It will come as no surprise to those who know us that amongst our recent travels to New Mexico, we found some fantastic eateries. I am not sure how interested this particular blog will be if you are not a foodie but if you are please read on.
The Southwest culture is amazing, aptly known as the Land of Enchantment. Some of this undoubtedly due to the extreme difference from where we come from on the Prairies. The desert, the adobe style architecture are just two things that immediately strike you.
The first stop was truly stumbled upon in Santa Fe. Tiny’s was an authentic New Mexican restaurant with local music, and the chile choice of red, green or Christmas. It was also the first meal topped off with sopapillas and honey. Delectable.
In Taos, we stayed at the La Fonda Inn, a pueblo style inn on the plaza.
The Cafe Renata was the lunch stop featuring cream of green bean soup. Supper that night was at the popular Doc Martins. Rabbit and rattlesnake sausage was the appetizer followed by two local lamb dishes.
The Taos Diner was the stop for breakfast the next day where I had to have the omelette as it contained cilantro which I have always enjoyed but was particularly liking on this trip. The Diner was a popular spot filed with locals.
Then back through Santa Fe to Albuquerque. We have been wanting to try a Brazilian Grill and here was our chance at Tuscanos. There was a major salad bar for carbs and veggies but after that it was a carnivore’s delight. Skewers of differently prepared beef, chicken, turkey, pork were brought to the tables for sampling.
The final night had to be New Mexican themed at Old Town in Albuquerque at La Placitas. Chile relenos, tamales, enchiladas, hot chile and sopapillas made up the meal.
On our way out of town, as luck would have it we stumbled upon a Brew Pub and Restaurant coincidentally by the name of Kelly’s. It was totally cool restaurant that had originally been a Ford dealership. Keeping many of the old features the diner even included a brewing rooms which we got to tour. The brew was great and so was the food.
But what truly stands out among our eating adventures was how great each meal was due in a large part to the absolutely fantastic service. Everywhere we went we were served by the friendliest, most knowledgeable, accommodating and truly nice people. Great, great service. We are going to miss chile at every meal and soon we will be practicing making sopapillas.