New Mexico May 07, 2018
Dine Inside An Old Stagecoach Stop At This Unforgettable Restaurant In New Mexico
There are tons of
amazing places for Mexican food in New Mexico, that’s for sure, but this one offers an experience unlike any other. With a hardworking woman as the backbone of the business, and a gruesome tale of travelers, this restaurant holds some of Mesilla’s richest history to this day. The restaurant is actually an old stagecoach stop, and you can see remnants of its history today, all while eating some of the best food you’ll ever have.
Welcome to La Posta de Mesilla!
This incredible Mexican restaurant is full of history, and of course, delicious food.
La Posta was originally called La Posta Cafe, and was started by a hard working woman named Katy Griggs.
In 1939, Katy bought the land from her uncle, for "one dollar love and affection" according to the deed. Her mother was La Posta's first cook, and the restaurant had dirt floors.
Katy Griggs started the famous tradition of giving out free chips and salsa.
At each table she would place a bowl of "tostadas and chile." As time went on, Katy grew a reputation as a hard working and generous woman, often delivering food to local charities. This went on until the day she passed in 1993, and she got to see her "little chile joint" grow into a locally and nationally favorite restaurant, tearfully having to turn people away when they ran out of food.
However, that isn't the only history this restaurant holds.
Because of a lack of reliable mail delivery traveling west, the government authorized a contract for an overland trail traveling in 1857, from St. Louis to California, and the Butterfield Stage Line was born, named after John Butterfield who won the contract.
It's said that this new trip was not pleasant.
The new trail was named "24 days of Hell," as the trip that could be taken in just 24 days, but travelers faced many problems such as bandits.
When you see the remnants of the Stagecoach stop today, you can see why it was so important for travelers.
The line continued until the Civil War. Each room from the Cantina to the hotel and blacksmith were clearly vitally important to travelers who just experienced such a rough trip. Today, you can experience the old stagecoach stop as you dine at this incredible restaurant.
Let's not forget the food.
La Posta de Mesilla is where the locals go, and it's sure to satisfy every time. From the traditional chips and salsa to the authentic enchiladas, tacos, desserts and drinks, everything at this spot is simply unforgettable.
This spot is truly an experience you can't pass up.
La Posta de Mesilla is located at 2410 Calle De San Albino, Mesilla, NM.
You can learn more about the restaurant, contact information, and business hours at their website
Have you been to this amazing stagecoach restaurant? What was your favorite dish? Let us know in the comments!