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Colorado Restaurant Suggestions

juliejonak Jul 9, 2014 12:28 PM

Hey Chowhounds!

I've gotten great recommendations from here before for trips.

I'm planning a big celebration for my Mother in Colorado. We're doing a road trip and haven't set the destinations yet. My family plans around food and we'll go a longs ways if it's worth it.

So what are the MUST eat at spots in Colorado?

I know it's broad but I'm willing to plan around it. My vague idea of what to plan though is starting in Colorado Springs/Southwest and driving back towards Denver over the course of 5 days.


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  1. LurkerDan RE: juliejonak Jul 10, 2014 09:39 AM

    Colorado Springs is only an hour from Denver, and nowhere near the southwest of the state, so not really sure where your itinerary will take you. Most every resort town has at least a handful of worthwhile restaurants, and some have great ones (Aspen, Vail, probably Telluride, maybe Durango, maybe others). And of course Denver and Boulder have some amazing ones.

    Honestly, there is great food in Colorado, but it's not a destination to plan around food IMO. Better to plan the spots you want to visit and then figure out the best eats on the route (and maybe adjust the route a little depending on that).

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      juliejonak RE: LurkerDan Jul 15, 2014 02:11 PM

      LurkerDan, you're right. We were a bit undecided on where to go or for how long, but have nailed it down to Colorado Springs, Canon City, Leadville and Aspen/Snowmass.

      Any particular suggestions there?

      Already have Juniper Valley Ranch for one night in CS. Would love more suggestions there and something for dinner in Aspen!

      1. re: juliejonak
        LurkerDan RE: juliejonak Jul 18, 2014 08:22 AM

        Sorry, I got nothing, never make it to Aspen or the Springs.

        My only recommendation: in Leadville, if there during the day, grab a torta from the taco truck in the Safeway parking lot (east end of town). Really good.

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