennis Club Kokoman Liquors Ojo Caliente Francesca’s Clothing Boutique The Bridge at Alamosa 5 Star Burgers Taos Inn Alley Cantina Angel Fired Pizza Angel Fire Resort Antonio’s Bent Street Deli & Cafe Casa de Valdez Casa los Cordovas Chalupp’s Pizza Cid’s Food Market Dos Hermanos El Meze El Monte Sagrado El Taoseño Restaurant Eske’s Brew Pub & Eatery The Gorge Bar & Grill Gutiz Restaurant Hacienda del Sol Hail’s Holy Smoke BBQ Hatcha’s Grill Hunan Chinese Restaurant Area Map

36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 47 48 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 66 67 68

Ikoko KTAOS Kurt’s Deli La Cueva Los Amigos at Quality Inn Los Vaqueros at Sagebrush Inn Marisco’s Martyr’s Steakhouse Michael’s Kitchen Mondo Italiano Orlando’s Pizaños Purple Sage Cafe Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Sabroso Smith’s Food & Pharmacy Sol Food & Cafe Song’s Asian Restaurant Station 3 One 6 by Orlando’s Taos Mesa Brewing Taos Diner (two locations) Taos Mountain Casino The Red Diamond Restaurant Taos Pizza Outback Yu Garden Ranchos Trading Post Taos Java Old Martina’s

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Includes Taos, Angel Fire, Española & Ojo Caliente


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Organic, Fair-Trade Coffee and Espresso Fresh Home Made Pastries Salads and Deli Specialties Authentic Sushi and Spring Rolls Grab and Go Sandwiches Cold Drinks a fresh alternative on the southside of Taos!

1033 H Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM 87571 (located in Martinez Plaza near The Good Sole)


Mon - Fri 7 am - 6 pm Sat 8 am - 4 pm dining out summer/fall 2013 • 36 •

Find delicious here. Bar and Grill • Live Music Venue Home of World Famous Solar Radio KTAOS 101.9 Open 7 days a week at 4pm, Happy hour 4-6 Kid friendly - Lawn dining - Best views in Taos!

Photo: Brandt Legg


9 State Road 150, Taos (on the road to Taos Ski Valley) • 575-758-5826 dining out summer/fall 2013 • 37 •



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"THE BEST FLAVOR OF MEXICAN FOOD" Enchiladas Ceviche Burritos Fish & Chips Chimichangas Camarones al Mojo de Ajo Rellenos Garlic Style Salmon Chicken Mole Enchiladas Seafood Enchiladas Fajitas Chipotle Shrimp Tacos Plato Combinado Fresh Fruit Smoothies



Come enjoy our expanded dining room.

WE DELIVER BUSINESS & WORKPLACE FREE WI-FI Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 7 days a week 10am - 9pm Credit Cards accepted

135 Paseo del Pueblo Sur • Parking available on Quesnel St. dining out summer/fall 2013 • 39 •

BEST VALUE IN TOWN EARLY BIRD SPECIALS: SERVED NIGHTLY FROM 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm ALL PRICED FROM $7.95-$9.95 All early bird specials include: Salad bar, soup, complimentary glass of wine (for guests over 21), mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable and bread 5 BREADED SHRIMP, 1 PORK CHOP, CHICKEN BREAST, ROAST BEEF, SALISBURY STEAK, MEXICAN STEAK, MEATLOAF

DINNER: SERVED FROM 5:30 pm - CLOSE Includes salad bar, soup, choice of potato and vegetables.






LUNCH BUFFET MONDAY - FRIDAY 11:00 am - 2:00 pm $6.95+tax Best value in town: includes salad bar and dessert.


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Sagebrush Inn Full Service Bar 3pm - Close Dinner Served 5:00pm - Close Appetizer Sautéed Mushrooms - $6.95 Smoked Trout - $7.95 Shrimp Cocktail - $8.95 French Onion Soup - $3.95 House Specialties Prime Rib 12oz or 16oz - $24.95 or $27.95 Blue Cornmeal Crusted Trout - $14.95 Pork Loin with Tequila Lime Sauce - $15.95 Fettuccini with Alfredo or Marinara Sauce With Shrimp - $16.95 With Chicken - $13.95 Menu Selections Filet Mignon 6 oz or 8 oz - $22.95 or $26.95 Ribeye 12 oz - $19.95 New York Sirloin - $19.95 Salmon - $16.95 Scampi - $16.95 Lobster Tail - Market Price Alaskan King Crab 1lb - $28.95 Beef or Chicken Enchiladas - $12.95 Beef or Chicken Fajitas - $12.95 All entrees are served with salad bar, vegetable and choice of rice pilaf, baked potato, french fries, steak fries, or sweet potato fries


A Taos Landmark

575 758 2254 Reservations Suggested

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Prime, Aged, Hand-Cut Steaks ~ Fresh, Seasonal Seafood Signature Drink Menu & Wine List

Open for Lunch and Dinner ~ Reservations Recommended Join us in our 575.751.3020 ~ 146 Paseo del Pueblo Norte dining out summer/fall 2013 • 43 •

Specialty of the House Lambert’s Chef Ky Quintanilla: So Zen By Virginia Clark | Photos by Tina Larkin


y Quintanilla’s simplicity is complex. He talks as easily about wild mushroom risotto with white truffle oil and Parmigiano Reggiano as he does about his double-delights — Natalya, 9, and Tatyana, 6. He babies his sauces and coddles his daughters, bringing to each unmitigated love and attention.

Jason Smith, one of his cooks, says Ky is “so Zen” — an unflappable center amidst the kitchen chaos that is the second nature of fine dining. Quintanilla is the young, 30-something, executive chef of Taos’ highly regarded Lambert’s Restaurant, who seems equally unflappable amidst the new digs on Bent Street, where it reopened just weeks earlier, April 5.

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uintanilla’s face brightens perceptibly discussing the amenities of his new facilities with practically double the space — the Apple Tree kitchen he says was designed for a high-volume as well as a high-end culinary product. Pointing to his dry pantry, he notes there’s nothing canned, just the basics — bags of sushi, bomba, and Pakistani basmati rice, polenta, cases of organic eggs (local, Estancia, N. M.), boxes of organic garlic and onions, lots of grains. “It was pretty primitive for what we were trying to execute,” he says of Lambert’s original 1989 kitchen, carved out of corners and tucked away in the old Randall homestead on Paseo del Pueblo Sur. They can do big parties now, he says, and still provide the “consistency” of excellence so many customers cited in a survey a few years back, taken by then-M’aitre D’ Tom Rogers — their number-one reason for returning time and again. Proof that you may indeed go home again, or do a 360 in Taos, is the fact that Quintanilla, Rogers, Ken and Sara Draim, Michelle Myers, Sammi Kennedy, Pamela Maestas and Shambu (doing service and music) are all former Apple Tree employees who are back in their old haunt of years past. Quintanilla started at Apple Tree in 2000 as a prep cook and by 2004, at age 25, he was named executive chef. Shortly thereafter, “because I thought it was a bit much,” he left and studied under Zeke Lambert until 2008 when Zeke and Tina sold it to Taos Restaurant Group (Joseph Wrede, Nat Troy and Mike Yaccino), working at Joseph’s Table on Taos Plaza, also part of TRG’s Taos triumvirate (The Old Blinking Light, Joseph’s Table and Lambert’s). A Taos High graduate of 1994, Quintanilla went to NMSU-Las Cruces for filmmaking/ directing, then UNM-Taos, but hooked a

detour to New York, attending Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, followed by a few year-stint as Ronnie Lee’s exec chef and GM before coming to Apple Tree. And the rest is, as they say, proof in the pudding. “I’m most turned on by being able to grow,” Quintanilla says about the move to Bent Street. “I felt I was getting stagnant — no foot traffic. We couldn’t handle more than 12 to 15 people in the bar, where now we can do 40 or 42 people.” Many a Lambert’s aficionado has dined at the bar in lieu of a table, and that time-tested ambiance is still a focal point, both upstairs in the Tree House lounge and downstairs inside, and out in fair weather under the apple tree - only more people now will be able to take advantage of it. The former Apple Tree’s nichoed dining rooms stand up well to Lambert’s renowned candle-lit islands, typically two-and fourtops with freshly rebuilt bancos and inviting decór, all Vee Yaccino’s interior design. Newly available is the singular Governor’s Room overlooking the Gov. Bent House courtyard, a private dining sala immediately east of the downstairs bar, with a harvest table that seats from 6 to 10 (or 12 if you’re really chummy). “As well as being able to provide for 25 new employees, I feel fortunate in moving to this location, with the word-of-mouth and loyal local clientele following us here. “Every night’s been so busy,” Quintanilla says. ‘The bar has seen big crowds, eating three-course meals out on the coffee tables, just like the old place.” Beyond being as good as before, Quintanilla hinted broadly that Pastry Chef Michelle Myers’ renown adds a whole new and exciting element to Lambert’s (desserts to die for — count on it). “We wanted to remain exactly the same Lambert’s yet have room to grow.”

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Pizza Stop Purple Sage Cafe Lily’s IN the garden KtAoS Solar Bar

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Years and Still Cooking! BEST RESTAURANT BEST BAKERY BEST BREAKFAST BEST CHILE Best of Taos since 1998

All your Favorite Spanish & American Dishes Full Bakery…Cinnamon Rolls, Donuts, Fritters, Cookies, Cream Puffs, Eclairs & Much MORE!!!! 7 Days a week Mon - Thur 7am - 2:30pm Fri-Sun at “YOUR REQUEST” 7am till 8pm Full menu at all hours $6.50 Weekly Lunch Specials Special prices subject to change

Includes Your Drink Limited Catering Available 304 N. Pueblo Road Taos • 3 blocks north of the plaza 575.758.4178 Full menu at Or, pick up our complimentary menu. dining out summer/fall 2013 • 47 •

Full Menu at Appetizers Cornmeal Crusted Baby Zucchini $7

Buttermilk-soaked and dusted with semolina parmesan breading. Fried until crisp and served with Italian ranch dipping sauce.

Calamari Fritti $8

Beer battered and deep fried. Served with lemon garlic aioli or marinara sauce.

Taos Fire House Wings

Original buffalo hot wing recipe from Buffalo New York

1 bell medium heat, 2 bells getting hotter, 3 bells call 911 6pcs. $6 12pcs. $12 18pcs.$15 Fried Avocado $7

Avocado halves dipped in batter and lightly fried. Served with sun dried tomato salsa and chipotle cream sauce.

Salads - Dressings: Buttermilk Ranch, Blue Cheese, Red Wine Vinaigrette, Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar

Caesar with grated Romano Croutons $8

Romaine lettuce with classic Caesar dressing, shaved parmesan cheese and avocado slices.

Add grilled shrimp $11, grilled chicken $10 Caprese Salad $8

Vine ripened tomato, buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Antipasto Salad $10

Salami, pepperocini, capicola, tomato, olives and provolone served with Italian Vinaigrette.

Insalata Mescolata $5

House salad made of arugula and baby lettuces with slivers of red onion, tomatoes and olives.

Baked Entrees Eggplant Parmigiana $12 Slices of breaded eggplant layered with melted mozzarella cheese, provolone and tomato sauce.

Chicken Parmigiana $14

Breaded chicken breast baked with melted mozzarella cheese, provolone and tomato sauce.

Lasagna Bolognese $12 Layers of pasta, ricotta cheese and meat sauce smothered in melted mozzarella.

Shrimp Bruno $15

Shrimp dipped in egg and flour then sauteed until golden. Served with lemon and white wine Dijon mustard sauce.

Pan Roasted Chicken Breast $12

Breast of chicken glazed with roasted garlic and served on a bed of creamed spinach and wild mushroom orzo.

Shrimp Scampi $15

Traditionally prepared with garlic, lemon and white wine

*Prices subject to change

Open 7 days week • Monday-Sunday Open at 11:30 575-758-1329 • 622 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur •Taos, NM dining out summer/fall 2013 • 48 •

Pizzas & Calzones 12” $10

18” $14

*Veggies Eggplant Mushroom Arugula Sun Dried Tomato Olives Jalapeño Peppers Sweet Peppers Fresh Basil Broccoli Avocado Red Onion Carmelized onion Vine Ripened Tomato

Slice $2 Calzones $10 Zucchini Sliced Pear Golden Raisins Dried Cranberries Pine Nuts Pineapple Green Chili *Meat & Seafood Sausage Pepperoni Capicola Meatball Chicken Breast

Pancetta Calamari Clams Shrimp *Specialty Cheeses Buffalo Mozzarella Provolone Fontina Goat Cheese Ricotta *Additional Pricing For Each Item

House Made Pasta - Full & Half Orders Linguine alia Vongole $14 1/2 $8

Linguine with dams prepared in a classic garlic and olive oil sauce. Or red sauce using fresh tomatoes and oregano.

Penne Ricotta with Sausage & Peppers $11 1/2 $7.50

Grilled Italian sausage, peppers and onions mixed with ricotta cheese and fresh tomato sauce.

Fettuccine Alfredo $12 1/2 $7.50 with Chicken $13 1/2 $8 or Shrimp $14.75 1/2 $9

Parmesan cheese and cream tossed with grilled chicken or shrimp.

Fettuccine Carbonara $10 1/2 $ 7.50

Wide flat pasta, sauteed onions, garden peas, pancetta, egg yokes and a touch of cream.

Penne Primavera $11 1/2 $7.50

Fresh Roma tomatoes, minced garlic, baby zucchini and bell peppers tossed with olive oil and goat cheese.

House Made Ravioli $11 1/2 $7.50

Filled with porcini ricotta filling or Parmesan and ricotta cheese.

Spaghetti with Meatballs or Sausage $12 1/2 $8 Traditional, classic, simple.

Oven Baked Hot Italiano Hero Sandwiches $9.00 Served on house made rustic hero rollswith marinara sauce, melted provolone and mozzarella cheeses.

New York Style Meatball A three meat ball made with pork, veal and beef. Smothered in marinara, parmigiana and mozzarella Sausage with Peppers and Onions Sauteed sweet or hot italian sausage prepared with roasted peppers, onions and tomato with melted provolone.

Sausage with Peppers and Onions Sauteed sweet or hot italian sausage prepared with roasted peppers, onions, tomato with melted provolone.

Eggplant Parmigiana Layers of lightly breaded and fried eggplant and tomato sauce, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses.

Chicken parmigiana Chicken cutlets lightly breaded and pan fried with marinara, parmigiana and mozzarella cheeses.

Cold Italian Sub Our rustic house roll layered with capicola , salami and pepperoni with slices of provolone cheese, lettuce and tomato. Prepared with a classic italian vinaigrette dressing.

Coffee Bar Open Daily at 7:00am 575-758-1329 622 Paseo del Pueblo Sur dining out summer/fall 2013 • 49 •

Imported & Domestic Beer & Wines

Lunch 10:30-3 Dinner 5-9 Open Sundays

New Mexican Cafe Voted Best New Mexican Food in Taos Blue Corn Enchiladas Grilled Carne Adovada Smothered Burritos with Red Chili, Green Chile, or Chili Caribe Sayulita Fish or Shrimp Tacos Chile Rellenos Create Your Own Bowl Tamale Plate re o M h c Mu d n A 751-1450 1.8 miles north of Taos Plaza dining out summer/fall 2013 • 50 •

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Purple Sage Café

Wireless Internet Breakfast & Lunch All Day Gourmet Coffee Friendly Atmosphere Fruit Smoothies Take Out Lovely Environment Seasonal Outdoor Patio & Garden See Our Menu Online

575-751-0562 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 7:00am to 3:00pm BEST OF TAOS COUNTY

1381 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos Next to Ace Hardware

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On Taos Plaza next to La Fonda Hotel

Open 7 days a Week

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Open 4:30pm-10pm 7 Days Last Dining Room Seating 9pm Sabroso features an extensive selection of beers, freshly-squeezed margaritas, spirits, and a wine list catering to everyone’s price range from $25 to $300. Menu subject to change.



Fried Portabello Mushroom Strips soy-ginger dipping sauce Flash-Fried Calamari served with our version of honey mustard and romesco sauces Fresh Gulf Oysters served raw, roasted with horseradish glaze, or baked Sabroso style with housemade bacon, fresh parmigiano-reggiano and butter Lump Crab Cakes housemade rémoulade Braised Buffalo Short Rib appetizer portion of buffalo short rib served with Asian sauce Fish Tacos grilled Mahi Mahi, shredded cabbage, cheese, pico de gallo French Fries tossed with white truffle oil and freshly-grated parmigiano-reggiano

Green Chile Corn Chowder our vegetarian New Mexico soup Sabroso French Onion Soup our version of the traditional French soup Pear & Gorgonzola Salad pickled shallots, spiced walnuts & pomegranate vinaigrette Sabroso Caesar Salad our own tangy anchovy-based dressing with fresh parmigianoreggiano garnished with whole white anchovies add fried chicken strips Wedge Salad crisp iceberg lettuce with our own blue cheese dressing, red onion, grape tomatoes, and frizzled proscuitto Mezze hummus and baba ghanouj served with traditional garnishes and pita triangles


(SERVED ONLY IN BAR AREA) Except as noted all are served with jicama slaw and choice of french fries or sweet potato fries. Substitute fresh green salad, Caesar or wedge salad for slaw or fries.

Steak Frites 8oz flat iron steak, wood grilled with spicy ancho chile sauce. Cheese optional Liver & Onions with housemade bacon, mashed potatoes Salmon Frites wood-grilled salmon filet Moules Marinière traditional French bistro dish of mussels served in their shells in a broth of herbs and white wine accompanied by pain grillé

Hickory-Smoked Baby Back Ribs award-winning barbeque sauce Braised Buffalo Short Rib entrée-sized portion of the short rib served with Asian sauce Sabroso Burger housemade hamburger wood-grilled additions: green chile, cheddar cheese, or gorgonzola cheese and housemade smoked bacon Wood-Grilled Black Angus Ribeye Steak twelve ounce hand-cut ribeye seasonal vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes



Sabroso Bouillabaisse the traditional Provençal fish stew of mussels, calamari, and other seafood in a light tomato, herb, and wine broth with crostini and saffron rouille Vegetarian Ravioli of the Day housemade

Wild Mushroom Farfalle Carbonara with housemade smoked bacon, cheese, egg, and cream. Available without bacon for vegetarians Free Range Chicken Breast all natural, vegetarian-fed, European air-chill processed Your server will discuss today’s presentation


Steaks are rubbed with our house rub before grilling unless otherwise requested. All entrées are accompanied by selected seasonal vegetables. Hand-cut Black Angus Steaks Grilled Salmon of the Day add a slice of Stilton cheese on any steak for only your server will discuss today’s presentation Filet Mignon served with brandy and green peppercorn Catch-of-the-day reduction and roasted fingerling potatoes your server will discuss today’s presentation Market Price Rib Eye served with garlic mashed potatoes

Mixed Grill a combination of grilled items that changes daily

Timothy Wooldridge, Executive Chef. Mike Mellinger, Owner/Wine Buyer. An 18% gratuity will be added to tables of six or more. Menu and pricing subject to change.

470 State Highway 150 ★ P. O. Box 505 ★ Arroyo Seco ★ New Mexico 87514 575-776-3333 ★ Fax 575-776-5003 ★

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Great Parties! Made To Order! Italian Meats Our Italian meats tray is piled high with salami, pepperoni, prosciutto, provolone and much more.

Deli Meat & Cheese (shown above) “A little something savory” Premier Private selection oven roasted turkey, smokehouse ham, roast beef and more. Medium serves 12-16: Large serves 16-20

Chicken Wing Platter Each Platter includes your choice of ranch or blue cheese dip. Medium serves 12-16

Cubed Meat & Cheese This tray consists of bite-sized cubes of turkey, ham, swiss and chedder with savory crackers. Medium serves serves 12-16 Condiments This tray consists of cut lettuce, sliced tomatoes, green peppers, red onions, jalapeños and salad peppers. Great for you backyard barbecues too! Medium serves 12-16

Chicken Tender Platter Each Platter includes your choice of ranch or blue cheese dip. Medium serves 12-16

market fresh. money smart. 224 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos • (575) 758-3711 • dining out summer/fall 2013 • 55 •

Healthiest Food in Taos County!!! Organic Juice Bar • Smoothies Organic Espresso Drinks Fresh Pastries & Desserts

Sol Food Salads or Wraps: Sonoma Chicken Salad Mixed greens with tomato, cucumber and Sonoma chicken salad (free-range chicken, grapes, pecans, apple, celery, poppy seeds and mayo). Served with fig dressing. $9.99 The Taos Humm Mixed greens with hummus, tomato, sprouts, carrots, cucumber and a pesto vinaigrette dressing. $8.99 Taj Mahal Mixed greens with tomato, cucumber, and chicken curry salad (chicken, pecans, dried cranberries, apple, red onion, mayo, and Indian curry). Served with a fig balsamic dressing. $9.99 Ensalada Del Sol Mixed greens with applegate turkey, avocado, red onions, sprouts, candied walnuts and a fig balsamic dressing with pesto drizzled on top. $9.99

Panini Grilled Sandwiches: (Served with a side salad) All paninis can be made with gluten free bread!

591 Hondo Seco Rd., Downtown Arroyo Seco NM

Sol Food Market & Cafe


Open Daily 8am - 7pm

Call in your to-go order today!

All wraps can be made with a gluten Free Tortilla!

Taoseño Club Applegate turkey, bacon, avocado, tomato, aged white cheddar with a green chile mayo. $9.99 El Italiano Salami, Applegate ham, fresh basil, tomato & fresh mozzarella with a delicious pesto spread. $9.99 La Verdura Tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil and pesto. $7.99 Taos Turkey Reuben Applegate turkey, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, a whole green chile, and our homemade green chile thousand island dressing. $9.99 Veggie Del Sol Hummus, avocado, tomato, sprouts, red onions, salt and pepper, and a pesto spread. $8.99


(Served from 8am - 12 pm)

El Burro Scrambled local eggs, brown rice, black beans, avocado, local white cheddar wrapped in an organic whole wheat tortilla. Topped with sour cream and salsa. $7.99 Smothered in green chile add $2.00 Gluten Free Waffle Served with a berry medley on top and maple syrup. $5.99 dining out summer/fall 2013 • 56 •

Customer Favorites: Honey Walnut Shrimp Warrior’s Chicken Thai Green Curry Peking Duck Shrimp Fried Rice

Try our Taos Roll Salmon, T : un Crab and a, Avocado… Spicy!

Fresh Catch of the Day! Check out our Sushi Bar! Beer, Wine & Sake

Mon. - Sat. 11:00 a.m. - 9 p.m. • Sun. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.


703 Paseo del Pueblo Sur

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s ibs lads ings ish aks chos r e g e Bur R Sa W F St Na And Much More... Happy Hour 4 - 6pm 316 Paseo del Pueblo Sur 2.5 Blocks South of the Plaza 575.737.0316 dining out summer/fall 2013 • 58 •

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Two convenienT locaTions:

Where the

locals eat. Taos Diner 908 Paseo Del Pueblo norTe On the nOrthside • 575-758-2374

Local Grass-fed Beef and Organic Vegetables Everything Homemade Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner New Mexican Red & Green Chile

Taos Diner ii 216 B PaseO del PueBlO sur dOwntOwn taOs • 575-751-1989

Daily Specials Gluten-Free Menu Home-made Desserts

Beer & Wine



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includes omelets, breakfast burrito, steak and eggs, pancakes, French toast and more


includes Nathan hot dogs, club sandwich, chicken fried steak and burgers plus several salads Enchiladas


features Fajita Grande, Taco Platter, BBQ Ribs, Shrimp or Chicken Alfredo, and Prime Rib Saturdays Only!


Red Diamond R E S TA U R A N T

1-888-WIN-Taos • Located on the historic Taos Pueblo

Hours: Mon & Tue 11am-10pm Wed & Thur 8am-10pm Fri & Sat 8am - 11pm Sun 8am-10pm New Mexico’s ONLY 100% Smoke Free Casino!!

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Yu Garden Asian Cuisine

Variety of lunch combinations served between 11-3

Your choice of entree served with Hot &Sour or Egg Flower Soup, Fried Wonton, Spring Roll, Fried Rice and Fortune Cookie.

Lunch Special Bento Box

Served with shrimp and vegetable tempura, Salad, your choice of steamed or fried rice, and your choice of soup.

Chef’s Specialties Seafood Dishes Chicken Dishes Vegetable Dishes Beef Dishes Mushu Dishes Pork Dishes Lamb Dishes Sizzling Plates Open 7 days a week Open Hours: 11:00AM - 9:00PM Friday and Saturday open until 9:30PM 758-7828 • 1033 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur Ste. J, Taos dining out summer/fall 2013 • 63 •

La Cueva: Full belly, happy heart By Teresa Dovalpage | Photos by Tina Larkin


a Cueva’s name means “The Cave,” but this cozy restaurant in the heart of downtown Taos doesn’t look like a cave at all. The bright-colored walls, an old kiva fireplace and the wood floors make it inviting and comfortable, without trying too hard. The restaurant is small inside, with just five tables, but Juana and Horacio Zarazua, the owners, have just opened the patio for the summer. With the new arrangement the place gains seven more tables, under colorful umbrellas, to dine al fresco. “We also decorate it with candles at night,” said Juana Zarazua. “The plants provide a nice touch of green, now that all the flowers are starting to bloom. We want to make the restaurant inviting, like someone’s own casa.” The food also resembles the one you can get at your home — supposing mama or grandma had collected as many recipes as the Zarazuas did, and were such skillful chefs. Their most popular dish is the chile relleno,

made from scratch with Hatch green chile, stuffed with cheese and smothered with red and green sauce. It’s served with rice, beans and pico de gallo (onions, tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeno). “We don’t use anything frozen,” said Horacio Zarazua. “We buy fresh chiles, clean them by hand and make sure that they are cooked just right.” That’s the reason why the chile relleno tastes delicious, so soft that it melts in your mouth with cheese and everything. “The process takes a lot of work, but our patrons appreciate the difference,” said Zarazua. Sometimes vendors from a large food distributor approach him, Zarazua tells me, and offer La Cueva a good deal on frozen chile, explaining that it would save the cooks time and effort. “I always answer ‘gracias, pero no,’” Zarazua said. “No matter what you do, frozen foods never have the same texture and flavor as fresh meals.”

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“Panza llena, corazon contento” is a Mexican saying that means “full belly, happy heart.”


he menu includes Mexican and New Mexican plates. Cochinita pibil is one of the specials today. The shredded pork is wrapped on a banana leaf and has a tangy flavor after being marinated in three kinds of juice — lime, orange and lemon. Like most dishes, it is served with rice, beans and corn or flour tortillas. The dessert department is as well stocked as anyone with a sweet tooth could wish for. The little chimichangas make good use of the omnipresent flour tortilla. They are stuffed with mango and cream cheese and then deep-fried. “We serve them with vanilla ice cream to set off the flavors,” Zarazua said. According to Treska Stein, a native of Germany, yummy is the best word to describe the sweet chimichangas. “I have tried several dishes at La Cueva and love them all,” Stein said. “The burritos are excellent too. You can also order food to go and they are very efficient and fast.” The Zarazuas and their employees do deliveries around town, mostly to businesses. The service is free. La Cueva opened its doors in March 2011. Both Horacio and Juana Zazueta are experienced chefs, having worked at The Old Blinking Light, Graham’s Grill, Relleno’s and Antonio’s. “It was about time for us to open our very own restaurant,” Zarazua said. The Zarazuas want to spread a healthconscious message. Their chiles rellenos, tacos, tortillas and sauces are all gluten-free and there are several vegetarian entrees. They are planning a new summer menu which will include fresh salads, Mexicanstyle prime ribs, dulce de leche and their

signature coctel de camaron, a shrimp cocktail with tomatoes, onions, jalapeño, lemon juice, cilantro, avocado, ketchup and orange soda. “We want to capture the spirit of summer in Taos,” said Juana Zarazua, “and translate it into healthy food choices. We are in love with this town and it is always an inspiration for our menus.” The couple is originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, but they have lived in Taos for 15 years. They have three daughters and the eldest helps occasionally in the restaurant. “We are very grateful for all that we have received here; therefore, we really want to give back to the community,” Zarazua said. “That’s why we keep our prices down and as affordable as we can.” The most difficult part of the restaurant business, they both said, is the long hours, particularly in a place that is open every day, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. “One of us is always here,” said Juana Zarazua, “so if there is a school event for one of our daughters, we need to take turns to attend. It means a great deal of commitment.” “There are no work-free holidays for us,” said her husband. “When other people take days off, in Christmas or New Year, we work extra hard. But we love the restaurant business and it keeps us going. At the end of the day, the biggest satisfaction comes from knowing that people are happy with our food, that they have panzas llenas y corazones contentos after dining at La Cueva.” “Panza llena, corazon contento” is a Mexican saying that means “full belly, happy heart.” La Cueva Café is located at 135 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, at the corner of Paseo del Pueblo Sur and Quesnel. Phone: (575) 758-7001. Website: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Trading Post Café italian Restaurant featuRing local aRtisans

Tues. - Sat. Lunch: 11am - 4pm rs ea orite Y Dinner 4pm - 9pm 20 l fav Closed Sunday and Monday a oc al ReseRvations welcome Patio seating, weather permitting Private dining room for large parties Additional parking behind restaurant off Hwy 518

We accommodate many dietary lifestyles

Mangia Festa • Tues - Thurs • 4 - 6pm • $1200-3 Course Meal Lunch Menu • 11am - 4pm caesaR salad with grilled chicken breast or grilled salmon or grilled yellow fin tuna 13.50 maRgheRita oR italian Pizza toRta cubana • pork or chicken, avocado, black beans, onion, provolone cheese RenÉ’s cobb salad Minestrone • garden vegetables, chicken RosemaRy chicken • oven roasted half chicken with fries & slaw oPen faced 8 oz. new yoRk steak sandwich tomato, onion, peppers, with fries & slaw sPinach salad • pine nuts, raisins, tomato aioli with grilled chicken breast or grilled salmon or grilled yellow fin tuna 13.50 Pasta bolognese chicken salad sandwich • with greens & slaw niçoise salad • with chicken or albacore chunk tuna with grilled chicken breast or grilled salmon or grilled yellow fin tuna 13.50 Penne aRRabbiata Pasta • spicy tomato sauce, peas, italian sausage Bacon, Lettuce & toMato sandwich • with fries & slaw with chicken breast 14.00 faRfalle PRimaveRa Pasta • garden vegetables, parmesan cream with grilled chicken breast 14.00 tuscan sandwich • layered grilled vegetables, provolone cheese fettuccine alla caRbonaRa • bacon, parmesan cream with grilled chicken breast 14.00 tRading Post hambuRgeR • provolone, bacon, sautéed onions with French fries & slaw cRisPy calamaRi with caesar salad 14.00 italian sausage sandwich • with fries & slaw house gReen salad with chicken breast 10.75 • grilled salmon 13.50 • yellow fin tuna 13.50 tRading Post chicken noodle souP PoRtabello mushRoom Ravioli

7.50 9.75 9.75 12.00 7.75 14.00 14.00 7.50 9.75 9.75 9.50 9.75 9.75 9.75 9.75 10.50 10.50 12.00 10.50 6.75 7.75 14.00

4179 State Rd. 68, Ranchos De Taos 87557 • (575) 758 - 5089 • WiReleSS inTeRneT dining out summer/fall 2013 • 66 •

A Taos Icon Reborn

Photos by Tina Larkin, The Taos News

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