With a scenic drive on the high road from Taos, the one must stop place is this multi-generation familystyle restaurant. We had eaten there years before and were delighted that the family reopened after a rather devastating fire several years ago.
Even though eating lunch at 2:30, the restaurant was probably 50% filled. We started with just chips and salsa as we were starving and needed a quick fix. The salsa was prepared with fresh tomatoes that were bright red and tasty with just a touch of "hot" and without the distracting cilantro that can overwhelm a salsa. The prickly pear iced tea was sweet without being sickingly so and complimented our entire meal
Our lunch entrees were the stuffed Sopaipilla Relleno with beef and the chilli rellenos with Christmas sauce, Spanish rice and beans. Both meals were hearty and tasty. Again, this is a family-owned restaurant that stays true to their roots and cooking traditions. There is nothing fancy about the food other than the fresh ingredients and consistency of preparation. It is worth the 30 minute detour out of Santa Fe but if you are driving to or from Taos on the the old highway, this is a must stop place.
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