In the former Randy’s, this sophisticated choice is named for Durango’s elevation. Unique appetizers, fresh salads, lighter fare such as Grilled Polenta and Vegetable Medley. Entrées: prime rib, pork medallions, tenderloin filet, flank steak. Open 4pm nightly, 10am weekend brunch. 152 E. College Dr., 247-9083. www.6512restaurant.com
APPLEBEE’S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR
Friendly eatery serves up family favorites. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily. Sunday–Thursday 6am–12pm, Friday–Saturday 6am–1pm. Nine TVs. Full bar. Daily happy hour 3–6pm, 9pm ’til close, with half-price appetizers. Casual and comfortable. At the Durango Downtown Inn. 800 Camino del Rio, 259-5850.
Monday–Saturday 9am–5pm, this café offers breakfast, lunch and light fare with highest quality ingredients. Custom drinks: smoothies, frappes, lattes, Italian sodas, over 100 coffee options. Baked goods, coffee cakes, pastries, muffins can be vegan, gluten- or sugar-free. Catering. In Durango Public Library lobby. 1900 E. Third Ave., 946-9110.
Balcony Bar & Grill
Upstairs on the balcony at the corner of College and Main, the Balcony is the center of the action. Owned by two Durango families, the menu offers salads, house-smoked barbecue meats, fries, traditional New Orleans–style po’boys (catfish or shrimp), tacos, burgers, more. Live music daily. 600 Main Ave., Ste. 210, 422-8008.
BAR D CHUCKWAGON SUPPERS
Famous Old West music and comedy stage show, with delicious barbecue supper. Fun for the whole family. Open nightly from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Reservations required. 8080 C.R. 250, 247-5753. www.bardchuckwagon.com
BART’S NEW YORK DELI
Authentic New York — the best meats and cheeses money can buy. Breakfast sandwiches, bagels, lox, espressos, cappuccinos. Saturday 8am–4pm: eggs Benedict, home fries; corned beef hash, eggs. Hot: Bart’s New York cheese-steak; pastrami; and gyros! Daily soup, beer, wine. Catering. Patio. 1220 Carbon Junction, 247-1144.
At Town Plaza (north end) on Camino del Rio, just a block west of Main. Forty-two ice-cream flavors, as well as ice-cream cakes, smoothies, sundaes, shakes and blasts. 11am–10pm. 32 Town Plaza, 247-1231.
BEN’S BIG BURGERS
Known by many for Durango’s best burgers, fries and shakes, these burgers are prepared by professionals. Dining outside on the deck with tables, or treats to go. Open Monday–Saturday 11am–8pm. 1400 E. Second Ave., 385-4469.
Bent urban sports bar
Comfortable bar and grill. 10 flat-screen TVs; 12 beers on tap; lunch and dinner spe-cials. “Any game, anytime,” at the corner of C.R. 250 and Florida Road. Parking. From Deep South catfish, Brazilian stroganoff and Gorgonzola pasta to Bent burgers, dogs, brats, chili-cheese fries. 11:30am–1am daily. 42 C.R. 250, Ste. 400, 422-8077.
BETO’S FAST MEXICAN FOOD
Fast, fresh and affordable is the buzz for this traditional Mexican eatery. Menu favorites: breakfast burritos, gigantic nachos machos, fish tacos, hearty combo plates. Owned by locals Beto Navarro and John Gutierrez. 7am–7pm Monday–Thursday; until 9pm weekends. Sunday 8am–5pm. 275 E. Eighth Ave., 764-4427.
Hot subs, fresh deli meat-and-cheese sandwiches, wraps, salads — even grilled panini — are just a few of the choices. Eat in or take out. Just inside the doors at Walmart. Quality food, fast and friendly. Wide variety to satisfy any craving. 7am–9pm daily. Walmart Supercenter, 259-8144.
Bobby D’s Deli
A classic deli with a twist! Owner Max Duenas says, “Our name is inspired by delis all across the U.S., since Durangoans are from everywhere.” Waffle Taco, egg sandwiches, breakfast burritos. Quality, consistency, customer service, and always made with love. 2411 Main Ave., 422-8204.
Fresh homemade breads, pastries, cookies and deli sandwiches served daily in this popular bakery — a gathering spot for breakfast and lunch at the corner of Florida and East Animas roads. From whole wheat to rye, and from ginger snaps to scones, Bread is fast, friendly and fantastic. Open every day. 42 C.R. 250, 247-5100.
Brew Pub & Kitchen
Locally owned and operated by Erik and Lainie Maxson. Handcrafted beer made on the premises, artisanal beer from Colorado breweries, select wines and spirits. This fifth brewpub in Durango serves salads, small plates and entrées designed to partner with beer. Short ribs, bratwurst and gourmet burgers. Tuesday–Sunday 11am–11pm. 117 W. College Dr., 259-5959.
Redrock Foods, a franchisee of the Burger King Corporation, owns and operates this Durango location and 19 stores in New Mexico and Colorado. Redrock, in business for many years, is based in Albuquerque. 1415 Main Ave., 247-9095.
CARVER BREWING CO.
A town institution since 1986, Carver features breakfast, lunch, dinner, award-winning handcrafted brews on tap. Bustling dining room; cozy brewpub; spacious patio; two full bars with giant HDTVs. Vegetarian. Kid-friendly. Awarded “Green Business of the Year” in 2010 and “Spirit of Durango” in 2007. In historic downtown Durango. 1022 Main Ave., 259-2545. www.carverbrewing.com
CHIMAYO stone fired kitchen
Contemporary American bistro with a southwestern flair. Creative small plates, salads, artisanal pizzas, plus fire-roasted steaks, chicken and seafood. Stone-hearth ovens in an expo kitchen. Specialty cocktails, fine wines, local tap beer. Curved concrete bar, roll-up doors, historic interior. Unique, casual fine-dining. 862 Main Ave., 259-2749. www.chimayodurango.com
Favorite longtime area restaurant (25+ years) offers Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine. Full bar, riverside patio. Parking. Dine in, take out. Daily buffet, 11:30am–2:30pm. Open 11:30am daily, Sunday 4:30–9pm. 1525 Main Ave., 259-0868.
CHRISTINA’S GRILL & BAR
Venerable Christina’s has been a popular choice on Durango’s west side for years. Now with new owners, the Naranjo family (owners of Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant in Cortez), Christina’s serves Mexican food. Burger night for $5, and some daily specials — including the soup-and-salad bar — remain. 21382 Hwy. 160 W., 382-3844.
A popular south-side eatery, CJ’s Diner is open 6am–3pm Monday–Saturday for breakfast and lunch, with specialty breakfasts, Mexican food, specialty sandwiches, burgers and salads. Catering, delivery and takeout. Prices range from $4 to $10. 810 E. College Dr., 375-0117.
COLD STONE CREAMERY
Aiming to deliver the “ultimate ice-cream experience,” the secret recipe for smooth, creamy ice cream is homemade fresh daily in the store, and then customized with your choice of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Custom, signature ice-cream cakes, pies and cupcakes. 598 Main Ave., 259-5052.
COLLEGE DRIVE CAFÉ
Voted the best breakfast by Durango locals. The largest, most diverse break-fast menu in the Four Corners. Bread baked fresh daily. Breakfast served Wednesday–Sunday 6:30am–2pm. Free off-street parking. 666 E. College Dr., 247-5322.
COSMO BAR AND DINING
With nearly 40 years’ combined experience, executive chef Chris Crowl and manager/proprietor James Allred are dedicated to amazing dining. Seasonal, all-natural, local and organic ingredients where possible. Gluten-free, vegetarian options. Many breads, pastas, desserts made on premises. 4:30pm nightly. Reservations encouraged. 919 Main Ave., 259-2898. www.cosmodurango.com
CUCKOO’S CHICKEN HOUSE & WATERIN’ HOLE
Family sports eatery serves Broasted® chicken and 20-plus kinds of wings. All items under $12 make Cuckoo’s a place “where a family can afford to eat, every night of the week!” HDTVs with satel-lite sports. Family friendly; full menu and bar. Dine in, take out. Lunch, dinner. 128 E. College Dr., 259-6322.
CUCKOO’S ON THE CLIFF
Durango’s family sports restaurant’s second location! Same great lunches, dinners, HDTV sports programming. Proudly serving your favorite Starbucks coffee, cappuccino, espresso drinks. Hot and cold breakfast offerings. Full menu and bar. Dine in, take out, outside seating. Open daily 7am–10pm. 40292 Hwy. 550, 385-6776.
Just a block off Main, Cyprus serves award-winning Mediterranean cuisine in a casual, elegant century-old Victorian home. Colorado lamb, seasonal specialties, vegetarian dishes. Only natural meats, free-range chicken, sustainable seafood. Seasonal patio with live jazz. Lunch, dinner, catering. Call for hours. 725 E. Second Ave., 385-6884.
“Hot Eats — Cool Treats.” Home-style, grilled all-beef burgers. Specialty desserts, ice-cream cakes, ice-cream treats and more. All made with premium dairy ingredients; featuring the new “Blizzard of the Month.” Locally owned and operated. 2817 Main Ave., 247-1881.
Family-friendly menu selections; serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open 24 hours every day. 666 Camino del Rio, 247-1512.
Formerly famous Farquahrts (est. 1973), the renamed, remodeled restaurant, with its new look, seats nearly 100. Owners Lisa and Todd Gibson restored the dance floor and feature live bands with no cover charge. Chicago-style pizza, Chicago dogs, pulled-pork sandwiches, Italian beefs, salads, more. 725 Main Ave., 247-5440.
DESPERADOS BAR AND GRILL
Favorite Durango watering hole and Wild West grill with Oso’s famous buffalo burger and your favorite sports on 11 TVs. Live music, never a cover, Durango’s largest free parking lot. 351 S. Camino del Rio, 385-5533.
DIAMOND BELLE SALOON
Legendary saloon in the heart of historic downtown. Famous original ragtime piano bar of the Wild West, with costumed servers and bartenders. A favorite for lunch and dinner. Fabled brunch Sunday 11am–3pm. Old West gunfights Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7pm, May–October. The Strater Hotel, 375-7150. www.diamondbelle.com
DIGS RESTAURANT & BAR
Great gathering spot for the entire family, with a variety of food choices including New York strips, halibut, salmon, buffalo burgers, James Ranch burgers, calamari, fish-n-chips, hand-tossed pizzas with fresh ingredients and weekend prime rib specials. Kids’ menu and much more. 125 Mercado St., Ste. 107, 259-2344.
DIORIO’S SOUTH PIZZA
This local favorite offers authentic New York-style pizza by the slice or whole pies. Subs, salads and hot wings; seven beers on tap. Wide delivery area, or room to sit and enjoy an adventure flick on dual-mounted TVs while you eat. 600 Main Ave., Ste. 110, 385-0420.
Fast, friendly delivery or carry-out. Pizzas, chicken wings, bread sticks, pasta, sandwiches, more. Open for lunch, dinner and late night; daily 10am–midnight. 1485 Florida Rd., 259-3660.
Voted “best bagel in the Four Corners.” Freshly baked bagels, muffins, cinnamon rolls and pastries — daily from 6:30am. Great breakfast selections and lunch bagel sandwiches. Takeout bag lunches. Downtown, next to the train depot. 106 E. Fifth St., 385-7297.
DURANGO BREWING COMPANY
Colorado’s third oldest microbrewery. 2011 GABF gold medal for Durango Dark Lager and 2010 World Beer Cup silver award. Railroad-inspired taproom. Appetizers, sandwiches, unique burgers — always fresh, quality beer. Five-time GABF gold-medal winner. Showcasing the flavor of Durango. 3000 N. Main Ave., 247-3396.
DURANGO COFFEE COMPANY
Best-kept secret: incredible kitchen gadgets. Coffee roasted daily since 1984. Over 30 coffees, 35 teas. Umpteen coffee drinks. Light lunches. The real flavor of Durango. Free Wi-Fi. Centennial Center kiosk for breakfast burritos, bagels, lunch wraps. 730 Main Ave., 259-2059; 331 S. Camino del Rio, 259-5572. www.cooksandcoffee.com
DURANGO DAWG HOUSE
A great place for a quick, affordable lunch or dinner, inside or on the patio. Featuring soon-to-be-famous specialty hot dogs, sweet-potato fries and fresh-squeezed lemonade. To-go orders welcome. Open Monday–Thursday 11am–8pm, Friday–Saturday til 2am for late-night grub. 600 Main Ave., Ste. 103, 259-3005.
For a warming soup, a satisfying sandwich or a burger, the airport deli is just the ticket. For a quick bite or relaxing while waiting for a plane, the Durango Deli is the perfect traveler’s haven. Open daily. 1000 Airport Rd., 259-6964.
On historic Main, “The Diner” is one of the town’s landmark eateries. Known for its nostalgic no-frills meals and local buzz. Brand-name green chile and Southwest salsa sold nationwide. Monday–Saturday 6am–1pm, Sunday 6am–1pm. Breakfast, lunch all day. 957 Main Ave., 247-9889.
Fresh donuts and bagels, breakfast burritos, grill lunch favorites — something for -everyone. Grab a ready-to-go breakfast burrito or bagel sandwich, or relax in the comfy dining room for a full breakfast or lunch. Soup/salad bar. 6am–3pm daily. 2653 Main Ave., 247-1610.
DURANGO JOE’S COFFEE HOUSE
Seven convenient spots in Durango, Farmington and Bloomfield. The best espresso and coffee drinks, fresh pastries, breakfast burritos, blended drinks, smoothies. Fair-trade, certified organic coffees, teas. Free Wi-Fi. Astounding customer service! Loyalty program for specials. 732 E. College Dr., 259-1808.
DURANGO MOUNTAIN RESORT RESTAURANTS
From convenient, tasty breakfasts to lunches of gourmet burgers and fresh salads to fine-dining European and regional American cuisine with a southwestern twist. In a family-friendly, mountain-casual atmosphere, you’ll find something for every palate and budget. Purgatory Village restaurants and bars: Purgy’s, Bear Bar and Village Market & Deli. North of Durango, 247-9000. www.durangomountainresort.com
DURANGO NATURAL FOODS
Durango’s only community-owned natural-foods market and deli. The best in local and organic fruits and veg-gies, groceries, bulk foods, cruelty-free body-care products and much more. Grandma Chung’s offers daily specials in the deli. Open daily. Corner of College and Eighth Avenue. 575 E. Eighth Ave., 247-8129.
EAST BY SOUTHWEST
Voted Durango’s best happy hour, hottest date night, best dessert, best cocktail, best bartender. Creative Pacific Rim fusion. Black Angus beef. Full-service sushi bar. Extensive vegetarian options. Sake, Asian beers and other libations. Comfortable upscale, urban atmosphere. Lunch, dinner. Kids’ menu. 160 E. College Dr., 247-5533.
For breakfast, lunch and dinner — with great river views. Daily specials. For the healthy minded, try the Doubletree “eat right menu.” Kids’ menu. It’s easy to order takeout by phone. Doubletree Hotel, 259-6580.
EIGHTH AVENUE TAVERN
Neighborhood favorite just south of College Drive in College Plaza. Top-notch Karaoke four nights a week, Thursday–Sunday 8pm–2am. Over 46,000 songs to sing before a non-judgmental crowd. Bar snacks available. Off-Main beverage prices! 509 E. Eighth Ave., 259-8801.
El Moro Spirits & Tavern
Serving lunch and dinner daily, plus weekend brunch. Termed “approachably upscale,” El Moro is named for the early 1900s saloon that occupied the historic location. Comfortable, with exposed red-brick walls, hardwood floors and tin ceilings. A “farm-to-table restaurant” featuring local fresh foods. 945 Main Ave., 259-5555. www.elmorotavern.com
Authentic Mexican and American food right downtown. Breakfast and lunch daily. Eat in or take out. 835 Main Ave. (Main Mall), 259-0090.
Durango wine bar and coffee café is a contemporary haven on Second Ave. Enjoy a glass of wine from the ever-changing wine list or a handcrafted coffee drink while enjoying the local art. Pastries, tapas, soups, salads, fondue served all day. Sit, sip, savor! Call for hours. 723 E. Second Ave., 385-0105.
Colorful family restaurant on the north side offers great margaritas and authentic Mexican food. Travelers south enjoy their sister restaurant in Cortez. 2850 Main Ave., 375-2492.
FIRED UP PIZZERIA
Devoted to quality ingredients and traditional methods for authentic Neapolitan pizza. Handmade dough, fresh mozzarella and hand-crushed tomato sauce, baked in a 900º wood-fired Italian oven. Wine, beer. Daily specials. Sunday–Thursday 11am–9pm, Friday–Saturday 11am–10pm. 741 Main Ave., 247-0264. www.fireduppizzeria.com
FRANCISCO’S RESTAURANTE y CANTINA
Award-winning, authentic New Mexican, Mexican and Continental cuisine. Family-owned/operated since 1968, Francisco’s serves great steaks, fresh fish, chicken, pasta and salads. Seniors’ and kids’ menus. Daily specials. Groups welcome. Full bar, big-screen TVs. Terrific margaritas. 619 Main Ave., 247-4098. www.franciscosdurango.com
Voted Durango’s favorite for Mexican food and margaritas. Traditional northern New Mexican fare. Hatch red and green chiles. Carne adovada, tamales, blue-corn enchiladas, stuffed sopapillas and vegetarian menu. Full bar. Parking. Monday–Sunday 11:30am–10pm. 431 E. Second Ave., 259-9494. www.gazpachorestaurant.com
A reflection of a region in Southeast Asia blessed with a rich culinary canvas in which bright ingredients artfully come together in combinations of sour, salty, sweet and spicy. Offerings are crafted in an authentic, wood-burning satay grill. 150 E. College Dr., 382-8424.
GRIEGO’S MEXICAN FOOD
This very reasonably priced, popular Mexican and American diner serves fajita, carnita, enchilada and smothered burrito plates. Vegetarian and kids’ meals, takeout. Monday–Saturday 10am–9pm. Good food with friendly service. 2603 Main Ave., 259-3558.
GUIDO’S FAVORITE FOODS
Durango’s only authentic Italian trattoria. Locals’ favorite for over 11 years. AAA Three Diamond Award and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Chefs study in Italy each year. Dog-friendly Main Avenue patio open for lunch and dinner. Gourmet meals to go, European groceries, hand-cut meats, cheeses. 1201 Main Ave., 259-5028.
HARVEST GRILL & GREENS
Food from its source at James Ranch. Terrace dining: burgers, steak sandwiches, fresh salads, grilled-cheese, more. All organic ingredients from the Ranch or local vendors. Monday–Saturday, mid-May to mid-October, 11am–7pm; Saturdays, mid-October to mid-May, 11am–5pm. 33846 Hwy. 550, 676-1023. www.jamesranch.net
HIGHWAY 3 ROADHOUSE
Locals’ hang-out. Large appetizer selection, full bar. Fresh and fried oysters, jumbo Gulf shrimp, catfish, crawfish, quesadillas, flatbread pizzas. Happy-hour oysters 4:30–5:30pm nightly: $5/half dozen. Slider night is Wednesday: $2.25/slider. Thursday is Ladies Night Out: $4 drinks. Friday is catfish night: $8.95. Wednesday–Friday 4–8pm. 955 Hwy. 3, 247-4702. www.nortonscatering.com
Tastes from top-of-the-world regions such as Nepal, India and Tibet. Daily all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. Dinner temptations: yak, lamb, chicken, beef, seafood, vegetarian; bread fresh from the Tandoori oven. Lunch 11am–2:30pm; dinner 2:30–9:30pm; Fridays and Saturdays ’til 10pm. 992 Main Ave., 259-0956.
Gourmet pizza, salads, sandwiches and local beer on tap. Full bar in north location. In-town delivery or dining on the patio. If you love fresh homemade pizza and appreciate friendly service, this is the place; just ask the locals. Daily 11am–10pm. Online ordering. 441 E. College Dr., 259-5551; 2915 Main Ave., 422-8337.
HOT TOMATOES cafÉ & CATERING
A charming café and sandwich shop with a delightful atmosphere. Homemade baked goods, delicious fresh sandwiches, soups and salads. This cozy setting and the hospitality of Robynn and Ken is a Durango gem. 939 Hwy. 3, 385-5577.
IKE’S COFFEE HOUSE
One of Durango’s best-kept secrets features locally roasted organic, fair-trade coffees and espresso. Teas, chai and smoothies. Fresh pastries, sandwiches, salads, breakfast burritos and Village Pizza. Enjoy free Wi-Fi and patio seating. Great atmosphere with excellent service. 100 Jenkins Ranch Rd., Ste. A, 247-2883.
THE IRISH EMBASSY
Durango’s first “authentic” Irish pub. Warm and cheerful — Gaelic style — with furnish-ings and décor from the homeland. Subtle Irish music, Irish draughts and whiskeys. Hearty Irish comfort foods with a local touch. Open daily. 900 Main Ave., 403-1200.
JEAN-PIERRE BAKERY & WINE BAR
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wine room is available for small business meetings and private dinner parties. Live classical and/or jazz music on the weekends. Traditional and innovative dinner menu. Dinner reservations taken. Editor’s Choice, Lonely Planet. 601 Main Ave., 385-0122. www.jeanpierrebakery.com
Locally owned drive-throughs on Hwy. 160 West and at Eighth and Camino del Rio. Shade-grown organic, fair-trade coffees. Espresso drinks, teas, smoothies, more. Breakfast burritos, lunches. Fast, friendly. Get your Jitters organically. Monday–Saturday 6am–1pm and Sunday 7am–1pm. 802 Camino del Rio; 20177 Hwy. 160 W., 385-JAVA.
JUST BO’S PIZZA & RIB COMPANY
Known locally as Bo’s, this fast, casual family eatery serves pizza, ribs, grinders, burgers, salads, local microbrews, wine, more. Pool tables, jukebox, video games, live music. With kids, the friendly restaurant, the lounge or the patio is easy. Eat in, take out or delivery. Get some. 1301 Florida Rd., 259-0010.
Delicious foods of the Southwest. Mexican and Native American dishes prepared fresh daily with real food. Fast and efficient service, great prices and free parking. Centennial Center. Monday–Saturday 10am–8pm. 325 S. Camino del Rio, 247-3536.
In Bodo Park behind the Comfort Inn. Breakfast and lunch; daily specials. Choices for large and small appetites. Gluten-free and vegetarian options. Homemade baked goods, MSG-free sauces and six chiles. Breakfast anytime Monday–Friday 6am–2:30pm; Saturday 7am–2pm. Delivery and to go. 171A Suttle St., 247-4007.
KEN & SUE’S
Locals Ken and Sue Fusco invite you to be their guest. Featuring creative food and service at reasonable prices in an upscale, comfortable eatery. Year-round patio. Lunch Monday–Friday 11am–2:30pm. Dinner 5pm nightly. Reser-va-tions encour-aged. 636 Main Ave., 385-1810.
A taste of Tuscany in the La Platas, 10 miles west on Hwy. 160. Bistro setting. Mediterranean and American-inspired cuisine. Extensive wine list, full bar, takeout and an ever-changing seasonal menu. Event and banquet facility. Lunch, dinner Tuesday–Sunday; brunch Saturday–-Sunday. Reservations accepted. Hesperus, 247-5674.
KFC OF DURANGO
Part of the world’s most popular chicken restaurant chain. Features the same great taste created over 50 years ago by Colonel Harlan Sanders. Original Recipe,® Extra Crispy,® Colonel’s Crispy Strips®; homemade sides; fresh sandwiches. There’s fast food, then there’s KFC. 2933 Main Ave., 385-6730.
Casual yet upscale food in an Old World atmosphere. Original murals, unique four-sided bar. Largest selection of microbrews and imported beers in the Four Corners — 100-plus beers, 38 on tap. Voted Durango’s best pub. Families, large groups always wel-come. 640 Main Ave. (downstairs), 382-9664. www.ladyfalconburgh.biz
LINDA’S LOCAL FOOD CAFÉ
Durango’s first organic restaurant is committed to offering healthy food choices and supporting area farmers by using local, organic, fresh ingredients. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu offerings, as well as “Cocina Classics.” Local beer on tap, organic spirits and cocktails. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open year-round. Next to Albertsons. 311 W. College Dr., 259-6729.
THE LOST DOG BAR & LOUNGE
Newly remodeled lounge, main room and tiki bar patio. Tequila, single-malt scotch, bourbon, vodka collections for the connoisseur. The world’s best imports and microbrews. Appetizers, sandwiches, burgers and salads served 11:30am–10pm seven days a week. Or book your private event. 1150-B Main Ave., 259-0430.
MAGPIE’S NEWSSTAND CAFÉ
Sidewalk patio in the heart of downtown. Homemade pies and pastries, coffee drinks, ice cream, shakes, smoothies and sodas. Wireless and high-speed internet; big-city magazine selection. Daily 7am–10pm. A locally owned and operated café. 707 Main Ave., 259-1159.
The place to enjoy handcrafted cuisine while stepping back into the ambiance of the Victorian Old West. Award-winning chef Dave Cuntz prepares creative seasonal menus using local ingredients when available. Winner of the coveted Wine Spectator award for the past three years. Strater Hotel, 247-4433. www.mahoganygrille.com
MAY PALACE RESTAURANT
Some of the town’s best Chinese food. Specialties: Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin and 38 lunch specials. No MSG. Full menu for takeout. Full bar. Downtown. Open 11am daily, lunch and dinner. 909 Main Ave., 259-4836.
Fast and friendly service. Order from the dollar menu or the regular value meals. Open daily from 5am–1am (except on Thanksgiving and Christmas). 201 W. College Dr., 247-2446.
MICHEL’S AUTHENTIC CRÊPES
Longtime Durango chef Michel Poumay brings authentic sweet and savory French crêpes to the heart of downtown. Made fresh to order. Stop by on your way to the slopes or the trails to grab some unique fare-to-go, or dine on the patio. 598 Main Ave., 769-0256.
MOE’S SPORTS LOUNGE
This fun lounge is a local favorite for food and live music, plus one of the area’s best patios. Largest selection of vodkas in Colorado; world-famous Bacontini. Great appetizers; over 90 martinis. Happy hour Monday–Friday 4:30–7pm: half-price wells and appetizers, discounted drinks. 4:30pm–2am daily. 937 Main Ave., 259-9018.
In the Walmart shopping center, this eatery features Peking barbecue and Hunan, Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine. The grill opens daily at 11am. Beer and wine. Plenty of free parking. All-you-can-eat dishes. Dine in, take out. 1135 S. Camino del Rio, 259-7228.
MOUNTAIN MADNESS Pizza & Pub
Open seven days a week at 3pm (11am in summer). Specializing in brick-oven pizzas; full bar, huge deck and live music. Two miles north of town. Free parking. 1644 C.R. 203, 247-5236.
MUTU’S ITALIAN KITCHEN
“Taste the -Passion” as culinary Olympic medalist owner/chef Rustin Newton creates innovative dishes. From classic to contemporary cuisine prepared passionately: veal osso bucco, deep-dish lasagna, lobster/shrimp ravioli. Kids’ menu. In the heart of downtown, Mutu’s invites you to enjoy! 701 E. Second Ave., 375-2701.
Great natural market houses natural and organic products and food for a healthy lifestyle. Fresh sandwiches, salads, soups and hot foods daily in the deli. Special orders. Largest selection of supplements and beauty-care products in the region. Locally owned since 1993. 300 S. Camino del Rio, 247-1988. www.naturesoasismarket.com
Food so good, you won’t trust the water! Funky, casual Mexican. Giant burritos, grilled quesadillas, tasty tacos. Local beers and world-famous margaritas. 11am–8 or 9pm (seasonal). 552 Main Ave., 259-4221. www.ninistaqueria.com
NO WAY JOSE’S
Great Mexican food and drinks. Every Wednesday night is fajita night. Your choice of any meat or fish for only $8.99. Draft beers $2. 1017 Main Ave., 385-5673.
THE OFFICE SPIRITORIUM
Voted best happy hour in Durango. Perfect after-work and late-night bar on Main Avenue in the heart of downtown. Enjoy an infusion martini or your favorite cocktail paired with one of their great appetizers. Relaxed, comfortable atmosphere features live nightly music. Strater Hotel, 247-4431. www.strater.com
OLDE SCHOOLHOUSE CAFÉ & SALOON
Lively place for great pizza, calzones, beer and spirits. Food served daily until 9:42pm; bar hours after kitchen closes. Free billiards. Three miles south of Durango Mountain Resort, across from Needles Country Store. 46778 Hwy. 550 N., 259-2257.
OLDE TYMER’S CAFÉ
A locals’ favorite for 25+ years! One of the Four Corners’ best patios. Superb salads, marvelous margaritas, huge burgers (voted Durango’s best), 14 tap beers, full bar. Handful of TVs. Specials: Tuesday, $2 pints; Thursday, chicken-fried steak; Saturday, barbecued ribs. Friendly locals. 1000 Main Ave., 259-2990. www.otcdgo.com
Established in 1972, Ore House is one of Durango’s oldest and finest restaurants. Featuring hand-cut, USDA-certified Black Angus prime and choice steaks, sustainable seafood, all-natural poultry, seasonal local produce and homemade desserts. Call for reservations or visit the website. Open 5pm daily. 147 E. College Dr., 247-5707.
Voted Durango’s “best breakfast,” a ’50s-style diner with a train. Homemade hash browns, chili verde, pancakes, omelets, biscuits/gravy, French toast, cinnamon rolls, soups, salads, pies, carrot cake, shakes. Burgers, Reubens, clubs. Kids’ menu. Take out. Monday–Saturday, 6am–3pm, Sundays 6am–2pm. 18 Town Plaza, 247-0526.
Next to the historic train depot — a 40-year-old favorite for locals and visitors. American cuisine, lunch, dinner, tavern and kids’ menus. Sunday brunch 10am–3pm; Monday: burger night; Wednesday: Spanish tapas; Friday: fish/chips. Tavern happy hour daily. 505 Main Ave., 247-2018.
PAPA MURPHY’S TAKE ’N’ BAKE PIZZA
Freshly prepared, ready to pop in the oven — pizzas from gourmet to “deLITE.” Try Papa’s all-meat pizza, Cowboy pizza, Papa’s Favorite, Vegetarian pizza. Gourmet, stuffed to thin, crispy crust, there’s a Papa Murphy’s pizza your family wants. 11am–8pm daily in the old Town Plaza. 12 Town Plaza, 382-0961.
Find all your favorites at this national chain pizzeria on Main. Pan-style, stuffed crust, thin and crispy, or hand-tossed styles. Ask about the Pizza Supreme. Buffalo wings, bread sticks. Dine in, delivery, take out. 3677 N. Main Ave., 259-2112.
PJ’s Gourmet Market
Rare treats or necessities, PJ’s stocks fresh produce, meat, poultry and seafood, plus a deli with the best salads, meats, cheeses. Freshly baked breads, sweets, pastries. Everyday groceries. Fresh local and regional products: locally made coffee, snack chips, sodas, salsa, honey. 67 Trimble Crossing, 247-0100. www.pjsgourmetmarket.com
Neighborhood sandwich place features deli sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, homemade soups and tasty salads. Serving lunch Monday–Saturday, 11am–3pm. Pick up boxed lunches for the train or for your next adventure. 139 E. Fifth St., 259-2320.
POULTRY IN MOTION
Takeout chicken only or chicken meals with coleslaw, broasted spuds or sweet potatoes, rolls. Other sides include barbecue beans and spud dip. Open evenings only, 3:30–8:30pm. 509 E. Eighth Ave., 259-1415.
RAIDER RIDGE CAFÉ
Locals’ choice for healthy meals. Tasty wraps, deli sandwiches, breakfast burritos, vegetarian green chile, local organic coffee and the very best fresh-fruit smoothies in town. Takeout orders always welcome. Website has menu, hours and directions. 509 E. Eighth Ave., 375-9727.
RED LANTERN CATERING AND DELI
Sandwiches for under $7, such as Italian meatloaf with pickled eggs or pit-baked ham with Southern coleslaw and cranberry-mustard yams. Snacks and desserts like apple-cobbler muffins or double-frosted, dark-chocolate coconut cake are regular treats. Catering. Patio, parking coming soon. 2876 Main Ave., 903-1377.
THE RED SNAPPER
Voted No. 1 in Durango — more than just seafood. Awarded service, food, salad bar. Fresh seafood, steaks, prime rib, specials, large wine list, kids’ menu, homemade desserts — plus aquariums! Friendly, casual. Your satisfaction is their goal. Happy hour Monday–Friday 4–6pm. Nightly 5pm. Online reservations. 144 E. Ninth St., 259-3417.
RGP’S FLAME GRILLED WRAPS
Homemade dough grilled over an open fire and filled with the freshest ingredients. Local favorite: Southwest turkey club. Also, pulled-pork barbecue, chicken pesto panini. In the heart of downtown. 11am–5pm Monday–-Friday. 835 Main Ave. (Main Mall), 382-9868.
Healthy, creative, delicious Asian food in a fast, friendly environment. Sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, traditional Vietnamese. Specialty rolls, hot-soup bowls, rice bowls, egg rolls and platters with such favorites as ceviche, seared black-pepper tuna, Saigon noodles, beef pho, ginger chicken. Party-to-go platters, delivery. 1050 Main Ave., 403-3852.
SEASONS ROTISSERIE & GRILL
Modern American, simply the best seasonal ingredients. Rotisserie chicken, roasted-garlic potatoes, wood-fired grilled meats, fresh seafood. Great service, award-winning wines. Main Avenue views, private-cellar dining, patio. Lunch 11:30am–2:30pm Monday–Friday. Dinner nightly 5:30pm. Reservations encouraged. 764 Main Ave., 382-9790. www.seasonsofdurango.com
SERIOUS DELIGHTS Bakehouse
Local family bakery provides fresh breads, pastries and desserts, and proudly offers gluten-free options. Now order wedding and special-occasion cakes. The treats always handcrafted from scratch using local, organic ingredients when possible. Inside Nature’s Oasis market. Open daily. 300 S. Camino del Rio, 403-1517.
SERIOUS TEXAS BAR-B-Q
Selected by Sunset magazine as one of the best barbecue restaurants in the West. Tasty smoked meats, huge sandwiches, legendary salsas. Outdoor deck, patio dining. 10:30am–9pm daily. 3535 N. Main Ave., 247-2240; 650 S. Camino del Rio, 259-9507. www.serioustexasbbq.com
A locals’ favorite with the wonderfully different, delicious and healthy foods of Thailand — made with the freshest ingredients by native Thais. Call in, carry out, dine in. Very affordable, healthy, delicious. 519½ Main Ave., 385-9470.
The region’s most award-winning brewery. Handcrafted beers — including Pin-stripe Red Ale, True Blonde, Decadent Imperial I.P.A. — can be found at Durango’s fine-dining establishments. The brewery, in Bodo Park, features the Ska Tasting Room, retail outlet, tours. 225 Girard St., 247-5792.
SKY UTE CASINO RESORT
Unique dining options: Seven Rivers for upscale steaks and seafood; Willows Baja Grille for fresh, Mexican-style. Willows Café Bistro for baked goods, pastries; Rolling Thunder Grill for pub fare. The 49 Lounge for sports fans with TVs, full bar, appetizers. Shining Mountain Café for sandwiches, salads, Native American fare. Rose Coffee Bistro. Ignacio, 563-7777. www.skyutecasino.com
Breakfast and main-menu items all day. Monday–Sunday 6am–midnight. Happy hour (half-price fountain drinks and slushes) every day 2–5pm. Wacky Wednesdays 5–8pm ($1.99 Wacky Pack kids’ meals). Monthly specials. Major credit cards. 240 E. Eighth Ave., 247-8160.
Casual Durango Mountain dining with great views of Engineer Peak, the Needles, Hermosa Cliffs. Hand-cut steaks, wild game, fresh fish, poultry, soups, salads, home-made desserts since 1986. Kids’ menu, full bar, wine list. A mile south of DMR. Birthdays, reunions, rehearsals, weddings or a night out. Silverpick Lodge, 247-3527. www.sowseardurango.com
SPORTING NEWS GRILL
Now open with a wide variety of menu options: an array of appetizers, great sandwiches and salads, fresh seafood, and steaks grilled to perfection. For sports lovers: an ample selection of draft beers and 11 large HDTVs. Open daily. Inside the Holiday Inn. 21636 Hwy. 160 W., 1-800-HOLIDAY.
Fresh-brewed coffee, mochas, frappuccinos, lattes, pastries, bagels and more. Outdoor seating, weather permitting. Open daily 6am. 558 Main Ave., 375-1694; 311 W. College Dr., 382-2224.
STEAMING BEAN COFFEE CO.
Popular internet café in the heart of downtown. Slow-roasted, smoked European beans for rich, smooth espresso drinks and coffees. Chai, teas, smoothies, frappes, burritos, bagels, pastries. Great lunch spot for fresh sandwiches, wraps, soups, pies. 915 Main Ave., 385-7901.
STEAMWORKS BREWING CO.
Great spot for a casual lunch or dinner. Award-winning beers, cocktails, wines. Nightly food and drink specials. World-famous Cajun Boil. Games on several TVs. 11am daily. Downtown, corner of Eighth and East Second. 801 E. Second Ave., 259-9200. www.steamworksbrewing.com
SUBWAYS IN DURANGO
Fast, inexpensive, ready to go when you are. Perfect for backpacks or picnics. Delicious salads, cold or toasted sandwiches. Fresh meats, crisp veggies, breads baked daily. Five sites. 101 Main Ave., 259-0887; 969 Main Ave., 247-0821; 1145 S. Camino del Rio, 382-9511; 20800 Hwy. 160 W., 259-1422; 1537 Florida Rd., Ste. 101, 247-2335.
Durango’s favorite dinner and a show! Japanese chefs prepare traditional and creative cuisine in a fun, open atmosphere. Locally preferred. Lunch and dinner from heart-healthy, sustainable and organic choices. Delivery, takeout. Coupons, menu specials online. 601 E. Second Ave., 382-0001.
SUTCLIFFE TASTING ROOM
Sutcliffe Vineyards’ official tasting room — this convenient corner shop is a fun option. Delicious wines made nearby — many poured at Durango restaurants. Gift baskets filled with luscious edibles from local and regional partners. Stop in, sip and enjoy. New downtown location opening soon. 565-0825.
Delicious food, an interesting menu and spectacular views of Missionary Ridge and the Animas River. Dining on the patio, at the bar or two cozy dining rooms. A venue for all events, from corporate meetings to weddings. Weekly specials, kids’ menu, takeout, banquet menus. Public welcome! Reservations. Dalton Ranch, 247-4980.
T’S SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL
Downtown, and fast becoming a local favorite. Hickory-smoked barbecue, po’boys, fresh-ground burgers, Creole fare. Newly renovated interior. Largest patio in downtown, with horseshoe pit and great views. Eat in, take out, delivery, catering. #3 Depot Pl., 259-6000.
Inexpensive, fast; known for thinking “outside the bun.” Tacos, burritos, gorditas, Mexican pizza, chalupas, nachos, cheese roll-ups, quesadillas, taquitos, taco salad. Salsa, guacamole, sour cream, extra cheese, rice, beans. Daily 9am–9:30pm; drive through ’til 10pm. 2902 Main Ave., 259-5588.
Named after the Pacific state of Nayarit on the central west coast of Mexico, owner Antonio Bogarin’s 10-table establishment offers traditional Mexican fare daily. Eat in, take out. Beer and wine after 5pm. 2477 Main Ave., 385-1595.
TEQUILA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT
Hola! For an authentic Mexican-food experience, Tequila’s is highly inventive; always surprising daily specials. Known for the town’s best margaritas. Wonder-ful food, drinks, great service. You won’t soon forget colorful Tequila’s. 948 Main Ave., 259-7655.
Tucked in the Alpine Bank at 11th and Main, authentic Thai cuisine served daily 11am–9pm. Spring rolls, egg rolls, chicken satay, crab ragoon, wonton soup, chicken peanut salad, pad Thai noodles, fried rice, curry dishes and stir-frys. Eat in or carry out. 101 W. 11th St., Unit B100, 385-3903.
TOP THAT FROZEN YOGURT
Self-serve frozen yogurt at the corner of Main and College. Open daily 11am–8pm, the shop offers 50 flavors of the delicious, healthy treat plus over 40 toppings to try. Locally made sodas, bottled water and other refreshments. 600 Main Ave., Ste. 105, 449-9886.
UPPER EAST SIDE COFFEE DELI
In the Grandview area. Gourmet coffee/espresso drinks, teas, bagels, breakfast sandwiches, burritos and fresh in-house baked goods. Hot, toasted lunch sandwiches and sal-ads. Free Wi-Fi. Monday–Friday from 6am, Saturday from 7am. 28902 Hwy. 160 E., 385-5747.
Dine in or take out at this convenient pizzeria inside SkyRidge Market. Enjoy a traditional 16-inch pizza or order by the slice for a quick snack. Monday through Saturday 11am–9pm. 100 Jenkins Ranch Rd., 247-2669.
WENDY’S OLD FASHIONED HAMBURGERS
Hot,juicy 100% pure-beef -hamburgers, savory chicken sandwiches, garden sensation salads, frosty shakes. Take out or eat in. Daily 10am–10pm. Drive-through ’til midnight. 1840 Main Ave., 247-4505.
WHITE DRAGON TEAROOM
Asian-style tearoom. Artisan teas from China, Japan, India, Sri Lanka. Hand-packed teas, state-of-the-art tea-steeping and vessels. Tea flights, parties on request. Free tastings. Noon–6pm daily; ’til 5pm Sunday. Behind There’s No Place Like Home. 820 Main Ave., 385-7300.
Fresh-Mex: salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, beers, margaritas. Enchiladas, tamales, soups, fish. Specials, kids’ menu. Eat in, take out, catering. 11am–9pm, summer; ’til 8pm, winter. Across from north City Market: 3101 Main Ave., 247-3355. Near Big 5 Sports: 400 S. Camino del Rio, 247-1002.