The Taos News - Dining Out : 2019-12-05

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COME HUNGRY TAOS DINER I AND II: HOME TO THE ‘IN CROWD’ OF TAOS BY VIRGINIA L. CLARK | PHOTOGRAPH­Y BY MORGAN TIMMS ‘Howdy neighbor’ Taos Diner is a must-do weekly for locals and sometimes a daily stop during visitors’ stays. This longtime Taos staple has a family atmosphere that welcomes all comers with open arms and “howdy neighbor” camaraderi­e. The food is exactly what you’re hungry for any and every day of the week. It is the go-to place for all your special needs – particular­ly helpful for travelers trying to stick to their diet regimens. Got celiac issues? There are two Taos Diner locations and both have the same menu including lots of gluten-free options, such as the red or green chile, pancakes and bread. Really unbelievab­le, but true. Just ask for gluten-free. Vegetarian­s and vegans can find a number of plates at the diners, so everyone has plenty of choices. Dropping the potatoes and toast? Just ask to substitute fresh or steamed veggies to round out your meal. You’ll feel well taken care of and walk away “full, full, full,” as one happy Yelp reviewer put it last winter. If you’re thinking about heading out to the gym or maybe going skiing or hiking first thing in the morning, fuel up and kill hunger pangs with a delicious, steaming hot bowl of pecan and raisin or cranberry walnut oatmeal. The house chai will thrill you all over as well as the lattes and cappuccino­s – perfect to help brave the elements. Probably most important to both visitors and locals is owners Annie Powell and Jay Powell’s commitment to serving humanely bred and processed animals such as locally sourced beef from West Best in Jaroso, Colorado and Larry Roybal in Cerro, New Mexico; Kyzer pork; organic-fed, freerange local eggs; and duck eggs from Three Guys Farms in Monte Vista, Colorado. Big sellers are the giant breakfast burritos smothered in red, green or 50 DINING OUT WINTER/SPRING 2020

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