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Restaurants in Durango, Colorado

11th Street Station

A culinary collective with a progressive vision giving a nod to the site’s history. From tacos to pizza, sushi to Indonesian cuisine, 11th Street Station’s independent food-truck kitchens cure any craving. Outdoor deck perfect for relaxing with a cold drink or a quick lunch. 1101 Main Ave., 946-6903. www.eleventhstreetstation.com

425 Degrees Take & Bake Pizza

Who bakes the best pizza? You do! Offering traditional, 14″ thin and 12″ gluten-free pizzas to take home, as well as wings, cookies, and salad. Order by phone or text for drive-through pickup. Inside Elmore’s Corner Store at the northeast corner of highways 160 and 172. 50 C.R. 234, 799-0425. www.pizza425.com

81301 Coffee House & Roasters

Sit-down coffee shop owned by Taylor and Sage Anderson. Coffee, roasted in house, uses a 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 Co. 

Just off the Animas River trail, offering a variety of flavorful craft beers along with a spin on comfort food and plenty of kid favorites. Relaxed, family-friendly. Comfortable outdoor seating. Open 11am, Tuesday-Sunday, 4pm on Monday. 1560 E. Second Ave., 403-8850. www.animasbrewing.com

Animas Chocolate Company

Casual, comfortable chocolate lovers can relax while tasting amazing chocolates. From decadent truffles to divine darks, chocolate confections made on-premise using the highest-quality chocolate, simple ingredients, no preservatives. Tasting room/shop/factory open daily, 7am-7pm. 920 Main Ave., 317-5761. www.animaschocolatecompany.com

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar

Serving family favorites. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sunday – Thursday, 11am – midnight; Friday – Saturday, 11am – 1am. Nine TVs. Full bar. Daily happy hour (half-price appetizers) 3 – 6pm, 9pm – til close. Casual, comfortable, friendly. In 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

Ben’s Big Burgers

Known to many as the best burgers, fries, and shakes, these burgers are prepared by professionals. Many American favorites. Dine out on the deck, inside, or grab treats to go. Monday – Saturday, 11am – 8pm. 1400 E. Second Ave., 385-4469.

Boathouse at Electra

Overlooking Electra Lake, the Boathouse opens for the summer in June. The restaurant is open, with reservations, to the public. Former Seasons chefs Dave and Jenn Stewart. James Ranch beef, fresh fish and locally sourced produce; everything made from scratch. 141 E. Electra Rd., 247-5180.


Fresh homemade bread, 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

Burger King

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

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

Cavern Bar & Grill

The Cavern Bar and Grill (formerly Lady Falconburgh’s) features a turn-of-the-century mining theme. Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. At least 40 beers on tap. New underground restaurant and bar decorated with a waterfall, a brick stairwell, and faux stalactites and stalagmites. 640 Main Ave. (downstairs), 422-8686.

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

China Cafe

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.durangochinacafe.com

CJ’s Diner

Popular south-side eatery is open at 6am Monday – Saturday for breakfast and lunch. Specialty breakfasts, Mexican food, specialty sandwiches, burgers, and 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 Cafe

Creative and large menu, fresh-roasted organic coffee, and friendly folks. Daily specials and tried-and-true entries. Everyone is treated like a regular at College Drive Cafe. Open seven days a week from 6:30am-2pm. Free Wi-Fi. 666 E. College Dr., 247-5322. www.cafedurango.com

Common Grounds Cafe

Staffed by high-school students who want 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. Durango Public Library lobby. 1900 E. Third Ave., 375-3380.

Cuckoo’s Chicken House & Waterin’ Hole

Family sports eatery. Broasted chicken, 20-plus kinds of wings. All items under $12 make it a place where a family can afford to eat, every night of the week! HDTVs, satellite sports. Family friendly; full menu and bar. Dine in, take out. Lunch, dinner. 128 E. College Dr., 259-6322. www.cuckooschicken.com

Dandelion Cafe

Mediterranean meets the mountains! Just one block off Main. Award-winning cuisine in a light, bright century-old Victorian. Newly remodeled dining room or garden patio 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

Derailed Pour House

A 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 

Legendary Old West saloon in the heart of historic downtown. Famous ragtime piano, costumed Belle girls, cowboys and bartenders. Daily live music, lunch, happy hour and dinner. Sunday brunch. Gunfights Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5:30 pm, June – October. Strater Hotel, 247-4431. www.diamondbelle.com

Domino’s Pizza

Fast, friendly delivery or carry-out. 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

Durango Bagel

Voted Best Bagel in the Four Corners. Freshly baked bagels, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and pastries daily from 6:30 am. Great breakfast selections and lunch bagel sandwiches. Takeout bag lunches. Downtown, next to the train depot. 106 E. Fifth St., 385-7297.

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.

Durango Deli

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.

Durango Diner

On historic Main Avenue, The Diner is one of the town’s landmark eateries. Known for its nostalgic no-frills meals and local camaraderie. 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

Durango Doughworks

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

Nine 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; more. Open daily. Corner of College and Eighth. 575 E. Eighth Ave., 247-8129. www.durangonaturalfoods.coop

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

Edgewater Grille

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

El Moro Spirits & Tavern 

Lunch and dinner daily, plus weekend brunch. Termed modern rustic and approachable upscale environment, 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

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

Father’s Daughters Pizza

Family-owned and -operated and with a full bar, this new restaurant at the corner of College and Main (formerly Diorio’s) features the East Coast flavor of Sicilian or New York style pizza. Dough made fresh daily. Great salads, wings and soups. Private parties welcome. Open daily 11am-10pm. 600 Main Ave., Ste. 110, 385-0420. www.fathersdaughterspizza.com

Fiesta Mexicana

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

Fired-Up Pizzeria

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. Seasonal rooftop patio. Open daily: winter, 11am – 9pm; summer, 11am – 10pm. 735 Main Ave., 247-0264. www.fireduppizzeria.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


Award-winning restaurant serving 100 percent grass-fed, USA-raised beef burgers; turkey or vegan burgers; sweet and regular fries; salads; and bowls. Fun western-industrial decor; indoor/outdoor seating, and kiddie corral. Vegan, allergy, gluten-free friendly. The American burger made healthy, ethical and delicious. Dine in or carry out. 726 ½ Main Ave., 247-1081. www.eatgrassburger.com

Griego’s Restaurant

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.

Harvest Grill & Greens 

An ultimate farm-to-table dining experience with all-organic ingredients from James Ranch or local vendors. Terrace dining with burgers, steak sandwiches, fresh salads, gourmet grilled cheese and 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/harvestgrill

Hermosa Creek Grill

Locally owned cafe in the valley north of town; the perfect stop on the way to the mountains. Egg dishes, pancakes, cinnamon rolls, specials daily. At lunch: sandwiches, burgers, authentic gyros, salads, soup in the winter months. Full espresso bar. 7am – 2:30pm daily. Breakfast til noon weekends. 32223 Hwy. 550, 247-0014.

Highway 3 Roadhouse

Locals’ hangout. Interesting appetizers, full bar. Fresh and fried oysters, jumbo Gulf shrimp, catfish, crawfish, quesadillas, blue-crab cakes. Happy-hour oysters 4 – 5:30pm: $9/half-dozen. Slider night is Wednesday: $3.95/slider. Thursday Ladies’ Night Out: $5 drinks. Friday catfish night: $12.95. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 4 – 8pm. Great for private parties. 955 Hwy. 3, 385-7444. www.highway3roadhouse.com

Himalayan Kitchen 

Tastes from such top-of-the-world regions as Nepal, India, and Tibet. Daily gourmet lunch buffet. Dinner temptations include yak, lamb, chicken, seafood, vegetarian. Bread fresh from the Tandoor oven. Lunch, 11am – 2:30pm; dinner, 5 – 9:30pm; Fridays and Saturdays til 10pm. 992 Main Ave., 259-0956. www.himkitchen.com

Homeslice Pizza

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 Cafe & Catering

Charming lunch spot and bakery. Homemade baked goods, delicious fresh sandwiches, tasty soups, and salads. Baked goods include pumpkin bread, apple Danish, muffins, chocolate croissants. Cozy setting with the hospitality of proprietors Robynn and Ken. 939 Hwy. 3, 385-5577. www.hottomatoescafe.com

Irish Embassy

Durango’s first authentic Irish pub. Warm and cheerful Gaelic style with decor 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, Cafe & 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. Top Trip Advisor sweets. 601 Main Ave., 385-0122.

Jimmy John’s

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

Jitters Java

Locally owned drive-through at Eighth Avenue and Camino del Rio. Shade-grown organic, fair-trade coffees. Espresso drinks, teas, smoothies and more. Grab-n-go breakfast and lunch. Fast, friendly. Get your Jitters organically. Monday – Saturday, 6am – 1pm, and closed on Sundays. 802 Camino del Rio; 20177 Hwy. 160 W., 385-JAVA.

Kachina Kitchen

Delicious Southwestern foods. Mexican and Native American dishes prepared fresh daily. Fast, efficient service; great prices and free parking. Monday – Saturday, 10am – 8pm. Centennial Center. 325 S. Camino del Rio, 247-3536.

Kassidy’s Kitchen

In Bodo Park behind the Comfort Inn. 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/to go. 171A Suttle St., 247-4007.

Ken & Sue’s

Locals Ken and Sue Fusco invite you to be their guest. Creative food and great service at reasonable prices. Upscale, comfortable eatery. Year-round patio. Lunch Monday – Friday, 11am – 2:30pm. Dinner, 5pm nightly. Reservations are encouraged. 636 Main Ave., 385-1810. www.kenandsues.com

Kennebec Cafe

Taste Tuscany in the La Platas, 10 miles west on Hwy. 160. Mediterranean- and American-inspired cuisine, bistro setting. Extensive wines, full bar, takeout, ever-changing seasonal menu. Events, banquets. Dinner Tuesday – Sunday; brunch Saturday, Sunday. Lunch: May – October. Reservations accepted. Hesperus, 247-5674. www.kennebeccafe.com

Living Tree

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. Live-foods salad bar. Fresh, healthy, organic, cultured foods. Friendly, fun setting. Locally sourced food when possible, kombucha on draft. Grass-fed beef; cage-free, hormone-free chicken; salads; chili; kimchi; ferments. Compostable plates, cups, bowls, and silverware. 680 Main Ave., 286-0227. www.thelivingtreesaladbar.com

Lone Spur Cafe

New in the Francisco’s building, Lone Spur Cafe is classic Old West with Western-themed wall decor and cowboy vittles to match. The cafe serves hearty breakfasts, like steak-and-eggs, all day; lunch features burgers, fries, classic sandwiches, soups, and salads. The weekend-only dining menu features steaks like prime rib and rib eye. 619 Main Ave., 764-4280. www.lonespurcafe.com

Los Amigos Del Sur

In the Main Mall downtown, this unassuming restaurant is small but features a great-big Mexican menu. Plus, handcrafted margaritas. Owner Tonny offers a friendly, comfortable atmosphere and serves everyone’s favorite dishes, plus ceviche, street tacos, and vegetarian platters. Monday – Friday, 7am-9pm. 835 Main Ave., 764-4042. www.durangoamigos.com

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., 259-4108.

Macho Taco

Beto Navarro, the owner of Macho’s Mexican restaurant, brings to Durango dishes similar to those of his birthplace in Guadalajara, Mexico. A modern Mexican menu includes steak, lobster, seafood, fusion dishes. His chef has studied in Peru, Brazil, and India. 1150-B Main Ave., 422-8523.

Magpie’s Newsstand Cafe

Sunny sidewalk patio in the heart of downtown. Most affordable sandwiches in town. Traditional or grilled panini. Breakfast burritos, salads, smoothies 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.

Mahogany Grille 

The New Mahogany features something for everyone. From shared plates to all that’s fine. Crafted by our master chef, with meats, produce and ingredients from local family-owned farms and ranches. Open daily for breakfast, happy hour and dinner; weekend brunch. 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 11 am 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, 5 am – 1 am (except Thanksgiving and Christmas). 201 W. College Dr., 247-2446. www.mcdonalds.com

Michel’s Authentic Crepes

Longtime Durango chef Michel Poumay brings authentic sweet and savory French crepes to the heart of downtown. Each made fresh to order. Perfect on your way to the mountains to grab some unique fare to go, or dine on the patio. 598 Main Ave., 769-0256.

Mongolian Grill

In the Walmart shopping center. Featuring Peking barbecue, plus Hunan, Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine. Grill opens daily at 11 am. 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

From classic to contemporary cuisine, Mutu’s offers a menu that everyone in the family can enjoy. Culinary Olympic medalist owner/chef Rustin Newton creates delicious, savory dishes with fresh and local ingredients. Excellent wine selection, house-made lemongrass martinis. 701 E. Second Ave., 375-2701. www.mutusitaliankitchen.com

Nature’s Oasis 

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

Nayarit Restaurant

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.

Nini’s Taqueria 

Food so good, you won’t trust the water! Funky, casual Mexican. Giant burritos, grilled quesadillas, and tasty tacos. World-famous margaritas and local beers. Open daily at 11 am. 552 Main Ave., 259-4221. www.ninistaqueria.com

Office Spiritorium 

Locals’ favorite happy hour. Perfect after-work and late-night Victorian bar at the historic Strater Hotel. Creative libations, local beers, and fabulous wines. Amazing interior setting. Daily happy hour, dinner and live music. Strater Hotel, 247-4431.www.strater.com

Olde Schoolhouse Cafe & Saloon

A lively place for great pizza, calzones, beer, and spirits. Food is served daily until 9:42 pm; bar hours after the 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 Cafe 

Locals’ favorite for over 25 years! One of the Four Corners’ best patios. Superb salads, marvelous margaritas and huge burgers (voted Durango’s best). Full bar plus 15 beers on tap. Handful of TVs. Specials: Tuesday, $2 pints; Thursday, chicken-fried steak. Friendly locals. 1000 Main Ave., 259-2990. www.otcdgo.com

Ore House

Established in 1972, one of Durango’s oldest and finest restaurants. Hand-cut, USDA-certified prime and choice steaks; sustainable wild seafood; seasonal produce; award-winning wines; handcrafted seasonal cocktails. Reservations encouraged. Open daily at 5 pm. 147 E. College Dr., 247-5707. www.orehouserestaurant.com

Oscar’s Cafe

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

Palace Restaurant

Celebrating 45 years in Durango, offering traditional American cuisine. Open for lunch, dinner and in-between. Historic dining rooms, a beautiful tavern for great cocktails and lighter fare. Monday: burger night; Tuesday: family night, kids eat for $3; Thursday: crab night; Friday: fish and chips. Happy hour: 7 pm. GF menu. 505 Main Ave., 247-2018. www.palacedurango.com

Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza

Freshly prepared, ready to pop in the oven pizzas from gourmet to 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

Pizza Hut

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, breadsticks. 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 bread, 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

Pop Sushi

Restaurateur Jimmy Nguyen, owner of the successful Rice Monkeys, unrolls Pop Sushi in October at the corner of Florida and East Animas roads (formerly Plate). As executive chef, 26-year veteran Ray Srisamer oversees a Japanese tapas restaurant with a full bar. Urban atmosphere, seating for 70. Sashimi, thinly sliced fresh fish. 42 C.R. 250, Unit 400, 422-8182.


Come join the newest fine dining sensation to hit Southwest Colorado. Primus offers wild game, fresh seafood, and has uncompromised quality with their unmatched meals in Durango. Apart from the fantastic selection of food, they have finely crafted cocktails for every palette.

Purgatory Resort Restaurants 

The resort offers fun, convenient bars and distinctive restaurants, including indoor and al fresco options. From pastries, salads, gourmet burgers, pizza, steak, pasta, and fish entrees, choose a variety of delicious dining options for everyone in the family. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. North of Durango, 247-9000. www.purgatoryresort.com

Raider Ridge Cafe

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 welcome. The website has menu, hours and directions. 509 E. Eighth Ave., 375-9727. www.raiderridgecafe.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.com

Rice Monkeys

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

Seasons Rotisserie & Grill 

Modern American that has simply the best seasonal ingredients. Changing the dinner menu (often weekly) to showcase the area’s bounty. Wood-fired grill, great service, award-winning chef. Critically acclaimed, internationally 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 bread, pastries, desserts, and proudly offers gluten-free options. Treats are 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, and their legendary ribs. Outdoor deck and patio dining. 11am – 9pm summer; 11am – 8pm winter. 18-hole mini-golf at south location. 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 Steaks Seafood Spirits at the Sky Ute Casino Resort is unique in the Four Corners. 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 decor. Reservations are available. Ignacio, 563-6235. www.skyutecasino.com

Sizzling Siam

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 or dine in. Very affordable, healthy and 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. The tasting room, retail outlet, tours are at the brewery. 225 Girard St., 247-5792. www.containerrestaurant.com

Sky Ute Casino Resort 

For unique dining options: Seven Rivers Steaks Seafood Spirits for upscale steaks and seafood; Willows Cafe Bistro for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend breakfast buffets; Rolling Thunder Grill for pub fare; 49 Lounge for sports fans has TVs, a full bar and appetizers. Shining Mountain Cafe for sandwiches, salads and Native American fare. Ignacio, 563-7777. www.skyutecasino.com

Smiley Cafe

A cozy and inviting coffee shop in the popular Smiley Building. Serving fresh, local coffee from 81301 Coffee Roasters, breakfast burritos, salads, sandwiches and delicious variety of home-baked, gluten-free goodies. Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm. Saturday, 8am – 3pm. 1309 E. Third Ave., 903-5598.

Sonic Drive-In

Breakfast and main-menu items all day. Sunday – Thursday, 6am – midnight; Friday – Saturday, 6am – 1am. 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

Sow’s Ear

Casual Durango mountain dining with great mountain views of Engineer Peak. Hand-cut steaks, wild game, fresh fish, poultry, soups, salads, homemade desserts since 1986. Kids menu, full bar, wine list. One mile south of Purgatory Resort. Birthdays, reunions, rehearsals, weddings or a night out. Silverpick Lodge, 247-3527. www.sowseardurango.com

Starbucks Coffee

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; 2817 Main Ave., 382-1783; 558 Main Ave., 375-1694. www.starbucks.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. 11 am 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 backpacks or picnics. Delicious salads, cold or toasted sandwiches. Fresh meats, crisp veggies, and breads baked daily. Four sites: 2101 Main Ave., 259-0887; 1537 Florida Rd., Ste. 101, 247-2335; 20800 Hwy. 160 W., 259-1422; 1145 S. Camino del Rio, 382-9511. www.subway.com

Swing Restaurant

Delicious food, interesting menu, Missionary Ridge and Animas River views. Dine on a patio overlooking the golf course in one of two dining rooms or at the bar. Venue for all events: corporate meetings to weddings. Weekly specials, kids menu, takeout, banquets. Public welcome! Reservations. Dalton Ranch, 247-4980. www.daltonranch.com

T’s Smokehouse & Grill

Fast becoming a local favorite with hickory-smoked barbecue, poe 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. www.tssmokehouse.com

Taco Bell

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

Taco Boy

Tacos, enchiladas, tamales, burritos, guacamole and chile rellenos, everyone’s favorite Mexican dishes are now in the busy Three Springs neighborhood. Beer and wine. New fast-casual eatery seats nearly 100. Family operated by Silvia, Juan and Miguel Aguayo. Fresh, authentic Mexican food fast. Open daily, 7am. 150 Confluence Ave., Ste. 101C, 422-8399. www.tacoboydurango.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

Thai Kitchen

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, stir-frys. Eat in or carry out. 101 W. 11th St., Unit B100, 385-3903

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 salads. 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

Westside Pub & Grill, a Durango sports bar at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering a full bar and menu featuring huevos rancheros, buffalo chicken sliders, wings and happy hour daily. No bad seat in the house with 13 HDTVs. Sports enthusiasts welcome! 21636 Hwy. 160 W., 385-6387.

Wildlife Cafe at Turtle Lake Refuge

Locally grown, wild-harvested, living-foods lunch every Tuesday and Friday, 11:11am – 2:22pm. Soup, salad, entree, dessert for suggested $15 donation. Raw, organic, vegetarian and vegan ingredients. Sharing the Victorian brick building with Rocky Mountain Retreat, the cafe entrance is in the back. Patio in summer; cozy, warm (greenhouse) second floor in winter. 848 E. Third Ave., 247-8395. www.turtlelakerefuge.org

Yellow Carrot Restaurant & Bar

Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, the Yellow Carrot has a new location. Fresh and creative, with all of Sari Brown’s delicious offerings. Menus and catering options available online. 3206 Main Ave. #1, 259-3773. www.theyellowcarrot.com

Zen Cuisine

This 40-seat vegan restaurant is newly opened by Hydi and Sergio Verduzco, owners of East by Southwest next door. Using a plant-based Buddhist-style meal preparation, modernized and adjusted to the American palate (no eggs, meat, dairy or honey), Verduzco says: It’s bright. It’s beautiful. It’s delicious. 150 E. College Dr., 382-8424.

Zia Taqueria

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

Nightlife in Durango, Colorado


The center of the action, upstairs at the corner of College and Main, is owned by two Durango families. Live music and lots of fun. Salads, house-smoked barbecue meats, fries, traditional New Orleans style poe boys (catfish or shrimp), tacos, burgers and more. Live music daily. 600 Main Ave., Ste. 210, 422-8008. www.balconybarandgrill.com

Bar D Chuckwagon Suppers ** Editor’s Choice **

Old West music and comedy stage show with traditional barbecue supper. Fun for the whole family. Nightly: Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Reservations required. 8080 C.R. 250, (970) 247-5753. www.bardchuckwagon.com

Bookcase & Barber

The Bookcase and Barber showcases Durango’s local talent while transporting guests to another time with an intimate atmosphere, expertly crafted cocktails and superior service. The password to join is beyond the bookcase on the website. 601 E. Second Ave., Ste. B, 764-4123. www.bookcaseandbarber.com

Colorado Pongas

An off-the-hook late-night scene dedicated to serving people who want a warm, friendly, fun atmosphere. Awesome DJs spin weekend nights for dancing. Games galore. Pool, beer pong, foosball, Buck Hunter, shuffleboard. Friday 3pm – 2am; Saturday-Sunday 2pm – 2am; Monday – Thursday, 4pm – 2am. 121 W. Eighth St., 382-8554.

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 Rancho Tavern

Founded in 1897, El Rancho is a local pub in downtown Durango. Open 10am – 2am daily. Durango Diner breakfast and lunch service. Tuesdays: Industry Night for hospitality staffers. Lively upcoming events: comedy, lip-sync contests, foosball tourneys, fashion shows, dance parties, DJs. 975 Main Ave. www.elranchotavern.com

Eno ** Editor’s Choice **

Premier cocktail lounge and wine bar offer respite from the daily hectic pace. A 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. Daily 11am. 723 E. Second Ave., 385-0105. www.enodurango.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


A classic long bar with lots of seats, a few tables, and mirrored shelving stacked with bottles. With a restaurant serving all-American food like burgers and fries, Joel’s is fun, friendly and moderately priced. 119 W. Eighth St., 903-0266.

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.

Orio’s Roadhouse

One of Durango’s last REAL bars, Orio’s is a sports bar and much more, with pool tables. Open seven days week, 2pm – 2am. 652 Main Ave., 259-6120.

Wild Horse Saloon

Durango’s favorite for live country-western music and southern rock. National artists and talented locals. Giant dance floor, dance lessons, special concerts, arm wrestling, karaoke, DJ Crazy Charlie. A fun-loving redneck’s dream. Wednesday – Saturday, 6pm – 2am. Must be 18 to enter, 21 to drink. www.durangowildhorsesaloon.com

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