The staff at La Posta de Mesilla are excited to be open and serving you. For your safety and peace of mind, we have instituted recommendations form the CDC to protect you from COVID-19. This includes outdoor and patio seating, disinfecting our tables, chairs and menus, and requiring mask while sitting at the table and for our staff. Thank you ‘y buen provecho’!
bienvenido • welcome
to La Posta de Mesilla in Mesilla, New Mexico
Es Su Casa…
Earliest 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.
*(In Spain, for centuries, LAS POSTAS were Inns built for King’s rest, and were stationed along important travel routes. They were also used as mail drops.)
When I was a child, from Texas, my family would stop by and eat on the way to and from California and I always loved it so much! This was in the 60's and I remember there were poor Indian people sitting outside as we left begging for money. One day I will just have to drive over and have a feast!
With wife Jean and children Louise and Mike, we dined at La Posta in 1966. 49 years ago.. Now in the UK, after a career in Space Exploration, chasing Comets such as Comet Halley, the White Sands Missile Range was the launch site of an experiment to detect cosmic dust in Space above our atmosphere. More space missions followed from those beginnings, culminating in the Rosetta Mission now rendezvousing with Comet . We brown bagged it, a novelty for Europeans! La Posta was the place to eat well, when at the Range and the Chili con Queso is remembered by my wife as the best ever. Some recommendation, spanning 49 years and being 81 tomorrow.
Best Mexican food I've ever eaten...and I grew up in El Paso (lived there 1960's, 70's, early 80's). My son, now 35 years old said his first word at La Posta, "hot" in 1980.
From 1969 to 1971 I was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso. Being a boy from TN, I had no concept of Mexican food. I was also a picky eater and refused to try Mexican food until I was only 3 months from being discharged from the Army. What a fool I was! A friend and I drove to Las Cruces one weekend and ended up in Mesilla. He talked me into trying Mexican food and my FIRST bite ever was at La Posta. I asked the server what I should order and they told me that a lot of people liked the chili rellenos, so that's what I ordered. WOW!! It was love at first bite. I ended up eating 3 that day and making the drive up from El Paso many more times before I was discharged. A few years later I went back to El Paso for a visit and made a beeline for La Posta. It was just as wonderful as the last visit. During that visit I bought a small cookbook that had their recipes inside. I just called the restaurant today (2-11-15) to see if I could get another copy as mine vanished years ago. Sadly, they no longer sell it. I guess I will just need to plan a trip from Pensacola to Mesilla soon so I can have some REAL Mexican food again!!!