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Taos — Dining

The Bavarian (575-776-8020; $$–$$$; right), at the bottom of the Kachina Lift in a beautiful log chalet on the mountain side, is one of the best dining spots in the ski valley and the most beautiful. At lunchtime, if it is sunny, ask to sit on the deck. For dinner enjoy some of the best German cooking this side of the Atlantic. Start with Gorgonzola over pear or mini Bratwurst and Knockwurst. Try the Wienerschnitzel, Sauerbraten or daily specials such as lamb and veal chops. They serve wonderful spätzle, sauerkraut and strudel. On Tuesday they serve a wonderful fondue. Pair it with Swiss, Austrian or German wines.

For another excellent mountain meal head to the Hondo Restaurant ($$–$$$) at The Inn at Snakedance. It is open for dinner only. Based on past experience, the new restaurant will probably be excellent.

Rhoda’s Restaurant (575-776-2005; $$), serves lunch and dinner with very affordable entrees such as salmon stirfry, peppercorn steaks and tiger shrimp scampi plus they have an excellent skier’s lunch menu.

Tim’s Stray Dog Cantina (575-776-2894; $$) serves breakfast Friday through Monday and lunch and dinner everyday. Here you can find green chile everything and good huevos rancheros. (Too spicy for me and my friends.)

The other place to dine at lunch is on the deck or in the fireplace room at the St. Bernard where you can get burgers and fries or daily specials such as pastas and salads. It is one of the best values on the mountain.

Hotel Edelweiss ($$–$$$) also serves three meals daily to the general public. It one of the only places other than the cafeteria to have breakfast daily.

About a mile-and-a-half down the mountain road is X-Treme Steaks (575-776-2451; $$–$$) in the Amizette Lodge. They serve melt-in-your-mouth elk fillets and well-prepared steaks. The place is BYOB, so come with a bottle of wine if that is what you expect to drink.

On the road into the valley, OBL (Old Blinking Light) (575-776-8787; $–$$) is known for its steaks and chile and its giant margaritas. A new restaurant, Sabroso (575-776-3333; $$) in Arroyo Seco has one of the best dining atmospheres in the area and the food is good too.

The town of Taos has great variety when it comes to restaurants.

Check out the restaurant at El Monte Sagrado, De la Tierra (575-758-3502; $$$) if money is no object and excellent cuisine is the goal. The restaurant was named one of the best new restaurants in the country two years ago.

Joseph’s Table (575-751-4512; $$$) in the Hotel la Fonda de Taos on the square has been a gourmet establishment for years and is at the top of the list for special occasions by locals.

Lambert’s (575-758-1009, $$$) three blocks from the Plaza is everyone’s second choice it seems.

The Trading Post (575-758-5089; $$) has a bit of everything—Cajun, New Mexican, Italian, steaks as well as a stellar reputation in the city.

Orlando’s (left), just about two miles north of town, is the place to head for New Mexican cooking. This place is revered by everyone for miles around for the real thing when it comes to chili.

The menu at the Apple Tree Restaurant (575-758-1900; $$–$$$) lists Southwestern dishes, such as barbequed duck fajitas and mango chicken enchiladas, and continental cuisine, such as salmon alfredo. On the historic plaza,

The Garden Restaurant (575-758-9483; $$–$$$) offers New Mexican as well as American, Italian and French entrees.

Other good dining can be found at the Downtown Bistro (737-5060; $$) just south of town on the road to Santa Fe. For two spots full of colorful locals head to Ogelvies (575-758-8866; $$), right on the plaza, and Doc Martin’s in the Taos Inn (575-758-1977; $$) just off the plaza on the main street through town.

Michael’s Kitchen (575-758-4178; $) has phenomenally large and excellent breakfasts. Or head to El Taoseño (575-758-4142; $) for a great breakfast burrito.

In Taos Ski Valley try the Blueberry Blue Corn Pancakes or Tim’s fine Breakfast Burrito at Tim’s Stray Dog Cantina (575-776-2894; $$) but it’s only open early Friday through Monday and opens at 11 am Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Katie’s cafeteria has a good breakfast burrito and breakfast specials and that’s where the ski patrollers and mountain workers fill up before the day on the slopes.

Dining Legend: $$$S–Entrees $30+; $$$–Entrees $20+; $$–$10–20; $–less than $10