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Page Title: Dining in Telluride, Colorado
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Restaurants and Dining in Telluride, Colorado
Food writers across the country are taking notice of chef innovation in this small resort boasting over 50 restaurants and bars. New approaches in American cuisine, wine cellars that rival those found on either coast and tasting menus prepared by seasoned chefs create the perfect atmosphere to match any mood.
CRÈME DE LA CREME
Perched at 10,550 feet above sea level, Allred's has received stellar reviews and critical acclaim for its sensational cuisine and spectacular views. Chef de cuisine Bob Scherner and his innovative culinary techniques have earned the highest of praise from publications such as Wine Spectator, Ski Magazine, USA Today and Gourmet Magazine as well as an invitation to renowned James Beard House. Well known epicurean and acclaimed food critic John Mariani named Allred's 'One of the Best New Restaurants of 2001' in the December edition of Esquire, (970) 728-7474 or visit www.allredsrestaurant.com.
The Cosmopolitan, located in the luxury Hotel Columbia at the base of the gondola in town, serves cuisine with a rich mix of regional ingredients and international flavors to delight the most discriminating palette. With 20 years of innovative food preparation and restaurant experience, Executive Chef Chad Scothorn creates delectable dishes. The Tasting Cellar located in the restaurant's wine cellar, seats 30 for a six-course meal paired with an exquisite wine collection, (970) 728-1292 or visit www.cosmotelluride.com.
Just a block from the base of the gondola, Bluepoint is a hip and chic seafood and steak house with the laid back feel of the Rocky Mountains. After dinner, guests can head down to the Noir Bar, a swank martini bar with leather sofas, faux fur bench seats, leopard spotted carpet and a fireplace, (970) 728-8862.
9545 Restaurant and Bar is Telluride's only ski-in/ski-out fine dining eatery. Located at the top of Lift 1, 9545 offers exceptional mountainside dining at the Inn at Lost Creek. Evening dinner features New American cuisine with French and Italian influences prepared by Executive Chef Aaron Woo, (970) 728-6293.
Steeped in Telluride history, Harmon's at The Depot is housed within the historic train depot along the San Miguel River. Inside, hand-carved Honduran mahogany woodwork in the bar and dining area give this restaurant the feel of a turn-of-the-century rail car. Executive Chef James Ackard, prepares a rotating mix of modern American cuisine with market fresh specials, (970) 728-3773.
Telluride favorite La Marmotte features fine French cuisine in a rustic country setting that once served as an icehouse in the mining days. The changing menu offers a selection of dishes with French and international flavors, (970) 728-6232.
A TASTE OF ITALY
Italian-born Paolo Canclini brought a touch of Italy to the San Juan Mountains with Rustico Ristorante in Telluride and La Piazza del Villaggio in Mountain Village. Reminiscent of cozy Italian villas, the ambiance of both restaurants incorporates the art and architecture of their homeland. Rustico features a trattoria-style menu of fresh-made pastas and pizza in a wood-fired oven. Offering one of the largest selections of Italian wines in all of Colorado, Rustico and La Piazza host exceptional wine dinners throughout the winter. Rustico, (970) 728-4046 and La Piazza, (970) 728-8283.
Set in a quaint historic house off Main Street, Campagna serves the traditional food of the Tuscan countryside, created with the finest in season ingredients. Campagna has received the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine for eight consecutive years and the highest Zagat Survey scores for Italian restaurants in the state for food and service, (970) 728-6190.
Exposed brick walls, oversized velvet pillows in the lounge and northern Italian fare characterize the hip Excelsior Cafe on Main Street, call (970) 728-4250.
WHAT'S NEW > Pacific Street Pizza opened this year to rave reviews and a loyal following. Pizza and submarine sandwiches are the highlight of this delicious little pizzeria, (970) 728-5246.
For a slice of pie, the Pizza Chalet, (970) 728-7499, in Mountain Village serves it up deep-dish style, while Roma Bar & Cafe in town offers an array of gourmet toppings and other Italian fare, (970) 728-3669.
FAR EASTERN DELIGHTS
A Telluride favorite, Honga's Lotus Petal features an extensive selection of Asian cuisine. Guests can enjoy Honga's specialties in the social atmosphere of the bar, in the main dining room, or in the tea room, where guests lounge on oversized pillows strewn about the floor, (970) 728-5134.
Euphoria showcases a variety of creative sushi selections. Telluride's only raw bar, serves oysters on the half shell, carpaccio, tartars, ceviche and Latin American seafood cocktails, (970) 728-0957.
Located in the historic Swede Finn Hall, the Limeleaf features traditional Thai dishes as well as several of the Chef's own creations fusing Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese and Indian flavors, (970) 728-2085.
SOUTH OF THE BORDER
La Cocina de Luz features hand-made tortillas, a salsa bar and authentic Mexican dishes, (970) 728-9355. Every type of taco, burrito and enchilada imaginable dominate the menu at Jody's Kitchen, (970) 728-5114 and at Sofio's, (970) 728-4882.
SURF AND TURF
The New Sheridan Chop House, offers a diverse menu of prime beef, farm fresh game, fresh seafood or pasta, (970) 728-9100. Housed in the Wyndham Peaks Resort Hotel, Appaloosa is a "high altitude steakhouse" with a variety of steaks, seafood and spa cuisine, (970) 728-2512.
Smuggler's, (970) 728-0919, in town and Poacher's Pub, (970) 728-9647, in Mountain Village feature après-ski munchies and pub fare. Smuggler's brews its own ales. Fat Alley BBQ specializes in hickory-smoked meats and pork and beef ribs, (970) 728-3985. The Cornerhouse Grille serves up the finest tater tots in town along with a selection of burgers, veggie burgers and sandwiches, (970) 728-6207. Eagle's Bar and Grille serves creative American cuisine with Asian and southwestern accents. (970) 728-0886. Jack's Place serves scrumptious all American fare for lunch and dinner, (970) 728-1801.
N THE GO
For lunch on the go or an afternoon snack, stop by Place Des Crepes for scrumptious crepe delights, Diggity Dog for hot dogs extraordinaire, or Mesa Quesa for traditionally outstanding Mexican favorites.
At the Steaming Bean, a Main Street gathering place, sip a latte or surf the net, (970) 728-0793. Grab a fresh-baked bagel, donut or muffin at Baked In Telluride (B.I.T.), (970) 728-4775. The Coffee Cowboy, a walk-up stand near the center of town, serves all types of coffee drinks and fruit smoothies. Pop in Skier's Union Cafe in Mountain Village for a quick cup of Joe before hitting the slopes, (970) 728-0404.
Guests hungering for a more hearty breakfast can try some home cooking at Maggie's, (970) 728-3334. Enjoy fresh-baked goods at the Wildflour Cooking Company, (970) 728-8887.
SLEIGH RIDES GALORE
For something completely different, take a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride to a four-course dinner at Skyline Guest Ranch, (970) 728-3757.
APRES-SKI HOT SPOTS
After a glorious day on the slopes, locals and visitors flock to several favorite watering holes. Guests can sample one of bartender Jay Raible's perfect margaritas at Swede Finn, a Paulaner beer at Leimgruber's, or enjoy a thirst-quenching beer at Wildflour. Cocktail hour at the Great Room in the Wyndham Peaks Resort rolls out a selection of tasty libations along with a breathtaking sunset. Visitors travel through time upon entering the historic New Sheridan Bar, with a turn of the century hand-carved wood bar and billiards room. Couples share intimate conversation over martinis in the swank candle lit lounge of Bluepoint's Noir Bar. Late night revelers can kick up their heels to live music at Fly Me to the Moon Saloon. Many other restaurants also have lively bars with drinks, appetizer specials and entertainment.
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