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Nov 3, 2011 07:21 AM


I am returning to Telluride after being away for 2 years. I'm really looking forward to a relaxing vacation, some skiing and good food.

Has anything new and delicious popped up over the past 2 years. In the past my favorite spots were 221 South for a cozy night out, Honga's for sushi, Hop Garden for burgers, and Rustico for the white pizza with truffle oil (mmmm).

What should be some of our can't miss places this time around? We will be staying in a place with a kitchen where most breakfasts will be eaten. I'll be skiing half of the time and then just relaxing the rest. So I'm looking for dinner and lunch spots. We are open to a wide range of cuisines and prices (does cheap eats even exist in Telluride?).


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  1. Bumping this since we'll be there in a few weeks.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      I was in Telluride this past September. Probably my favorite place on Earth.

      I am a huge fan of Rustico - it hasn't lost a step. And if you are in the mood to splurge, get the NY Strip Steak at the Sheridan Chophouse - best meal of the trip. Here is a list of my go-to places in To Hell You Ride:

      Rustico for pasta, veal marsala and caesar salad
      Chophouse for steaks, creamed spinach and try the reuben (lunch)
      Cornerhouse Grill for reuben and tator tots (and lots of delicious sandwiches, cool laid back vibe)
      Floradora Saloon for big juicy Burgers
      Brown Dog Pizza to watch sports and eat Pizza and drink beers
      There for a speakeasy feel, tasty eats and innovative cocktails (on Pacific Ave)

      We stopped going to Hongas after experiencing a disastrous meal after they'd moved locations, so i'm not sure. Enjoy your trip, you are one lucky s.o.b. Cheers.

      1. re: jdross19

        I too had a disastrous Honga's experience.

        Had some good lunch at the Butcher and the Baker, decent mexican at Cocina de Luz.

        1. re: jdross19

          Thanks for the recs. We didn't check out Sheridan Chophouse the last time we were there but a NY Strip sounds like the perfect splurge.

          Bummed to hear that Honga's hasn't been doing so well. We loved it there a few years ago (also ran into the makeup artist Bobbi Brown and she gave me some free lipgloss samples!!)

          Isn't there are newish building in the Mountain Village? Anything worth checking out there?

          1. re: Elyssa

            Actually, there is a place called 'Red's' up on the mountain, it's the first stop on the Gondola on the way to Mountain Village. Probably the most incredible views i've ever seen in a restaurant. Food's pretty damn good too, and i believe they have a good Happy Hour. There's also a place called 9545 (i think, i get the numbers mixed up). It's got a latina-fusion kind of menu. Let me know the highlights when you get back...

            1. re: jdross19

              I believe you are referring to Allred's. But it's not like it matters, there's only one place at the top of the gondola.

              1. re: LurkerDan

                Yes - Allreds - a memorable experience, mostly because of the views, but the food was pretty good too. And we also had a nice meal at 221 South, really nice menu. You should really go to 'There' for an after-dinner drink or 'pre-dinner' drink - cool ambiance, speakeasy feel, and try the bison tartare lettuce wraps...pretty darn good.

                    1. re: jdross19

                      Ooooo There sounds awesome---exactly the type of place we like to hang out. How's the food?

              2. re: jdross19

                We ate at Allred's the last time we were there. It was pretty good (although my favorite restaurant was 221 South). 9545 must be new....I'll check out the menu.

        2. Love love love Telluride..
          Rustico has always been fab for lunch..
          Have a wonderful time!

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          1. re: Beach Chick

            Happened into There last night and wow was it terrific. As mentioned, very speakeasy feel. Owner is behind the bar and the service was just stellar. I had oysters, Buffalo Tartar, Grilled Salmon Yakitori style, frid Brussel Sprouts. Can recomend this place Enough. Going to Allred's tonight and Rustico for lunch and will report back.

          2. Just returned from Telluride and had some great meals. I stayed at the Inn at Lost Creek and had breakfast at the restaurant there called 9545. Breakfasts were great and very hearty; you were well fueled for skiing the whole day. Service was excellent.
            Next door to the Inn is a great Italian restaurant called La Piazza Del Villaggi. This is not an Italian red sauce type of restaurant. They do have wonderful homemade pastas, but also excellent grilled seafood and game dishes. The wine list is excellent and service is warm and friendly. It has become one of my favorite places to dine in all of Telluride.
            Some great additions to the Telluride dining scene are the Butcher and Baker for breakfast and lunch and the new Tomboy Tavern that took over the space occupied by Hop Garden. It's got great burgers and many Colorado beers on tap.
            Also like the Telluride Bistro in town as well as the new restaurant called Flavor. The Sheridan Chop house is also a go to destination.

            1. This is great- we're actually heading to Telluride tomorrow, staying at The Peaks. I was hoping someone could recommend some good seafood (not sushi) place. As for the rest of the weekend, I'm an adventurous but meat-free eater, with three very meat and potatoes guys. Suggestions that will keep all of us happy?