Beginners Guide to Durango Colorado
We love Durango but there are a lot of tourist traps and uninspired business's. Here's some solid places to start with to satiate your palate.
Mediterranean: Cairo Kitchen - fantastic authentic greek food.
Mexican: Tacos Nayarit
Tex Mex: Zia Taqueria - affordable and fresh ingredients. Local go to for big burrito's.
Sushi: Rice Monkeys
Southern Food: Fifth Street Eatery - try the the Local Yokal drink and sweet potato hush puppies. Decadent food.
Libations: The Bookcase & Barber - a speakeasy which requires a passcode to get in, ask around town for it. Why pay the same price elsewhere for a sub-par drink made with some cheap mixer when you can go here and drink crazy stiff deliciousness.
Quick Coffee: 81301
Artisan Coffee: Bed Head Coffee - Patrick the owner and only guy who ever works is basically a coffee bean scientist and if you want the best damn cup or cap in town go here but just know he takes his time and it's worth the wait.
Burger and Fries: Grass Burger
Breakfast & Lunch Wraps: Raiders Ridge Cafe - we go here a lot, local ingredients affordable pricing. Build your own wraps, great smoothies as well like the San Juan Buzz.
Traditional Breakfast: College Cafe - be prepared for a wait if you go on the weekends.
Cajun / Creole: the Roadhouse
Solid Pizza: Home Slice duh
Artisan Pizza's & Sandwiches: Fired Up Pizza (I like their sandwiches more than their pizza's)
Himalayan: Himalayan Kitchen - their samosas are great and they have an all you can eat lunch buffet for around $11.00 that is likely the best deal in town to get uncomfortably full.
Ice Cream: Cream Bean Berry - be warned if you try the Black Currant Crisp it will ruin you for all other ice cream. Near and far all the guests that visit us say this is the best ice cream they have ever had.
Brewery with solid food: Steamworks - they surprisingly have some great big salads too.
Fancy dinner and libations: El Moro
the Box food truck - whenever he opens back up, don't miss this guy. The food truck laws in Durango are from the 1800's so they shut him down for some dumb reason.
The Vallecito Country Market - if you're adventuring around Vallecito grab your groceries and a delish black bean burrito, or french toast, or their home made bannana bread, or some beer. This place is the best sort of weird.
Bottom Shelf Brewery: located in Bayfield this little gem is worth a stop for sure. Great beer, crazy good chicken wings and burgers. On your way to Wolf Creek take a minute to try them out.
Taco's Del Gnar - possibly the best taco's within 500 miles, located even further in Ridgway but it's almost worth the drive just to go here. Speciality taco's and hand squeezed margs. If they open in Durango they will crush all other taco's. Try the $10 dinner meal.
- Bryant AuCoin