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Aug 11, 2008 08:36 AM

Crested Butte, Ouray, Silverton, Telluride Co. with a 16 year old

Hi all - My son and I are going to be doing a southwest Colorado driving and Jeeping trip next week and are looking for some ideas chow wise. Chowteen is a somewhat, but not overly adventerous eater, but will sometimes surprise me. Thinking brew pubs, burgers, pizza, pasta, funky breakfast places?
Also, we're thinking about Jeeping the Ophir, Cinnamon, Engineer, and maybe the Lake City/Silverton passes; any chowish (maybe takeout?) places near the beginning or end of any of these?
Thanks in advance!

Dewey & Nick

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  1. Gorgeous destinations, sounds like an amazing roadtrip. I'm very familiar with Crested Butte, the town has some very good restaurants including a popular pizza place at the end of Elk Avenue called The Secret Stash. It has a funky, Asian travel-inspired decor and is housed in an old miner's cabin. Here's a link to short blurbs on some of my favorite CB spots -

    I haven't tried as many places in Telluride but I did stumble upon one of the best pasta dishes I've ever had at Excelsior Café.

    1. In CB, we like the Slogar for their southern-fried chicken. The funkier places are down in the town and the newer, trendy places are up on the mountain, IIRC.

      1. There's not much in the way of food - chowish or otherwise in Silverton. The few restaurants in town are there to service the folks that ride the train over from Durango.

        Ouray - Bien Tiempo for a great lunch, Tundra at the Beaumont Hotel for a WOW dinner. Telluride - there are a lot of threads on here that would help you. Use the search above to find recent suggestions for places.

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        1. re: DebitNM

          Silverton epitomizes funky -- but most of the food is --- well, food. Avalanche Coffee House has good light breakfasts and lunches, etc.

          In Crested Butte, I agree on the Secret Stash. Slogar's has all-you-can-eat pan-friend chicken, delicious cole slaw and all manner of other comfort foods, all served family style. Disclaimer is that it is under new ownership now, and that might have changed.

          In Durango, Serious Texas Barbecue (two locations; I think that's the name) and Gazpacho are among those that capture the young crowd, as do the brew pubs. There's a bagel place near the RR depot that is a good choice for that kind of light bkfst; owned by a couple of entrepreneurial young guys.

          Baked in Telluride the funkiest place in that costly town, but it was sharply criticized on another recent thread. Fat Alley BBQ might please semi-Chowish Chowteen.

          1. re: ClaireWalter

            Serious Texas BBQ located on SR 550 just as you enter town from the north [Silverton] and the second location is on the westbound access road as you are leaving town on 550. Decent bbq[not as good as true Texan bbq], the one south of town is a nice location with tables overlooking the river.

            Gazpacho is the best New Mexican in SW Colorado.

            Steamworks Brewery is a fun place your son would enjoy, you too. They have lots of specials and music. 2nd ave & 8th St.

            There is also a new Irish Pub that opened on Main. We haven't been there yet, but the reports are favorable.

            Claire, we think alike.

            1. re: ClaireWalter

              While Gazpacho and Serious Texas used to be favored restaurants in Durango, we find younger diners are frequenting Fiesta Mexicana on Main Avenue, and there is a relatively new barbeque restaurant, I think just called "Q's" on College Drive, that is a new favorite.

              On North Main Avenue, Zia Taqueria is wildly popular with the high school crowd as well as older diners. Have a great trip!

            2. re: DebitNM

              I second Baked In Telluride! The Calzones, fresh bread, & pastries are all good. It is probably the only good thing in that town now. { I heard there wasn't a Free BOX anymore }

            3. Forgot to mention Tequila's Mexican food restaurant on Main Avenue, which is also generally more favored than Gazpacho.

              1. For a funky breakfast place, try the Spud Mountain Hash House. It's on US 550 between Silverton and Durango. The "Mountain O Spuds" may be the best $5 you'll ever spend on breakfast.