Page 1 of 3There are about 75 places to eat in and around the Town of Taos. Here is a broad sampling of them.
NOTE: Descriptions that are in italics were taken either from the respective website or from another indicated source.
ORLANDO'S NEW MEXICAN CAFEFestivity reigns in this spicy little cafe on the north end of town. Serving some of northern New Mexico's best chile, this place has colorful tables set around a bustling open kitchen and airy patio dining during warmer months. Service is friendly but minimal. Try the Los Colores, their most popular dish, with three enchiladas (chicken, beef, and cheese) smothered in chile and served with beans and posole (a Mexican stew). The taco salad is another favorite. Portions are big here, and you can order a Mexican or microbrew beer, or a New Mexican or California wine. - Frommer's Review
TAOS DINERNow with two convenient locations! Taos Diner I is located at the north end of Taos, NM (just north of the North Side Bean) Taos Diner II is located just south of the Plaza, across the street from McDonalds. The TAOS DINER is an amazing home-town restaurant offering an appetizing mix of delicious food, generous portions, low prices, and fast, friendly service. We proudly serve classic New Mexican and American Cuisine (where else can you get Huevos Rancheros, organic-beef burgers, and New York Strip Steak all in one sitting) and our homemade red and green chilies have been called the GREATEST in the WORLD! Join us for breakfast, lunch, and dinner or just stop by for one of our homemade desserts and an organic espresso, we can't wait to see you! Now serving beer and wine.
Phone: 575-758-2374 (North), 575-751-1989 (South)
ESKE'S BREW PUB AND RESTAURANTEske's is located in the historic district of Taos, one-half block southeast of Taos Plaza.
Our 80 year old, flat-roofed adobe home offers a cozy atmosphere and beautiful outdoor seating. Live entertainment, quality food, handcrafted beer and local color make Eske's a place to go alone, with friends, or with the entire family.
We brew several varieties of beer throughout the year, so our selection changes often. All of our beers are made and sold on premise. We employ only the finest ingredients, serving our beers fresh, unfiltered and unpasteurized.
BENT STREET CAFE & DELIBent Street Cafe & Deli - A local favorite with menu selections to satisfy every palate, served in a relaxed atmosphere featuring a year 'round heated patio and outdoor terrace. Omelets, eggs benedict, fresh baked goods, creative salads, homemade soups, specialty burgers, chicken and beef burritos, and tamale plates. Vegetarian- and vegan-friendly. Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner... and Sunday for brunch.
GUADALAJARA GRILLMy organic-lettuce-farmer friend Joe introduced me to this authentic Mexican restaurant; then he disappeared into Mexico, only communicating occasionally by e-mail. Did the incredible food lure him south? I wonder. The restaurant is in a plain building on the south side, but don't let that put you off; the food here is excellent. It's Mexican rather than New Mexican, a refreshing treat. I recommend the tacos, particularly pork or chicken, served in soft homemade corn tortillas, the meat artfully seasoned and grilled. The burritos are large and smothered in chile. Platos are served with rice and beans, and half orders are available for smaller appetites. There are also some seafood dishes available -- try the mojo de ajo (shrimp cooked with garlic), served with rice, beans, and guacamole. Beer and wine are served. Equally popular, and casual, is their north side location. - Frommers Review
TRADING POST CAFÉRight up the hill from the famous Saint Francis de Assisi Church in Ranchos de Taos is the Historic Trading Post building now housing the Trading Post Café, a definite local favorite.
Amidst Vigas, Wrought Iron Furniture and Local Art you may watch acclaimed Chef René prepare flavorful dishes from around the world from his open air kitchen. Have a seat at the bar and watch the action up close or in one of three dining rooms, two with fireplaces. There is also a beautiful back Patio surrounded with flowers and sculpture. Make sure you listen closely to your server for the myriad of Daily Specials. No matter where you sit you're sure to get delicious food and friendly service.
CAFFE RENATOLocated one block from the Taos Plaza, Caffe Renato is home to fine Italian cuisine and exceptional service, all at a reasonable price. Lunch items include a Harris Ranch Black Angus Burger and, for those who are the innovative type, there is the ‘Create Your Own Panini’ -- choosing from a variety of fresh breads, tasty meats and cheeses and a variety of vegetables. At dinner Caffe Renato offers exquisite pasta dishes that will ensure your first trip will not be your last. Come join the friendly staff at Caffe Renato for a wonderful dining experience.
CAFFE TAZZAThis cozy three-room cafe, with a summer patio, attracts local community groups, artists, performers, and poets. Plays, films, comedy, and musical performances are given here on weekends (and some weeknights in summer). You can read one of the assorted periodicals available (including the New York Times) while sipping a cappuccino or café Mexicano(espresso with steamed milk and Mexican chocolate), made from organic coffee beans. The food -- soups and sandwiches -- is quite good. Pastries, which are imported from many bakeries around the region, are almost as big a draw here as the Taos Cow ice cream. Choose from 15 flavors. - Frommer's Review
THE ALLEY CANTINAThe Alley Cantina is on the plaza in the heart of historic Taos, New Mexico. Located in what is probably the oldest building in Taos, the Alley has a rich history dating back over 400 years. The Alley is a lively, social place for both visitors and Taoseños. We serve homemade southwestern and BBQ food and are famous for our Fish and Chips. There are lots of appetizers for any time of day. Every night of the week has live entertainment.
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