Most often when we camp, we cook simple meals either over an open fire or in the kitchen of our camper quite comfortably. However, there are times when we do not feel like cooking or simply want to treat ourselves to a meal someone else has prepared. When camping in northern New Mexico, especially in the vicinity of the Monte Bello RV Park and Convenience Store (see post entitled “Camping on the Mesa” published April 26, 2014) look no further than the Taos Mesa Brewery for a delicious lunch or dinner.
Situated a mile west of the Monte Bello RV Park on State Highway 68, TMB as it is affectionately known to locals, has something for everyone. It is a restaurant, microbrewery and an entertainment venue located on the beautiful Taos Mesa. Situated in a Quonset hut built and finished by its owners in 2012, the brewery features hand-crafted beers on draught, wine, terrific homemade food, premier live music and the best mountain-view sunsets in Taos. The menu contains the typical casual restaurant offerings and a few surprises as well. My favorite entrée is a spectacular blackened trout offered with Asian coleslaw and a side of salad, French fries or sweet potato fries for a mere $10. It is delicious!
In terms of entertainment, TMB features live music most evenings and often has a first act entertaining visitors on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. There is a spacious and welcoming outdoor eating and entertainment area from which it is difficult to ignore the spectacular views. An amphitheater is being constructed on site, to be finished by June, 2014, which will host outdoor concerts as well as local theatre productions. This summer a local theater group will be bringing their annual summer Shakespeare production to the brewery amphitheater.
When traveling through New Mexico or southern Colorado, make it a point to stop at the Taos Mesa Brewery for a drink, a meal or a show. You’ll be glad you did!
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