In our tiny town, we’re fortunate to have a wealth and range of premier dining options and cultural treats.
Here’s our list of top drinks & eats from our “Taste Buds” in downtown Durango to whet your appetite:
BREW was opened by long-time Durango locals, Erik & Lainie Maxson in March of 2013. Their mission: make amazing, hand-crafted beer and delicious food from scratch.
The Brew Burger—1/2 lb local Sunnyside Farms beef patty, caramelized onions, Monterey jack cheese & caper aioli on a house-made bun
Ursula, a honey Dunkle Weiss
This fine dining establishment features an abundance of local bounty—from farmers and ranchers to vintners and breweries, Eolus is a showcase for the best of southwest Colorado.
It’s hard to choose, but we’ll go for the grilled Tomahawk Pork Chop with local mortgage lifter beans, baby bok choy, James Ranch black currant sauce and jalapeño bacon jam.
“The Dusty Dove”—locally distilled Soiled Dove vodka, olive juice, and blue-cheese-bacon olives
Believe it or not, the Southwest does East incredibly well—or at least sushi chef Sergio Verduzco does. The unique and enticing menu at East by (as local’s lovingly call it) features traditional Japanese flavors and imaginative fusion.
The Flaming Dragon—a California roll wrapped w/ unagi, eel sauce & sesame seeds, served flaming fresh from the dragon.
Their Mojito! This classic is a worthy cocktail, and their seasonal specials are sublime. Our favorite is their Palisade Peach Mojito.
In the same building that hosted the El Moro Saloon in the early 1900’s, the present-day El Moro Spirits & Tavern serves up modern-rustic food (from the early 20th century) in a beautiful and welcoming modern space.
El Moro has charcuterie on lock down—their cheese and meat plates offer the finest from near and far. And, we’re suckers for their modern take on classic Shrimp & Grits—creole sauce, tobacco cheddar grit fries, and a spicy boursin cream sauce.
“It’s Always Sunny”—maestro dobel diamante tequila, Wycliffe brut, lillet rose, whole orange, OR the “Backyard BBQ”—Colorado honey whiskey, honey syrup, lemon juice, a can of PBR, and house bbq potato chips.
A favorite for locals and visitors alike, Steamworks Brewing is probably the liveliest joint in town and has been since 1996. When it comes to kid-friendly, Steamworks is definitely one of our top picks.
The Cajun Boil – for the flavor and for the fun. After rolling out an oversized placemat, your server will pour a steaming array of Alaskan Dungeness Crab, Wild Texas Shrimp, Gosar Ranch Andouille Sausage, New Potatoes and Cob Corn—all tossed in a spicy Cajun seasoning—on the table for you to enjoy with your hands.
Here, the simple and old combine with the ornate and new for a sweet place to grab a quick bite or a relaxing meal, celebrate special occasions or eat well after a long day. The Old West is alive in the historic building, located next door to the historic Henry Strater Theatre and the Strater Hotel.
Roasted Rack of Colorado Lamb served with Honey Dijon mustard, herbed mie di pain crust asparagus, bleu cheese potato croquette, and minted lamb demi-glace.
Oh, and it’s not a dish, but be sure to inquire about their dinner and a show option!
The Office Spiritorium next door makes some of the best Martinis in town.
One of Colorado’s oldest and finest restaurants, the Ore House’s menu and décor exemplify the heritage, history, and culture of southwestern Colorado.
Expertly prepared meats are served a la carte. Here’s how we like it: Petite Filet Mignon served Ranchero Style—white cheddar and hatch green chili—with a side of creamed sweet corn (cream, cheddar cheese, blue cheese, and cornbread crust baked in a cast iron skillet) and Brussel sprouts (crispy friend, shallots, capers, anchovies & balsamic vinaigrette).
The Ore House offers an exceptional wine menu, and on the cocktail side of things, we’re fans of their Colorado Cosmopolitan.
Whether you’re downtown walking off that post-divine-meal haze or building up an appetite, be sure to take yourself on a tour of Durango’s incredible galleries , and/or enhance the evening with a show at the historic Henry Strater Theatre.
Staying in downtown Durango lands you in walking distance from all of the above and more. Let us help you find accommodation that suits your vacation style.
*Many of these restaurants offer seasonal menus with goods from local farms and ranches, so don’t get too attached to items listed here, but do get inspired.