Check Out My Favorite Dining Spots In Taos!

I go to Taos to relax and get away from the hustle of a major city. I’ve been doing it for more than 20 years. And, I have to admit, I try and stay away from “big city” ambiance and attitudes when I’m on vacation. 

If you’re looking for the same thing, then these are the best places to eat in Taos.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional New Mexican breakfast, a savory lunch or a culinary masterpiece for dinner, Taos has some of the best restaurants in New Mexico.  In my twenty years visiting, I’ve rarely been in one with a major metro snootiness vibe.

So, let’s get you caught up on the best places to eat in Taos, which also happen to be my favorite places to eat in Taos.

Be sure to give them a try.

Tim’s Stray Dog Cantina

This is my breakfast go to when it comes to the best places to eat in Taos.  Located in Taos Ski Valley, Tim’s is always our first stop on the morning after arrival. If you go in the summer, you’ll have to wait until brunch hours, but it’s worth it!

Everything on the menu is great, but don’t leave without trying the Green Chile Soup with brisket, and the Huevos Rancheros made with blue corn tortillas.

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Antonio’s “The Taste Of Mexico”

Lunch or dinner, Antonio’s won’t disappoint, even if you’re from Texas.  Talk about exceptional!

his is the best traditional Mexican fare in Taos – maybe New Mexico.  In the case of Antonio’s, I’m ignoring the Taos News Best Of list.

The atmosphere is super relaxed, the vibe is very “your neighborhood spot”, and you’ll find Chef Antonio Matus and his wife in the dining room most days. My personal favorites?

Be sure to try the Tampiquena (Steak and cheese enchilada), Enmoladas (Chicken enchiladas with mole poblano sauce), Enchipotladas de Mariscos (Blue crab enchiladas topped with shrimp and chipotle cream sauce), Indian Navajo Taco (Fry bread, red chile, beans, ground beef, mix greens, jack cheese) and Tacos al Pastor (Mexico city style, seasoned pork, pineapple, onion, cilantro, salsa).  Yes – I eat there a lot when I’m in town.

And, if you’re there when it’s not super busy, ask about the Mango Cream Cheese Chimichanga.  It’s not on the menu, but Antonio may make it for you if he has the ingredients.  It is one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten.

You’ll find Antonio’s on the south side of town in the parking lot of Ace Hardware.  Check Out The Full Menu

Pizano’s Pizza

What a view from their patio of Taos Mountain.  With a great selection of beer and wine, you can’t go wrong stopping here for lunch or dinner. The menu has everything from pizza pies to pasta to deli sandwiches to salads to tunnels (which are sort of like calzones).  They’ve got gluten free options as well.

You can do a “create your own” single slice or a whole pie, but the standard menu items are pretty exceptional. Try the Taoseno to get your first hit of green chile. It’s roasted just right and has a nice bit of kick to go with the pepperoni or Italian sausage.  If you’re a veggie lover, then the Gratitude with artichoke hearts, spinach, roasted garlic, roasted red pepper and sun-dried tomato may be right up your alley.

This spot is a great casual hang if you’re on the north side of town. Located next door to KTAO Solar.

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Medley

Located on the Taos Ski Valley road, Medley is where Tim’s OBL used to be. Gone are the ponchos on the lawn with bonfires, but they do have an outdoor patio with a fire pit for those cool nights when a fire is just right.  There’s also a wine store that’s a great stop when you get to town.

Whether in the bar or the dining room, the food reminds you of a New York fine dining experience, but without the price tag.  The double-cut pork chop and steak frite dishes are delicious, and you’ll find a wine list that pairs well with anything on the menu. If you’re looking for options that are a little less fancy, try the grass-fed burger.

For starters try the mac & cheese with hatch chiles and the crispy brussel sprouts with parmesan cheese, chili and bacon.

The menu is seasonal.  Check Out The Full Menu

Abe’s Cantina y Cocina

You’ll find Abe’s in Arroyo Seco north of town headed toward the Taos Ski Valley.  While they serve breakfast and lunch, for me, their breakfast burrito’s are one of the best reasons to get in the car early on a vacation morning.  These burritos are HUGE, and are chock-full of goodness.

And don’t confuse these with Texas breakfast tacos.  They put TX to shame. Yep – I said it. And I’m a TX breakfast taco lover!

Taos Mesa Brewing Company (Mothership)

Out on the mesa, the brewing company not only makes some fine beverages, but they also cook up some good casual grub.  The menu includes Paninis, salads, sandwiches and burgers. They also have a variety of beers ranging from IPAs to Stouts, and you can get a taster for $2 just to make sure you get the right pint.  You’ll also find some hard ciders from Tractor Brewing Co. out of Albuquerque.

They have a full schedule of live music, so be sure to buy a Taos News and get a Tempo! for the full live music schedule while you’re there.

OK – so this is more of a “find a great beer and eat something with it” sort of place for me, but there is eating – so it’s on the list!

Orlando’s New Mexican Cafe

A great spot for Northern New Mexican cuisine, you’ll notice the umbrellas of the outside patio as you drive by.

The food is fresh and the atmosphere is laid back.  Don’t miss an opportunity to try the shrimp burrito and the desserts (pick one!)  While it does get a little crowded, if you choose an off-time you should have no problem finding a table.