After a day exploring Colorado – be it an energetic foray up the mountains or a city – the next thing on your mind will almost certainly be food. While it’s certainly the case that Denver has many of Colorado’s finest restaurants, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of world-class culinary offerings around the rest of the state. Check out our top restaurants and dining options, ranging from up-market ski town bistros to local diners; and add a little foodie heaven to your trip. Whether you are visiting in the summer months or in winter, there are endless culinary wonders on offer all over Colorado.
TRUFFLE PIG, STEAMBOAT SPRINGS
Located at the base of the Steamboat ski area (just steps from the main gondola), this restaurant offers the perfect casual fine dining experience. You won’t find a better place to dine after a day on the slopes, with compelling drink specials, live entertainment and great food. The seasonal menu is complimented by the extensive wine list and guests can enjoy the best view of the mountain from the patio.
Quincy’s Steak House is a place like no other, which has now spread to three locations throughout the valley due to its popularity with the locals. Serving steak, steak and well, steak – no menus are needed here, simply order the ounce of steak you desire, how you would like it cooked, and whether you want butter or sour cream on your baked potato. Simples.
SECRET STASH, CRESTED BUTTE
Voted best pizza in Crested Butte every year since they flung open their doors in 2002, this pizzeria is almost as much a draw to the area as the mountains. Located on Elk Avenue in downtown Crested Butte, the restaurant offers delicious, unique pizzas, many with unusual combinations that will shift your mindset on toppings. Take, for example, the ricotta based Steazy Ryder – involving beef, shrimp, cream cheese, bacon, pineapple, jalapeño, garlic and green onion. Not an obvious combination, but trust the hoards that go there – it’s delicious.
EIGHT K AT THE VICEROY HOTEL, SNOWMASS
Despite its elevated mountain setting, ironically the cuisine here proudly displays southern roots, with a theme of innovative comfort food created from locally sourced and organic ingredients. The kitchen is a glimmering display of activity; then beyond the restaurant you will find the hotel’s stunning 87 foot glass bar, the perfect place for a kick-off cocktail or a night cap (or both).
THE PULLMAN, GLENWOOD SPRINGS
Innovation is at the heart of this place, which serves up New American comfort food with a twist. The Pullman is located in the fashionable RR District in downtown Glenwood Springs and offers a wonderfully laid-back and unpretentious vibe, with a rustic yet sophisticated feel. The mouthwatering menu provides the best local ingredients, thoughtfully spun into an array of simple yet deliciously different food.