Fresh local ingredients create elegant and interesting dishes. elevates the food at Donabe beyond the typical Asian food choices,” says Thompson. “Fresh local ingredients create elegant and interesting dishes.” Some people say that the chicken wings are the best in town. Another local favorite is the build-your-own bowl, allowing you to customize your meal to include your favorites — a generous portion is presented in a pottery bowl. The foundation of the bowl is a choice of noodles or rice, which is topped with a choice of coconut, beef pho, chicken or vegetarian broth. Next is the protein with chicken, pork, shrimp, beef, soft-boiled egg or tofu. The dish is finished with roasted veggies, steamed greens, cucumber kimchi or a variety of other veggie and nut toppings or a chicken gyoza dumpling. The menu changes seasonally, featuring a new dinnertime ramen as the year moves from winter to spring. Look for new choices including a local yak steak. Community support for the journey “It’s been a journey from the noodle cart to creating a full restaurant,” says Thompson. “People have really responded to our local choices and our commitment to make food from scratch.” This is Thompson’s 16th winter in Taos. Since he showed up with two suitcases and little more, the community has embraced him and his exploration into creating unique and delicious food in Taos. Thompson has worked hard and brought everything he’s learned to the journey and is grateful that the community has responded with love and support. For more information Donabe Asian Kitchen serves from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., offering lunch, lighter fare, a happy hour (3 – 5 p.m.) and dinner; closed Tuesdays. For menus and more, visit the website at or call Stop by at 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. donabetaos.com (575) 751-9700. 66
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