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“Great stop”
Review of Mesa Vista Cafe

Mesa Vista Cafe
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

After several hours of driving, Mesa Vista cafe was a welcomed stop. Friendly people and good food. This is not the Ritz, but a very good place for food and drink.

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Reviewed 9 March 2014

We loved this place. Stayed at the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, but this is the place to eat. Other reviews may not have liked the fact that it's not spruced up to the hilt but that is part of the charm. There's a counter you can sit at or at tables. A wood stove keeps it comfy. The food and the service is top notch. It's truly authentic New Mexican, nothing out of the can. Loved it!!!! This is the kind of gem you're lucky to find when traveling and looking for the authentic food of the area.

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Thank Anne N
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

We were just here yesterday and we really enjoyed the communal tables and the rustic atmosphere. Unfortunately the food left a bit to be desired. The green chili was not a slow-cooked green chili, but a can dumped atop my enchiladas which were filled with questionable chicken meat. My son's tamale had a circle of black mold on one of the corn husks.

My other son choice a very safe and tasty hamburger and fries and my husband had tacos which filled them up.

It might have been that we caught them on a bad day. It is certainly more affordable than the restaurant at Ojo Caliente and the service was awesome, a very sweet women who was very attentive.

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Thank Lynn W
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

We drove to Ojo Caliente to visit the mineral springs, and discovered this charming little café just outside the entrance to the resort. Talk about charm -- it is exactly the kind of place deyou want to visit on a road trip while in New Mexico. The place only seats about 25 people, and it's decorated with great local "kitsch" -- wood burning stoves, native art, local photographs, etc. The owner (didn't get his name) was working in the kitchen, along with a few other friendly staff.

But it's the food that deserves the most acclaim. (Some background: My partner was born and raised in New Mexico, and whenever we visit, his mother continues to cook authentic New Mexican cuisine for us, as she has done for over 50 years.) There are only a few restaurants in New Mexico that serve food deserving of the "authentic" label, and sadly the last few we frequented are now closed (typically because the owners have retired). The Mesa Vista Café serves up truly authentic New Mexican dishes -- such as enchiladas with chilé made the long, slow, difficult way. I had the cheeseburger (handmade) with green chilé, and while it isn't one of the "famous" ones in New Mexico, it's pretty darn close.

While this restaurant (and Ojo Caliente) aren't really on the way anywhere (unless you are visiting the resort and mineral springs), it's definitely worth a drive from Taos or Espanola to experience the authentic food, in an adorable setting.

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