Tanya and I decided that since we would be arriving in the town of Chimayo around lunchtime, we would stop to eat prior to our visit to the Sanctuario.
Considering our food challenges with Tanya and her gang being vegan, and Kelsey being just plain picky, we were not very hopeful about what would be in the area. Much to our surprise, we discovered that there was a lovely Mexican restaurant right up the road, Rancho de Chimayo, with a menu that catered to Vegans and non-vegans...and had a children's menu!
A restored, century old adobe home, Rancho de Chimayo is surrounded by three breathtaking mountain ranges, in a picturesque setting. With garden terrace dining on sunny summer days, and cozy fireside dining in the Winter, we actually opted to sit indoors as we were between seasons.
The menu is rather extensive, serving traditional Native New Mexican fare, with traditional Mexican dishes, salads and a variety of vegetarian and vegan options offering cheddar and soy (vegan) cheese with each dish. I was thrilled that Kelsey would be able to eat since her favorite - chicken nuggets and french fries were on the kids' menu.
The food was fresh and the portions, generous. Our gang all enjoyed the vegetarian options. I loved my Vegetarian Tostada!! It was quite yummy with a side of Rice. Tanya went for the gusto with the "Plato Vegetariano" which was a combo plate that included a burrito and enchilada smothered in soy cheese.
The Sopapillas, which are a fried pastry quick bread that is traditionally served throughout parts of South America, Northern Mexico and New Mexico. In fact, being a big bread eater - Kelsey gobbled them up!
300 Santa Fe County Rd 98
Chimayo, NM 87522