The restaurant scenes all over the world have been riding the pandemic rollercoaster along with us since March 2020. Those eateries whose doors remain open for business are a tenacious bunch with great menus, superb customer service, and a desire to serve the community with familiar food and provide a respite from the challenges of 2020.
Here are a few of the restaurants. All have pivoted to take out only and remained open and willing to ride the tides of change we’ve all been navigating to serve you the finest food anywhere.
Taos Mesa Brewing
Taos Mesa Brewing’s Tap Room in the heart of historic downtown Taos is a local fave and a destination spot for returning visitors. This brewpub features in-house brews and artisanal wood-fired pizza, along with a varied menu that accommodates vegans and carnivores alike.
Beers are delicious, food is fresh and prices are great along with efficient, friendly service. Pizzas can be made with vegan mozzarella, and gluten free options are available.
The margherita pizza with fresh marinara sauce is a must.
The Taos Tap Room location will remain open for takeout orders of beer, cider, and food 7 days a week from 12pm until it is deemed safe that we can re-open for dine-in service.
201 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos
A favorite of many first responders, and skeleton crews manning hotel desks and retail shops in the area, Jalapenos offers the traditional chips and salsa, guacamole, mahi mahi ceviche, green chile stew or potato cream soup with poblanos. There are a variety of quesadillas, ensaladas and street tacos on the menu with a choice of vegetables, spices and meat. Crispy tacos dorados, three types of flautas featuring black bean, shredded chicken or shredded leg of lamb. Rellenos with shrimp, black bean with plantain, or blue crab. If you’re hankering for a plain ole burger and fries, Jalapenos has got you covered. Check in to see specials like Taos-style enchiladas, burritos and tacos.
210 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos
The chefs prepare the eclectic menu at La Cueva fresh daily, and there are vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. Food options include Ceviche Mexicano, and enchiladas de camarón enchipotladas, Taos favorite plates include chicken mole enchiladas and fajitas. La Cueva offers a full and robust breakfast menu with New Mexico favorites like huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, and steak and eggs. Bring an appetite for the Asada Steak a la Tampiqueña and the Plato Combinado, both served with beans and rice. In the heart of the historic district of Taos, this little corner gem offers a warm inviting aesthetic with colorful decor and a welcoming staff.
135 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos
The Sushi and Thai food here is authentic and freshly made. They have take out and a few outside dining tables during COVID. The owners and staff are friendly and extremely helpful; they are happy to help you in deciding your order. The Sashimi is fresh and the ramen perfectly cooked with a light tempura on top. The menu includes a wide variety of food other than sushi, and accommodates most diets.
106 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos
Donabe Asian Kitchen
Marshall Thompson, the head chef and owner of Donabe Asian Kitchen, started his culinary education on the east coast studying under famous chefs including Julia Child and Ming Tsai. He has cooked delicious meals for over a quarter of a century now from London, to New York, Colorado and now Taos. ‘Donabe’, is a Japanese word that translates to “clay pot.” The menu is a culinary fusion Marshall dreamed up using clay pot cooking, coupled with unique flavors and the influence of the Taos Pueblo. This style allows for using local ingredients and Asian-style cooking, alongside an infusion of regional culinary tradition.
133 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos
The Burger Stand at Taos Ale House
There are many ways to cook and dress a burger. The Burger Stand at Taos Ale House has made it an art form, a celebration of the American classic. Burgers are always cooked fresh to order. Condiments are also scratch-made. Chipotle-Cocoa Ketchup and Marshmallow Cream Sauce. Not limited to your plain old ketchup. Even your french fries are not business as usual -- options include fries tossed in your choice of parmesan and truffle butter, or duck fat. Even the pickles are made in house.How about a craft beer with your burger? We can find the same adventurous spirit in acurated menu with on- tap local, regional and world class beers. If you’re hankering for a treat, the hand-dipped milkshakes are the ticket.
401 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos