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Durango Favorites

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Here are tried and true favorites of ours for when you are in Durango. We have eaten at all of these places.

Durango Restaurants:

BART'S NEW YORK DELI traditional NY eats a bit out of the way, but worth it 939 Hwy. 3, 247-1144.
CHRISTINA'S GRILL & BAR American food, just west of town 21382 Hwy. 160 W., 382-3844.
COSMOPOLITAN $$$$ a branch of the Telluride restaurant, foodie worthy, 919 Main Ave., 259-2898.
CYPRUS CAFÉ Mediterranean, local, seasonal, sustainable food 725 E. Second Ave., 385-6884
DURANGO DOUGHWORKS for breakfast, lunch & good coffee, northern end of town 2411 Main Ave., 247-1610.
EAST BY SOUTHWEST $$$ fusion, southwest meets asian 160 E. College Dr., 247-5533.
GAZPACHO for the closest thing to New Mexican you are going to find here 431 E. Second Ave., 259-9494
GUIDO'S FAVORITE FOODS Authentic Italian trattoria.,[our favorite Italian, closest to NY Italian other than my house] excellent take –out, gelato, groceries too 1201 Main Ave., 259-5028.
THE HAMILTON CHOP HOUSE $$$$another foodie worthy place with gorgeous views, north of town, heading towards ski area Glacier Club at Tamarron, 40290 Hwy. 550, 259-6636.
THE KENNEBEC Café, west of town, on the way to Mesa Verde NP- our favorite place to eat; Mediterranean and American Hwy 160 west, Hesperus,.
MAMA'S BOY ITALIAN RISTORANTE decent Italian and Pizza, northern end of town, reasonable prices 2659 Main Ave247-0060; 32225
MUTU'S ITALIAN KITCHEN$$$ Very good Italian 701 E. Second Ave., 375-2701.
NATURE'S OASIS for shopping and take out [local version of Whole Foods] 300 S. Camino del Rio, 247-1988.
ORE HOUSE steaks, very good $$$ 147 E. College Dr
SEASONS ROTISSERIE & GRILL modern American , pretty space, outdoor dining 764 Main Ave., 382-9790.
SERIOUS TEXAS BAR-B-Q 2 locations at each end of town, pretty decent BBQ 3535 N. Main Ave., 247-2240; 650B S. Camino del Rio, 259-9507.
SKA BREWING good beer and small menu of Mexican food, great fish tacos Bodo Park location 225 Girard, in BODO industrial area off 550.
STEAMWORKS BREWING CO excellent beer and good brewery food, crab boil is fun. 801 E. Second Ave., 259-9200.
TEQUILA'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT good Mexican [not New Mexican] food at reasonable prices 948 Main Ave., 259-7655.

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  1. I'll add, lived in Durango for years and still get back regularly, though not as regularly as I'd like.

    Breakfasts:
    College Drive Cafe: best in town, IMO. Closed Tues-Wed (I think).
    Carver's: also a brew pub, so a decent afternoon/evening casual option too.
    Oscar's: classic diner food.

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    College Drive Cafe
    666 E College Dr, Durango, CO 81301

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    1. re: LurkerDan

      My son, who lives in Durango, said that the East by Southwest folks have taken over the adjacent space (former Italian restaurant or steakhouse or something) to open a small-plate restaurant there. East by Southwest always seems to have a waiting line, so this is probably an excellent move.

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      East by Southwest
      160 E. College Dr., Durango, CO 81301

      1. re: ClaireWalter

        It is called the Golden Triangle, I ate there the last time I was in Durango. Wasn't great enough for me to recommend it off of one meal, but it was good and interesting and I will try it again.

        1. re: LurkerDan

          Any updates to the recommendations above?
          We're doing a road-trip and will be in Durango on Thanksgiving - any places likely to be open?
          Thanks!