As I’ve mentioned before, most of the attractions in New Mexico are not in close close proximity to each other, but the scenic drive in between makes driving the distance worthwhile. Beautiful views await on the drive on Hwy. 64 near Tierra Amarilla to north of Taos. And in between, lies the Chili Line Depot. This 100 year old building was once a bar and dancehall, hosting Glen Campbell. While the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad was abandoned in 1941, the Chili Line Depot remains.
On the eastern edge of the Carson National Forest, in a small town of abandoned buildings, there isn’t much sign of life. But at the Chili Line Depot, life doesn’t just exist, it thrives in the life of Deb, it’s owner. When you run a restaurant and a Bed and Breakfast in rural NM, customer service had better be at it’s best. And Deb and her staff provide superb customer service. While there, several repeat customers who had also made the trek, made sure to stop by and order something to go and visit with Deb.
We were warmly greeted upon entry and immediately felt right at home. My friend and I were determined to eat as much authentic New Mexican food as we could on our trip, so we ordered the Train Wreck, Christmas style. The Train Wreck consists of fried potatoes, smothered with red AND green chiles (thus, Christmas style), topped with a fried egg and cheese. Oh, my goodness it was good! Both sauces were good, but if I ordered it again, I’d go with red chile topping only. It had a full, robust flavor without being too spicy hot.
If you’re looking for an upscale, fine dining experience, you should just drive on by. But if you’re looking for good food, friendly people and interesting stories, then you definitely need to stop by the Chili Depot. And when you do, you might want to order some Signature Apple Chili Pinion Pie! One couple stops every time they come through to get a slice!
For more of my New Mexico adventures, read about Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands National Monument, the Zuhl Museum, Bandelier National Monument, Frontier Restaurant , Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, Orlando’s New Mexican Cafe, and Habaneros Fresh Mexican Food.
Until we meet again…