Charles “ Smokey” Stover and his wife Barbara opened La Mesita in 1951 in the Pojoaque Valley in a small building off of scenic highway 84/285. The mouth-watering, yet simple food coming out of Smokey’s kitchen quickly attracted a local following and began pulling customers from Los Alamos and Santa Fe. Soon his fried spring chicken became a La Mesita staple. Along with the hand-cut red potato fries, flavor-filled cheese burgers, pan-seared t-bone steaks, and homemade desserts, La Mesita became a valley favorite. Smokey’s passion for food was passed on to daughter, Sheila, as she spent her childhood in the restaurant. Through the years as Sheila grew, the Stover family brought joy, laughter, good company and delicious food to many families. Eventually Smokey and Barbara passed the restaurant down to Sheila. Along with help from Nina Roybal, La Mesita continued to bring families, friends, and neighbors together. In 2001, Sheila could no longer operate La Mesita and after 50 years of great food, loving memories, and generations of loyal patrons, La Mesita closed it’s doors.
In 2014, a third generation of the Stover family reopened La Mesita. Sean Ewy shared a childhood quite similar to his mother, Sheila, engulfed in family recipes, friendly hospitality, hard work, and experiencing the magic of La Mesita first hand.
There are many relics around the restaurant that give a glimpse into where La Mesita came from. None more vivid than the classic tastes coming out of the kitchen.
We welcome you to La Mesita, where food, fun, friends and family come together!
86 Cities of Gold Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico
86 Cities of Gold Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506