By the time I settled into the Earthship after arriving in Taos, New Mexico it was already 3 PM and I had not eaten lunch. I did not have time to stop by the grocery store before checking into the Earthship and there wasn’t a restaurant in sight. Due to the situation, I took off with my trusty sidekick Manuel, my dog, back to the City of Taos proper. I had a spot in mind that I knew had a dog friendly patio and excellent food. At least the last time that I ate there it did, which was about 2 years ago.
As I drove up to the small and quaint New Mexican restaurant located on the corner of Quesnel Street and the main drag (Paseo) of Downtown Taos I noticed the sign said Café La Cueva. Something looked a little different than I had remembered, but I unloaded the dog and headed to the familiar back patio. Even though I know a little bit of Spanish, the word Cueva escaped me. Later on after looking it up, I learned it meant cave (duh), grotto, den of wild beasts, and some other very off-color slang that we won’t discuss right now. To be certain, the only wild beasts I noticed while I was there was Manuel and a very cute miniature dog getting their play on and disturbing other customers attempting to have their afternoon lunch on the patio in peace.
I found a sunny spot on the back patio and sat down making myself comfortable. There was a couple checking their e-mail and chatting at one table and and two ladies on vacation at another table. The waiter came over and brought what I recognized to be a different menu than I had seen two years before. I noticed that there were no alcoholic drinks on the menu, but it was possible that this was a mistake. The last time I was here they definitely had a liquor license. When I asked the waiter about the omission, he proclaimed, “We do not serve alcoholic drinks, but we have the best food in town!” I certainly couldn’t argue with that, so I settled on a Seafood Enchilada plate and watched the dogs play while I waited. It is to be noted that they did not serve complimentary chips and salsa during the wait, but the Seafood Enchilada with cream sauce was so good that it might very well be some of the best food in town!
Café La Cueva is a perfect spot for those looking for some good, affordable food and a place to hang out with your best friend, whether that be your pet, your bestie, or your partner on a nice sunny day. If it’s cold and you do not have to accommodate a pooch, go inside and enjoy the beautiful corner kiva fireplace. Perfect option during the busy ski season in Taos, New Mexico.