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Colorado Restaurant Suggestions

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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. 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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    1. re: LurkerDan

      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

        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.

        1. re: juliejonak

          Aspen- so many places to eat. Many remind me of Los Angeles, like Matsuhisa's. I hear the Wild Fig is great tho I haven't been there. I went to Main Street Bakery & Cafe which was nice.

      2. High Mountain Pies in Leadville is excellent.