The Mr. and I spent several days in Taos and ate very well indeed. Local standards are generally high, and meals ranged from good to spectacular.
Good: Michael's Bakery and Café for a quick lunch. Nicely done hamburgers with the usual fries, lettuce and tomato. I had the open-face chili-burger, which was quite tasty. There were display cases full of pastry, but we weren't in the mood. They also had the usual selection of tacos, burritos and enchiladas.
New Mexican Style - traditional: Orlando's, north of town, has a New Mexican menu that covers everything from enchiladas to fish tacos to what we had, chile relleno with a skewer of marinated, grilled shrimp. Very nicely done. Dessert was avocado pie a la mode.
New Mexican - creative: Rellenos, just south of the plaza, is a small place with some indoor tables and a patio. Organic ingredients, interesting combinations and variations. We ordered one elk burger with green chile (buffalo also available) and one of their house special Rellenos, a large pepper stuffed with spiced beef and topped with an interesting cream/rum/fruity sauce, which tastes lots better than it sounds! We swapped plates at the half, as we often do, and both enjoyed the two contrasting plates. Very good!
Continental: The Downtown Bistro has continental and Spanish dishes. We shared a duck a l'orange, a bit dry, and a nicely-done lamb dish. Dessert, plenty for two, was a tres leches cake. Very good all 'round.
Nouveau Mexican - the spectacular: Graham's Grill took the prize. They have both small and large plates, as well as a divine dessert menu. We shared everything. Two appetizers, small plates, crab cakes and oyster nachitos, were unbelievably fresh. The nachitos were fried oysters on individual blue corn tortilla chips with salsa. For a main dish we ordered lamb, which was perfectly done medium rare and accompanied by mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. The two desserts we shared were a pecan pie and a molten chocolate cake, both a la mode. They were so rich, they really needed the excellent vanilla icecream to cool them off a bit.
No reports on breakfast, which we had at our B&B, so is not generally available.
Service in all places was attentive without being overbearing.
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