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Plan ahead to savor the season Flavor is a local guide to the culinary scene in Southwest Colorado. The magazine celebrates the creative cuisine that local chefs prepare for customers, as well as the delightful drinks that keep them coming back for more. In these pages, regional restaurants highlight seasonal menu items, signature entrees and popular appetizers. We hope you find a new flavor to enjoy.

About the cover: Carne asada tacos add some spice to the regular routine on Taco Tuesday at Gazpacho. Photo by Terrance Siemon

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The flavor of our region is formed by more than what’s on the menu. It is a welcoming atmosphere, superior service and the company around the table. So many of us have spent the summer season outdoors to escape isolation. Thanks to an abundance of collaboration and adaptation in our community, many regional restaurants have been able to help residents sustain some semblance of normalcy since reopening in April. These establishments have strived to provide customers with safe spaces for social occasions. The hard work and dedication of restaurant owners and staff members deserves celebration. Dining out during the winter season is a great way to fulfill social desires and bolster the local economy at the same time. This year, as the temporary bump outs on Main Avenue disappear, support these restaurants the same way they have supported us this summer.

Restaurants have reduced seating capacity, so reservations can be helpful to reduce waiting times for customers during the busiest hours. Remember to follow posted safety guidelines, as they are in place to protect the employees, too. Many restaurant workers have spent long hours training and adjusting to restrictions in order to continue serving customers conveniently. Take advantage of the systems in place, such as online ordering, and try to place orders in advance if possible. Ordering takeout gives the restaurant time to make the meal before you arrive and reduces interactions between customers and employees. Finally, don’t forget to express gratitude for an enjoyable experience and flavorful fare.



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Advertising Index 6 Alché 8 Animas Brewing Company 10 Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen 12 James Ranch Grill 14 Homeslice Pizza 16 Lone Spur Café 18 Nature’s Oasis Market & Deli 20 Oscar’s Café 22 T’s Smokehouse 24 Strater Hotel 26 Weminuche Woddfire Grill 28 Flavor Map 31 Highway 3 Roadhouse 32 2nd Deli & Spirits 33 Bird’s 34 East by Southwest 35 El Moro Spirits & Tavern 36 Gazpacho 37 Grassburger 38 Hermosa Café 39 Himayalan Kitchen 40 Los Amigos del Sur 41 Mamma Silvia’s 42 Nayarit Mexican Cuisine 43 Primi Pasta & Wine Bar 44 Seasons Rotisserie & Grill 45 Steamworks Brewing Company 46 Union Social House 46 Backcountry Gourmet 47 PJ’s Gourmet Market 47 Top That Frozen Yogurt 47 Burger Theory 49 Jack’s Meat, Poultry, Seafood 49 River Liquors 50 Sunnyside Farms Market 51 Eolus Bar & Dining 52 Ernie’s Bar & 11th Street Station


Old Haunts

Durango has a flavorful culinary history By Connie Sutton

Durango is a charming city with a long and colorful history. While most of the bars and restaurants we enjoy today are modern establishments, there are some old haunts that form the fabric of our culinary lives. In this last year, we said goodbye to several longstanding loves. Though I will miss celebrating birthdays at The Red Snapper and happy hours at The Palace, we still have plenty of establishments to enjoy and each of them in its own way contributes to that indescribable thing that makes Durango distinctive. As a Durango native, each of these establishments has a special place in my heart and holds a lifetime of memories. 4

El Rancho Tavern, 1942 El Rancho Tavern holds the title of the oldest bar in town. It has sat on the corner of 10th Street and Main Avenue since 1942. Affectionately called “The Ranch” by locals, this bar is open daily, serving the best bloody marys in town as well as breakfast and lunch from its neighbor the Durango Diner. I’ve played countless hours of pool and had many a memorable night with friends and family at El Rancho Tavern. The Diamond Belle Saloon, 1957 The Diamond Belle Saloon is one of Durango’s oldest establishments, and the town’s only Old West Saloon. I imagine if these walls could talk they would have some incredible tales. The bar has hosted some of the most notable names in history, such as author Louis L’Amour who said the honkytonk music helped set the mood for his western novels. Today, The Belle looks much

like it did in yesteryear, and it continues to offer guests world-class service and delcious food and beverages. Durango Diner, 1965 This family-owned locals’ favorite has been located on Main Avenue for 55 years and has endured as one of Durango’s landmark eateries. The menu is well known for nostalgic no-frills options but it stands out for its famous Durango Green Chile. A popular entree called The Cure is best eaten bellied up to the bar at the historic bar, El Rancho Tavern, next door. My favorite breakfast dish is always the huevos rancheros. Griegos, 1971 This hidden gem located on North Main quietly sits in what used to be the A&W once upon a time. Family-owned and -operated since its inception, this southwest-style Mexican eatery serves a simple menu with the distinct flavors

of a true homemade meal. Everyone there is family, and that’s how you’ll be treated when you take a seat in their spacious dining room. My grandfather built this restaurant and they use some of the same recipes my grandmother used. It’s actually my favorite restaurant in town. The fireplace in the dining room is one of his signature pieces and eating here feels like home to me. Ore House, 1972 Established in 1972, Ore House is one of Durango’s oldest restaurants. The menu at Ore House includes hand-cut steaks from local ranches, sustainable wild-caught seafood and locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The dining room proudly showcases the history, heritage and culture of southwest Colorado with displays of intricate murals and historical artifacts. Ore House is also well-known for an extensive whiskey and wine collection, as well as an ever-evolving, creative craft cocktail menu.

Oscar’s Café, 1980 Family-owned and -operated for the last 40 years, this small diner boasts one of the best breakfasts in town. Known as a gathering place for friends and family, Oscar’s Cafe offers a fun retro environment with hearty portions, homemade sauces and delicious desserts baked fresh daily. The diner walls are lined with local memorabilia. Drop by to enjoy breakfast or lunch at Oscar’s Cafe and the Berg family will be happy to serve you.

Kachina Kitchen, 1982 Yet another family-owned and -operated gem, Kachina Kitchen has been serving up Navajo tacos and other southwest favorites since 1982. Before moving to the current location, this eatery used to be located inside the Durango Mall. The dining room decor offers words of encouragement and plaques with quotes about everything from love to life and anything inbetween. Diners are sure to feel inspired by the menu and the decor.

Olde Tymers Café, 1981 Known by locals as OTC, Olde Tymers Café has stood on the same corner of Main Avenue for the last 39 years. Here you can get some of the best burgers in town and pair them with regional craft brews and homemade desserts. With daily specials and a broad menu, a trip to OTC is sure to satisfy. I never miss the opportunity to share the signature green chile chicken nachos or an order of beerbattered fries.

Carver Brewing Company, 1983 Created by Jim and Bill Carver, this establishment is the second brewery to ever open in the state. In fact, Carver Brewing Company helped lay the foundation for the rich craft beer culture in Colorado and beyond. This bakery turned brewpub is a staple of downtown. Though the menu has evolved and changed over the years the award-winning beer has remained constant for an authentic Colorado culinary experience.


Alcé (pronounced All-Che’) is an AmericanComfort restaurant located inside the 26,000 square-foot Clubhouse at Dalton Ranch Golf Club just eight minutes north of downtown Durango. Alcé is another word for elk which can be seen from what is no doubt the best patio dining experience in Durango. The executive chef is Annie Long.

Featured Items Weekly Pizza, Pasta & Seafood Specials Truffle Honey Butter Fried Chicken Grilled Caesar Annie’s Pot Roast Scratch-Made Desserts Our restaurant offers more than a meal. It also offers an experience with some of the finest views in the Animas Valley. We also host many events including wine dinners, weddings and other private events.

American-Comfort Dining Reservations Required Takeout Available Weddings · Events Winter Hours Wednesday – Saturday 4 - 8 p.m. 589 County Road 252, Durango (970) 247-4980 www.daltonranch.com/restaurant www.alcerestaurant.com 6

Annie Long Executive Chef


ABC is a favorite local spot providing a must-have Durango experience. We offer a full menu of housemade creations with our twist on the traditional. We serve a full kids menu, housemade pretzel sticks, hand-pattied craft burgers, our signature pasties, along with amazing homemade desserts. We are proud to offer a wide selection of our own hand-crafted beers, while also showcasing a selection of Colorado spirits and wine. Come visit us and enjoy our relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere!

From the Kitchen... Animas Wings Your choice of our garlic ale, jerk or sarsaparilla barbecue wing sauce. Served with a side of carrots and celery and house ranch or blue cheese.

Keg Rolls Beer-roasted chicken, green chiles, cream cheese, pepper jack served with a side of housemade ranch OR Bacon mac and cheese served with a side of sweet tomato vinaigrette.

Brew House Pretzels Housemade soft pretzel sticks served with our ale dip and brewer’s mustard.

ABC Nachos Crispy river chips topped with fresh corned beef, beer kraut, scallions and housemade cheddar ale sauce.

Global Comfort Food ¡ Brewpub 1560 East Second Ave., Durango (Next to Rotary Park and the Animas River Trail) (970) 403-8850 www.animasbrewing.com Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11a.m. - close Monday 4 p.m. - close Kitchen closes at 9 p.m. daily Check out full menu here:


Animas Brewing

And More... Field Salad Mixed field greens, roasted beets, candied walnuts, crisp apples and red onions. Topped with crumbled Maytag blue cheese and served with house maple vinaigrette.

J.W. Craft Burger Local El Dorado beef and house-smoked brisket topped with red onions, cheddar cheese and sarsaparilla barbecue sauce.

For The Birds Pasty Beer-roasted chicken, applewood bacon, potatoes, carrots, scallions, mushrooms and cheddar cheese. Served with sarsaparilla barbecue sauce and ranch. Also offering homemade desserts, kids menu, daily specials and vegetarian options.


Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen is a contemporary American bistro offering from-scratch southwestern and Mediterranean-style cuisine. We feature seasonal fresh salads, small plates, artisanal pizzas, gourmet tacos, house-ground burgers, fire-roasted steaks, seafood and Latin-inspired entrees uniquely prepared in stone-fired ovens. We’re also known for our handcrafted specialty cocktails, eclectic wine list and local Colorado craft beers. Located in the historic Century Building, our rollup garage doors, sidewalk patio, open chef’s counter and modern industrial interior offer a unique dining experience in the heart of downtown Durango.

We’re Known For... Stuffed Poblano A modern twist on the classic chile relleno, featuring a roasted poblano stuffed with three cheeses, mushrooms, zucchini, corn and rolled in crushed pepitas.

Artisanal Pizza A West Coast-style pizza featuring aged, cold-fermented dough topped with fresh, gourmet ingredients. Thewild mushroom/taleggio and house sausage pistachio specialty pizzas are local favorites.

Fresh, Creative Salads Our warm roasted vegetable and southwest chopped kale salads are composed of seasonal ingredients and southwest flavors for a lighter, healthier option.

Seasonal Specials We offer a seasonal special menu featuring regional produce, fresh fish, new cocktails and exceptional wines. Favorites include: Acorn Squash Fondue, Wild Mushroom Tagliatelle, Bison Short Ribs, Roasted Butternut Squash Salad, Duck Mole Tacos, Smoked Trout Cake, French Onion Soup, Cider Brined Pork Chop, Lamb Ragu Hummus Bowl.

862 Main Ave., Durango (970) 259-2749 chimayodurango@gmail.com Dinner Wednesday - Sunday 4 p.m. - close Online takeout with curbside pickup & contactless Payment options Wednesday - Sunday 4 - 8:45 p.m. For reservations and online ordering, please visit www.chimayodurango.com 10


Beyond farm to table, the James Ranch Grill is “table on the farm” by sourcing its main organic ingredients from the James Ranch itself. We have an expansive outdoor eating area that provides amazing views as well as plenty of space between tables. Our indoor seating has more windows than walls so you can enjoy the same view inside. Our livestock feed only on the green pastures of our 400 acre ranch making our beef packed with flavor, our cheese golden and rich, and our eggs with yolks the color of a sunset. The organic vegetables that we don’t grow in our own gardens are sourced from local farms in the summer and regionally in the off-growing seasons, and always from farmers that we know that care for the land and use sustainable practices. Our nonalcoholic beverages are organic and our beer, wine and hard cider are produced locally and are unique and special.

Signature Items Hand-Pattied Burgers Gourmet Cheese Melts Fresh Salads Fingerling Fries Specialty Sandwiches Soups, Stews and Chili (in the fall) Seasonal Menu • Organic, Local Ingredients Family Friendly • Fast Casual Dining 33846 Highway 550, Durango 10 miles North of Durango, just past Honeyville Summer Hours (Memorial Day- October) Daily 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Winter Hours Call ahead (970) 764-4222 www.jamesranch.net Follow us on 12

First Place Best Hamburger Second Place Best Hot Dog Second Place Best Outdoor Dining


Our quaint, locally-owned restaurants serve the best handmade Colorado-style pizzas. We probably have the largest topping selection in the known universe. Indoor and outdoor dining and full bar at all locations.

Specialty Pizzas These are only a few of our exotic combinations. Please go to www.homeslicedelivers.com to view our full menu. We also have the usual suspects. Good ole pepperoni, meatzza, ultimate behemoth, kind veggie, etc. *Gluten-free options available

Koko’s Greek Spinach, red onion, tomato, Kalamata olive, Parmesan, feta on garlic oil

Tricolore Marinated portobello mushroom, roasted red pepper, chévre on pesto

Cowifornian Italian beef, mushroom, caramelized onion, rosemary, Swiss, garlic oil

Fiona Apple Chicken sausage, apples, aged cheddar on garlic oil

The Heater Spicy sausage, jalapeño, green chile, cheddar on marinara

Hudsucker Mushrooms, meatballs, roasted garlic on alfredo

Dine-In — Take-n-Bake — Delivery LOCATIONS: 441 E. College Drive, Durango · (970) 259-5551 2915 N. Main Ave., Durango · (970) 422-8337 (Newly Renovated!) 125 Mercado St., Suite 105, Durango · (970)764-4208 Open daily 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Bar open until midnight Happy Hour Monday-Friday


We’re Known For... Specialty Pizzas Made to order, with over 50 toppings to choose from!

Full Bar At all locations! But if you’re feeling specific and...


Love tequila? Come visit our College Drive location! Need whiskey? HomeSlice on North Main has what you need!

Starters Garlic Home Rolls · Pepperoni Rolls Garlic Cheese Bread

Sandwiches Big Billy Meatball Sub · Italian Beef Chicken Bacon Ranch · Chicken Caesar Wrap Eggplant Parmesan · Gyro

Salads Home Salad · My Big Fat Greek Caesar · The Holy Goat

Desserts Cinnamon Knots · Cookies

Over 50 Pizza Toppings!

Best Pizza 2013-2019

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We offer great cowboy food, great cowboy service and genuine cowboy charm at our one-of-a-kind breakfast, lunch and special dinner café. Enjoy a nice, homestyle breakfast with options, including our famous French toast special, the delicious chicken-fried steak and eggs, the incredible biscuits and gravy, our cowboy benedict smothered in country gravy and much more. We serve our great cowboy breakfasts all day long! Maybe you’re more of a lunch person? Well, try our thick-cut southwest burger, BLT on toasted bread or our fresh, crispy chicken salad. For our special diners, we offer nothing but the best – 14-ounce ribeye steak, our famous prime rib, amazing porkchops and so much more. Y’all come hungry now!

We’re Known For... Huevos Rancheros Two eggs served on a corn tortilla, beans, salsa, bacon, with jack and cheddar cheese. Served with two pieces of thick-cut bacon, potatoes, sour cream and green onions.

Jumbo Breakfast Burrito A large flour tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, beans, bacon and green chiles, topped with melted cheese, sour cream, green onions, salsa and served with potatoes.

Chorizo Scramble Chorizo, green chiles, green onions topped with melted jack and cheddar cheese, salsa and sour cream served with potatoes and choice of toast.

French Toast Two pieces of cinnamon raisin bread battered and rolled in corn flakes, lightly grilled served with two pieces of thick-cut bacon, two eggs any style and a cup of strawberries and bananas.

Rib-Eye & Eggs 10-ounce hand-cut ribeye steak, aged 21 days and cooked on an open flame, served with two eggs and choice of potato. 16

Lone Spur Café Silverton 1219 Greene St. (970) 387-9947

Lone Spur Café Durango 619 Main Ave. (970) 764-4280

Lone Spur Café Pagosa Springs 135 Country Center Dr. (970) 398-2249

Cowboy Diner · American · Full Bar · Open Daily Breakfast & Lunch 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. · Dinner Friday & Saturday 5-9 p.m. www.lonespurcafe.com 17

Durango’s Great Natural Deli Nature’s Oasis ... home of the largest natural deli in the Four Corners. Offering coffee, smoothies, juices, sandwiches, salads, hot dishes and catering services. Delicious variety for all to enjoy. Gluten-free options available.

Nature’s Oasis Executive Chef, Charles Childers, is a culinary wunderkind who is internationally trained in Jamaica and Fiji and has worked in well over 100 kitchens, learning from as many chefs as he could find. Chef Charles moved to Durango in 1997 and worked as Sous Chef for several well-known restaurants. He has made multiple television appearances for local stations and has a passion for, and is a hall of fame member in the national nonprofit called Cooking Matters, of which there are more than 80 branches in the country. Chef Charles attended culinary school at Community College of Southern Nevada and was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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First Place Best Health Food Second Place Best Deli Second Place Best Supermarket/ Grocery Store

Natural Deli, Juice and Smoothie Bar Vegetarian and Vegan options 300 S. Camino del Rio, Durango www.naturesoasismarket.com · (970) 247-1988 Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. 18

We’re Known For... Green Goddess Cucumber, parsley, spinach, celery, kale, apple and lemon

Colorado Cobb Salad Spring mix, Boar’s Head oven-gold turkey, bacon, tomatoes, colby cheese, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, sprouts and Nature’s Oasis housemade blue cheese dressing

Signature Prepared Salads Curried turkey Cilantro lime tuna Cranberry almond quinoa

Dagwood Sandwich Black Forest ham, oven-roasted turkey, roast beef, Swiss cheese and banana peppers



A ‘50s-style diner serving award-winning breakfast and lunch. Voted a locals’ favorite! We are a family-operated cafe for the last 40 years. Watch our model train circle the ceiling as you enjoy your delicious breakfast or lunch. Offering an extensive menu with traditional breakfast and southwest-style entrées. Enjoy our famous French toast, hashbrowns, homemade biscuits and gravy, nine kinds of 20


omelets and chile verde breakfasts. Our huge homemade cinnamon rolls are not to be missed. Lunch includes USDA Black Angus burgers, our locals’ favorite Rueben or Club sandwiches, fresh salads and homemade soups and chilis. A trip to Oscar’s is never complete without a slice of our acclaimed pie or hand-scooped malts and milkshakes.

American Diner 18 Town Plaza, Durango www.breakfastdurango.com To-go: (970) 247-0526

Serving Breakfast & Lunch Open daily 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. Breakfast Monday - Saturday: 6 a.m. - 11 a.m. Breakfast served until noon on Sunday

Our Specialties French Toast Thick wedges of bread dipped in our homemade batter and fried to a golden brown. Thick, premium bacon and eggs on the side complete this delicious breakfast favorite.

Breakfast Burrito Fluffy scrambled eggs, sausage and cheese, wrapped in a huge flour tortilla smothered with our homemade chile verde and melted cheeses. Served with homemade hashbrowns.

Foreman Burger A juicy burger topped with one egg, bacon, jalapeĂąo jack and cheddar cheeses. Served on a ciabatta roll with mayo and lettuce. Choose freshly-cut fruit, crisp seasoned french fries, potato salad or homemade soup as a side.

Uncle Reuben Sandwich Freshly-cut corned beef, homemade Thousand Island dressing and kraut piled on grilled marble rye bread with melted Swiss chesse. A local favorite!

American Diner 18 Town Plaza, Durango www.oscarscafedurango.com To-go: (970) 247-0526 Seven days a week 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. Breakfast served to 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday Breakfast served until noon on Sunday Conveniently located in the Town Plaza shopping center between City Market and Walgreens.


A local favorite! Serving hickory-smoked barbecue, New Orleans po’ boys on Leidenheimer bread, fresh ground burgers, creole and southern fare, and homemade desserts. We offer a full bar selection, including our specialty frozen drinks. Warm, friendly, family atmosphere with full bar, free parking and one of the largest patios downtown. Pet friendly!

T’s Catering Full menu on our website www.tssmokehouse.com Book T’s for your next event! On- and off-site catering Drop-off to full setup to suit your needs

Southern · Creole · Barbecue #3 Depot Place, Durango Located behind the Gaslight Theater www.tssmokehouse.com · (970) 259-6000 Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday Noon - 6 p.m. Reservations for large parties only


Sample Menu Appetizers Barbecue Nachos Tortilla chips, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, sour cream and jalapeños

Chicken on a Stick Chicken, onions and dill pickles

Sandwiches Pulled pork, smoked chicken, barbecue beef, andouille sausage

Po’boys Fried shrimp, fried catfish or alligator

Burgers Smokehouse burger Bacon, cheddar cheese, fried onions and jalapeños Cheeseburger, Hamburger

Platters Pulled pork, smoked chicken, barbecue beef, St. Louis-style pork ribs, fried catfish, fried shrimp

Sampler Pulled pork, barbecue beef, ¼ chicken, andouille sausage, ribs and cornbread

Salads Mixed Greens with smoked tomato vinaigrette Caesar with housemade dressing and garlic croutons

Sides Baked beans, Cajun cole slaw, sweet potato logs, potato logs, fried corn on the cob, red beans and rice

Ask about our daily soups, desserts and specials

Kids Menu Served with potato logs or chips Chicken strips Cheeseburger Hamburger Grilled cheese Pork sandwich 23

Since 1887, The Strater Hotel has been welcoming locals and visitors alike to Durango’s living history museum. Our three popular restaurants and bars provide for a variety of experiences in individually unique settings. There simply is nothing like The Mahogany Grille, The Office Spiritorium, and The Diamond Belle Saloon. Each venue is rich with history.

We’re Known For...

One of a Kind Casual, fine dining. Fabulous steaks and seafood. Bananas Foster tableside. nightly. Sunday brunch. Dinner Nightly. Brunch. (970) 247-4433 Reservations encouraged 970.247.4433

You’ll Want To Spend More Time Here Craft cocktails. Extensive appetizer menu. Amazing venue. Locals’ favorite happy hour and entertainment.

Authentic Western Saloon Dinner and and weekend Weekendbrunch. Brunch. Lunch, dinner Unique western saloon. Ragtime and local musical entertainment. 24

In addition to all new menus serving traditional favorites and new creative appetizers, salads and entreés, guests enjoy nightly entertainment in both The Belle and The Office. Inside each of these unique venues, you’ll find Victorian-era furnishings, intricate craftsmanship, storied art and features and features, andthe thebest bestof ofservice. service. hours and For menus, hours, andmore moreinformation, information, please strater.com please visitvisit www.strater.com.


Book direct for the best rates and flexibility 699 699 MainMain Avenue Ave.••Durango, Durango CO strater.com • 800.247.4431 www.strater.com • (800) 247-4431 25

Fun. Fresh. Family. We have created a fun atmosphere with fresh food and great drinks for your family to enjoy after your adventure! You will love what we have cooked up for you!

It All Started With a Cabin In The Woods The Zebas family first fell in love with Vallecito Lake and the San Juan Mountains several years ago! They were instantly taken with the beauty of the valley and the kids were ecstatic about all the adventures to be had in the mountains. So, they bought a cabin… Joe and Heather have always found joy in cooking and cultivating community through the sharing of a great meal. When the old Virginia’s Steakhouse location became available, they knew they wanted to create a place where they could do just that. Since then, they have put their hearts and souls into The Weminuche Woodfire Grill. The word Weminuche is a Ute Indian term for “the old gentle way” and was the perfect name for the Grill in the surrounding Weminuche Wilderness located in the San Juan National Forrest. The Zebas family hopes the Weminuche Wilderness Grill will provide a family oriented restaurant with quality food that will keep you coming back again and again. While they continue to live in southeastern New Mexico, they travel back and forth to stay involved. When they are in town they are always planning the next exciting event for The Weminuche Grill! If you catch them in the restaurant, you will find them cooking, washing dishes, clearing tables and sharing laughs with the patrons. With every reason to visit the San Juan Mountains, there is no reason not to make The Weminuche Woodfire Grill part of your next adventure! “Whether you are fishing, hiking, paddle boarding, mountain biking or making your own adventure come by to warm up, cool down, have a drink or grab a bite! We look forward to sharing some time with you!” - The Zebas Family

The Weminuche Woodfire Grill 18044 County Road 501, Bayfield Located at Vallectio Lake (970) 884-7153 www.weminuchegrill.com 26


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Mind your manners Things to remember when dining out post-pandemic By Connie Sutton

Whether enjoying fine dining or bar snacks and beer, there are unspoken social contracts that keep southwest Colorado’s dining culture intact. Etiquette, at the end of the day, is an awareness of the feelings of others. Being mindful will automatically translate into good manners. In case you need a refresher course, we put together some tips on dining etiquette that will serve you well.

Follow the rules Dining in-person has changed considerably since the onset of the pandemic. In Colorado, masks are required in all public spaces. Even dining rooms and bars require patrons to wear a mask unless seated at a table. Remember these rules weren’t made by hostesses, bartenders, servers or restaurant owners. It’s a state mandate. Be courteous to those who are risking their health to serve you. Not a supermarket Many restaurants offer a selection of condiments on the table. Only take what you need for the meal. If a condiment isn’t available at the table, remember to order it on the side when the server takes your food order. Respect reservations In the past, very few restaurants in southwest Colorado required reservations. Now, even casual dining establishments have implemented a reservation system. New occupancy rules are forcing restaurants to get creative in seating arrangements, so reservations help staff members plan. Arriving late or not honoring


a scheduled reservation can make a mess of things for even the smoothest running dining room. Sometimes plans don’t flow as expected. Customers who schedule a reservation should alert restaurant staff if they will be late or need to cancel. No camping Restaurant staff should never try to rush customers through a meal in the interest of table turnover. With many establishments operating at 50% seating capacity, however, it is courteous for patrons to avoid

overstaying their welcome. Once the bill is paid, customers should stay at the table for a maximum of 15 minutes. The waiting game These days, patience is an esteemed virtue. There’s no way to know how long it will take a dinner party to clear their plates over a conversation. The standard “about 15 minutes” can easily turn into a longer wait if people are enjoying drinks or dessert. Be kind, courteous and patient while waiting for a table at the restaurant.

Customizing an entree Asking to remove the cilantro from an order of nachos is acceptable. Requesting a restaurant change the pistachio crusted grouper to Parmesan coated chicken is unreasonable. For customers that want to adjust more than half the ingredients in a dish, it is a good rule of thumb to opt for a different menu item. Most kitchen staff members will be happy to make small changes, but customers should set realistic expectations. Splitting the bill When dining with a large group of coworkers or friends, ask the server before placing any orders if it’s possible to separate checks. Though most places can split checks, this may not be an option at every location. Diners can plan ahead for group

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2nd Deli & Spirits is one of Durango’s newest spots. With a plethora of sandwiches and delicious house cocktails, wine and draft beers, they have something to offer everybody. Regulars already crowd the small, yet open space daily to experience a great and unique atmosphere that has filled the Durango sandwich spot void. It is arguably the best lunch spot in town, with an even better looking staff. All of our meats are made in-house as well as our dressings and sides.

New restaurant but doesn’t feel like it! Good looks, good cocktails and even better sandwiches. House-cooked meats, housemade dressings & sides.

We’re Known For... The House Italian 6-inch or 12-inch grinder roll with capocollo, sopressata, mortadella, provolone, shaved lettuce, yellow onions, tomatoes, hot cherry peppers, green peppers, salt and pepper and Italian dressing.

The Gobbler 6-inch baguette topped with roast turkey, applewood smoked bacon, white sharp cheddar cheese, sliced apples toasted then finished with shaved lettuce and cranberry mayo.

The Reuben Marble rye loaded with our housemade corned beef, stacked with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and house Russian dressing spread on both sides of this masterpiece.

The “Big Z” Burger Two thin house-ground patties topped with American cheese, lettuce, pickles, onions and our signature sauce served on a bun.

Come down and get your sammich on! 601 East Second Ave. Suite D, Durango (970) 259-1000 Monday - Wednesday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 32

Serving Durango delicious chicken in the North Main District As might be surmised from the name and the “chicken coop” inspired exterior, chicken is our menu’s focus. It’s healthy and thoughtfully prepared chicken, which has never been exposed to antibiotics, and enjoys a 24-hour savory run before roasting on our unique rotisserie grill, seared, or roasted. Your order size and tastes are tailored to your appetite, accompanied by housemade special sauces and side dishes. Of course you can’t have a chicken place without outstanding chicken wings! Our special neighborhood gathering place features an interior bar and tables, as well as seating on an expansive outside deck that includes a fire pit and outdoor televisions. Stop by for a familyfriendly casual dinner or after-work happy hour with friends. Order your chicken, soups, salads and sides ahead of time on your mobile device and you can swoop through our drive-thru for a quick meal on the go! It’ll be hot and waiting for you to drive through and pick up without leaving the comfort of your vehicle.

We’re Known For… Whole broasted rotisserie chicken, scratch-made side dishes, fresh salads, hearty soups and delicious sammies with chicken choices such as pulled rotisserie, seared breast, breaded and pressure fried thigh or breast.

Cluck Norris Hatch green chile, bacon, pepperjack cheese, chipotle crema, pickled red onion, lettuce, tomato, potato bun, choice of chicken

Bird’s Burrito Scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, curly fries, tomatillo and queso sauce with choice of chicken, bacon, sausage, or avocado

Karate Chop Salad Shredded cabbage, rainbow carrots, edamame, cucumbers, scallions, seasoned cashews, wonton strips, choice of chicken

Green Chile Chicken Posole Monday-Friday 7 a.m - 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Rotisserie chicken ready by 11 a.m. daily 2957 Main Ave., Durango (970) 426-4596 www.birdsdurango.com 33

Outside Magazine writes, “The wizards at Durango’s East by Southwest craft some of the most imaginative sushi in the west.” Come experience vibrant Japanese fusion cuisine featuring fresh organic ingredients, free-range meats, sustainably-sourced seafood and extensive vegetarian and gluten-free options.

We’re Known For... Over 25 varieties of sushi grade fish and seafood Sushi & Sashimi Tuna, yellow tail, red snapper, sea bass, wild salmon, octopus, oysters

12-Hour Ramen 12-hour pork broth, pork and chicken, ramen noodles, porkbelly, soft egg, spinach, togarashi, scallions, bamboo shoots

Tenderloin Filet & Shiitakes Wasabi mashers, shiitake demi pan-seared spinach

Brussels Sprouts Chips Kombu wasabi salt

Tiraditos Yuzu, lime, pink salt, kaffir lime oil

Fabulous Sushi Rolls Triple Tuna, Philly Roll, Hamachi Love, Vampiro Hamango, Dragon Roll, Boomshiki, Lotus Blossom

1st Place Best Sushi Asian Cuisine Runner Up Best Seafood Sushi . Steak . Fusion 160 E. College Drive, Durango Takeout orders available www.eastbysouthwest.com (970) 247-5533 Monday - Saturday Noon - 8 p.m. Daily Happy Hour 5-6:30 p.m., excluding holiday Reservations recommended 34

Embracing Durango, Colorado’s “Old West” and Victorian heritage, as well as contemporary culinary trends and techniques, El Moro is part of Durango’s family of unique and independentlyowned restaurants. The name ‘El Moro’ also reflects Durango’s history, as in the early 1900s, 945 Main Ave., truly was the El Moro Saloon. The present-day El Moro has some of the ‘feel’ of the original saloon with bare red brick, tin ceiling, hardwood floors and heavy wooden tables. The menu can be described as modern-rustic. The simple and memorable dishes are designed to blend classic, old world preparations with exciting techniques that have evolved from the modern cuisine movement, such as spherification, which will highlight the qualities of the ingredients.

We’re Known For... Hanger Steak grilled 8-ounce hanger steak, truffle cauliflower puree, sautéed wild mushrooms, Burgundy reduction

Ramen Housemade ramen noodles, 12-hour bone broth with soy/miso tare, chashu pork belly, marinated egg, pickled shiitake, scallion

First Place Best Bartender, Sarah Moxam Second Place Best Cocktails Third Place Best Bar / Pub Third Place Best Restaurant Third Place Best Servers

Modern Rustic 945 Main Ave., Durango (970) 259-5555 Monday-Friday 11 a.m. - close Brunch Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Lunch and Dinner 3 p.m. - close Reservations accepted by phone or at www.elmorotavern.com 35

Traditional New Mexican Cooking y Cantina located in Durango, Colorado! Our business philosophy here at Gazpacho is simple: Use the freshest and best ingredients we can, and stay true to the traditional New Mexican red and green chile.

We’re Known For... Chimayo Chicken Wings Chicken flappers marinated and seasoned with our secret blend of red chile and spices.

Avocado Fries For the avocado lover, fresh avocado wedges breaded with panko and served with a zesty dipping salsa.

Jim’s Green Chile Cheeseburger A full half-pound of Black Angus burger grilled the way you like it, topped with hot green chile and American cheese. A true classic.

Vegan Tamale Plate Two housemade vegan tamales topped with white cheddar cheese and your choice of red or green chile.

Blue Enchiladas Santa Fe-style, stacked enchiladas made with stoneground blue corn tortillas. Filled with your choice of ground or shredded beef, chicken or carne adovada. Topped with red or green chile and served with Spanish rice and refried beans.

Mexican 431 East Second Ave., Durango www.restaurantsdurango.com · (970) 259-9494 Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Reservations taken

A family-run business and a local favorite and a treat for visitors, Gazpacho brings great food, atmosphere and community to every patron. We welcome everyone from all walks of life and try to reflect this in the cuisine we serve. 36

Grassburger is Durango’s award-winning choice for the yummiest, juiciest, healthiest burgers around. 100% grass-fed, U.S. raised beef, delicious turkey or housemade vegan black bean burgers, french and sweet potato fries – mmm, mmm! Our 100% grass-fed beef is lower in cholesterol, higher in healthy omegas, vitamins and minerals. We offer clean, nutritious, delicious food with vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options. Come in and enjoy our outdoor patio and friendly service!


We’re Known For... The Grassburger 100% grass-fed beef and fries or sweet potato fries

Vegan Black Bean Burgers Served with housemade chipotle mayo

Dessert Yummy shakes and hand-crafted Stubborn Sodas, local beers and wine, too!

First Place Best French Fries Second Place Best Hamburger

American 726½ Main Ave., Durango www.eatgrassburger.com · (970) 247-1081 Summer Hours daily 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Winter Hours Sunday - Wednesday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Order online for takeout through our website.



We are a unique specialty cafe and retail company with a dedication to craft coffees to their maximum potential. Our goal is to create and leave a positive social, environmental and economic impact on the communities we serve, as well as, the farms and communities we source from. We build relationships by connecting people: farmers, roasters, baristas and you.

We’re Known For... Coffee Best coffee in town roasted in small batches every Monday, locally, by Rocky Mountain Roastery.

Signature drinks Cafe de Olla Spiced mocha with house made spiced simple syrup Pour Over Coffee Individually craft brewed coffee only $3 Carajillo Liquor 43 with espresso

Bar Craft cocktails and local beer Happy Hour 3 - 6 p.m. daily $1 off drinks

Food & Bakery offerings made from scratch Cinnamon Rolls Scones Spicy Italian Fresh Quiche

Coffee Roaster · Café 738 Main Ave., Durango (949) 481-9550 www.hermosacafedurango.com Winter Hours Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday - Saturday: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.


These are unique and uncharted times. As a company and community, we are here to support each other. We can do this together. We are proud to have the ability to continue roasting and supplying our friends with fresh coffee. A simple, yet satisfying way to enjoy your time at home.

We’re Known For... Tempting and healthy vegetarian dishes 95% of our menu is gluten free

Napalese · Indian · Tibetan Cuisine Located in the heart of Durango 992 Main Ave., Durango (970) 259-0956 www.himkitchen.com

Closed Mondays Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 5 - 9:30 p.m. Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 5 - 9 p.m.

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Thank you for joining us for a great selection of authentic Mexican food, made with authentic taste from the south of Mexico coming from Chiapas, Oaxaca and Veracruz that starts from scratch with fresh ingredients. This journey is made possible by the love and passion to serve great food, and give Durango a taste of a heritage that will never die.

We’re Known For... Agua Chile Del Sur Raw shrimp and octopus cooked in lime juice, with onions, cilantro, cucumbers, tomatoes and jalapeños

Menudo Saturdays and Sundays only

Barbacoa Plate Baked, slow-cooked beef served with rice, beans and avocado sauce on the side

Pollo En Mole Poblano Chicken breast with our delicious homemade mole sauce, served with rice and beans

Cazuela De Mariscos Seafood soup with fish, shrimp, calamari, octopus, crab legs and scallops

Voted Best Bloody Mary for Snowdown 2018

South Mexican Breakfast · Lunch · Dinner 835 Main Ave. #106, Durango (Inside Main Mall) (970) 764-4042 · www.durangoamigos.com Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. · Closed Mondays 40

Benvenuto a Mamma Silvia’s We craft traditional Italian cuisine inspired by Mamma Silvia’s family recipes. We cook from scratch to order “al momento” using the best ingredients with attention to detail. Please join us and share Mamma Silvia’s joy in cooking for family and friends.

Mamma Silvia’s 150 E. College Drive, Durango Takeout orders available www.mammasilvias.com (970) 247-5533 Reservations recommended Winter Hours 4 - 8 p.m.


We’re Known For... Abuelitas Mole Chicken breast with our homemade mole sauce and sesame seeds

Street Tacos Your choice of 11 specialty meat, chicken or seafood options placed in a soft corn tortilla, topped with lettuce, onions, cilantro and salsa

Housemade Margaritas Created with the freshest ingredients

Mahi Mahi Tacos Filet of mahi mahi seasoned and grilled served with vegetables and rice Vegan and Gluten Free Options BEST Mexican Food 5 years in a row North Location 2525 Main Ave., Durango (970) 385-1595 New South Location 1135 S. Camino Del Rio, #290 (970) 259-4114 Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. First come, first served 42

Elevated, fast-casual Italian cuisine. PRIMI offers fresh-made pasta with authentic sauces, seasonal salads, panini and housemade gelato. All noodles are made in house. The simple menu changes seasonally and is based on availability of local ingredients. A rotation of 16 Italian wines by the glass are kept fresh through a wine preservation system, each with a suggested food pairing. The full bar offers handcrafted cocktails and local beer on draft. We invite you to come by and enjoy a taste of Italy on our patio on Main Avenue or inside our open and airy restaurant. Curbside pickup also available! Call ahead or order online.

PRIMI Feature Items Pasta & Wine Bar Bolognese Pasta Local ground beef, pancetta, carrots, onions, celery, San Marzano tomatoes, red wine and touch of cream, garganelli tubes, grana padano

Gorgonzola Local beets, Walla Walla onions & radiatore pasta in a gorgonzola cream sauce topped with candied walnuts and fresh arugula

Cacio e Pepe Pasta Chitarra noodles tossed in a wheel of Parmiggiano Reggiano and finished with truffle cheese, sea salt and cracked pepper

Toscana Salad Kale chiffonade, organic greens, pistachio vinaigrette, truffle cheese, toasted pistachios and sliced pears

Rustico Salad Arugula, toasted pine nuts, capicola ham, shaved Bianco Sardo cheese, squeezed lemon, extra virgin olive oil

Pasta alla Siena Creste di gallo pasta, roasted red pepper and pistachio crema, with fresh rosemary and shaved Bianco Sardo cheese

Housemade Desserts Gelato, tiramisu, amaretti cookies, chocolate hazelnut torte

PRIMI Pasta & Wine Bar 1201 Main Ave., Durango Best www.primidurango.com Itailian Food (970) 764-4138 Please visit our website for full menu and hours.

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Rotisserie & Grill The philosophy is simple – take the best ingredients and let them speak for themselves. Seasons is firmly rooted to American-style cooking perfectly paired with exceptional wines and amazing service. The menu changes seasonally, and the quality remains our constant. Wines and beverages are chosen to complement the bold flavors of each season, while offering a wide range of choices. Our casually elegant dining room buzzes with the excitement of our Exhibition kitchen, showcasing the high energy world of a culinary team in action. Fresh. Seasonal. Exceptional.

We’re Known For... Locally sourced food Oak-fired grill and rotisserie Seasonal menu offerings Durango’s only Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator

American Cuisine · Fresh · Seasonal · Local Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday - Sunday 4 - 9 p.m. Happy Hour 4 - 6 p.m. 764 Main Ave., Durango (970) 382-9790 www.seasonsofdurango.com Reservations recommended 44

Steamworks Brewing Company opened its doors in Durango in September 1996. A favorite watering hole for locals and visitors alike, our brewpub has much more to offer than award-winning craft beer. Known as a town meeting place, Steamworks enjoys a bustling, fun environment. Steamworks’ culinary program is unmatched in the region in both breadth and quality of offerings. Our “way more than brewpub” fare includes regionally-raised meats and sustainable seafood. Healthy salads, delicious pizzas and spicy Southwestern-style dishes, and vegetarian and glutenfree offerings provide something for everyone who’s hungry. Stop by to discover what’s on tap. Hang with the locals. Catch a game. Enjoy a fresh beer and outstanding food. Every day promises a screaming deal and fun to be had!

We’re Known For... Indonesian Peanut Salad Rice noodles, greens, cucumbers, chicken, sesame seeds, carrots, peanut sauce Suggested beer pairing: Third Eye P.A.

Rico Burger Ale-braised onion, bleu cheese, buffalo sauce Suggested beer pairing: Backside Stout

Cajun Boil Served daily starting at 11 a.m. 1/2 pound Alaskan Dungeness crab, 1/4 pound Wild Texas shrimp, 1/4 pound Gosar Ranch Andouille sausage, new potatoes and cob corn tossed in a spicy Cajun seasoning Due to popularity, and to serve you in the most timely manner possible, we can only serve Cajun Boils family-style and not separately.

Second Place Best Beer Selection Second Place Best Brewery Second Place Best French Fries Third Place Best Casual Dining Third Place Best Hot Wings

American (New & Traditional) · Burgers · Sandwiches Mexican · Cajun/Creole · Pizza · Seafood · Vegetarian 801 East Second Ave., Durango (970) 259-9200 Open daily 11 a.m. - close Add your name to the waitlist day-of by visiting www.steamworksbrewing.com 45

The Union Social House is a place of gathering for friends and family and home to a bar, food truck and gallery. This Ski Apres Bar fills a niche on north Main Avenue by creating a family atmosphere, outdoor fire pit with regular live music. Stop in this season to receive 1/2 off your first beer with a Purgatory pass or lift ticket! Tuesday - Thursday 4 - 10 p.m. Friday - Saturday 4-11 p.m. Sunday 4-10 p.m. www.unionsocialhouse.com

Best Food Truck

Best Barbecue

Best French Fries

BACKCOUNTRY GOURMET Durango’s Favorite Foodtruck Company!

THE UNION BAR 3062 N. Main Ave.


THE NUGGET 48721 US-550


1101 Main Ave.

At PJ’s you’ll experience the best in service, and a wide variety of food items. You will find delicious solutions for breakfast, lunch or dinner in our stellar deli and bakery. Our food is just better!

Grocery · Deli 67 Trimble Crossing, Durango (970) 247-0100 · www.pjsgourmetmarket.com Monday-Saturday: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Best Ice Cream

Top That Frozen Yogurt Durango 600 Main Ave. #105, Durango (970) 398-5295 • www.froyodurango.com

Imagine 4,320 burger combinations, topped with Imagine 4,320 burger combinations, topped with anything from roasted garlic mayo anything from roasted garlic mayototofried friedeggs, eggs, crafted exactly the way you want. Add in a hoppy, crafted exactly the way you want. Add in a hoppy,crisp crisp Colorado brew, then finish with a signature Colorado brew, then finish with a signatureMason Masonjar jar dessert, likelike thethe sweet tang dessert, sweet tangofofkey keylime. lime.

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advantages to dining out

Dining out was once a rarity reserved for special occasions. More recently, enjoying of food outside the home has played an increasingly larger role in everyday life. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, the increase in dining out since the 1970s is owed to a larger share of two-income households, more convenient and affordable food outlets, increased advertising and promotion by food chains and the decreasing size of most households. Don’t discount the wide array of options and the convenience that dining out can provide. There are many reasons to enjoy dining out, and the decision to do so during the pandemic can help local restaurants stay afloat as they continue to confront the economic challenges of the pandemic. 1. Social experience Dining out can be a fun and exciting experience that takes people away from the routine of daily life. Dining out presents an opportunity to look forward to a specific day on the calendar. For many, it can be a respite from making meals at home. Dining out is a social endeavor, even if you aren’t interacting with many other people in the restaurant. 2. Introduces new foods Dining at a restaurant can be an eye-opening experience for customers willing to try new things. Restaurants that specialize in ethnic cuisine can introduce diners to classic recipes from around the world – something they may not normally try preparing in the home. 48

3. Prolongs the dinner hour Dining out gives people a chance to linger and converse without the distractions of home chores and daily schedules. Eating at restaurant can be a good way to focus on communication with family and friends. 4. Escape workplace distractions A workday lunch or business meeting held at a coffee shop, cafe or restaurant can help coworkers escape workplace pressures and distractions. Such meals also can be a great way for managers to foster strong relationships and build camaraderie within their teams. 5. Convenience One of the best arguments for eating out is the convenience factor. When time is of the essence, making a reservation, eating out and allowing the restaurant to handle everything from service to cleanup reduces time and effort at home. This frees up opportunities to do other tasks, including spending time with family and friends. 6. Variety Most households include people with different palates. Because restaurants have a full menu of offerings, each member of the dining party can choose his or her own unique dish to sasiate a craving. Though fixing a variety of dishes at home is acheivable, it can take more time, effort and money than dining out. Dining out has been gaining popularity for more than 40 years. Explore the advantages to enjoying a meal at a local restaurant with friends and family this season.


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Roof top dining · Inquire about private parties Award-winning wine list · Delicious local cuisine

From ‘farm to table’ and ‘vine to wine’, Eolus Bar & Dining offers the finest menu selections from Southwest Colorado’s bounty of farms, ranches, vineyards, and breweries. Our historic dining room provides a comfortable, mountain elegant setting with tabletop and booth seating. Our covered rooftop patio presents premium views of the surrounding mountains for our guests, as well as private parties. Eolus Bar & Dining is a distinct Durango establishment where guests are invited to relax and enjoy locally-inspired cuisine, wine, and other craft beverages.


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Best Restaurant

Best Restaurant Best Romantic Dinner

Best Fine Dining Best Steak Best Servers

Best Happy Hour Best Cocktails Best Bartender

919 Main Ave, Durango CO | www.eolusdurango.com | (970) 259-2898 Open Monday - Friday 5pm–9pm | Reservations required


First Place: Best Bar Best Outdoor Dining Best Food Truck

Explore Durango’s only food truck collective featuring a culinary experience with a variety of choices. Enjoy authentic, 1950s retro gas station decor, warm up by the fire pit on chilly Colorado nights and savor live music with family and friends.

Ernie’s Cheer your friends and family with ice cold beer, poured from the front end of a ‘57 Chevy Bel Air, or indulge with one of our specialty cocktails. We offer an extensive collection of tequila and mezcal.

The Box Serving up incredible artisan wood-fired pizzas made with high mountain sourdough and local ingredients.

Chang Thai Durango Authentic Thai food that is both tantalizing and succulent, creating a rich culinary experience.

Cuevas Tacos Traditional street tacos, tortas, burritos and quesadillas. “Best Salsas in Town!”

Backcountry Gourmet Gourmet sliders, delicious soups, salads and homemade sides. Now serving hearty breakfast burritos!

Manny’s Fresh Co Quality sushi fusion, poke bowls and ramen. Durangos first sushi food truck!

Taste Coffee In collaboration with Desert Sun Coffee Roasters, a coffee bar serving certified organic, fair trade coffees showcased in a roaster driven format, including single origin espresso shots.

2400-square-foot outdoor event space available for rent

11th Street Station Culinary Collective and Mezcal Bar 1101 Main Ave., Durango www.11thstreetstation.com (970) 422-8482 Open daily 6:30 a.m. - midnight

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