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Taos Report - NOT, Definitely NOT Crappy

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Taos Report - NOT, Definitely NOT Crappy

Mutt | May 30, 2005 05:39 PM

Just finished up another trip to Taos, one of our favorite destinations over the last 25 years. Here's a report of our latest eating experiences over Memorial Day Week-End.
Antonio's. Last fall we had an absolutely stellar dinner that included an incredible lamb shank special. We expected the same. This time my seafood paella special was good, not great. My wife's chicken mole was ditto. Even the chipotle chocolate cake was very good, but not stupendous. We do like what Antonio did to Joseph's old place but wondered why the food seems to have taken a slide. Antonio was waiting tables, not in the kitche, maybe that contributed.
Orlando's. Always wonderful. I think his carne adovada for dinner is one of the best. We always build our own posole bowls for a couple of lunches and never come away disappointed.
Lambert's. Our current favorite. Zeke has never let us down over the years. Sometimes just good, often what I consider great. My Ahi was seared perfectly and the Thai green curry sauce was fabulous. My wife's scallops were tender, wonderful and the garlic beurre blanc was just right. I'll take Lambert's over Joseph's or Momentitos any day (at least for now.)
Downtown Bistro. Didn't think we'd need reservations for Sunday night. Were we wrong! Byzantium was booked, Villa Fontana was closed, places were packed. Except for the Downtown Bistro. So we gave it a try. I had a bizarre Caesar salad that came with egg rolls -yes, Chinese egg rolls. The dressing was OK but I don't get the connections. My wife had squash ravioli which was OK, a bit dry and overdone. I went boring with a rigatoni with marinara, grilled chicken and salami. A light touch on the sauce was welcome but otherwise it was unremarkable. We probably won't go back, unless in a pinch again.
Dragonfly Cafe. Breakfast was stellar as usual. Gotta try it for dinner some day.

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