Pagosa Springs/Durango/Pueblo CO
Spending a week in the Pagosa Springs area, will be in Durango and Pueblo as well. Any suggestions?
Pagosa Springs is pretty much a meat-and-potatoes town. If you like Tex-Mex, border food, try Rojas. They make the best chile con queso I've every had (http://culinary-colorado.blogspot.com...). You might also check out Restaurant Fifteen Twenty-One (123 North Main Street, Pueblo; 719-542 -9999). Owner/chef Duy Pham (Southeast Asian heritage, classical French culinary training) opened it a few months back. I haven't been there.
Durango: Asian/Asian fusion, East by Southwest and the place across the street whose name I can never remember. Barbecue, two Serious Texas BBQ locations, one south and one north of town. Greek/Mediterranean, Cyprus Cafe. Steak and more, Magnolia. Contemporary fine dining, Ken and Sue's, Cosmopolitan, Seasons. Baked goods, Bread and Jean-Pierre (the latter morphed into a wine bar too). The Palace was opened by one of Oprah's former chefs, but I've never been there.Southern, Gazpacho's. Several brewpubs.
I would agree with Claire about East by Southwest for sushi/sushimi, as well as cooked dishes at dinner. The place directly across College Drive is called Sushitarian, which also satisfies. Gazpacho's is good Mexican fare, as is Tequila's on Main Avenue. Kennebec Cafe, with its newly enlarged space, is also worth a visit for Mediterranean fare, although approximately a 10-minute drive west of town. No mention of dining in Durango could be complete without mention of Hamilton Chop House at Tamarron Resort. Great wild game and seafood.
Would have to respectfully disagree about Carver's, as the prevalent taste there has always seemed to be cardboard, although beer lovers seem to have found their niche.
I understand Wednesday through Friday afternoon, Chuck Norton has appetizers at his Highway 3 restaurant, including oysters on the half shell.
I would recommend breakfast at Christina's, west of town, for breakfast, especially if they still offer the fish and egg daily specials.
Have a great visit!
Oscar's~ Diner food with that oh so good breakfast ($)
Carvers~ Microbrewery good for breakfast ($)
Jean-Pierre~ Bakery/eatery. Great for lunch and a quick snack ($)
Seasons~ Newly remodeled after a fire. Casual fine dinnig ($$$)
Serious Texas BBQ~ Best BBQ I've ever had! The pulled pork sandwich and cheesy potatoes are to die for! ($)
East by Southwest~ The mojito is the best I've ever had. Pad Thai is delish as are most of the rolls. ($$$)
***My dollar signs are in accordance with SW pricing which is lower than the pricing scale I use in Chicago.