425 Degrees Take & Bake Pizza
Pizza pie — oh so convenient! Pies are extra large, 16-inch, gluten-free or thin crust. Toppings from simple cheese to pepperoni, meat, veggie, Supreme, Hawaiian. Cookies and ice-cream pie. Call ahead or text, then pick it up at the drive through. Inside Elmore’s Corner Store. 50 C.R. 234, 799-0425. www.pizza425.com
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 11am–midnight, Friday–Saturday 11 F–1am. 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
Ben’s Big Burgers
Known by many for Durango’s best burgers, fries and shakes, these burgers are prepared by professionals. Many other American favorites. Dining outside at tables on the deck, inside, or grab treats to go. Open Monday–Saturday, 11am–8pm. 1400 E. Second Ave., 385-4469.
A creative, casual spot in Albertsons’ parking lot, dedicated to providing tasty and satisfying meals. Options include daily soups, sandwiches on house-made bread, veggie burgers, salads of quinoa, kale, or fresh veggies on mixed greens, desserts. Eat in or take out. 309 W. College Dr., 426-4276.
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 brick house, Cairo Café serves authentic Egyptian cuisine — salads, hummus, tabouli, dolmas — made from scratch with many local products. Turkish coffee, local eggs and farm-fresh meats. Traditional gyros, chicken and beef kabobs, authentic dishes, dips, salads, falafel, spinach pie. Fresh, healthy, delicious. Seasonal hours. 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. Authentic Mexican food, tequila and margarita specials. Dancing, live music, salsa dancers. Latin food with a twist. 639 Main Ave., 764-4723. www.cerda7cantinaycomida.com
Chimayo Stone-Fired Kitchen
Contemporary American bistro with 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.durangochinacafe.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. 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
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
Derailed Pour House
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
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.
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 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
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.
Offering a selection of house beers along with taproom specialties. Lunch and dinner daily, handcrafted brunch Saturday–Sunday. Menu features hand-cut fries, specialty burgers and sandwiches, daily food specials. Open weekdays, 11am–10pm; weekends 10am–10pm. Daily happy hour, 2–5pm. 3000 Main Ave., 247-3396. www.durangobrewing.com
Durango Coffee Company
Thirty-plus years of locally roasted coffee, specialty espresso drinks and light lunch fare, as well as gourmet cookware and kitchen gadgets. Wonderful, knowledgeable staff and cozy 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 Joes 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 and much 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
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 “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
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, the same great owners and great food, just a new name. Up-from-scratch Southern cuisine, locally sourced, made with love — only natural and organic. Known especially for Buttermilk Fried Chicken (buttermilk brined and soaked, 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
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 percent grass-fed beef burgers, vegan burgers, farm salads, hand-cut French 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, 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’ hang-out. Interesting appetizers, full bar. Fresh and fried oysters, jumbo Gulf shrimp, catfish, crawfish, quesadillas, blue-crab cakes. Happy-hour oysters 4–5:30pm: $8/half-dozen. Slider night is Wednesday: $3.50/slider. Thursday Ladies’ Night Out: $5 drinks. Friday catfish night: $11.95. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 4–8pm. Great for private parties. 955 Hwy. 3, 385-7444. www.highway3roadhouse.com
Tastes from such top-of-the-world regions as Nepal, India and Tibet. Daily gourmet lunch buffet. Dinner temptations: 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
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. Top Trip Advisor sweets. 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-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.
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. Extensive wine list, full bar, takeout and ever-changing seasonal menu. Events and banquets. Dinner Tuesday–Sunday; brunch Saturday–Sunday. Seasonal lunch May–October. Reservations 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 a unique four-sided bar. The 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.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” This live-foods salad bar brings fresh, healthy, organic, cultured foods to downtown. Friendly, fun environment, locally sourced food when possible, Kombucha on draft. Grass-fed beef and 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 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
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.
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 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.
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 happy hour. 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). Full bar plus 14 beers on tap. 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 and 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
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 entrées, 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 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 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.redsnapperdurango.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 its Tuesday-night special: $2 tacos. Happy hour: $2.75 draft beers and $7 house margaritas 2–5pm. Big parties welcome. Great food, drinks and company. 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 Steak 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 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 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. Tasting room, retail outlet, tours at the brewery. 225 Girard St., 247-5792. www.containerrestaurant.com
Sky Ute Casino Resort
Unique dining options: Seven Rivers Steak Seafood Spirits 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 and 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, noon–1pm. Monday–Friday, 7am–5pm. 1309 E. Third Ave., 903-5598.
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
Artistic food with fresh preparation. Award-winning soups, artisan sandwiches, salads with all-local greens. Quiches, frittatas, handmade baked goods; gluten-free and vegetarian options. Locally roasted espresso and coffee. Daily, 8am–3pm. 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
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
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 backpacks or picnics. Delicious salads, cold or toasted sandwiches. Fresh meats, crisp veggies, breads baked daily. Four sites: 2101 Main Ave., 259-0887; 1537 Florida Rd., Ste. 101, 247-2335 1145 S. Camino del Rio, 382-9511; 20800 Hwy. 160 W., 259-1422; . www.subway.com
Delicious food, interesting menu, spectacular Missionary Ridge and Animas River. Dining on the patio, at the bar or in one of two cozy rooms. Venue for all events, from corporate meetings to weddings. Weekly specials, kids’ menu, takeout, banquets. 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, 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
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.
Yellow Carrot Bistro
Modern dining from Sari Brown of Durango’s Yellow Carrot deli and catering. Creative vegetarian choices: roasted cauliflower with kale rice; mango and coconut curry; Tomato Bombs with cabbage, raisins, caramel vinaigrette. Also, bisque, chowders, steaks, chicken, ribs, grits, burgers. Wednesday–Sunday, 4–8:30pm Lodge at Tamarron, 382-6776. www.theyellowcarrot.com
The 40-seat vegan restaurant is newly opened by Hydi and Sergio Verduzco, owners of the popular 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.
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
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 po’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
Old West music and comedy stage show with delicious 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
Unique establishment in which to socialize and exchange ideas. Quality drinks, superior service and a great shave. Proprietor Beau Black and cocktail creationist Bridgett Tesmer bring back Prohibition-style libations. Variations of Mint Julep, Old Fashioned, Gin Rickey and many classics. Daily 5pm–midnight. 601 E. Second Ave., Ste. B, 764-4123. www.bookcaseandbarber.com
Cocktails & Creations
“Be silly and have fun with art.” Meet new people, relax, learn to paint at 2- or 3-hour colorful event. Art facilitators teach step by step how to create a masterpiece. Wine, cocktails, snacks available. Not your average art class. Supplies included. Private parties, catering. 600 Main Ave., Unit 001, 764-4296. www.cocktailsandcreations.com
An “off the hook” late-night scene dedicated to serving people who want a warm, friendly and fun atmosphere. Awesome DJs spin weekend nights for dancing. Games galore. Pool, beer pong, foosball, Buck Hunter and shuffleboard. Open Friday–Saturday, noon–2am; Monday–Thursday, 4pm–2am. 121 W. Eighth St., 382-8554.
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
Eighth Avenue Tavern
Neighborhood favorite just south of College Drive in College Plaza. Topnotch 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
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
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.
One of Durango’s “last REAL bars,” Orio’s is a sports bar and 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. 601 E. Second Ave., 375-2568. www.durangowildhorsesaloon.com