VADITO, NM -Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort’s newest outdoor patio restaurant, Paradise Riverside Bar and Grill, opened for daily operations this month, and the quaint cantina recently unveiled a new lineup of entertainment and events.
Located just 20 miles southeast of Taos, the resort restaurant is now open everyday for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sipapu’s gift store also features a few of the restaurant staff’s favorite breakfast menu items, including fresh pastries and fruit.
Situated right on the Rio Pueblo, Paradise has been hailed as New Mexico’s best riverside dining experience. The restaurant’s lush environment and intimate outdoor seating gives this rustic restaurant a true destination feel, said Eric Laslow, Sipapu’s award-winning chef and restaurant manager.
“This is such a beautiful spot, and having a bar and restaurant outside makes it truly come to life,” said Laslow. “People love to eat outside because it has it’s own ambiance – it’s natural, it’s totally approachable and it’s authentic.”
The simple yet thoughtful menu clearly weaves a New Mexico influence in nearly every dish, like homemade chips, fresh salsa and guacamole, red chile BBQ pork sandwiches and chilled gazpacho.
But Paradise is certainly not your everyday New Mexican cantina: the menu also features friskier choices, like a fun lineup of hamburgers (our favorite varieties include the traditional SipaBurger, made to order with cheddar, bacon and green chile; the fresh mozerella, basil and tomatoes of the Caprese Burger; or the self-titled Paradise Burger, complete with jalapeno, bacon and topped with fresh pineapple), several taco selections (including a smoked trout taco, “our version of the fish taco,” Laslow explained) and oysters on the half shell.
Guests who grab a seat at the bar will be able to watch and visit with the cooks as meals are prepared in front of them, Laslow explained. Every dish will be completely made to order.
Paradise also boasts an impressive bar menu, including a nice selection of wines and champagne cocktails, over 30 beers by the bottle, an assortment of local and regional drafts and a full bar, including fresh-squeezed margaritas. Happy hour is available every evening from 4:00 to 6:00, when all wells and drafts are just $3.
In addition to a relaxing, outdoor atmosphere and a mouth-watering menu, Paradise also unveiled a new lineup of events and entertainment:
Open Mic Nights (Thursdays)
Every Thursday night, Paradise hosts an Open Mic Night as a forum for performing songwriters of all levels of ability. Performers have 45 minutes each to make the Paradise stage their own. Show times are from 6:00 until 9:00, and there is no cost to participate. To sign up for a future Open Mic Night, performers should e-mail their date and time performances to [email protected]
Live Music on the Patio (Saturdays)
On select Saturdays, Paradise will feature will feature live music from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The next performance is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, when Albuquerque resident and folk/country artist Kevin Morgan takes the stage. Musicians interested in performing at Paradise should contact [email protected]
Cooking Demonstrations (the second Monday of each month)
The second Monday of each month, Laslow offers an entertaining, innovative and informative demonstration-style cooking class that features a four-course meal, local and regional microbrews or wine, a booklet of recipes and entertainment. Cost to participate is $65. Reservations are required and must be made at least 72 hours in advance. To reserve your spot, please e-mail [email protected] Customized, private cooking classes may also be booked throughout the year. For more information, please e-mail [email protected]
“The essence of this restaurant is that it’s fun,” said Laslow. “We’ve got lively music, and a charismatic staff, you can talk to the cook while he’s preparing your meal in front of you, you’re sitting in this amazing alpine environment, next to the river, under the trees at the base of a mountain. It’s perfect. It’s about fun.”
It sounds like Paradise.
For more information about Paradise Riverside Bar and Grill, please visit www.SipapuNM.com.
Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is New Mexico’s fastest growing ski resort. Located just 20 miles southeast of Taos and two hours north of Albuquerque, Sipapu offers family-friendly, family fun to all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Family-owned and operated since 1952, Sipapu is home to New Mexico’s longest ski season and the best deals in the Rockies. The resort is surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Carson National Forest, and features over 40 trails, five lifts and two terrain parks. On-site amenities include slope-side lodging, a full-service ski shop, ski school and gourmet home cooking at the Riverside Café and Paradise Riverside Bar & Grill.
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