It’s not as easy as it used to be to treat yourself to a good meal.  With the ups and downs of the virus and the 24-hour newsfeed, where to dine out and how seems to be changing rapidly. One relative constant has been the patio. Al fresco dining has proven the safest alternative for getting your foodie fix at your favorite restaurant.

 

The Terrace at Taos Country Club

Whether finishing a round and need a bite and a cold drink or just looking for a great place to grab a bite and escape, The Terrace at Taos Country Club has what you need. 

Offering award winning New Mexican flavors, refreshing salads, hearty sandwiches, and one of the best burgers in the Taos Valley. If a cold beer is in order for after your round, they got you covered. A margarita or a martini is always better with views that stretch from Santa Fe to Southern Colorado. 

With outdoor seating the safe option, a lot of people will want to gently get back into it, and you’re going to see others who are dying to get out there and sit down to have a drink,” Jacob Herrera, general manager at the Terrace at Taos Country Club, told us. “They’re going to need to wear masks on arrival, and take it off when their food and drink shows up, and then put the masks back on when leaving.”

 If these protocols allow us to slowly reintroduce one of the most enjoyable activities, dining at a restaurant, a little discomfort probably isn’t too much to ask for.

“Most people coming here, step up and do what is expected,” Herrera continued. 

Located 10 minutes south of historic Taos, Taos Country Club is a destination for golfers and diners alike. Surrounded by high desert vistas under the vast, southwestern blue sky, among rolling hills of artemisia and chamisa, the challenging links will surprise you.

The manicured greens and natural topography combine with the panoramic mountain views to make for a perfect outdoor dining experience. And the Terrace serves it up. So whether you are finishing a round, or just looking for a great place to sit outside for an hour or two, the Terrace at

Taos Country Club will not disappoint.

Herrera, an alumnus of the late Taos fave Graham’s Grill, brought his management and foody chops with him to the Terrace. Since COVID struck, he’s narrowed down the menu to include the restaurant’s award-winning New Mexican flavors, hearty and hefty sandwiches and one of the best burgers in Taos.

A great selection of beer, wine and craft cocktails adds to the appeal.

Due to the COVID -19 pandemic dining restrictions, Sunday brunch or dinner menus will not be

offered until further notice. The restaurant is currently open until 4 p.m. Call (575) 758-7300 for

more information or visit the Terrace online at taoscountryclub.com.

 

Martyr's Steakhouse

Experience the ambiance of historical Taos by dining under the trees on the elegant patio of a

beautifully restored, adobe home. Located in the heart of downtown Taos, just two blocks from

the plaza, at 146 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Martyrs Steakhouse occupies the former home and

courtyard on a street filled with history. During the summer season Martyrs Steakhouse features one of the best patios in Taos.

The restaurant features 1920s-inspired decor and a perfect people-watching location – a great spot to enjoy a glass of wine or try one of their signature cocktails. Lavender Lemonade or a seasonal Strawberry Shrug are perfectly summery drinks and beer lovers will be delighted to discover Purple Haze on the beer menu.

Order the calamari and lamb tacos from the tapas menu and try the Caesar salad with grilled trout, along with a steak grilled to perfection by master chef Ky Quintanilla.

Recently acquired by Kimberly Armstrong, owner of the Trading Post Café and Bent Street Deli,

Martyrs has reinvented itself, from the restaurant’s appearance to the service and food. The new

menu offers different options, including some favorites from the Trading Post. The caprese

salad and spaghetti Bolognese both make an appearance here.

The outside seating is beautiful and begs one to linger for just one more drink, while you watch

the world go by, masked and anonymous.

Visit martyrs-steakhouse.com or call (575) 751-3020.

 

Sabroso

The 150-year-old adobe in Arroyo Seco that houses Sabroso bar and restaurant is steeped in local history and lore. A 1969 issue of New Mexico Magazine features an article on “Casa Cordova, a tiny restaurant in Arroyo Seco” (now Sabroso), then run by Godie Schuetz whom Ernie Blake persuaded to move to New Mexico. 

The restaurant has gone through several reincarnations since then, each owner leaving it more

beautiful than the last.

Current owner Mike Mellinger has been coming to Taos since 1989, and has owned a house in the area since 1993. A wine aficionado, who has attended numerous classes in wine and

wine/food pairing at the Culinary Institute of America at St. Helena, California, in Napa Valley,

Mellinger and his wife, Donna, are carrying Sabroso’s culinary torch forward.

They are assisted by executive chef Gabe Farkash, who says he is “absolutely in love with creating and cooking bright flavorful and attractive cuisine and having a lot of fun doing it.” A fan of spicy food, with a penchant for Asian French fusion, he includes regional, Mexican, Spanish and all seafood on his varied menu.

Situated just outside of the charming village of Arroyo Seco, on the way to Taos Ski Valley, this

sweet hideaway is an alfresco dining lover’s dream. The patio and all of the outdoor areas are

exceptional. Lush landscaping and plenty of trees offer a shady respite from the heat.

In terms of the menu, the duck wings and the bison, green chile and Gorgonzola sliders are

favorite appetizers while the French onion soup and wedge salads are popular summer entrees along with the excellent steak frites. Locals also swear by the barbecue chicken. The fresh-squeezed margaritas are amazing and their happy hour is legendary in Taos.

Sabroso is open for dining in the grove and the patio with limited seating and state-mandated COVID-19 procedures.

“Reservations are required as are face coverings for all guests anytime that they are not sitting at their table. This is a state requirement,” the host told us over the phone. “While full liquor, beer and wine

service is available,” he added, “it cannot be served to standing guests or at a bar counter. You must be seated at a table.”

Takeout with the added service of curbside delivery will continue to be available.

Go to sabrosotaos.com or call (575) 776-3333.

 

 

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