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Trip to New Mexico...then Arizona (Long) Continued...

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Trip to New Mexico...then Arizona (Long) Continued...

Chuck | May 23, 2005 08:19 AM

Had two of Harry's Road House pie offerings...Strawberry/rhubarb and the Coconut Cream. Great crust on both of them...Only liked the Coconut Cream and I've had much better in New Jersey. The place was absolutely packed on a Saturday at 12:30 PM. Good for Harry!

Several Hounds mentioned the possibility of slow waitstaff service in Santa Fe. We never found that to be the case. Service was very good and the people very friendly. The galleries were amazing. The City is a lot bigger than we thought and, at least for us, we found you could not walk it. Perhaps NYC and SF hhave more art, but it's damn close. This city rocks when it comes to creative people.

The Plaza Cafe was crowded all the time. We never got to try it, but it is obviously a favorite in town. There is a great guy selling carnitas in the park from a truck. Very, very fresh product. I talked to him for quite a while and he explained his whole operation. I'd already eaten, but the stuff looked terrific..

Headed out to Taos and we totally disagree with those who said the shorter way through Espanole was not the way to go. Once you pass the town of Espanole, the entire scenery changes dramatically. It is absolutely beautiful and a far, far more enjoyable ride IMHO. Hey, see for yourselves. It was not worth the extra 2 hours to take the High Road in our opinion.

We stayed at a fantastic B&B in Taos that made some of the beat breakfasts we've had in a long time..The Brooks Street Inn. Blue Corn and Pine Nut pancakes, SW Souffles, etc. Terrific! The place is well deserved of the reputation mentioned on tripadvisor.com by lots and lots of people.

We had 2 dinners and one lunch in Taos. The lunch at Orlando's was very good. This place is very professional and very popular. I think you'd all enjoy their Mexican food.

The two dinners were at the Trading Post and Lambert's. We liked Lambert's more. Pretty good meal. Prices at both were reasonable. Service good.

Just to digress briefly. Two amazing sites in Taos and well worth the visit. ..The Native Pueblo is not to be missed! Absolutely amazing! They show you how they cook their breads outdoors in a beehive shaped oven, their homes, etc. You can buy pottery and jewelry there as well. Very fair prices. GO THERE!

And finally, The Bridge at the Rio Grand. If this is not one of the wonders of the world, I don't know what is. And, it's free. New Mexico is just a beautiful State with lots to see.

On to Arizona as quickly as I can. Stopped over in Holbrook (about 1/2 way to the Grand Canyon) and had a very good pizza there in a place called Mesa. You will not be disappointed. For a little town, they do a wonderful job at that restaurant.

And, again, several people told us that the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert were nothing to bother with. Don't believe it! It was terrific and we highly recommend both..They are in the same park. One addmission takes it all. Just beautiful!

The Grand Canyon speaks for itself. It was a lot longer drive than we thought ..we went through Flagstaff ..More on that little town in a minute. Be prepared for a long drive. But, here again, there are plenty of fast food places to eat at and plenty of places to stay.

We only stayed for 3 hours and for us, not wanting to hike, etc...it was fine. We had lunch back down in Flagstaff. Very nice town. Well kept. We ate at Richa (?)Thai. I thought it was pretty good...My wife, who has eaten lots more Thai than I have, did not like it at all. Service was very, very slow.

Then we headed to Sedona via 89A and all those new found memories of the Grand Canyon seemed to disappear. Hounds, this was one amazing scenic journey..I'd like it to going to Lake Tahoe...but even more scenic. But, no food along the way (trying to stay on topic). Winding through some of the most amazing scenery we have ever experienced.

If you go back over comments made by several Hounds on Sedona, you might get the impression that it is not a good restaurant town. Here again, our dining experiences were absolutely fantastic.

We had breakfast twice at the Coffee Pot and I'd compare this place in San Francisco called Sears. They line up at that place starting at 7 AM; around the block! At least they did when we were there.

This place, the Coffee Pot, is just as good. Their waffles were the lightest and best we have ever had. Their eggs were wonderful...Highly recommended. Huge menu ..100 omlets. Great service and very fast!

I cannot remember the last time we ever went back to the same place two nights in a row. But, we did in Sedona. Absolutely, one of the best restaurants we have ever eaten at...Dahl & DiLuca. The first night, I had the Classico Bolognese ($16.95) and I've had the dish in Bologna...No comparison! This was the best I have ever had...Anywhere. Yes, I like dried pasta better than fresh made (that's what they do at this place) but it made very little difference. Their portions were huge, too. Oh, also part of the dinner entree is a fantastic version of Caesar's Salad. One of the best I've ever had, too.

My wife had a wonderful free-range chicken dish with artichokes. It, too, was fantastic. We were too full for dessert. My only critcism of the place would be their bread. Such a wonderful restaurant should serve a brick oven Sicilian bread. Believe it or not, The Trading Post in Taos serves a fantastic one!

The next night, we went back again. This time, my wife was determined to have her favorite dessert...Tarimisu. So she ordered a mixed green salad and stuffed mushrooms. Both were great. Alas, the Tarimisu was rated only an 8 out of her 10 best.

I had (2) 8 oz perfectly grilled pork chops and the same salad again. It also came with great oven roasted potatoes and vegggies. I gave the healthy stuiff to her. The pork chops were fantastic. I could only finish one of them....$22.00 for the entree. We'll always remember this restaurant. the service was great, the atmosphere a bit fancy but everyone dressed as they wished. Jeans, dressy, etc.

Sedona was by far our favorite stop on the trip. The scenery was just amazing. Everywhere you turned, you'd see another picture perfect scene. Been to Bryce, Zion, and now the Canyon. Sedona is the best IMHO.

Took the Verde Canyon Railroad in Clarksdale...DO IT!! You can get food on the train or even before going on the train (char broiled burgers, hot dogs, etc) at the station. You simply cannot see this canyon any other way, but by this train. It is a 4 hour journey you will never forget. Nearby is a neat little town that you should all go to...Jerome. What a great little place for lunch and sightseeing. Nice and cool, too. Not like Scottsdale!

Already mentoned Scottsdale in a prior report. Don't want to start any more fights like in Memphis. Hey, the food was great. the rest...no comment. So, I'm out. Hope I've helped some of you who might want to take this type of trip. You are more than welcome to e-mail me with any questions.

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