From what little feedback I can find on the Telluride dining scene, I have a short list of options. It's a quick stop - just one dinner and one breakfast - so I can only pick two. If anyone can point out the good or bad in the places below, that would be great. I'm also open to any new suggestions, but nothing where we'd have to dress up. Thanks!
Maggie’s Bakery and Café
Fat Alley BBQ
Baked in Telluride
Honga's (is this place way overpriced for Asian or are the $25 entrees worth it?)
Expect everything in Telluride to be more expensive than elsewhere. All ingredients are trucked in at least from Montrose (65 miles -- more than an hour considering the windy road into twon) and more often from Grand Junction (another 65 miles). In summer and fall, fresh "local" produce is available.
You don't indicate when you are going. After the lifts close (mid-April this year) and before summer festival season, many restaurants close. Those that remain open often offer well-priced "locals' specials" or "mud season specials."
Having noted that, Baked in Telluride is a funky institution for bkfst, baked goods, pizza and casual lunches and early dinners. Floradora is basically a bar w/ sandwiches, soups and bar food. Fat Alley BBQ is also super-casual.
Other suggestions. If Allred's is open when you are visiting, go there at sunset. Fabulous views. Compensate for high prices by ordering apps/small plates and a good glass of wine or cocktail. Other Chowish options include Cosmopolitan, La Marmotte, 221 South Oak or 9450 in the Inn at Lost Creek in Mountain Village.