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La Posta de Mesilla

2410 Calle de San Albino, Mesilla, NM - (505) 524-3524
Posted By Michael Stern on 10/20/2012 5:17:00 AM
In a two-hundred-year old adobe building that was a stage stop on the Butterfield Trail, La Posta first opened for business in 1939. It has since become a culinary legend.

The most famous dish on the menu is tostadas compuestas, a a crisp-fried corn tortilla cup into which is ladled red chili con carne, beans, cheese, lettuce and tomato. A combo plate includes one tostada compuesta plus a chili relleno (a large cheese-stuffed, breaded, and deep-fried chili pepper), and a taco as well as guacamole salad. All dinners come with warm corn tortillas and/or sopaipillas.

There is a magical sense of history about La Posta. The several dining rooms are loud and festive and in the vestibule, which has more plants than a tropical rain forest, you will be serenaded by squawking parrots.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Tostadas Compuestas is a dish first created here in 1939.
"Tostadas Compuestas is a dish first created here in 1939."
Cliff Strutz





Not Tex-Mex, not Cal-Mex, carne adovada is true New Mexican. It is pork marinated in chiles. The meat is pot-roast tender; the chile packs a punch.
"Not Tex-Mex, not Cal-Mex, carne adovada is true New Mexican. It is pork marinated in chiles. The meat is pot-roast tender; the chile packs a punch. "
Michael Stern


This combination plate gives you a chance to taste frijoles, a rolled taco, red chile con carne, a red enchilada, a tamale, rice, and Mexican slaw.
"This combination plate gives you a chance to taste frijoles, a rolled taco, red chile con carne, a red enchilada, a tamale, rice, and Mexican slaw."
Cliff Strutz


The main dining room makes you feel like you are eating in the jungle.  Although that parrot is fake, you can hear the squawking of real ones from the lobby.
"The main dining room makes you feel like you are eating in the jungle. Although that parrot is fake, you can hear the squawking of real ones from the lobby."
Cliff Strutz


La Posta is located in the town of Mesilla, which offers a rich taste of Southwest history.
"La Posta is located in the town of Mesilla, which offers a rich taste of Southwest history."
Michael Stern


Before it was a restaurant, this stage-stop was visited by Billy the Kid, Pancho Villa, and Kit Carson.
"Before it was a restaurant, this stage-stop was visited by Billy the Kid, Pancho Villa, and Kit Carson."
Michael Stern


Where the locals have eaten.
"Where the locals have eaten."
Michael Stern


Sopaipillas means little pillows. These fragile breadstuffs are a traditional companion to breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Land of Enchantment. The right condiment is a dollop of honey.
"Sopaipillas means little pillows. These fragile breadstuffs are a traditional companion to breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Land of Enchantment. The right condiment is a dollop of honey."
Michael Stern


This combo plate was made up for the 2010 Roadfood tour. Clockwise from the upper left: carne adovada, a rolled enchilada, tostada compuesta and a chile relleno. In the center: vividly-spiced mashed sweet potatoes.
"This combo plate was made up for the 2010 Roadfood tour. Clockwise from the upper left: carne adovada, a rolled enchilada, tostada compuesta and a chile relleno. In the center: vividly-spiced mashed sweet potatoes."
Michael Stern


According to the La Posta menu, the Chile-Rita is 'An exotic blend of ''Besito Caliente'' blackberry Habanero sauce, lime juice, Hornitos 100% agave tequila & Cointreau served on the rocks in a hand-blown ''chile'' stemglass. Hot stuff for cool people.'
"According to the La Posta menu, the Chile-Rita is 'An exotic blend of ''Besito Caliente'' blackberry Habanero sauce, lime juice, Hornitos 100% agave tequila & Cointreau served on the rocks in a hand-blown ''chile'' stemglass. Hot stuff for cool people.'"
Michael Stern


After dinner: the moon was high in the sky above the village of Mesilla.
"After dinner: the moon was high in the sky above the village of Mesilla."
Michael Stern



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