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103 N. Plaza, Tues – Sun, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 575-613-4088 Located on the historic Taos Plaza, Manzanita Market is an all-organic community café offering locallyproduced foods with a menu that rotates with the seasons. “We built the Market on the Plaza with the idea of offering a space to locals to be a community and for those visiting our town, a selection of goods to take home with them handmade only by our local people,” said owner Jennifer Hart. The spacious one-room café feels like a farmhouse kitchen with its fresh and airy atmosphere, complete with Taos-made rustic chandeliers and artwork. Sit at a shared community table or one of several small private tables made by a local woodworker. Dried, pickled and salted preserved foods displayed in large glass jars add a splash of colorful charm.
“Our menu is fun and reflective of local ingredients and modern cuisine,” says Hart. Manzanita’s serves salads, soups (including a 24hour nutritious bone broth), one-pot meals and hot and cold sandwiches. Gluten-free bread is available. Quench your thirst with a seasonal elixir, smoothie or blended herbal tea created by an in-house herbalist. Summer is perfect for home-made ice-cream prepared with local eggs, organic milk, raw sugar, local fruits, mints and handmade caramel. Hart’s favorite features wild mint from Taos Pueblo and dark chocolate chips. Manzanita is also starting to make vegan coconut ice creams. After a meal at Manzanita, it’s a nice stroll through the Plaza’s shops and galleries, or the John Dunn shops to Bent Street. Enjoy an array of clothing boutiques, galleries, and shops with goodies like gems and minerals, leather goods, jewelry, books, fine fabrics, yarn, quilting material, toys and games and a delightful collection of Southwest souvenirs.
SOL FOOD CAFE
591 Hondo Seco Road, Arroyo Seco Daily, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. 575-776-5765 Located inside a country-style natural foods market the Sol Food Café has an informal, friendly atmosphere and aims to use natural, organic and local ingredients whenever possible. The market sells food and trendy boutique items, with half their items locallysourced.
SOL FOODS MARKET’S AWARD-WINNING BAKLAVA.
The farm-to-table café serves local free-range eggs for its to-go breakfast burritos and DINING OUT SUMMER/FALL 2018