A week from now, many of us will be gathered ‘round the table with family and friends.
Visitors who have come to ski our fresh powder, who would like to celebrate the Holiday even though they are faraway from their community, should be happy to discover that although many restaurants in town are closed for the Holiday, there are several places to go for a great Thanksgiving Dinner in Taos!
I’ve rounded up three stress-free options, all with great ambience, and all of which are serving a traditional Holiday menu with all the trimmings!
Chef Ky Quintanilla at (the new Hilton Tapestry Collection Don Fernando Hotel’s, restaurant), Palettes, is offering an all-day prix fix dinner for $24.00 per person. Kids are $13.00. For a $5.00 sur-charge, you can replace the bird with prime rib or haddock.
Ky was trained at the Culinary Institute of America, and apprenticed with the famed Chef, Wolfgang Puck. His Thanksgiving menu is sure to exceed all your expectations. Ky was the Executive Chef at Lamberts for years before opening the Kyote Club with his late brother, Scott. His signature is International Cuisine with a New Mexican twist.
For Thanksgiving he’s making Turkey with pinon stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, a fresh vegetable medley and of course, gravy and cranberry sauce.
Pumpkin and pecan pie will be served for desert. The restaurant has a full bar. For more information their link is included below.
Doc Martin’s Restaurant at the Taos Inn is open on Thanksgiving. Steeped in history and local lore, Doc’s is an acclaimed dining establishment located in a registered historic landmark.
A Taos tradition, the restaurant has earned multiple awards for its fabulous regional New American fare. Chef Bill Hartig specializes in fresh local food with a southwest accent; incorporating chiles and produce sourced from regional farms and gardens, in his recipes.
With more than 400 wine selections, Doc Martin’s world class wine list has earned Wine Spectator’s “Best Of” Award of Excellence for more than twenty-five consecutive years. Doc Martin’s has made Wine Enthusiast’s ‘America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2018’, and is the only restaurant in New Mexico on the list.
Doc’s special event and holiday menus are popular with locals and visitors alike, and Thanksgiving is no exception.
Please call 575-758-1977 for more information on Holiday dinners at Doc Martin’s, and see their site linked below.
If you happen to be on the mountain, in Taos Ski Valley, the Austing Haus, just down the road, in Amizette, is serving Thanksgiving Dinner in its newly renovated dining room. This spectacular timber lodge is located in a former mining town that dates back to the 1800’s when the gold rush arrived in the Sangre de Cristo mountains.
A graduate of The Escoffier Culinary School, the late Paul Austing was credited with more than 10,000 recipes that even today are still used in many restaurants throughout the world
Local legend has it that he personally selected every log that was used in constructing the Austing Haus, a 22,000 sq ft timber frame lodge where he put his culinary skills to practice. At the time it was built, the lodge was the largest and tallest timber frame hotel in the United States.
In homage to its gastronomic roots, this year’s Thanksgiving Dinner is a sophisticated spin on tradition, in keeping with its long-standing reputation as a culinary destination on the mountain.
For more information and to see a menu, I’ve linked their site below.
Whether you are staying north or south of town, or right in the middle, one of these restaurants is certain to be close enough to allow for a celebratory drink or two, and a safe drive home!
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