Taos/Arroyo Seco/Taos Ski Valley
Close to Taos pueblo, this area also became famous for the Taos art colony. Some of the artists' studios have been preserved and may be viewed by visitors to Taos. These include the Ernest L. Blumenschein House. Influential Taos artists include Nicolai Fechin, R. C. Gorman, and Agnes Martin.
The Alley Cantina
121 Teresina Lane Taos, NM 87571 | 575-758-2121
Owner/Manager: Ruth Wate
Located in what may be the oldest building in Taos, and a one-time the office of Governor Charles Bent. It is said that his daughter Teresina's ghost haunts the building. It became a restaurant in 1944 and was known for many years as El Patio. It has been known as the Alley Cantina since 1997. Serving burgers, sandwiches, southwestern specialties. Noted for its fish and chips. Lunch, dinner, and bar. Often live music.
Abe's Cantina y Cocina
489 State Road 150, Arroyo Seco, NM 87514 | 575-776-8516
Founded: 1940s Owners: Garcia Family
A classic in the tiny village on the way to the Taos Ski Valley. Abe's has been operated by the same family since its inception. Abe still comes in and his daughters help him greet and serve folks. Great green chile cheeseburgers. Lunch and early dinner.
The Historic Taos Inn, 125 Paseo de Pueblo Norte Taos, NM 87571 | 575-758-1977
Founded: 1936 Owners: Smith and Haddock families
Dr. Thomas Paul Martin, known as "Doc," bought a large home when he came to Taos in the 1890s. When they only hotel in Taos burned the same year the doctor died, his widow entered the hospitality business. Eventually the restaurant became Doc Martin's and the hotel The Taos Inn.
Hotel St. Bernard
118 Sutton Place, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525 | 575-776-2251|
Founded: 1959 Owner: Jean Mayer
This alpine lodge in the heart of the Taos Ski Valley, was founded by and is still owned by local ski legend, Jean Mayer. He is technical director of the famed ski school. Mayer grew up in the French Alps, but arrived shortly after Ernie Blake founded the ski resort and has remained an essential presence since then. Burgers and fries, pastas, salads, and daily specials are available to all comers at lunch on the deck or in the fireplace room. At the more elegant dinners, a team of chefs offer creative continental-style meals using many locally-sourced ingredients. Open during the ski season. Reservations required for dinner. Preference given to hotel guests.
Sabroso/Momentitos de la Vida/Casa Cordova
470 State Road 150, Arroyo Seco, NM 87515
Founded: 1968 Owners: Tim and Anne Marie Wooldridge
The restaurant, previously called Casa Cordova and then Momentitos de la Vida, was founded by Godie Shuetz, one of the first ski instructors in Taos Ski Valley. There are many mentions of Godie and Casa Cordova in the book Ski Pioneers, and it was a hang-out in that era for Ernie Blake, famed founder of the ski resort. Owned by a series of families—Schuetz, Montaño, Gislembardi, Maher, and Mellinger—prior to the Woolridges. Tim trained with the White House pastry chef and at Caneel Bay. Dine in the massive old adobe or on the large outdoor patio surrounding a plum grove. Dinner only.
The village of Truchas (Spanish for trout) is located within a 15,000 acre Spanish land grant establishd in 1754. This small village of farmers and craftsmen is located on the high road to Taos.
Tafoya's Truchas General Store
23 County Road 75 #23, Truchas, NM 87578 | 505-689-2418
Founded: 1906 Owner: Ray Tafoya
The general store is a central meeting point in this northern New Mexico community. The structure dates to the early 1900s. Before the building became the Tafoya family's business, it was a dance hall. Meals are casual here, and incorporate some dishes which have been handed down for generations. Try the Frito pie, tamales, or chili cheese dogs. The Tafoyas try to treat customers like they're a part of the family. Restaurant closed from mid-November to early May. Serves meals, Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays.
Truth or Consequences
Truth or Consequences is a spa city commonly known within New Mexico as T or C. Originally named Hot Springs, the city changed its name to Truth or Consequences, the title of a popular NBC radio program. In 1950, Ralph Edwards, the host of the radio quiz show Truth or Consequences, announced that he would air the program from the first town that renamed itself after the show. Hot Springs won the honor. Edwards visited the town during the first weekend of May for the next fifty years.
A & B Drive-In
211 Broadway Street, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901 | 575-894-9294
Owners: Efren and Bernice Flores
Burgers and American drive-in classics in a setting that will take you back to high school. Originally founded as Ray's Drive-In. Lunch, dinner.
La Cocina Hot Stuff
1 Lakeway Drive, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901 | 575-894-6499
Founded: 1966 Owners: Monty, April, and Amber Brown
La Cocina has been a family tradition of quality food and service since its founding by Frank and Barbra Brown, the parents of the current generation of owners. Monty Brown and family use premium ingredients and heirloom recipes for their New Mexican and American favorites. The chile is grown locally in Hatch, NM and the meats are aged and hand-cut to bring you a fresh and consistent dining experience. For a hearty meal, opt for the "ultimate enchilada" or the "steakilada." If you can't decide, La Cocina offers numerous combo plates. Enjoy the southwest decor with painted wood tables that visitors love to photograph. Lunch and dinner.
It was named Tucumcari in 1908 after Tucumcari Mountain, which is situated near the community. It is home to many great vintage signs and the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum.
1202 East Route 66 Blvd., Tucumcari, NM 88401 | 575-461-1740
Founded 1956 Owner: Yvonne E. Braziel and Yvette I. Peacock
Open since 1956, Del's has held steadfast to its traditional architectural design and is a local favorite and a must-stop spot on historic Route 66 through Tucumcari. Del's Restaurant is known for friendly fine family dining, serving specialty Mexican and American fare, from the unusual chicken crispitos to steaks. Late Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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