One of Taos' most dependable dining options is actually in Ranchos de Taos, just up the hill from the famous San Francisco de Asis Mission Church. Chef/owner René Mettler works the open kitchen, which is surrounded by the bar, to turn out international dishes (mostly Italian) such as penne arrabbiata, oven-roasted duck, and New Zealand lamb chops. There's always a fresh fish of the day, and Friday brings a fish and chips special. The place feels like a casual but bustling high-end restaurant crossed with an art gallery, with orange plaster walls adorned with contemporary Southwestern art. If you don't want to sit at the bar, head to one of the three dining rooms—two have fireplaces—or out onto the flower-filled back patio. It's popular here, so make reservations.