Turning south on Highway 522, you’re on the final leg of the Enchanted Circle loop; the Questa Café (575/586-9631, 6 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 6 a.m.–3 p.m. Sun., $6), about half a mile south of the junction, is the best place in town for hearty New Mexican home cooking.
Or Paloma Blanca (575/586-2261, 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Sat., $3), Questa’s only coffeehouse, offers a pick-me-up for the end of the drive. It’s about a mile farther south from Questa Café.
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