When it comes to a taste of Colorado, you don’t need to brave the big festival in downtown Denver. There are plenty of amazing eateries peppered throughout our state! You just have to know where to go. Cheers to Matador Network for highlighting these fantastic suggestions.
Brother Luck’s Street Eats, Colorado Springs: His name actually is really Brother Luck, and boy can he cook!
Ivywild School, Colorado Springs: An abandoned-elementary-school-turned-brewery-tasting-room is a taster’s heaven.
The Pantry, Green Mountain Falls: Homemade pork green chili breakfast with beautiful lakeside views…what more can you ask for?
Milagros Coffee House, Alamosa: Wonderful coffee, from-scratch pastries and a great community vibe, Milagros also supports a charity for poor families and migrant workers in the San Luis Valley.
Steamworks Brewing Company, Durango: A huge, old Ford dealership which now serves up delicious Colorado Kölsch, Third Eye P.A. and gastropub fare.
The Last Dollar Saloon, Telluride: This century-old dive bar is nicknamed by locals as “The Buck.” It’s definitely the most affordable place to drink in town.
Sweeties Sandwich Shop, Salida: A fresh menu of high-quality meats, cheese and veggies layered between slices of just-baked bread.
Snarf’s, Multiple Denver/Boulder locations (but the DU location has a full bar!): If you love homemade pastrami, this is your sandwich shop! Made with daily-baked bread that’s jammed full of fresh veggies and pickled hot peppers.
New Saigon Bakery, Denver: Tasty Vietnamese coffee and banh mi sandwiches mostly made with pork, cilantro, jalapeño and pickled veggies stuffed in crispy-chewy baguettes.
Fruition, Denver: This maybe the best fish you’ve ever eaten, even if it is in landlocked Colorado!
The Source, Denver: This abandoned brick foundry is now an artisanal foodie wonderland! There’s a butcher, flourist, cheese shop, cocktail bar, brewery, coffee roaster and liquor store.
The George, Vail: This basement near the covered bridge offers relaxed seating with affordable pub food.
Secret Stash, Crested Butte: You can sit at the bar and watch a pizza maestro with bulging Popeye forearms sling a pie into a blazing oven.
Beau Jo’s Pizza, Idaho Springs: The original Beau Jo’s is the best! A true “mountain pie” that’s ordered by the pound has a braided crust that’s paired with Colorado honey.
Izzy’s, Crested Butte: Enjoy a breakfast with potato latkes, homemade bagels and huge buttermilk pancakes!
K’s Dairy Delite, Buena Vista: After a good climb, K’s turkey tetrazzini, bacon cheeseburger, fries or a peanut butter shake will hit the spot!
The Gunnysack, Gunnison: Gunnysack is a self-described “Cowboy Bistro” that does classic, homemade comfort food.
Montanya Distillers, Crested Butte: Who knew this internationally-renown rum comes out of a small Colorado town. Beware! It’s only 60 percent water!
Dorothy’s Tamales, Fairplay: Yep, Dorothy’s is at a bowling alley! This roadside stop is a tamale utopia! Order the pork and bison tamale, slathered in their delicious green chili.