I am devoting an entire blog post to the delicious food we enjoyed during our six days in Taos, New Mexico, this past July. When we travel, we usually take all our usual breakfast stuff along with us -- oatmeal, organic cereal, walnuts, chia seed, cinnamon, dried fruit, and so forth. We make coffee in our unit. For lunch we usually make sandwiches or just grab some snacks (granola bars, gorp) if we're doing a long hike or bike ride during the day.
In Taos we stuck with our usual breakfast and lunch routines for the most part, but dinners were a different story. We were so active during the day, and the weather was so nice for eating outside, we just had to sample some of the fun dining choices in town.
One place we enjoyed was The Gorge, on the main drag through town and just a short walk from our casita. There was a nice outdoor dining balcony overlooking a courtyard, and the food was good. We ended up eating here twice, once on our first night in town, and again later in the week.
We had to come back a second time later in the week as I was envious of Barry's salad and just had to have one for my very own self. Plus this excellent cup of tomato bisque, their soup that night. Barry enjoyed a bowl of the bisque, and we both ordered the delicious brie and bacon salad pictured above. We also shared this nice grilled Spanish bread. And for dessert, we split a slice of creamy lemon pie. Mmmmmm!
Both times we ate at The Gorge, it rained while we were there. On our first visit, we actually had to move to an indoor table mid-way through dinner. On this second visit, we were enjoying the nice sunshine on the balcony, although it was still a bit cool after the rain. It would start to rain again by the time we left.
Eske's Brew Pub.
On our second night in town, we tried Eske's Brew Pub. Eske's is the oldest brewery in Taos and was celebrating 21 years of operation this year. The beer was unique and delicious, and the food was surprisingly good as well.
Here's the beer menu. Barry had a pint of the Taos Green Chile beer, which did indeed taste and smell of green chiles. I had a Huluhoop Hefe, which had a honey-like flavor.
It just happened to be "Sushi Tuesday" when we stopped in, so I enjoyed some delicious spicy tuna rolls ("Taos Tuna") with cilantro and green chiles, and a bowl of miso soup. Delish! Barry enjoyed this huge "Fatty" vegetarian burrito and actually finished it, yes he did! That's my guy.
This restaurant was our big splurge of the trip. I didn't realize how pricey it was going to end up, but since they were offering a tapas and pinot grigio wine flight night, I couldn't resist. And since this place is also a bakery, the desserts sounded so amazing we had indulge there too. So, we just blew it out our ears this night. The food was absolutely delicious, and the outdoor setting in their beautiful garden was serene and comfortable. Everyone deserves a splurge now and then, right?
We both got the kale salad entree with roasted chayote squash, hazelnuts, grapes, and feta cheese. It was excellent!
We shared a flourless chocolate cake and lemon curd tart for dessert. They were both delicious and so good together.
On two nights we hiked down to pick up takeout at the highly rated Guadalajara Grill. This authentic, reasonably priced place has zero atmosphere, so we just brought home delicious Mexican food (burritos, tostadas, rice, and beans) and chowed down in the privacy of our casita. It was a longer walk from our place since it's on the outskirts of town, so that helped burn some of the many calories we consumed. The portions were large enough that we ended up with lunch the next day too!
So we did eat one breakfast out once. We'd read and been told not to miss Michael's Kitchen, and it was just a hop, skip, and a jump from our casita. Barry always enjoys a Mexican breakfast, so this large plate did not disappoint.
The bakery counter was seriously tempting as well, and we couldn't resist bringing back a few snacks for later.
Someone was very excited to see the goodie box come into the house!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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