Richard and I really like to head up to Cloudcroft, New Mexico for a weekend get-a-way. It’s not all that far from El Paso, yet it seems a world away with all the differences in altitude, terrain, and scenery. We try to get up there a couple times a year, and this past weekend we had yet another nice weekend there. We always stay at the Lodge Resort and Spa, not far from the “main drag” in Cloudcroft. It’s a lovely, historic lodge with some nice modern-day amenities that I certainly enjoy (like the spa and jacuzzi!).
When we stay at the Lodge, we have our dinners at Rebecca’s (the lodge restaurant). It’s so convenient, yet it’s also good fine, nicely presented, in a lovely atmosphere complete with a pianist playing in the background while you dine. We’ve eaten there now on several different trips, and it’s been good each time but this most recent dinner was the best yet. Oh my…..so delicious!
We dined relatively early, but the dining room was already quite full with couples of all ages as well as some families. It’s an attractive dining room, with lots of windows of the pretty mountain views outside. We had a pretty, comfortable table by the window. Right after we sat down, we were presented menus and asked about our beverage order. After requesting a glass of cabernet sauvignon for each of us, we perused the menu. There were plenty of tasty-sounding offerings, with a nice variety of steaks, chicken, fish and seafood, and vegetarian options. I love how they include a Southwestern influence in many of their sauces and seasonings.
Our server was on top of things for our entire meal. We can’t recall her name, but she was excellent as was her assistant. We never wanted for anything throughout our dinner, and everything progressed at a perfect pace. When it was time to order, our server told us about the night’s special and that was all that Richard needed to hear. And what was that special? Chicken and shrimp in a red chile sauce, with mashed potatoes and asparagus. With some input from our server, I went with the green chile papardelle pasta.
Our meals came with soup or salad. Richard opted for the soup o’ the night: chicken and rice. He obviously was in a chicken-lovin’ mood! And he did love this soup. He said that it was wonderfully seasoned. I had the salad with the house dressing (pecan basil)……very tasty! I loved the croutons on the salad, which tasted homemade. We also were served what appeared to be some French bread, which Richard said was okay.
Entree time! I was shocked that Richard didn’t order his usual steak but instead went with the chicken and shrimp special. But it ended up being a great selection for him. This dish looked fantastic, and he said that it tasted as fantastic as it looked. He said that the red chile sauce really made the dish, and the chicken and shrimp were both cooked perfectly. He ain’t much of a side dish guy so didn’t have much to say about those, but I can say that both the taters and the asparagus looked quite delish.
My pasta was divine! The green chile sauce made it a bit spicy (as in spicy hot), and the creamy sauce was seasoned just right. I would have liked it to have been served a bit more hot (as in temperature hot), but that was my only quibble with this entree and I can definitely see myself ordering it again (and again and again. I do love a good pasta dish). The pasts came with some grilled garlic bread and it was just wonderful (I think Richard was wishing he’d had some of that tasty bread, too!).
The dessert tray had some very enticing selections, though my past fave of turtle cheesecake was missing and would love to see that on that tray again (hint hint)!. So I went with another old favorite of mine….carrot cake. I was not disappointed. This was a really nice carrot cake, with the cake obviously fresh and moist and served with a rich and good cream cheese icing. To add even more fat grams (and deliciousness), the cake was served with whipped cream. Oh yum! I did enjoy that carrot cake!
We had a wonderful and very enjoyable dinner at Rebecca’s. It really was our best meal there yet, and I have no doubt we’ll be back for future meals!
Rebecca’s is located in The Lodge Resort in Cloudcroft, NM