Lambert's of Taos is a well established local favorite, recently moved into a larger space once occupied by the Apple Tree. When I checked to see if the chef might possibly consider making something vegan for Rick and me, the instant answer was yes. I should admit here that my daughter used to work for the owners in a different restaurant, so we sort of had an "in" with the kitchen. But I'm fairly sure they would be just as happy to accommodate other vegans who drop in for lunch or dinner. It's that kind of place.
We reserved a table on the patio, and were treated to a beautiful warm Taos evening, free of the blustering thunderstorms that are common here this time of year. We settled in with good friends, tasty beverages, and pleasant and helpful servers.
Basically we ordered off the menu, with only small modifications. The beet salad was excellent, and leaving off the goat cheese wasn't a problem at all. Rick had a green salad that only needed the cheese left off too, so again, we didn't cause too much of a kitchen fuss.
We both ordered the risotto, and they were ready to make it vegan style for us because we'd called ahead. It was rich and creamy and wonderful with vegetable broth, fresh vegetables, and of course no butter or cheese. I wouldn't have changed a thing, and couldn't have asked for a better birthday feast.
The moral of the story: Don't think that because there are no vegan restaurants in reach you can't go out to eat. Be brave. Make a phone call. Ask for vegan food, and expect a yes because you're likely to get it. I know for sure you'll be well fed in Taos if you find your way to Lambert's.