Tim's Stray Dog Cantina

Tim's is located in the Taos Ski Valley about 14 miles northeast of the Taos Plaza at the end of New Mexico Highway 150. It has an excellent view of two of the expert slopes at the Ski Valley and during the summer (and winter, for that matter) has a popular outside deck. The atmosphere is bright during the day with simple pine furniture, benches and chairs, the obligatory ESPN TV and miscellaneous plants. A fun touch is the trophies won by the women's softball team (named the Stray Bitches--what else?).

The menu is primarily Mexican with enchiladas, quesadillas, rellenos, and the like. These are prepared with either red or green chiles.

The red chile is different, although excellent. After several tastings, we could not figure out the particular combination of ingredients so we asked for the recipe. The secret ingredient was a small amount of honey. Sounds strange, but works well!

Tim Harter, for whom the restaurant is named, died in an avalanche in February, 1996.  His wife Laurie ran the restaurant for a few years after that and in late 1999 Tim's brother Todd took over the restaurant.

Some popular dishes are:

Tim's features three different brews from a local microbrewery, Eske's. These are excellent. Tim's also has a full liquor license and a large selection of other beers.

A special treat is Taos Cow ice cream for dessert.

Prices are low to moderate with typical main dishes less than ten dollars.

Hours are 7am to 10pm during the ski season, 11 to 8 other times.