I will happily eat in a dive that slings great food, but I’d rather watch adobe crumble than consume humdrum cuisine in a haute palace. Still, nothing’s more satisfying than a feast for all the senses—dining in a space as thoughtfully designed as what appears on the plate.

Style and good design have nothing to do, necessarily, with deep pockets. A heavily financed project can end up an edifice more colossal than comforting, whereas a budget project can exude charm and feel all the more satisfying for its obvious value. In keeping with this issue’s theme of great looks in home and garden, let’s sample a taste of satisfying restaurant design around the state.

Read the complete April Tasting NM as well as all of the recipes here.