Hard choices, world of tastes

Taos News staff picks for great meals in Taos


We asked Taos News staffers if they had just one more meal to eat in Taos, what and where it would be.

Some were quick to answer, while the faces of others said they were having difficulty picking just one – and with all of the wonderful restaurants in Taos County, that's easy to understand. Of course, we have some of the most authentic and tastiest New Mexican fare in the state. But the choices don't stop there. Traditional Mexican food is plentiful here from Café la Cueva and Bella's Mexican Grill near Taos Plaza to Antonio's on the south side of town. Taos' food wings spread to fusion, Asian, vegetarian, gourmet burgers and Italian.

Some of the newest eateries include Quechua Peruvian Restaurant – not just a restaurant, but a cultural integration project – near Taos Plaza; Common Fire (and, yes, as the name implies, the artisan fare is cooked in a wood-fired oven); and for locally crafted beer and wood-fired pizza, there's Taos Tap Room near the heart of town.

If you are visiting Taos for the first time, "Where should we eat?" can be a conundrum. Maybe the following favorite dishes/restaurants will help:

Mary Chavez, business manager: Chicken chow mein at Song's

Karin Eberhardt, art director: Sabich sandwich at El Gamal

Katharine Egli, photographer: Mole enchiladas at the Stray Dog Cantina in Taos Ski Valley

Agnes Hernandez, classified sales: Red chile Frito pie at Orlando's

Cody Hooks, reporter: Lenten season fish special at The Wildcat's Den in Questa

Staci Matlock, chief editor: Sunday brunch at the Trading Post Café & Gallery

Jordan Miera, copy editor: Chimichangas at Guadalajara Grill

John Miller, reporter: Chicken and waffle at ACEQ

Shirley Mondragon, classified sales supervisor: Green chile Frito pie at Orlando's

Teresa Montoya, mailroom assistant: The combination plate at Ranchos Plaza Grill

Jesse Moya, reporter: Stuffed sopaipillas at El Taoseño

Yvonne Pesquera, digital editor: Tiger shrimp and blue corn enchiladas at Orlando's

Kiko Rascon, circulation driver: Los Colores at Orlando's

Rick Romancito, Tempo editor: Blue corn enchiladas at Orlando's

Ray Taylor, circulation director: Any burger at 5-Star Burgers

Arcenio Trujillo, sports editor: Steak with a salad wedge at Casa de Valdez



5-Star Burgers, 1032 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, (575) 758-8484, 5starburgers.com

ACEQ, farm-to-table "comfort food" (menu changes daily), 480 State Road 150, Arroyo Seco, (575) 776-0900, aceqrestaurant.com

Casa de Valdez, 1401 Paseo de Pueblo Sur, (575) 758-8777, facebook.com/Casa-De-Valdez-255066534580132/

El Gamal, Middle Eastern cuisine, 112 Doña Luz St., (575) 613-0311, elgamaltaos.com

El Taoseño, New Mexican cuisine, 819 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, (575) 758-4142, taoseno.com

Guadalajara Grill, Mexican cuisine, north side 822 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, (575) 737-0816; south side 1384 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, (575) 751-0063; guadalajaragrilltaos.com

Orlando's, New Mexican cuisine, 1114 Don Juan Valdez Lane (off Paseo del Pueblo Norte), (575) 751-1450, facebook.com/OrlandosNewMexicanCafe

Ranchos Plaza Grill, New Mexican cuisine, 8 Ranchos Plaza by San Francisco de Asís Church in Ranchos de Taos, (575) 758-5788

Song's, Chinese/Thai/sushi, 703 Paseo del Pueblo Sur across from Albertsons, (575) 758-3256

Stray Dog Cantina, 105 Sutton Place, Taos Ski Valley, (575) 776-2894, timsstraydog.com

Trading Post Café & Gallery, Italian cuisine, 4179 State Road 68, Ranchos de Taos (just up the hill from San Francisco de Asís Church), (575) 758-5089, tradingpostcafe.com

The Wildcat's Den, fast food/burger joint, 2457 State Road 522, Questa, (575) 586-1119, facebook.com/pages/The-Wildcats-Den/113499235407527


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