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What do you recommend in Taos?

Sarah, please check the earlier postings. (Just search "Taos" on this board.) I'm in Taos very regularly and I'd recommend the following:

The Love Apple has delicious, locally grown and often organic, offerings. There have been some complaints about the service, but the setting in an old decommissioned chapel can't be beat. You really feel the Taos ambiance in the place.

Antonio's is open again, just behind the Plaza. He cooks Mexican food, but has some New Mexican offerings on the menu.

I recommend Sabroso in Arroyo Seco--romantic atmosphere with great food and great service.

If you want to have a very fancy meal, I highly recommend El Monte Segrado or Joseph's Table. Decor is as elegant as the food.

Many people like Lambert's, which is under new ownership and has a new chef. I had a fine dinner there, but the experience/value ratio wasn't there for me. Other people that I know have said that they had great dinners there (under the new owner/chef). The room is quite lovely, but I felt rushed.

Taos has a James Beard chef, Damon. His restaurant serves up some neat offerings. It's worth checking out, but please be forewarned that the room lacks ambiance. Try to reserve a table in the "front" of the restaurant where there are only a few tables.

I disagree with the Inspector's recommendation of Orlando's. It's a favorite of many and prices are reasonable indeed. However, I've found the waitstaff to downright rude, forget to bring items and just not very nice. I hate being so negative, but I'm really disappointed with them lately (as are a number of locals).

Guadalajara Grill is great. There are two. But not much ambiance, and it's more Mexican food, not New Mexican.

Finally, the beloved Taos Diner is now serving dinner. The food is great, but not much in the way of ambiance! You might want to check it out for breakfast or lunch. Their red and green chile sauces are beyond exceptional, and their pancakes are wonderful.

Let me know if you'd like any more information. The dining in Taos has really gotten good.

One more thing: check out 999dine.com for dining coupons in Taos and around the state.

Have a great visit!

Jan 24, 2010
Lenzo in Southwest

Where should I eat in the George Bush Airport/Houston Area?

Thank you! I'll check it out!

Nov 23, 2009
Lenzo in Houston

Nice meal at May Street Market

We had a great dinner at May Street Market last Saturday. There were 4 of us, and each ordered the prix fixe menu. All courses were quite good. The beef wellington ravioli appetizer was not as outstanding as the Maytag Blue Cheesecake appetizer. I was very happy with my scallop jambalaya, as were the other who ordered it as an entree. I was less happy with my pumpkin cheesecake dessert (but I still enjoyed it!)--I should have gone with the cupcake sampler. BUT, the meal was very, very, very, very, very good and you cannot beat the price/value ratio.

One note--the menu posted on the website was not offered--our server explained that due to the chef's desire to use very fresh ingredients, he was not able to offer all of the same dishes.

Wine list was interesting and fairly priced.

If you are visiting Chicago, this is a great chance to get out of the tourist district and have a terrific meal. If you are local, make a beeline to May Street Market. You won't be disappointed!!

Nov 22, 2009
Lenzo in Chicago Area

Where should I eat in the George Bush Airport/Houston Area?

I'll be in the Houston area on business and would like to hit a few "must try" or "should try" restaurants, diners, etc while I"m there. I'm staying near George Bush Airport. Thanks for your suggestions.

Nov 22, 2009
Lenzo in Houston

Good Italian Restaurants In Chicago

Does anyone have any suggestions for good Italian restaurants in Chicago (north side, if possible)? Thanks so much!

Nov 09, 2009
Lenzo in Chicago Area

Best French-style patisserie in Chicago?

Try Vanille Patisserie
www.vanillepatisserie.com

2229 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614-7553
(773) 868-4574

Bon chance!!!

Jul 16, 2009
Lenzo in Chicago Area

Dinner rec near Albuquerque airport

We always have a car, and have gone to El Patio, Sadie's and Sophia's Place. We like Sophia's Place--you can get in and out fairly quickly. The staff is really nice, and they will help if you are in a hurry.

That said, the ABQ airport has a pretty good New Mexican restaurant--Gardunos--it's on your right as you are walking toward airport security. We've eaten there a few times and it's been pretty good--one last chile fix before leaving NM!

Mar 01, 2009
Lenzo in Southwest

Taos, NM

Lucky you--you are off to Taos! I agree w/Chowmix's suggestions. Here are a few more.

Tim's Stay Dog is being sold--I ate there a few months ago and it was still fun and good. It's a great choice if you are up the mountain. I hear that it will stay open, just that it will have a new owner. I'm not expecting any changes. I love that place. Also on the mountain is The Bavarian. It is really good--but it's, well, Bavarian food!!

The better food choices are away from the mountain. It's not that far of a drive.

I'm not sure what your tolerance level is vis-a-vis authenticity--but you can't get any more authentic than Abe's just down the road in Arroyo Seco. Abe has a great local bar, and there is a very basic take away counter (with seating). Best tamales and posole around!

Just about next door is Taos Cow for ice cream, sandwiches, coffee and treats. The flavors all great, but I love the caramel-pinon ice cream.

Down the road a little bit more is Sabroso. Great food! (Get a 999dine coupon for the restaurant.) I usually eat in the bar--great wines and the bar scene is cozy. I love the restaurant, too. Can't go wrong with either. Went there for my birthday last summer. (Their terrace is excellent, too. Too bad you won't be there when its warm.)

The newest place to eat is Love Apple. It is totally Taos-cool, located in an old church. The menu is organic/natural, with Southwestern as well as international overtones. Nice, fairly priced wine list, too. (It is on the Paseo del Pueblo Norte.)

I highly recommend the Taos Diner. Fabulous red and green chile sauces. Excellent New Mexican dishes, and American ones as well. Great biscuits. Great pancakes. Huge burritos (get a small one unless you are a pro football linebacker!). Love the huevos rancheros. It used to be almost all locals, but it's being discovered.

For pizza, you have some great options. Pizanos is really good and about a 15 minute drive from the ski valley. On the main road north of town (Paseo del Pueblo Norte) is another great option, Taos Outback Pizza. Each has its admirers--you really can't go wrong with either. Pizano's is closer to you.

For some New Mexican, you might want to try Orlando's, Ricky's (a hole in the wall, but really authentic), Chow Cart (again, a former chow cart that's now in a permanent spot), Michael's Kitchen, the Taos Diner, Roberto's (but sometimes he doesn't open if the snow is good--don't be upset--it's just Roberto). Rellenos is good, too.

A few more things--Old Blinking Light (about 15 minutes from the Ski valley) is now run by Joseph Werde, who also runs the excellent Jospeh's Table (on the Plaza). OBL seems to be upgrading its menu and service. It looked much cleaner and brighter. Unlike days of old, you should make a reservation. Try to go on a night when Michael Hearne or Jimmy Stadler or Kim and the Caballeros are playing--all local favorites. Also, buy a bottle of wine in the wine shop next to the restaurant. The restaurant charges a nominal ($10????) corkage fee, so you can enjoy a nice bottle of wine w/ dinner. (Try to get a 999dine coupon.)

El Monte Segrado is the swish spot. High end, big city feel. It's less painful if you are on an expense account! Excellent, though.

I do disagree with the suggestion to skip Doc Martins at the Taos Inn. I've been eating at Doc Martin's for about 20+ years. It has definitely had its lows, but it's been quite good lately. You can get many of the food items in the Adobe Bar--probably all of them. That's an option is you want to listen to the entertainment. I was there last August and the restaurant was very good. We tried to get in last month, but couldn't--they were full. (Make a reservation.) The key is to go between 5 and 6:30 and get the early bird specials (about $18--a deal in this day and age. I'm sure I'll regret telling the world that--now I'll never get in!) They have a nice wine list. I've gotten some great bottles for a great price. And you can't beat their $5 glass of Gruet chardonnay or sparkler!

Speaking of wine, please don't drink and drive. New Mexico strictly enforces its drunk driving laws.

Have a great trip!!

Mar 01, 2009
Lenzo in Southwest

Hatch New Mexico Information.

You might want to check out the Jane and Michael Stern's Roadfood book or website. We used it when we visited and were not disappointed.

I wish I could remember the name of the restaurants. Sorry!

Aug 05, 2008
Lenzo in Southwest

Spiaggia, A Trivoli, North Pond or ?? some help please

Spiaggia wins hands down--although North Pond, A Trivoli are great, too.

Spiaggia's dining room is so elegant, the food outstanding and it has been very consistent over the years. You are just a hop, skip and a jump--literally--from the restaurant.

Spiaggia has a wonderful cafe, too. I try to eat there frequently. Also nearby is RL, in the Ralph Lauren shop. It is great for Chicago people watching.

Be sure to stop at Garrett's for popcorn!

Have a wonderful trip.

Aug 05, 2008
Lenzo in Chicago Area

New restaurant for Chicago visit

Aigre Doux (sp.) near the Merchandise Mart, and Moto. Le Sardine is big with locals (on Carptenter Street near Harpo Studios). Also try West Fulton Market Street. It is the up and coming neighborhood. Several options, along with some great art galleries and shops.

Aug 05, 2008
Lenzo in Chicago Area

The "New" Coyote Cafe in Santa Fe

Thanks everyone. We will definitely try it and be sure to dine in the Cafe, not on the rooftop.

I really appreciate your feedback.

Fyfas, thanks for the tip about Red Sage, too.

Aug 05, 2008
Lenzo in Southwest

A couple of Santa Fe questions

Thanks for mentioning this. I keep forgetting to stop in when I'm in Santa Fe.

Jul 27, 2008
Lenzo in Southwest

A couple of Santa Fe questions

How about Atomic Coffee, tucked off of Water Street, near Cafe Pasqual's. There is a courtyard so you can drink your coffee outside, or inside.

We tried the Tea Cafe on Canyon Road a few years ago--it was lovely, fabulous selections, but we thought that it was expensive. But I'd highly recommend it if you are a tea lover!

A hopping breakfast spot, albeit outside of the tourist area on the Old Las Vegas Highway is Harry's Roadhouse. Great breakfast, nice for lunch and dinner as well.

Have fun! There are more great options than you'll have time for!

Jul 27, 2008
Lenzo in Southwest

The "New" Coyote Cafe in Santa Fe

My husband and I are heading to Santa Fe. Has anyone eaten at the Coyote Cafe since the new chef took over? Is it worth all of the hype? Should we go for lunch or dinner? Any suggestions about what to order and what to avoid?

Thanks.

Jul 26, 2008
Lenzo in Southwest

Looking for gelato machine suggestions.

I have a DeLonghi "ice creamery" machine that just doesn't work that well. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good, not obscenely expensive gelato machine for home use?

Thank you.

Jul 26, 2008
Lenzo in Cookware

Best German Restaurants/Delis in Chicago-area

You might like Kunz (sp) Deli in Deerfield. It is tucked away in Deerbrook Mall at the intersection of Lake Cook Road and Waukegan. I'd call first to make sure they are open when you want to visit. I'm not sure that they have produce, though.

Jan 20, 2008
Lenzo in Chicago Area

Where's my FF Frozen Yogurt?

If you are in the suburbs, try Love's frozen yogurt. They have outposts in downtown Highland Park, Skokie (Old Orchard) and Glenview. Maybe more. It's really tough to find any frozen yogurt in Chicago anymore.

And I totally agree with you about Treats and Cold Stone.

Aug 04, 2007
Lenzo in Chicago Area

Where's my FF Frozen Yogurt?

This is great news. I thought that they were gone for good. Thanks!

Aug 04, 2007
Lenzo in Chicago Area

is there a large and major gourmet food store in Rome??

I've had great luck at Castroni, picking up the best dark cocoa, confections, spinach pasta flour and other Italian delicacies. It lacks the drama and sensory stimulation of a KaDeWe or Harrod's, but there are many treasures packed into a small space. We always go to the one nearer the Vatican. There is also a nice bar there that serves very tasty hot chocolate and a nice espresso or cappucino.

Jul 29, 2007
Lenzo in Italy

Parioli Neighborhood (Rome) Restaurant Suggestions, per favore.

We love Parioli and always go to Il Caminetto on Viale Parioli. We'd like to try some other restaurants with great food, hopefully at a good value, in that lovely neighborhood without all of the tourists. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

Jul 29, 2007
Lenzo in Italy