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Taos Report

Mutt | Jul 15, 2006 11:08 PM

This is a little late but with all the activity regarding Santa Fe & Taos, I thought I'd post it. Our last trip to Taos was Memorial Day week-end. We're down there often during the year and visited some favorites, discovered a new spot and confirmed our previous opinion about another place. Here goes.

Orlando's. Always our first stop and a consistent favorite for traditional New Mexican. Everything is great, everything. But I like to create my own posole bowl for lunch, accompanied by a Fat Tire. Orlando's green chile is absolutely stellar and his chile caribe a close second. Great prices and they don't take plastic.

Joseph's Table. We loved Joseph's back in his original location, then he went on hiatus for awhile and reopened in the La Fonda Hotel. Our first meal after he opened the new joint was disappointing but we hoped it was an aberration and we were right. This time we had an absolutely superlative dinner. The lobster tamales were stellar and that was just the appetizer. A nice surprise was the wine list with a nice selection of half-bottles. Gave us the chance to go white to start and finish with red. Prices are not through the roof, but it is expensive.

Anaconda Bar at El Monte Sagrado. This was our choice one night for a light dinner and martinis after pigging out at Orlando's again. The bar menu has a nice selection of salads, wraps and sandwiches as well as some decent beer on tap and in bottles. Warning! Portions are enormous and a single turkey wrap can easily feed two normal sized people. IMHO, El Monte Sagrado is too pretentious for Taos but the bar is still a good place to hang out.

Antonio's Rellenos Cafe. This relative newcomer is just south of the plaza on Paseo del Pueblo Sur. Antonio's main restaurant is, surprisingly, Antonio's! Located in Joseph's Table original building. Antonio's in it's own right has always been wonderful. But the Rellenos Cafe is a gem and worth two visits. Both the Poblano soup and tortilla sous were fantastic. But his Chile Rellenos en Nogada are unique and phenomenal. These are not your typical stringy, cheesy rellenos over fried and drenched in something. They are filled with a mixture a pork, apple, pear, raisins, tomatos and onion and topped with a walnut brandy sauce. At around $8 bucks, a real bargain, too. The other rellenos selections were also excellent as well as the Tacos de Cochinitta. I strongly recommend a visit to this place.

Doc Martin's. We hadn't been to Doc Martin's for many years due to several bad experiences. But, we thought it was worth a try again. Unfortunately, it was disappointing so I doubt we'll try again. Not that it was terrible, just pretty run of the mill. Nothing really memorable. Add to that a server who really was trying but was pretty disorganized and saddled with too many tables. Their wine list is extensive but it took a several tries before we found one that was not "out of stock." Prices are reasonable, but for upscale, we'll stick to Joseph's or Lambert's.

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