When you do a quick Google search of New Mexican food, you’ll get everything from enchiladas to tamales to chiles rellenos. While all of these dishes have our mouths watering, they’re not necessarily exclusive to the history of New Mexico. The truest New Mexican dish you can find comes in the form of a sopapilla.
Sopapillas are fried pastries made from a soft and sweet dough that act as a type of quick bread. The word “sopapilla” comes from the Spanish word “sopaipa” which is a derivative of the Mozarabic word, “xopaipa,” which means “bread soaked in oil.” The Spanish, Arabic and Jewish influences of the dish and its name convened in Albuquerque over 200 years ago.
As a type of quick bread, sopapillas are incredibly versatile and are used as a sweet pastry, side dish or the main entrée all the same. The natural air pocket that occurs in the middle of the tortilla-like dough creates room to stuff the bread with meat, cheese or beans for a hearty star of the meal. But at the same time, the light bite of the thin bread meshes well with honey, syrup or powdered sugar to enjoy after those enchiladas, tamales and chiles rellenos.
When you’re in town, make sure you have your eyes peeled for sopapillas on whatever menu you decide to eat from. In our opinion, these following places have the best sopapillas in Taos, and they’re all right down Paseo del Pueblo Norte:
Michael’s Kitchen Restaurant & Bakery (3 min walk)
Ricky’s Restaurant (3 min drive)
Taoseño Restaurant (6 min drive)
It’s Taos and we know there’s so much to explore. That’s why we’ve developed a hearty, homemade and complimentary hot breakfast buffet to help power you through your day of adventure.
Aside from an assortment of bagels, pastries and cereals, we feature an extensive hot bar boasting local Southwestern flavors. We often hear a lot of “mmm mmms” from the breakfast room and wonder what it’s all about?! Well from the feedback we got and clearly what we’ve read on TripAdvisor, the star of the morning menu is our savory, home-made breakfast burritos.
But what makes them so special you ask? Well that’s for us to know and you to…enjoy! (hint, home-made green chile sauce) Check out a few past reviews:
“The complementary breakfast is AMAZING!!! Especially the burritos!! This place is a must and when we return, there will be no question about where we will be staying!” sdolson04
“The best part of this was the complimentary hot breakfast. A lot more options that your typical complimentary breakfast. I immediately focused on the homemade breakfast burritos. Those were a total standout, especially when topped with the house-made green chile sauce. Mmm, I can still taste these.” Lucy S
“Breakfast had a delightful Southwestern flair with tortillas, pinto beans, and browned onions and pepper – all the fixings for a Breakfast Burrito.” Culture45551506515
“The homemade breakfast is to die for. Breakfast burritos, roasted potatoes, green chile along with beans and the other usual fare fills you up for a great day of hiking or shopping!” Chris L
So next time your wanderlust brings you to Taos, reserve a stay with us and be prepared for your most important meal of the day to wow you.
Popular online dining resource Eater just made your trip to El Pueblo Lodge even more tasty. This month Eater released “The Essential Restaurants in Taos, New Mexico,” and it’s the perfect go-to guide for dining your way through Taos on your next visit. So, who made the sweet and savory cut? Here are the highlights:
The Love Apple
Why visit? Seasonal and locally grown ingredients punctuate the often-changing menu. Don’t miss the baked tamale with Oaxacan-style red mole, finished with an egg and creme fraiche.
Doc Martin’s Restaurant
Why visit? The restaurant is a registered historic landmark known for globally inspired dishes. Try the chile relleno, which features an Anaheim chile stuffed with chevre, pepitas and pico de gallo.
Taos Mesa Brewing Taos Tap Room
Why visit? Come for the specialized brews like the Kolsch .45 and Kachina Peak Pale Ale, an homage to the summit of Taos Ski Valley; stay for the juicy burgers, tacos and cheesy Frito pies — an homage to, well, great food.
Lambert’s of Taos
Why visit? A top spot for a special occasion, this fine dining mainstay also has a mighty fine wine selection, thanks to the staff sommelier. Indulge in the short ribs braised in espresso and red chile for a refined taste of the southwest.
Why visit? Dip into this cozy cafe for a decadent sip of single-origin chocolate, offered hot or cold for sipping or as mousse, bars and gelato. Take a walk on wild side and try chocolates infused with matcha, rosemary or chile. How fiery!
Why visit? Dig into comfort food favorites like chicken soup with house-made noodles, barbecue short ribs, and mustard-spiked mac and cheese. Just don’t skip the house-made bread.
5 Star Burgers
Why visit? Craving a burger? Open wide and take a bite out of the Taos Burger, topped with strips of fried green chile, barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese. Burger nirvana …
Why visit? Beer-battered cheese curds in Taos? The owner’s Wisconsin roots are reflected in that mouth-watering and oozy-gooey choice — but also save room for the chicken and waffles, fish and chips or bacon-wrapped dates.
Taos became famous as an artist community but has since grown its reputation as a must-visit gem of the Southwest. From the breathtaking Sangre de Cristo Mountains and outdoor activities to a thriving culture and gallery scene, a vacation in Taos, New Mexico is just what the doctor ordered. When you stay at El Pueblo Lodge, you will be right in the thick of things and within walking distance to many of the areas top attractions. As popularity has grown, more and more world-class dining options have popped up – many of which are walking distance the lodge. Below are three of our favorite options less than one mile from El Pueblo Lodge!
Located just down the road from El Pueblo Lodge is The Love Apple – a delicious restaurant that prides itself on using local organic ingredients. Not only is the food delicious but the ambiance and location, inside an old Catholic church from the 1800s, makes it an extremely special place for a night out. The menu at The Love Apple is a seasonal rotation and uses the best local ingredients available to create an ever-evolving selection of simple and tasty dishes.
After booking your lodging in Taos New Mexico, your next step should be to track down some authentic Mexican or Southwestern cuisine. There are ample restaurants to check out during your stay, and we would encourage you to give a few of them a shot. After checking into El Pueblo Lodge, however, saunter down the road to Bella’s Mexican Grill for delicious and affordable authentic Mexican cuisine. Whether you play it safe with tacos or a burrito or try something a little less ordinary, you will return to the best hotel in Taos NM both satiated and supremely satisfied.
Whether you are visiting Taos for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or just looking for something special to spice things up in the mountains, Lamberts of Taos is your answer. This local restaurant boasts an almost entirely homemade menu, right down to the pastries, bread, and ice cream. Lamberts also places a lot of care and attention into matching meals with wines and specialty cocktails, leaving no stone left unturned.
No matter your cuisine of choice the burgeoning restaurant scene in Taos is sure to have something to please your palate. And by staying at El Pueblo Lodge, you are placing yourself right in the middle of a foodie’s paradise.
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