I know. I’ve covered this establishment before. Can’t help it. It’s just that good, and it deserves another mention. My previous review can be found at this link: La Posta de Mesilla
As you know from the previous two blogs this week, spring returned to El Paso ever so briefly this past week. Spring means roadster, and roadster frequently means visiting the sights within a few hours’ drive of our home. One such place, loaded with both photographic and culinary delights, is Mesilla, New Mexico. Or, to the locals around here, “Old Mesilla,” which refers mostly to the area in the immediate vicinity of the charming town square and it’s many buildings dating back to the 1800s, the Wild West, and Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett. For Mexican cuisine with a New Mexican touch, the place to go here is la Posta de Mesilla.
First, there’s that charming building with its numerous, intimate dining areas:
And then there’s the food. We were greeted with the customary tostada chips and salsa — in this case a nice, spicy, tomato-based concoction that also went well atop the later main course offerings. We also shared some guacamole and a bowl of queso with green chili strips. The queso chili was fresh and meaty (as is usually the case at any restaurant this close to New Mexico’s chile growing region), and the guacamole was both adequately ripe and flavorful.
Ursula opted for a chimichanga — a type of deep-fried burrito — stuffed with shredded beef and served with sides of Mexican rice and frijoles (refried beans). She of course doused this chimichanga under a blanket of that aforementioned salsa. Alas, she was a bit disappointed in that the flour tortilla was a bit thick and chewy and overpowered the beef filling.
I had one of the combination plates. In addition to the usual rice and beans, this one came with a wonderful crispy ground beef taco, a nice cheese enchilada buried beneath a marvelous blanket of chili meat sauce, and a rather disappointing chile rellano (see my recipe at this link: Get Stuffed on Chile Rellanos). I call the rellano disappointing because it had obviously been prepared in advance and reheated. As a result, the chile had dehydrated and lost its thick, meaty texture, and the egg batter coating was far from either fluffy or crispy. Next time I’ll probably stick with a taco platter, although the enchilada with green chili meat sauce was also a winner.
Dessert consisted of two items: A sopapilla served with warmed honey and an apricot empanada accompanied by a scoop of ice cream. The empanada was a huge hit. Alas, we were both too stuffed to try the nice looking sopapilla that was included with the meal.
Before we left I managed to snag a few more shots of platters preparing to arrive at nearby tables. These photographs should give you a good idea what else la Posta has in store for you:
Considering how busy this place gets, especially after Sunday service at the nearby Basilica of San Albino, the service almost never disappoints. This day was no exception. The wait staff were prompt, efficient, friendly, and helpful with knowledgeable suggestions.
If you’re anywhere within 100 miles of this south-central New Mexico destination, la Posta is definitely worth the detour. Give it a try, then grab your camera and start enjoying the sights around town.