Being a native born citizen of Colorado I have picked up a few favorites when it comes to eating out. Thankfully, there are tons of great places to eat in Colorado. From Durango to Boulder here are my top 9 places you should eat during your next Colorado sightseeing adventure.
Durango, CO is a small college town I called home for a little over 4 years as I attended Fort Lewis College. Durango offers a plethora of local eateries from mexican food to BBQ. There are two places you just can’t pass up when you visit this scenic mountain town:
Serious Texas BBQ: You might not think that the best Texas style BBQ would be located so far from Texas but man would you be wrong! Step into this local favorite and taste why this is seriously the best Texas BBQ around. When you do go, you simply must order the Texas taco. The Texas taco is made when you put masterfully slow smoked meat into a tortilla with some cheesy potatoes, jalapenos and large amounts of the house sauce. It is pretty much the best thing I have ever had in my life and I dream about it on a nightly basis. Can’t make it out to Durango? Never fear! You can order all you need to make your own Texas taco from the Serious Texas BBQ Website! http://www.serioustexasbbq.com
RGP’s Flame Grilled Wraps: Without a doubt one of the Durango locals favorite hole in the walls, RGP’s makes the best wrap sandwiches you have EVER tasted! Originally raining from Boston Ma, the owners of RGP’s specialized in grilled pizza. One day they got sick of eating pizza all the time and decided to start using the grilled pizza crust as a wrap for sandwiches, and RGP’s was born. Now located in Durango, RGP’s serves a variety of sandwiches that will keep you coming back again and again. If you want to experience the best of both the pizza world and the sandwich world, you have to stop into RGP’s on main street!
Colorado Springs, CO
I spent most of the last 15 years living in Colorado Springs so I am most familiar with the places to eat in Colorado Springs, another popular town for visitors. There are three locations that made my Mile High Foodie list that you should try if you are in town:
El Taco Rey: Some Coloradians believe there are no good Mexican restaurants in Colorado Springs, but they might not be aware of this tiny place located off of E. Colorado Ave and S Wahsatch Ave. To call El Taco Rey a hole in the wall would be an understatement. If you were to go at lunch you would be forced to make new friends and squeeze into a table with strangers if you wanted to eat in. Where the place lacks in seating, they make up in flavor. El Taco Rey is famous in Colorado Springs for having the best (and award winning) avocado pork burritos smothered in green chili. If you go, I would HIGHLY suggest you try this dish but they also have many other traditional mexican dishes to please any palate. Delicious and cheap, makes this place one of my all time favorite places to eat in Colorado Springs, CO!
Bahn Thai: I love food with some spice, and none is spicier then Thai cuisine. When I am in Colorado Springs and I want Thai food I will only go to Bahn Thai. This place is not only very inexpensive but also offers a great deal of traditional Thai dishes to choose from and you can make it as hot as you can stand! With two locations (one my the citadel mall off S. Academy and the other out west off of Garden of the Gods) you are sure to get all your favorite Thai dishes from spring rolls to Tom Yum Guy soup! I would highly recommend the Thai beef salad. Enjoy!
Mollica’s Italian Market & Deli: Italians and New Yorkers can rejoice because Mollica’s is as authentic as you get in Colorado for Italian food and specialties. Family owned and operated, Mollica’s specializes in homemade sausages and pasta. They also have a fantastic selection of Italian dishes from manicotti to my favorite, the hot sausage and peppers sandwich. They even have skinny sausage, which my New York born boyfriend says is not easy to find outside of New York!
You can’t be a mile high foodie without some great places to eat in Colorado’s capital! The hustle and bustle of the capital city is ideal for foodies on a budget. Denver offers up a whole plate of fantastic eateries that will satisfy the biggest of hungers!
Rise & Shine Biscuit Kitchen and Cafe: Rise & Shine gets back to the basics of traditional southern cooking, pared down to a single, delicious menu item: biscuits. The owner, Seth Rubin, has converted many of a biscuit skeptic into believers with his ever growing menu. Colorado residents come from far and wide to sample Seth’s biscuit of the day and enjoy a cup of coffee. Rise & Shine is the perfect place to stop in for a quick and inexpensive breakfast that is far from the norm. This is a must try place, so be sure to add it to your itinerary when you visit.
Biker Jim’s Dogs: Although not exactly a restaurant, you cannot talk about fantastic mile high eateries without mentioning Biker Jim’s Gourmet Hot Dog Stand! Biker Jim’s is known far and wide as THE best place to grab a dog, and not just any dog either. Biker Jim’s offers up gourmet treats ranging from rattle snake, elk and pheasant to veal and buffalo. Sure you could still order a regular beef dog, but why would you want to do that? Hey if it’s good enough for Anthony Bourdain it’s good enough for me!
Gyros King: Although the Gyros King is actually located in Aurora, just outside of Denver, it is worth the short drive. The place is owned by a Greek couple that serves up some of the best Greek food in all of Colorado. I personally have become addicted to their Gryros, and yes they are the KING of making gyros!
Known far and wide as one of the countries most active and healthy cities, Boulder prides itself on being socially and environmentally conscience and tend to have some of the best choices in organic eateries. And it’s weird – so what better place to explore your taste buds for some more unique places to eat in Colorado.
Turley’s: Offering menu choices for any kind of eater. They have healthy choices, organic choices, gluten free choices and so much more. Turley’s is one of the best breakfast and brunch places in Boulder and the blueberry pancakes are killer! Go to Turley’s for breakfast so everyone in your group can get exactly what they want!