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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get Adrenaline and Culture in Taos


2. Where to Eat

Orlando's serves plates of trademark New Mexican cuisine topped with green chilies.  

Taste what’s in season at Aceq, a new addition to the local dining scene which serves southwestern-inflected comfort food in a quirky dining room with mismatched chairs. Try the chili-glazed lamb ribs ($6) and the crispy pork belly “chicharones” lettuce wrap ($8), both sourced from northern New Mexico producers, or one of the signature vegetarian dishes like a beet roulade with spiced lentils and pickled kohlrabi ($12).

Gather around the fire pit as you wait for a table at Orlando’s, a colorful, hugely popular spot that specializes in northern New Mexican dishes. Be sure to order a dish with the state’s ubiquitous green chile, either in a customizable stew with posole and beans ($9) or served on top of tamales ($10), followed with a chocolate-dipped biscochito, an anise-flavored cookie that’s also a New Mexico specialty ($2.75).

Tuck into the cozy dining room at the Love Apple (cash only), a farm-centric restaurant housed in an old adobe chapel. Start with a bottle of sparkling wine from Albuquerque’s Gruet Winery ($30) or a glass from the wine list, featuring organic and sustainably farmed options, before launching into the menu. Try the apple and caramelized onion quesadilla with local Asadero cheese ($8) or grass-fed beef tacos constructed with homemade tortillas and green chile crème fraiche ($14).

Published on Jan 17, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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