history-headerLa Posta circa early 1940's. Click for larger ImageEarliest records indicate the La Posta Compound was originally constructed in the 1840's. Sam Bean and his brother Roy Bean, operated a freight and passenger service line to Pinos Altos from this building in the 1850's.

After the Civil War, The La Posta Compound became an important stop on the Butterfield Stagecoach Line. During the 1870's and 1880's, the Corn Exchange Hotel, one of the finest lodges in the Southwest, operated from the building. John Davis, the proprietor of the hotel, died in the late 1870's, however, his wife Augustina continued to operate the hotel, a restaurant and other businesses in the building until the early 1900's.

La Posta de Mesilla Restaurant originated in the northwest corner of the building in 1939 by Katy Griggs Camunez. The business has grown to become one of the most famous restaurants in the Southwest, occupying 10,000 square feet of the La Posta Compound which now included several shops.

After Katy passed away, the property and business was acquired by a great niece, Jerean Camunez Hutchinson and her husband Tom, a.k.a. "Hutch", who continue to offer the same quality Mexican food and great service in the unique dining environment Katy created. The restaurant offers many fine traditional "New Mexico" Mexican dishes make from century-old recipes handed down over the years from the Fountain, Chavez and Griggs families.

Our first menu. Click for larger image.One of our most famous dishes, the "Tostada Compuesta", originated at La Posta in 1939. This dish consists of a toasted corn tortilla cup filled with frijoles, red chile con carne, topped with chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes and grated cheddar cheese. If you prefer green chile, the "Locals" favorite is the sour cream enchilada. This dish consists of corn tortillas smothered with green chile sauce, topped with grated cheddar cheese or Monterrey Jack cheese and sour cream, and includes refritos, rice and our very tasty Mexican slaw.

Other La Posta favorites include our compuesta salad, red enchiladas, folded and rolled tacos, beef or chicken flautas, chile rellenos, as well as a wonderful selection of desserts including our very delicious homemade flan and empanadas. Perhaps one of our best kept secrets is our tasty succulent steaks, served with your choice of baked potatoes, red enchilada, or steak fries and includes a side of our green chile (of course!)

We love our young customers at La Posta and offer a variety of children's dishes on our children's menu. Crayons and coloring menus are provided as "a relaxing distraction for the parents"!!

Once your dining experience is over you may choose to browse through our many gift shops, specializing in gourmet gift items and chile products, southwestern clothing and exquisite jewelry. Or perhaps what you may really desire is a siesta on a bench under a tree on our beautiful, peaceful Historic Plaza here in Mesilla! Ole!