81301 Coffee House & Roasters
A sit-down coffee shop on the north side, 81301 is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Taylor and Sage Anderson. Coffee, roasted in-house, uses the “pour-over” coffee-making process. Hot coffee, iced drinks, mochas, lattes, chai, homemade baked goods. Laid-back atmosphere. Monday–Sunday, 6:30am–6pm. 3101 Main Ave., Ste. 1, 385-1941. www.81301coffee.com
Animas Brewing Company
Just off the Animas River trail, Durango’s newest brewpub offers a variety of flavorful craft beers along with a spin on comfort food and plenty of kid favorites. Relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere with comfortable outdoor seating. Open at 11am, Tuesday–Sunday, and 4pm on Monday. 1560 E. Second Ave., 403-8850. www.animasbrewing.com
Animas Chocolate Company
Casual, comfortable chocolate bar. With tea or espresso, chocolate lovers can relax tasting amazing chocolates. From decadent truffles to divine darks, chocolate confections are made on-premise using the highest-quality chocolate, simple ingredients and no preservatives. Tasting room/shop/factory open daily, 10am-6pm. 2800 Main Ave., 317-5761. www.animaschocolatecompany.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, with half-price appetizers, 3–6pm, 9pm ’til close. Casual and comfortable. At the Durango Downtown Inn. 800 Camino del Rio, 259-5850. www.applebees.com
Bart’s New York Deli
Breakfast sandwiches and breakfast burritos. Burgers, hot dogs, fries, hot pastrami, “the best Reuben in town” and more. Monday-Friday, 6am–7pm; Saturday, 7am–2pm. Inside the Exxon gas station across from Walmart. 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. www.baskinrobbins.com
An artisan establishment with games and newspapers instead of wireless internet, this new-in-town restaurant on Hwy. 3 features delicious coffees, espresso, chai and select teas. The menu includes five different varieties of breakfast burritos, gluten-free muffins, pastries and raisin pecan bread by the slice. Open daily, 7am; Saturday, 8am. 929A Hwy. 3, 426-8712. www.bedheadcoffeehouse.com
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.
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, ginger snaps to scones, Bread is fast, friendly and fantastic. Open every day. 42 C.R. 250, 247-5100. www.breaddurango.com
Brew Pub & Kitchen
Offering an ever-changing selection of handcrafted beers, made on site, with a focus on the ingredients. The creative kitchen prepares “from scratch” dishes and specials daily, and can accommodate most dietary concerns. Wonderful selection of wines and a full bar; reservations accepted. Large parties welcome. 117 W. College Dr., 259-5959. www.brewpubkitchen.com
Redrock Foods, a Burger King Corp. franchisee, owns and operates this Durango location and 19 New Mexico and Colorado stores. Redrock, in business for many years, is based in Albuquerque, N.M. 1415 Main Ave., 247-9095. www.bk.com
Just north of downtown in a historic two-story, brick house, Cairo Café serves authentic Egyptian cuisine — couscous, hummus, tabouli, dolmas — made from scratch with many local products. Turkish coffees, local eggs and farm-fresh meats help support the environment. Traditional gyros, chicken kabobs, eggplant dishes, tahini, Greek salads, falafel, spinach pie. Fresh, healthy and delicious. Monday–Saturday, 11am–8pm. 1849 Main Ave., 403-6362.
Carver Brewing Co.
One of the Southwest’s original brewpubs, Carver offers tours of its solar-, wind-powered brewery, and has 12 award-winning handcrafted brews on tap. Healthy, hearty and fresh creations for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cocktails with organic produce grown locally at Carver Farm. Vegetarian, kid friendly. Historic downtown. 1022 Main Ave., 259-2545. www.carverbrewing.com
Cerda 7 Cantina y Comida
A new bar at the old Francisco’s location! Owners Megan and Eddie Cerda created a fun place with good food, bringing the famous bar back to life. Serving authentic Mexican food and featuring specials on tequilas and margaritas. Entertainment includes dancing, live music, karaoke, salsa dancers. Latin food with a twist. 639 Main Ave., www.cerda7cantinaycomida.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 and local tap beer. Curved concrete bar, roll-up wall, historic interior. Unique, casual fine dining. 862 Main Ave., 259-2749. www.chimayodurango.com
Favorite longtime area restaurant (25-plus years) offers Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine. Full bar and riverside patio. Parking. Dine in or take out. Daily buffet, 11:30am–2:30pm. Open 11:30am daily; Sunday, 4:30–9pm. 1525 Main Ave., 259-0868. www.chinacafedurango.com
Popular south-side eatery is open 6am–3pm Monday–Saturday for breakfast and lunch. Specialty breakfasts, Mexican food, specialty sandwiches, burgers, salads. Catering, delivery, takeout. Prices from $4 to $10. 810 E. College Dr., 375-0117.
Cold Stone Creamery
To deliver the “ultimate ice-cream experience,” the secret recipe for smooth, creamy ice cream is made 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, cupcakes. 598 Main Ave., 259-5052. www.coldstonecreamery.com
College Drive Café
Creative and large menu, fresh-roasted organic coffee, and friendly folks. Daily specials and tried-and-true entrées. Everyone is treated like a regular at College Drive Café. Open seven days a week from 6:30am–2pm. Free Wi-Fi. 666 E. College Dr., 247-5322. www.cafedurango.com
Common Grounds Café
In the Durango Public Library lobby, the coffee stand is staffed by Durango High School students who want work experience. Sandwiches, yogurt, chips, fruit and cold drinks, Bread baked products, Desert Sun Coffee Roasters coffee. Perfect snack spot for kids, library patrons, river-trail users and meeting attendees. 10am–2pm Monday–Friday. 1900 E. Third Ave., 375-3380.
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 satellite sports. Family friendly; full menu and bar. Dine in, take out. Lunch, dinner. 128 E. College Dr., 259-6322. www.cuckooschicken.com
Mediterranean meets the mountains! Just one block off Main, award-winning cuisine in a light and bright century-old Victorian. Newly remodeled dining room or garden patio seating for lunch or dinner. Colorado lamb, seasonal specialties, vegetarian options feature sustainable, all-natural ingredients. Live jazz. Call for hours. 725 E. Second Ave., 385-6884. www.cypruscafe.com
Family-friendly menu selections; serving breakfast, lunch, dinner. Open 24 hours every day. 666 Camino del Rio, 247-1512. www.dennys.com
With an 1890s bar and a stage for local and touring musicians, Derailed offers martinis, wines, 14 beers on tap, fresh cocktails. Scratch-made food. Winter fireplace; summer open-air windows on Main. Eight sports screens, friendly staff. Everyone feels like a local. 725 Main Ave., 247-5440. www.derailedpourhouse.com
Diamond Belle Saloon
Legendary Old West saloon in the heart of historic downtown. Famous ragtime piano with costumed Belle girls, cowboys and bartenders. Daily live music, lunch, happy hour and dinner. Belle Brunch on Sundays. Gunfights on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7pm, June–October. Strater Hotel, 247-4431. www.diamondbelle.com
Digs Restaurant & Bar
Great gathering spot in Three Springs for the entire family. A variety of food choices: mac and cheese, salads, salmon, buffalo burgers, calamari, fish-n-chips, fresh hand-tossed pizzas, weekend prime rib specials, lunch specials, kids’ menu and more. Free parking. 125 Mercado St., Ste. 107, 259-2344. www.digsrestaurant.com
Diorio’s South Pizza (DSP)
Local favorite offers authentic New York–style pizza by the slice or whole pies. Subs, salads, hot wings, gluten-free pizza. Seven beers on tap. Wide delivery area or sit, eat and enjoy an adventure video. 600 Main Ave., Ste. 110, 385-0420. www.dioriospizza.com
Doc Hathaway’s Café
This upstairs restaurant overlooking Main was opened by Jonathan Park, former Olde Tymer’s chef and Lost Pelican historian. “High-quality food at affordable prices,” it’s named for his grandfather, who, with his grandmother, “entertained the stars” in Southern California. American comfort food. Lunch and dinner. Call for hours. 1017 Main Ave., 247-1185.
Fast, friendly delivery or carryout. Pizzas, chicken wings, breadsticks, pasta, sandwiches, more. Open for lunch, dinner and late night; daily, 10am–midnight. 1485 Florida Rd., 259-3660. www.dominos.com
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 Co.
Now with lunch and dinner, Durango Brewing Co. is open daily, 11am–11pm. Fun and relaxing; delicious craft beer in a friendly atmosphere. Taproom menu includes locally sourced vegetarian fare, burgers and brats, hand-cut fries, unique kabobs. Happy hour daily 2–5pm. Taproom exclusives! 3000 Main Ave., 247-3396. www.durangobrewing.com
Durango Coffee Company
Thirty-two years of locally roasted coffee, specialty espresso drinks, light lunch fare, and gourmet cookware and kitchen gadgets. Wonderful, knowledgeable staff and café seating in a comfortable atmosphere. Free Wi-Fi. 730 Main Ave., 259-2059. www.cooksandcoffee.com
Durango Dawg House
A great place for a quick, affordable lunch or dinner — inside or on the patio. Soon-to-be-famous specialty hot dawgs, fresh-cut fries and the best gyros in town. Open Monday–Thursday, 11am–5pm; Friday and Saturday ’til 2:30am for late-night grub. 600 Main Ave., 259-3647.
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 Avenue, “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–2pm; Sunday, 6am–1pm. Breakfast and lunch all day. 957 Main Ave., 247-9889. www.durangodiner.com
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. www.durangodoughworks.com
Durango Joe’s Coffee House
Seven convenient locations in Durango, Farmington and Aztec serving the best espresso/coffee drinks, blended drinks and smoothies paired with tasty pastries, breakfast burritos, salads and sandwiches. Enjoy “legendary customer service,” loyalty programs and fair trade, certified-organic coffees/teas. Free Wi-Fi. 732 E. College Dr., 259-1808. www.durangojoes.com
Durango Natural Foods
Durango’s first and only community-owned food market and deli. The best local, organic produce; non-GMO groceries and bulk foods; locally raised meat and eggs; cruelty-free body-care products and much more. Open daily. Corner of College and Eighth. 575 E. Eighth Ave., 247-8129. www.durangonaturalfoods.coop
Earth Girl Goodies & Eatery
Durango’s only all-gluten-free establishment, with healthy, organic, gluten-free and vegan-friendly grab-n-go treats for your active life. Smoothies, juices, muffins, salads, wraps, bowls, tasty raw/vegan desserts. Indoor or outdoor seating. Takeout, catering, group orders. Lunch, dinner, snack time, Sunday–Tuesday 11am–7pm. 2875 Main Ave., 247-1638. www.earthgirlgoodies.com
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 sushi bar. Vegetarian options. Sake, Asian beers, libations. Comfortable upscale, urban setting. Dinner. Kids’ menu. 160 E. College Dr., 247-5533. www.eastbysouthwest.com
For breakfast, lunch and dinner — with great river views. Daily specials. For the healthy minded, Doubletree has created an “eat right menu.” Kids’ menu. Easy-order takeout by phone. Doubletree Hotel, 259-6580. doubletree3.hilton.com
Eighth Avenue Tavern
Neighborhood favorite just south of College Drive in College Plaza. Top-notch karaoke three nights a week, Thursday–Saturday from 8pm–2am. Over 46,000 songs to sing before a nonjudgmental crowd. Bar snacks available. Off-Main beverage prices! 509 E. Eighth Ave., 259-8801.
El Moro Spirits & Tavern
Lunch and dinner daily, plus weekend brunch. Termed “modern rustic” and “approachably upscale,” El Moro is named for the early-1900s saloon that occupied the historic site. Comfortable, with exposed red-brick walls, hardwood floors and tin ceilings. A “farm-to-table restaurant” that features local fresh foods. 945 Main Ave., 259-5555. www.elmorotavern.com
Durango’s premier wine bar and cocktail lounge on Second Avenue offers a respite from the hectic pace of Main Avenue. Wide selection of wines from around the world; delicious, award-winning, handcrafted cocktails; fresh-brewed coffee and espresso drinks; tasty morsels for lunch or dinner. Locals’ favorite Open daily from 11am. 723 E. Second Ave., 385-0105. www.enodurango.com
Eolus Bar & Dining
Reopened in the former Cosmopolitan site, Chris and James are back! Named for the famous peak near Chicago Basin, featuring farm-to-table and vine-to-wine. Contemporary American cuisine. A fine array of local products. Elegant dining room, comfortable bar, rooftop patio with views. Open 4:30pm nightly; reservations accepted. 919 Main Ave., 259-2898. www.eolusdurango.com
Colorful family restaurant on the north side of town offers great margaritas and authentic Mexican food. Travelers to the south can enjoy their sister eatery in Cortez. 2850 Main Ave., 375-2492. www.fiestamexicanarestaurants.com
Fifth Street Eatery
Formerly Yardbird, Fifth Street Eatery has the same great owners and great food, just a new name. Up-from-scratch Southern cuisine, locally sourced and made with love — only natural and organic products. Known especially for their Buttermilk Fried Chicken (brined and soaked in buttermilk, then fried in peanut oil) and Big Ed’s Biscuits. Get your South on! Bourbon, wine, beer. 139 E. Fifth St., 259-1377. www.fifthstreeteatery.com
Devoted to quality local and imported ingredients and the traditional methods for artisan wood-fired pizza, sandwiches and salads. Always fresh, handmade and wood fired. Gluten-free options. Daily specials. Full bar. Family friendly. Open daily winter, 11am–9pm; summer, 11am–10pm. 741 Main Ave., 247-0264. www.fireduppizzeria.com
Four Leaves Winery
Charming downtown winery and tasting gallery. Over 20 wines made on site: varietals, ports and specialty crafted wine. Tastings, by the glass, or take home a bottle. Local chocolates for pairing. Appetizers include artisan cheeses, hummus, artichoke dips. Monday–Saturday, noon–8pm; Sunday, noon–7pm. 528 Main Ave., 403-8182. www.fourleaveswinery.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.gazpachodurango.com
Gianni’s Oven & Grill
With fresh ingredients and homemade tastes, Gianni’s Oven & Grill is the perfect place for a hearty Italian lunch or dinner. Featuring pizza and calzones, hot hero sandwiches and delicious pastas, the food is great in a cozy family-owned atmosphere to boot. Convenient location on North Main. Monday–Saturday, 11am–9pm. 2477 Main Ave., 764-4727.
Farm-to-table friendly food focusing on 100% grass-fed beef burgers, vegan burgers, farm salads, hand-cut fries, sweet-potato fries, local beer. Vegan, allergy, gluten-free friendly. Indoor/outdoor seating, kids play area, Western industrial décor. The American burger made healthy, ethical and delicious. Dine in or carry out. 726½ Main Ave., 247-1081. www.eatgrassburger.com
This very reasonably priced, popular southwestern and American diner serves fajitas, carnitas, enchiladas, smothered burrito plates and burgers. Vegetarian and kids’ meals, and takeout. Monday–Saturday, 10am–9pm. Good food, friendly service. Considered a local favorite. 2603 Main Ave., 259-3558.
Guido’s Pizza Pasta Panini
Guido’s offers a little bit of everything for food and beverage enthusiasts. Just a “passeggiata” (stroll) off the beaten path, this local hot spot serves Roman pizza, handmade fresh pasta, house-made gelato, unique Italian wines, and cocktails. Food emporium for shopping. Dog-friendly Main Avenue “piazza.” Ci vediamo! 1201 Main Ave., 259-5028. www.guidospizzapastapanini.com
Harvest Grill & Greens
Ultimate farm-to-table experience, with all-organic ingredients from James Ranch or local vendors. Terrace dining with burgers, steak sandwiches, fresh salads, gourmet grilled cheese and much more. Monday–Saturday, 11am–7pm (Memorial Day to mid-October); Saturday only (mid-October to Memorial Day). 33846 Hwy. 550, 676-1023. www.jamesranch.net/harvest
Hermosa Creek Grill
Locally owned café in the valley north of town — the perfect stop on the way to the mountains. Egg dishes, pancakes, cinnamon rolls and specials daily. At lunch: sandwiches, burgers, authentic gyros, salads, soup in the winter months. Full espresso bar. Open 7am–2:30pm daily. Breakfast served until noon on weekends. 32223 Hwy. 550, 247-0014.
Highway 3 Roadhouse
Locals’ hangout. Large, interesting appetizer selection and full bar. Fresh and fried oysters, plus jumbo Gulf shrimp, catfish, crawfish, quesadillas and blue-crab cakes. Happy-hour oysters from 4–5:30pm nightly: $7/half-dozen. Slider night is Wednesday: $2.75/slider. Thursday is Ladies Night Out: $4 drinks. Friday is catfish night: $10.95. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 4–8pm. Great venue for private parties, too. 955 Hwy. 3, 385-7444. www.highway3roadhouse.com
Tastes from top-of-the-world regions such as Nepal, India and Tibet. Daily gourmet lunch buffet. Dinner temptations: yak, lamb, chicken, beef, seafood, vegetarian; bread fresh from the Tandoori oven. Lunch, 11am–2:30pm; dinner, 5–9:30pm; Fridays and Saturdays ’til 10pm. 992 Main Ave., 259-0956. www.himkitchen.com
Gourmet pizza, salads and sandwiches, plus a full bar. In-town delivery or dine out on the patio. If you love fresh homemade pizza and friendly service, this is the place for you; just ask the locals. Open daily, 11am–10pm. Online ordering. 441 E. College Dr., 259-5551; 2915 Main Ave., 422-8337. www.homeslicedelivers.com
Hot Tomatoes Café & Catering
This charming lunch spot and bakery features homemade baked goods, delicious fresh sandwiches, and tasty soups and salads. Baked goods include pumpkin bread, apple Danish, muffins and chocolate croissants. Patrons enjoy the cozy setting and the hospitality of proprietors Robynn and Ken. 939 Hwy. 3, 385-5577. www.hottomatoescafe.com
Durango’s first “authentic” Irish pub. Warm and cheerful — Gaelic style — with décor and furnishings 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. www.theirishembassypub.com
J. Bo’s Pizza & Rib Company
Known locally as Bo’s, this fast, casual family eatery serves pizza, ribs, grinders, burgers, salads, local microbrews, wine and 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. www.jbosdurango.com
Jean-Pierre Bakery, Café & Wine Bar
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wine room for small business meetings or private dinner parties. Live classical and/or jazz music on the weekends. Traditional and innovative dinner menu. Full bar. Reservations recommended. Editor’s Choice, Lonely Planet. 601 Main Ave., 385-0122. www.jeanpierrebakery.com
Now open in the busy plaza at the crossroads of Camino del Rio, 14th Street and Main, the popular franchise has featured “gourmet sandwiches since 1983.” The business is known for its irreverent attitude, low prices, great food and speedy delivery. More than 2,000 stores in the U.S. 1316 Main Ave., 259-0577. www.jimmyjohns.com
Locally owned drive-throughs on Hwy. 160 West and at Eighth Avenue and Camino del Rio. Shade-grown organic, fair-trade coffees. Espresso drinks, teas, smoothies & more. Grab-n-go breakfast and lunch. Fast, friendly. Get your Jitters organically. Monday–Saturday, 6am–1pm and Sunday, 7am–1pm. 802 Camino del Rio; 20177 Hwy. 160 W., 385-JAVA.
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 across from Durango Organics. Breakfast and lunch; weekday specials. Choices for large and small appetites. Gluten-free and vegetarian options. Homemade baked goods, MSG-free sauces and chilies. Breakfast served anytime Monday–Friday, 6am–2pm; 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 great service at reasonable prices in an upscale and comfortable eatery. Year-round patio. Lunch Monday–Friday, 11am–2:30pm. Dinner, 5pm nightly. Reservations encouraged. 636 Main Ave., 385-1810. www.kenandsues.com
A taste of Tuscany in the La Platas, 10 miles west of Durango on Hwy. 160. Bistro setting. Mediterranean and American-inspired cuisine. An extensive wine list, a full bar, takeout and an ever-changing seasonal menu. Events and banquets. Dinner Tuesday–Sunday; brunch Saturday–Sunday. May–October. Reservations are accepted. Hesperus, 247-5674. www.kennebeccafe.com
KFC Of Durango
Part of the world’s most popular chicken-restaurant chain. Features the same great taste created more than 50 years ago by Colonel Harlan Sanders. Original Recipe®, Extra Crispy®, Colonel’s Crispy Strips®, homemade sides and fresh sandwiches. #howdo you kfc, 2933 Main Ave., 385-6730. www.kfc.com
Casual yet upscale food in an Old World atmosphere. Original murals and unique four-sided bar. Largest selection of microbrews and imported beers in the Four Corners region — 100-plus beers, 38 on tap. Voted Durango’s best pub. Families and large groups are always welcome. 640 Main Ave. (downstairs), 382-9664. www.craftbeerindurangoco.com
Lone Spur Café
New in the Francisco’s building, Lone Spur Café is classic Old West with Western-themed wall decor and cowboy vittles to match. The café serves hearty breakfasts like steak-and-eggs all day; lunch features burgers, fries, classic sandwiches, soups and salads. Weekend-only dining menu features steaks like prime rib and rib eye. 619 Main Ave., 764-4280. www.lonespurcafe.com
Lorenzo’s Lovable Latin
New for breakfast and lunch, Leslie and Jose Sanchez present genuine Cuban and authentic New Mexican cuisine. Flavorful comfort foods. With his Cuban mother’s recipes, learned one at a time, the personable “Chef Lorenzo” and his wife love cooking and entertaining. Their specialty: the Cubano sandwich — made by a real Cuban! Albertson’s parking lot. 309 W. College Dr., 422-5234.
Macho’s Fast Mexican Food & Drinks
Fresh and bursting with flavor, great dishes prepared with the highest-quality ingredients. Authentic Mexican meals — Beto’s Burrito Bowl is a favorite! Great atmosphere, friendly service, affordable prices. Take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey. Open 7am–10pm daily. 1485 Florida Rd., 422-8540; 275 E. Eighth Ave., 289-4108.
Magpie’s Newsstand Café
Sunny sidewalk patio in the heart of downtown. Most affordable sandwiches in town. Traditional or grilled panini. Breakfast burritos, salads, smoothies and espressos. Best-ever house-brewed chai and fresh-made gelato. An incredible selection of magazines and cards. Games, puzzles, candy and sodas. 707 Main Ave., 259-1159.
The place to experience handcrafted cuisine while stepping back in time in the heart of Durango. Offering the ambience of the Victorian Old West and an array of eclectic culinary specialties. Repeat winner of the coveted Wine Spectator award. Dinner and a show. 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, 5am–1am (except Thanksgiving and Christmas). 201 W. College Dr., 247-2446. www.mcdonalds.com
Michel’s Authentic Crêpes
Longtime Durango chef Michel Poumay brings authentic sweet and savory French crêpes to the heart of downtown. Each made fresh to order. Stop by on your way to the mountains 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. Featuring Peking barbecue, plus Hunan, Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine. Grill opens daily at 11am. Beer, wine. Free parking. All-you-can-eat dishes. Dine in, take out. 1135 S. Camino del Rio, 259-7228. www.mongoliangrilldurangoco.com
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. www.mutusitaliankitchen.com
Durango’s great natural market is the largest provider of natural and organic products in the Four Corners. Fresh sandwiches, salads, soups and hot foods daily in the deli. 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
Named after the central Mexican state of Nayarit on the Pacific coast of Mexico, they offer real, authentic Mexican food that cannot be found anywhere else in the area. They are best-known for the wide selection of tequilas and margaritas, fresh seafood and delicious tacos. New, larger location! 2525 Main Ave., 385-1595.
Food so good, you won’t trust the water! Funky, casual Mexican. Giant burritos, grilled quesadillas and tasty tacos. Serving local beers and world-famous margaritas. Open daily 11am–8 or 9pm (seasonal). 552 Main Ave., 259-4221. www.ninistaqueria.com
Voted best happyhour. Perfect after-work and late-night Victorian bar on Main Avenue in the heart of downtown Durango. Casual and upscale, offering an assortment of libations including martinis and absinthe. Daily happy hour, dinner and live music. Strater Hotel, 247-4431. www.strater.com
Olde Schoolhouse Café & Saloon
Lively place for great pizza, calzones, beer and spirits. Food is served daily until 9:42pm; bar hours after kitchen closes. Free billiards. Just three miles south of Purgatory Resort, across from Needles Country Store. 46778 Hwy. 550 N., 259-2257.
Olde Tymer’s Café
Locals’ favorite for over 25 years! One of the Four Corners’ best patios. Superb salads, marvelous margaritas and huge burgers (voted Durango’s best), as well as 14 beers on tap and a full bar. Handful of TVs. Specials: Tuesday, $2 pints; Thursday, chicken-fried steak. Friendly locals. 1000 Main Ave., 259-2990. www.otcdgo.com
Established in 1972, the Ore House is one of Durango’s oldest and finest restaurants. Featuring hand-cut, USDA-certified prime and choice steaks, sustainable wild-caught seafood, seasonal produce, award-winning wine list, handcrafted seasonal cocktails. Reservations are recommended. Open 5pm daily. 147 E. College Dr., 247-5707. www.orehouserestaurant.com
Voted Durango’s “best breakfast,” a ’50s-style diner with a train. Homemade hash browns, chili verde, pancakes, omelets, biscuits and gravy, French toast, cinnamon rolls, soups, salads, homemade pies and shakes. Burgers, Reubens, clubs. Kids’ menu. Take out. Monday–Sunday, 6am–2pm. 18 Town Plaza, 247-0526. www.oscarscafedurango.com
Celebrating 40 years in Durango, offering traditional American cuisine. Open for lunch, dinner and in-between. Historic dining rooms, beautiful tavern for great cocktails and lighter fare. Monday: burger night; Tuesday: family night, kids eat for $2; Friday lunch: fish and chips. Happy hour 4–7pm daily. GF menu. 505 Main Ave., 247-2018. www.palacedurango.com
Papa Murphy’s Take ’N’ Bake Pizza
Freshly prepared, ready to pop in the oven — pizzas from gourmet to “deLITE.” Papa’s All-Meat, Cowboy, Papa’s Favorite, Vegetarian pizzas. Gourmet, stuffed to thin, crispy crust, there’s a Papa Murphy’s pizza your family wants. 11am–8pm daily, old Town Plaza. 12 Town Plaza, 382-0961. www.papamurphys.com
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 and take out. 3677 N. Main Ave., 259-2112. www.pizzahut.com
PJ’s Gourmet Market
Rare treats or necessities, fresh produce, meat, poultry, seafood. 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
Food Network-featured chef Tyler Henderson serves creative takes on classic dishes, sourced from local farms and businesses. The feature board lists daily chef specials, always with something new to try. Truly exceptional dining. Located next to Bread. 42 C.R. 250, Ste. 400, 764-4139. www.platedurango.com
Purgatory Resort Restaurants
Offering a variety of distinctive bars and restaurants, both on and off the slopes. From handcrafted soups, gourmet burgers, fresh salads and pizza to steak, pasta and fish entrées, you’ll find a variety of delicious dining options for everyone. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. North of Durango, 247-9000. www.purgatoryresort.com
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. www.raiderridgecafe.com
Voted No. 1 in Durango — more than just seafood. Award-winning service, food, salad bar. Fresh seafood, steaks, prime rib, specials, large wine list, kids’ menu, homemade desserts — plus aquariums! Your satisfaction is Red Snapper’s goal. Happy hour Monday–Friday, 4–6pm. Lunch weekdays. Dinner nightly, 5pm. Online reservations. 144 E. Ninth St., 259-3417. www.durangoredsnapper.com
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 and chicken pesto panini. 11am–5pm Monday–-Friday. In the heart of downtown. 835 Main Ave. (Main Mall), 382-9868. www.rgpswraps.blogspot.com
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. www.ricemonkeysdurango.com
San Marcos Mexican Restaurant
San Marcos invites you to enjoy their Tuesday-night special — $2 tacos. Happy hour: $2.75 draft beers and $7 house margaritas from 2–5pm. Big parties are welcome. Great food, drinks and company. Open daily 11am–10pm. Next to the Best Western. 21382 Hwy. 160 W., 385-1016.
The Original® is still the most famous sandwich, but fans now also enjoy fresh-baked bread, delicious hot sandwiches, artisan flatbreads, specialty pizzas, toasted wraps, freshly tossed salads, gourmet soups and Cinnabon® . Catering and gluten-free options are available. 846 Main Ave., 764-4774. www.schlotzskys.com
Seasons Rotisserie & Grill
Modern American — simply the best seasonal ingredients. Changing dinner menu (often weekly) to showcase the area’s bounty. Wood-fired grill, great service, award-winning chef. Critically acclaimed, internal awarded wine list. 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. 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. www.seriousdelights.com
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 ribs. Outdoor deck, patio dining. 10:30am–9pm daily. 18-hole mini-golf at south site. 650 S. Camino del Rio, 259-9507; 3535 N. Main Ave., 247-2240. www.serioustexasbbq.com
Seven Rivers Steakhouse
For an authentic steakhouse experience, Seven Rivers at the Sky Ute Casino Resort is unique in the Four Corners. Featuring “steaks, seafood and spirits,” this restaurant wows with selections of mussels, giant prawns, lump crab, scallops and shrimp. Prime cuts of succulent beef, such as petite filet and New York strip. Beautiful décor. Reservations available. Ignacio, 563-6235. www.skyutecasino.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.
Ska Brewing & The Container Restaurant
Eat local while enjoying fresh craft beer right from the source. Built from repurposed shipping containers situated in Ska Brewing World Headquarters, Chef Jeremy Storm serves brick-oven pizzas, sandwiches, soups, salads, kids’ options. Tasting room, retail outlet, tours at the brewery. 225 Girard St., 247-5792. www.containerrestaurant.com
Sky Ute Casino Resort
Unique diningoptions: Seven Rivers for upscale steaks and seafood; Willows Café Bistro for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend buffets; Rolling Thunder Grill for pub fare; 49 Lounge for sports fans has TVs, a full bar and appetizers. Shining Mountain Café for sandwiches, salads, Native American fare. Ignacio, 563-7777. www.skyutecasino.com
A cozy and inviting coffee shop in the popular Smiley Building. Serving fresh coffee, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, salads and a delicious variety of home-baked, gluten-free goodies. Live music every Thursday, 11:30am–1pm. Monday–Friday, 7am–4pm. 309 E. Third Ave., 903-5598.
Breakfast and main-menu items all day. Monday–Sunday, 6am–midnight. Happy hour (half-price fountain drinks and slushes) every day, 2–5pm. Monthly specials. Major credit cards. 240 E. Eighth Ave., 247-8160. www.sonicdrivein.com
In Rivergate, artistic food with fresh preparation. Award-winning soups, artisan sandwiches, salads with all-local greens every day. Quiches, frittatas, handmade baked goods; gluten-free and vegetarian options. Locally roasted espresso and coffee. Speedy takeout, small-event catering, group orders, delivery free with $15 order. 555 Rivergate Ln., Ste. B103, 259-4121.
Casual Durango mountain dining, with great views of Engineer Peak, the Needles and Hermosa Cliffs. Hand-cut steaks, wild game, fresh fish, poultry, soups, salads, homemade desserts since 1986. Kids’ menu, full bar, wine list. A mile south of Purgatory Resort. Birthdays, reunions, rehearsals, weddings or a night out. Silverpick Lodge, 247-3527. www.sowseardurango.com
In a beautiful setting on the way to Purgatory, Stan’s is a new name for the bar at Tamarron Lodge. Named in honor of the late Stan Wadsworth, who built and operated the original Tamarron Resort, Stan’s offers American classics with a regional flair. Salads, wings, pizza, burgers and more. Outdoor deck in fair weather. Takeout available. Please call for seasonal hours. 314 N. Tamarron Dr., 382-6776. www.stansdurango.com
Fresh-brewed coffee, mochas, Frappuccinos, lattes, pastries, bagels and more. Outdoor seating, weather permitting. Open daily, 6am. 6 Town Plaza, 247-4475; 311 W. College Dr., 382-2224; 3130 Main Ave., 259-0240; 558 Main Ave., 375-1694. www.starbucks.com
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 and pastries. Great lunch spot for fresh sandwiches, wraps, soups and pies. 900 Main Ave., 385-7901. www.thebean.com
Steamworks Brewing Co.
Great spot for a casual lunch or dinner. Award-winning beers, cocktails and 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 — and ready to go when you are. Perfect for skiers’ backpacks — eat ’em on the lift. Delicious salads and cold or toasted sandwiches. Fresh meats, crisp veggies, and breads baked daily. Four sites: 2101 Main Ave., 259-0887; 1145 S. Camino del Rio, 382-9511; 20800 Hwy. 160 W., 259-1422; 1537 Florida Rd., Ste. 101, 247-2335. www.subway.com
Delicious food, an interesting menu, and spectacular views of Missionary Ridge and the Animas River. Dining on the patio, at the bar or in one of two cozy dining rooms. A venue for all events, from corporate meetings to weddings. Weekly specials, kids’ menu, takeout and banquet menus. Public welcome! Reservations. Dalton Ranch, 247-4980. www.daltonranch.com
T’s Smokehouse & Grill
Downtown, T’s is fast becoming a local favorite. Hickory-smoked barbecue, po’boys, fresh-ground burgers and Creole fare. Newly renovated interior. Largest patio in downtown, with horseshoe pit and great views. Eat in, take out, delivery and catering. #3 Depot Pl., 259-6000. www.tssmokehouse.com
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. www.tacobell.com
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. Wonderful food, drinks and great service. You won’t soon forget colorful Tequila’s. 948 Main Ave., 259-7655. www.tequilasco.com
Tucked in the Alpine Bank at 11th and Main, authentic Thai cuisine served daily, 11am–9pm. Spring rolls, egg rolls, chicken satay, crab rangoon, 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. www.thaikitchen.com
Three Peaks Deli & Grill
Premier northside breakfast and lunch spot. Delicious house-cured meats, soup and mighty hand-pressed burgers. Local faves: grab-n-go breakfast or custom sandwiches, house-roasted Southwest turkey or the tasty Philly cheesesteak. Across from DHS, next to Durango Rapid Wash. 2411 Main Ave., 422-8204.
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.
Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers
Hot, juicy 100-percent-pure-beef burgers, savory chicken sandwiches, garden sensation salads, frosty shakes. Take out, eat in. Daily, 10am–10pm. Drive-through ’til midnight. 1840 Main Ave., 247-4505. www.wendys.com
Westside Pub & Grill
Offering a wide variety of menu options: array of appetizers; great sandwiches, salads; and steaks grilled to perfection. For sports lovers: an ample selection of draft beers, 11 large HDTVs. Open daily. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Inside Holiday Inn & Suites. 21636 Hwy. 160 W., 385-6387.
A vegan restaurant newly opened by the owers of East by Southwest, Zen Cuisine is located next door to the popular Asian-fusion restaurant. Formerly known as The Golden Triangle, the new 40-seat restaurant has been in the works for two years, according to owners Hydi and Sergio Verduzco, who say the cooking uses a plant-based Buddhist style of mean preparation modernized and adjusted to the American palate. Vegan cooking uses no eggs, meat, dairy or honey. Of the food Verduzco says: "It's bright. It's beautiful, It's delicious." 150 E. College Dr., 382-8424.
Fresh-Mex: burritos, quesadillas, tacos, beers and margaritas. Enchiladas, tamales, soups, fish tacos, salads, rice bowls. Specials, kids’ menu. Eat in, take out, catering. 11am–9pm, summer; open ’til 8pm, winter. Online ordering at ChowNow. Two locations: 400 S. Camino del Rio, 247-1002; 3101 Main Ave.; 247-3355. www.ziataqueria.com
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