We just got home (to Oakland, CA) from a trip around NM, Colo and Utah and we stayed at the Far View Lodge inside Mesa Verde Natl. Park. We read the Park brochure which spoke of a "fine dining" experience called The Metate Room in the Far View Lodge, so we wandered over around dinner time. After leaving our names on the waiting list, we were directed upstairs to a beautiful S/W-style lounge with an outdoor seating area overlooking the Park. The furnishings were beautiful (as usual in our Natl. Parks) - a combo of Mission and Southwest, with comfortable chairs and couches. Really lovely. The bartender was charming and efficient.
When our names were called we were seated at a window table again overlooking the vast expanse of Mesa Verde. We ordered Mulligatawny soup, a salad, sirloin steak and a veggie "streudl" of black beans and spinach. After taking our order, the waiter brought a basket of fry bread. It was delicious (fluffy and hot) and served with a bowl of olive oil flavored with garlic and rosemary. We wolfed it down.
The Mulligatawny soup was also fabulous. It usually has apricots in it, but they used grilled/smoked pears. There were sliced almonds on top - a nice touch. The soup also contained sliced carrots and leaks.
We also shared a salad which was very good (made with local lettuces, etc.)
Then came the mains. We shared everything. The sirloin was served covered with battered deep-fried leek slices (fantastic!), mashed potatoes and a tomato-based salsa. The combo was delicious.
The spinach/black bean streudl was also very tasty. Another tomato-based salsa was served with it, including corn kernels. We had no wine, but the list seemed interesting. We had sparkling water with lemon and lime slices.
We also had no room for dessert, but what was on the display dessert cart looked very tempting!
The price for this magnif. feast? UNDER $40!
I've just sent a letter to the folks who run Mesa Verde, telling them how wonderful we thought the whole place was, but especially the food.
Breakfast the next morning was eaten at the Cafeteria...cold, dry scrambled eggs, bacon sitting in grease, etc....luckily we brought our own coffee and made it in our room. Sublime to ridic from one meal to the next.
If you're going to visit the Park (it's a wonderful place, with amazing cave dwellings), be sure to eat at least one meal at the Metate restaurant!