When we decided to go to Taos Pueblo from Santa Fe, our friends told us to take the high road and stop by Peñasco to eat lunch at the Sugar Nymphs Cafe. It sounded intriguing and they swore it was delicious. It was. On both counts. The restaurant shares the building with a theater, which is very active, especially in the summer, and has apparently good shows, worth seeing. The restaurant's rest room is the theater's, so a really close association. The restaurant is not glitzy or high-end, but the food is delicious and it includes sometimes hard-to-find choices like vegan and gluten-free. We had burgers and salad or soup and I ordered a veggie burger (home-made black bean) on gluten-free bread and it was delicious. My husband's standard beef burger was tasty, too. They also offer a high-altitude drink of lemon, ginger, and Perrier and a little sugar that was so good that we took some "to go" when we left. We were very virtuous and declined the desserts, but there were plenty of home made choices like apple crisp, chocolate cake and carrot cake. The decor is farm-like and simple, but there is art for sale on the walls -- quite nice it was, too. We would highly recommend this if you are going from Santa Fe to Taos -- a really interesting stop.
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