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Best eats in Durango? Interested in modest prices. I'll be doing a lot of skiing there this year and look forward to trying out lotsa places. Thanks.

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  1. It's been quite a few years since I was in Durango but I used to spend a lot of time there and was in the restaurant biz there.At that time Sweeney's was a favorite dinner spot and also the Ore House.There was a great Italian place owned by the same people that owned the Ore House but I can't remember the name.
    For breakfast the Durango Diner was a really good place.I'm sure there are a lot more eateries now but there were a lot of good places then,I'm sure you'll be well fed.
    There was an "off the beaten path" taco shop that all the locals went to called Griego's Tacos.If it's still there give it a try.
    Durango 's Mexican food wasn't that good,mostly geared to the tourist trade and Margaritas were what everyone mentioned never the food.

    1. The Hamilton Chop House at Tamarron resort is fabulous, though a little pricey. You have got to try it. They serve great steaks, fresh fish, wild game and a lot of nightly specials. It is about 10 miles from the ski area. South of town in the Wall Mart mall there is the Mongolian Grill which serves great Chinese food for a very modest price. They also have a smaller version of the "Mongolian Grill" concept. Tequila's, downtown, is probably the best Mexican food, and it isn't too expensive. For breakfast or lunch Oscar's or Durango Diner are both great with good value.

      1. If you like barbecue, try Serious Texas BBQ. Two locations, one north and one south of downtown. Filling, informal and really good. Le Rendezvous in Main Street offers excellent and reasonable lunches and dinners. BeauJo's, one of several in Colorado, makes enormous, filling pizzas and other Italian food. It's on Camino Real, the major north-south thoroughfare. Carver's on Main Street started out as a bakery and brewpub and morphed into a restaurant and brewpub. Reasonable prices. Locals' favorite. The Durango Diner, also on Main Street, is the classic greasy spoon. I like the Mexican fare at Gaspacho's and Tequila's, both in town. East by Southwest has really good Asian fushion fare but isn't cheap). Check out the Dining Diary on http://www.culinary-colorado.com for other recommendations.

        1. For a little higher end experience try Seasons on Main St. Been going for years and have never been disappointed. Very nice wine list, too.

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          1. re: Mutt

            Second the rec for Seasons. We had a pork tenderloin there, that I still remember to this day. It was summer so we ate in their outside courtyard. I got engaged to my wife that day, so maybe I was in an especially good mood that day, but it was still wonderful.

          2. Seconding that emotion for Serious Texas BBQ...thumbs up from this Texas boy. Try the pulled pork sandwich with their chipotle cherry salsa. Outstanding.

            Also a good call on the Ore House for a splurgy meal. Very good food, service and ambiance.

            My favorite hang in Durango is Lady Falconburgh's Barley Emporium. Total top drawer brewpub with a dizzying array of suds from which to choose. Food is solid and sometimes excellent pub fare...I never had a bad dish in 7 years of traveling the area on business. Plus they have free wifi.

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            1. re: GroovinGourmet

              I'll throw in a rec for Lady Falconburgh's, too. Was going to throw this one in my post but couldn't remember the name! Probably because by the time I usually leave the place I have a hard time remembering the day, let alone anything of importance. A great place to try an array of local microbrews as well as other obscure and not-so-obscure brews on tap.

            2. Since you will be skiing while you are here I have to mention the Olde Schoolhouse for pizza (it's about 4 miles south of the resort across from the Needles store). The pizza is good although not health food by any stretch of the term, but the place and local personalities are not to be missed. Since you're "austinguy" I bet you can handle the late night crowd!
              Downtown, I like Mutu's Italian restaurant and bar (on second ave). I tend to choose my restaurants by the atmosphere and the food equally and if you go to the places above you'll see I like a good bar!

              1. my list of restaurants that i enjoy in Durango
                Sweeney's
                Randy's
                Durango Diner
                Francisco's
                Farquart's for pizza
                Lady Falconburg's for Beer

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                1. re: boogey

                  Living just south of the border we frequent Durango often. Many restaurants that have been around since the 70's still have the same menus and atmosphere they had in the 70's. Avoid The Ore House and Francisco's and believe me there is nothing serious about The Texas BBQ place unless you like seriously dried out over cooked meat. I have had decent meals at Cyprus Cafe on 2nd ave., Seasons and Ken and Sues. But if you're in a splurge mood one must try Hamilton's @ Tammaron. The steaks are by far the best in the region. I also liked the fact that the wait staff didn't have egregious attitudes like most do down in town.

                2. I agree with 'NuevoMexicano' about the Ore House and Francisco's but haven't ever had dried out meat at the BBQ place. I respectfully point out that the original post was for places with "modest prices," which is why I did not suggest Cyprus Cafe, Ken & Sue's or, for that matter, Chez Grandmere.

                  1. if you're a sushi fan, i have had some of the best here in durango....sushitarian (owned by a former employee of the somwhat pricier, albeit amazing, east by southwest across the street)does a great box lunch that is a true bargain. cocina linda, which strangely located in the parking lot of a large supermarket complex, serves incredible tamales and other authentic mex fair (linda is from there). turtle lake refuge does a raw food lunch at bargain prices i hear is excellent on tuesdays and fridays at the rocky mountain retreat. the himalayan joint on main street does a delicious prix fix lunch buffet if you enjoy indian (as well as nepalese) fare. many of the above suggestions are very nice, but splurges. hope you're enjoying the powder.

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                    1. Durango has lots of great places to eat, but Francisco's is outstanding. They use angus beef, the portions are huge, the seafood is very good and yes, even the Mexican is great. It's one of the few places where you get a top notch experience without losing your shorts and there really is something for everyone. Also, for coffee, Durango Joe's is great.

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                      1. re: lana4

                        This is indeed an old post. While I agree that Francisco's is a decent restaurant and open many more hours than its competitors, I must disagree that the Mexican food is great. The fish specials are frequently good and the Chicken Francisco is always pleasing. I must admit I have never tried the beef there. Mexican dishes? Give them a miss.

                      2. I know this is an old question, but I noticed that people missed the Sow's Ear, which is a mountain staple and has great food. They have a bar menu (steak burgers, etc) which, is also some of the best seats/views in the house. The main menu is more expensive, but has a section of small plates that are less expensive and plenty of food. Consistent food every time I've been and gorgeous, comfortable dining room. All that said, you'll need to go to the Schoolhouse also. The pizza is good, but the atmosphere is better - Calzones are huge.

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                        1. re: eatlocally

                          This is an old thread and out of date on lots of places. Newer threads exist here: for example -

                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/648590

                          Deb

                          1. re: eatlocally

                            Eatlocally - My son lives in Durango and teaches skiing at Purgatory/Durango Mountain Resort. He, other instructors and patrollers rank The Schoolhouse as a favorite. He says they call and put in their pizza orders when they're leaving the mountain, because everything is scratch-made to order -- and the oven isn't all that big.