People come to Taos, New Mexico for a number of reasons. Some come for the history and culture, some come to ski or shop for art. But, many come for the food. The Taos area is replete with places for delectable New Mexican dining.
Taos’ El Meze restaurant, which opened its doors in 2008, serves up a unique dining twist. Set in an 1847 restored Colonial hacienda, on the edge of town and behind Taos Mountain, El Meze is steeped in history with its architecture and culturally rich recipes. Chef and co-owner Frederick Muller, a recent James Beard semi-finalist, has studied up on the roots of New Mexican dining and his menu is the result of that compilation. Muller found that much of the food in the Taos area has influences from its early inhabitants from Spain and to the Moors and Arabs as well. Muller has taken this history and created a blend of cultural tastes that he calls rustic, comfort food, “La comida de las sierras,” the food of the mountains.
El Meze’s menu is small and changes somewhat with the seasons. Diners can start their meal with tapas plates, perfect to share. Try the fried green olives stuffed with blue cheese or the herb fritas with thyme, lavender and sea salt. Not overly fancy, but overly tasty. Plates run from $8-14.
Entrees range from $16-38 and offer a variety. The Moroccan inspired fresh-grilled trout with lemon, mint, cilantro and garlic offers an explosion of flavor. The herbs taste right out of the garden making it a light, yet satisfying meal. El Meze’s pasta is delicious, but so is the ribye seasoned with Mexican oregano. Entrees are distinct and flavor-filled.
Save room for Chef Muller’s desserts whether you choose the delectable dark chocolate soufflé cake, the surprisingly tasty lavender crème brulee, or one of his other temptations.
The restaurant’s wine menu is relatively small, but offers up quality choices, most available by the glass or the bottle. A few specialty beers are on the menu as well.
Muller’s El Meze keeps receiving accolades, is an award winner, and its rave reviews via word-of-mouth, and otherwise, invite new guests and keep others coming back. Enjoy!
Check out El Meze’s website for special events, to get on the mailing list, or to make reservations.
1017 Paseo del Pueblo Norte