So many travelers have already endorsed the The Love Apple that we hardly need to add our voices to the chorus. Yet we must. We have just come to the end of a fabulous two-week vacation in Colorado and New Mexico, a trip that included fine dining in locations from Aspen to Santa Fe. The unanimous favorite among us: The Love Apple in Taos, where we dined one evening and couldn't resist returning the second. Top scores for creativity: a blend of farm-to-table, regional cuisine, with Northern New Mexican flavors, and French preparation and attention to detail. The menu fascinated us and the dishes outdid the descriptions--truly scrumptious, from the vegetarian lentil-leek asparagus dish with an herb pesto on a delicate panna cotta and chick pea crepes, to the wild boar meat with a complex mole, to unparalleled chicken tacos. A salad of spinach greens, fennel, and a divine dressing. Dessert of luscious coconut sorbet with pinon cookie; a mouthwatering strawberry-rhubarb gallette. Given the labor-intensive work in preparing these meals, the place is probably quite underpriced. All in a beautiful environment that put us in a quiet, reverential mood. The service the first night was reserved and professional; the second night was friendly and warm; we appreciated both. Brava to this marvelous restaurant that we will never forget and hope to return to before long.
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