El Paisano, located in the small town of Capitan, NM served us our best meal on a recent trip to the Ruidoso, NM area. In our group of 4, we all tried something different and were all immensely satisfied. The Green Chile Stew was appropriately hot (but not just blow-your-head-off hot, but appropriately flavorful), the rellenos were baked instead of friend which brought out the chile flavor more effectively (and was probably more healthful), and the enchiladas with red sauce were delicately flavorful and delicious. Even the chips and salsa showed attention to detail -- the chips seemed home-made and the salsa was just the right balance between heat and flavor. This wasn't exactly Tex-Mex, which is my usual favorite, but it was most definitely a good meal.
The small dining room was bright and cheerful, and the staff (which seemed to be primarily a husband and wife) gave competent and friendly service.
We look forward to returning on our next trip to NM!
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