Superb service and creative cuisine define this Taos landmark located 2½ blocks south of the plaza. Among starters, don't miss the marinated roasted-beet salad with warm goat cheese and pumpkin seeds, sautéed lobster and shallots with a vanilla-champagne sauce, and corn-and-applewood-smoked-bacon chowder. Or have all three and call it a night. The signature entrées include pepper-crusted lamb with a red-wine demi-glace and roasted duck with an apricot-chipotle glaze.
Memorable desserts are a warm-apple-and-almond crisp topped with white-chocolate ice cream and a dark-chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce. A small-plate bistro menu is available in the cozy bar or in the spacious dining rooms. The lengthy wine list includes some of California's finest vintages. The owners also operate the Old Blinking Light up near Arroyo Seco.