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Traditional city restaurant carves out niche based on longtime owners’ personal touch

Every night of the week, La Fonda de la Noche, nestled on an urban street corner behind a thick, distinctive hedge of trees trimmed into archways, serves up a selection of Durango-style dishes to patrons tucked away in about eight small dining rooms scattered throughout the three floors and terrace of what at first appears to be a tiny eatery.


Avocado Club Restaurant: second story, first class

Avocado Club is a recent endeavor. But you’d think it had a longer, more charismatic history, based on its sophisticated and creative menu, which seems to demonstrate how to introduce curious new dishes and give standard entrees new flavors and textures.

Avocado Club Restaurant: second story, first class

Avocado Club is a recent endeavor. But you’d think it had a longer, more charismatic history, based on its sophisticated and creative menu, which seems to demonstrate how to introduce curious new dishes and give standard entrees new flavors and textures.

La Mesa: creative flair, fare and atmosphere

La Mesa’s interior is an intimate space, bright and schmoozy, with service on thick oak tables covered in old-fashioned parchment. There’s an unusual vase per person loaded with a half-dozen each of forks, knives and spoons, a curiosity, but a practical one, especially if, like me, you drop forks all the time.

Hang up the apron, renounce the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day

This year it seems everyone is basting turkeys at lakeside eateries. Whether you’re strictly a meat and potatoes lover or are looking for that something special for U.S. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, these restaurants have you covered.