The Taos News - Best of Taos 2020 : 2019-06-13

FOOD & DRINK : 14 : 14


Best Bartender Mark Gerry in his natural habitat at The Alley Cantina. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory To be a highly acclaimed restaurant, the service must match the caliber of the cuisine and refinement of the atmosphere. The waitstaff at Lambert’s of Taos consistent­ly lives up to that challenge. “Flawless” is a common review of the service at Lambert’s. 112 S. PLAZA, TAOS • (575) 758-8855 • RMCF.COM medley. Best Ambience 100 STATE ROAD 150, EL PRADO • (575) 776-8787 • MEDLEYTAOS.COM Lambert's of Taos Best Place to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth 123 BENT STREET, TAOS • (575) 758-1009 Best Bartender LAMBERTSOF­TAOS.COM Chokola Bean to Bar Dining out should be about eating unique dishes that you don’t usually make at home. That’s what Executive Chef James Crowther III and the staff strive to do at Lambert’s – offer patrons one-of-a-kind fine dining at its best with an intimate, refined atmosphere to match. Mark Geery The Alley Cantina 106B JUAN LARGO LANE, TAOS • DEBI: (575) 779-6163, JAVI: (575) 779-6174 CHOKOLABEA­NTOBAR.COM 121 TERESINA LANE, TAOS • (575) 758-2121 • ALLEYCANTI­NA.COM Oh, for the love of chocolate. The master chocolatie­rs at Chokolá focus on small, handmade batches of perfected sweetness using only organic ingredient­s. Here, they do the cleaning, roasting, cracking and grinding of the beans. Besides creating many varieties of yum, Chokolá offers specialty chocolate drinking elixirs, bonbons, bars, chocolate mousse, pour-over coffee, milkshakes, gelato and sorbet. As expressed in the “To really say you love chocolate, you have to understand its beating heart — specifical­ly, the nature, flavor and personalit­y of the heart-shaped cacao pod that is chocolate in its purest state. For this, you should turn to husband-and-wife team Javi Abad and Debi Vincent of Taos-based chocolatie­r Chokolá.” Historic Taos Inn For years, Mark Geery has been a familiar and welcomed fixture behind the bar at Taos’ oldest watering hole. His shift typically begins with a story or a joke for patrons. When Geery leans on the bar and begins speaking with a reserved grin on his face, everybody listens. 125 PASEO DEL PUEBLO NORTE, TAOS • (575) 758-2233 • TAOSINN.COM Best Waitstaff SantaFeNew­Mexican, Rushan Perera Adobe Bar at The Historic Taos Inn Lambert's of Taos 123 BENT STREET, TAOS • (575) 758-1009 • 125 PASEO DEL PUEBLO NORTE, TAOS • (575) 758-2233 • LAMBERTSOF­TAOS.COM TAOSINN.COM BEST OF TAOS 2019 14

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