La Posta de Mesilla

New Mexican
One of the best

Located in a two-hundred-year old adobe building that was a stage stop on the Butterfield Trail, La Posta is now run by Jerean Hutchinson, whose grandmother founded it in 1939. It is a southwestern culinary landmark.

The most famous dish on the menu is tostadas compuestas, crisp-fried corn tortilla cups into which are 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. Other expertly made native dishes include flautas, green chili enchiladas, sunset-hued carne adovada, and steak smothered in green chili and melted cheese. No matter what you order, you will get a basket full of warm sopaipillas for mopping up every last good bit of food off the plate.

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.

What to Eat
La Posta de Mesilla, Tostadas Compuestas
Tostadas Compuestas
Tostadas Compuestas is a dish first created here in 1939.
La Posta de Mesilla, Combination Plate
Combination Plate
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.
La Posta de Mesilla, Carne Adovada
Carne Adovada
Not Tex-Mex, not Cal-Mex, carne adovada is true New Mexican. Pork chunks marinated in vibrant pureed chile sauce then slow-cooked to pot-roast tenderness, it is just hot enough for the earth-and-sun flavor of the chile to boldface the pork.
La Posta de Mesilla, Sopaipillas
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.
La Posta de Mesilla, Chile-Rita
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.'
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8 am - 9 pm
Monday11 am - 9 pm
Tuesday11 am - 9 pm
Wednesday11 am - 9 pm
Thursday11 am - 9 pm
Friday11 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday8 am - 9:30 pm
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