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.
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 over 17,000 square feet of the “Compound” which now includes several shops, more private dining options, two Cantinas and a beautiful courtyard with outdoor seating year round.
After Katy passed away, the property and business was acquired by her 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.
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 or green chile chicken, topped with chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes (or substitute the garnish with our famous La Posta Mexican Slaw) 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 (hot or mild), 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 La Posta Fajitas (beef, chicken, and/or shrimp), carne adovado, compuesta/fajita salads, red and green enchiladas, folded and rolled tacos, beef or chicken flautas, our tasty chile rellenos, as well as a wonderful selection of desserts including our very delicious homemade flan, empanadas, and fried ice cream. Perhaps one of our best kept secrets is our tasty, succulent steaks and green chile cheeseburger!!!…and of course, a visit to La Posta is not complete without tasting one of our award winning margaritas or sampling tequila from one of the Southwest’s largest tequila collections!