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Los Alamos, nestled on the Pajarito Plateau, is home to natural scenery, historic buildings and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. It also boasts a long list of mom-and-pop, comfort-food restaurants inspired by cuisines from all over the world, especially that of nearby Mexico. Read on for our guide to eating out in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Fans of French culture and travelers with a sweet tooth won’t find a better spot in Los Alamos than Fleur de Lys, a café and store run by French couple Stephanie and Marcel Remillieux. Call in and soak up the Parisian ambience over a morning espresso and pastry, or stop by for lunch, when your menu options will include homemade quiches, cheese platters and a selection of irresistible French desserts. When you’ve finished your meal, linger a little longer and browse the imported pâtés, jams, condiments and spices available in the store.
Founded in 2005 to cater to residents who despaired of ever getting a decent bagel in New Mexico, Ruby K’s is a great spot for breakfast or lunch. All bagels are freshly made on site and are available with an enormous range of fillings and spreads, from the turkey and bacon club to the Veggie Frenzie. In addition to its signature product, Ruby K’s also offers an extensive selection of artisanal sandwiches, homemade soups, salads, cookies, smoothies and pastries. There are also loads of options for vegetarians and vegans, and any bagel, wrap or sandwich can be made gluten-free.
No frills Rigoberto’s Taco Shop does some of the best Mexican food for miles around. Open for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it offers a selection of powerfully flavored, generously portioned Mexican classics – burritos, enchiladas, tacos and the rest – at extremely competitive prices. You can also customize your dish with homemade sauces – ranging from mild to super-spicy from the salsa bar, and take away or eat in the simple, cheerful dining room. The churros and the chiles rellenos are especially good.
Additional reporting by Mark Nayler