La Mesita Restaurant Celebrating Three Years Back In Community

by Staff Reporter / Dec 22, 2017 / comments

La Mesita Restaurant Celebrating Three Years Back In Community

Staff Report

As we enter the holiday season the Valley Daily Post is highlighting some of our areas great local businesses. La Mesita restaurant in Pojoaque reopened three years ago but brings over 50 years of history.

Three years ago this past November, Sean Ewy, grandson of La Mesita founder Charles “Smokey” Stover and Barbara Stover reopened the historic restaurant at its original location in Pojoaque.

The original La Mesita was opened by Ewy’s grandparents in 1951 off of highway 84/285 and over the years became a beloved place for their fried chicken, down-home hamburgers, and unique salad dressing.  Family carried on the original restaurant, with Sheila Ewy, daughter of Smokey and Barbara running the restaurant until a cancer diagnosis forced her to close the doors in 2001.

The location soon was leased out to other businesses, with a series of restaurants trying their luck in the same spot, but none lasted. But the family’s passion for food and community remained and in 2014 Sean Ewy dusted off the favorite recipes and reopened.

Sean Ewy


This is not Ewy’s only experience with the restaurant business. He spent 10 years working for the Santa Fe Bar and Grill before going to work for Chili’s for another 10 years, opening restaurants in eight states. The last restaurant he opened was in Farmington and that brought him back to New Mexico. He left Chili’s and worked for the Second Street Brewery for about nine months but that wasn’t a good fit, he said in an interview.

“I left there and drove around and the more I thought about it – the more I felt the time was right to look at reopening La Mesita,” he said. “There’s been a division in our community and maybe this might bring it back with people breaking bread together.”

Three years later, the restaurant has regained its popularity with regular customers coming from as far as Santa Fe, Espanola, and Los Alamos to eat the cooked-to-order fried chicken and buy the famous La Mesita salad dressing by the bottle.

Online, independent Yelp reviewers from as far away as New York City have praised the food as something special, applauding the fried chicken, soups and other dishes as excellent.

“It is a restaurant that will take you back to simpler times and if you get a chance, please ask for Sean,” read one review.

In the expanded dining space you can have one of the original dishes, or try one of the newer items, such as steak, seafood or original pasta dishes. In addition, Ewy says new menu items will also be coming out in January.

And of course, there is also the famous La Mesita deserts including 4 layer chocolate cake and fresh pies. The cherry and apple pie are particularly popular.

Pie, cake and more. The La Mesita deserts are a favorite of regular customers. Valley Daily Post photo

Lunch or dinner crowds can dine in the expanded dining room or eat at the full-service bar.

Ewy is the third generation in his family to put his heart and soul into this beloved restaurant, and with the third anniversary of the reopening, he is in a mood to celebrate. For a limited time, only people buying gift certificates over $50 in value will receive a bonus gift certificate worth 20% of what you purchase. All people need to do to claim this bonus is show this article or ad in the Daily Post.

Three years in, the reborn La Mesita restaurant has proven itself as a connection to the past and a bridge to the future, offering new and original dishes that the greater northern New Mexico community loves. For dinner or lunch, next time you are passing through Pojoaque, stop in for a great meal, and as the Yelp reviewer suggested, ask for Sean.