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Lamberts of Taos, Taos, New Mexico

309 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos , New Mexico
Tel: 505 758 1009's insider take:

The Lambert family wound its way here from San Francisco in the early 1990s, and the first-rate restaurant they own attracts a similar crowd of transplanted locals who've brought a bit of sophistication with them. It's in an old pueblo house on the main drag, but not too close to the Plaza, and has a low-key, almost spartan atmosphere, with patriarch Zeke likely to greet you at the door. Recommended dishes include the rib eye with chipotle demi-glace and red chile onion rings, and the pistachio-coated chicken breast filled with spinach and goat cheese. Consider bypassing the main dining area for the separate bar room in the back, which has its own menu of entrees pared down into small dishes (try the lamb taquitos with pico de gallo) and bartenders who seem to know more about Taos than anybody around—and are willing to share.

Open Mondays through Thursdays 5:30 to 9 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 5:30 to 9:30 pm.

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