Eat Your Way through Taos – a Foodie Itinerary
Taos’ location, culture, and integrity to farm fresh foods paves the way for boutique restaurants to use these elements on their menus and incorporate them into your meal. Just as our artists dedicate time and expertise to their craft, our restauranteurs can be classified as artists with their creative dishes. If you came to Taos to experience the bold flavors of New Mexico, you’ll want to check out these stops on our food itinerary and restaurant guide!
If your first day is on a Saturday, get a feel for Taos with a visit to the Taos Farmers Market between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The market opens the second weekend of May and runs through the end of October and offers a huge selection of fresh vegetables and fruits, cheeses, locally-raised meats, jams, baked goods, and more! Pick up a snack or stock up for breakfast tomorrow.
After the market, check into your room and get settled in. With a stay at Hotel La Fonda, you’re right on the Plaza making it the perfect home base for a trip to Taos.
For dinner, you’re off to Old Martina’s Hall for the Saturday night Paella dinner at 7 p.m. This prix fixe menu includes tapas, paella (flavor changes weekly), dessert, a glass of white or red wine, and sherry for $45 per person. Reservations are highly recommended, as is taking a look at their extensive wine list.
Head back to your hotel or inn for a good night’s rest before beginning tomorrow’s delicious adventure.
For breakfast, go where the locals go by visiting Taos Diner I or II. Open for breakfast and lunch only, this establishment provides generous portions in a family-friendly environment.
Between meals, check out the amazing art galleries and museums that call Taos home, or take a guided tour to learn more about our history.
In the afternoon, you’ll be introduced to old-world Taos with the traditional dishes and farm to table meals at Tiwa Kitchen on Taos Pueblo. Savor the red chili or gorge on the stuffed frybread, but be sure to save room for the Indian cookies or chocolate squash cake. (Please check that the Taos Pueblo is open prior to your visit).
Immerse yourself in the flavors of Taos at night with a visit to El Meze Restaurant. Chef Frederick Muller works off the inspiration of “La Comida de las Sierras,” the food of the mountains and develops a menu of regional comfort food. With farm fresh food and a New Mexico flair, it’s no surprise that El Meze is a local favorite and award-winning restaurant.
Head in for a nightcap or to burn off some calories with dancing at Anaconda Bar. With specialty crafted cocktails and the signature margarita, you might find yourself dancing well into the night.
Breakfast is served at Gutiz Taos where Latin and French cuisines are fused together in a delightfully fresh menu. Go for the crepes or egg-based dishes!
After a filling breakfast, you’re off to school. Take a class at the Cooking Studio Taos where you can learn from the masters of the kitchen in different cooking styles and cuisine types. Classes range from Asian favorites to Paella and Spanish Tapas. Classes begin at 1 p.m. and typically last until 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. The classes are generally $98 per person and are hands-on. After the instruction portion, everyone gets together to eat the food.
After sampling your creation in the kitchen, stop by the Black Mesa Winery tasting room for a glass of wine and a hand-dipped chocolate truffle or two!