Finding the best food around in Telluride, Colorado

What do the Indie Film Producer and the ski buff have in common? At the end of the day, they’re ready for a great place to share a meal and drinks with friends and colleagues. They don’t have far to look in Telluride, Colorado.

In the 1700’s, the “San Juan Mountains” lured silver and gold miners seeking their fortunes. The Sheridan Mine was the first claim in the 1870’s. In 1878, the resulting mining town originally called Columbia officially changed its name to Telluride. But a different kind of powder (snow) has brought additional fame to the town in the last 50 years.

The interesting history of Telluride and its small town personality continue to draw people to experience everything from its annual film festival, to spectacular leaf peeping, to incredible skiing, and of course to wonderful cuisine.

Paying homage to that first mining camp, The New Sheridan Chop House and Bar is an elegant place to savor the events of the day or plans for tomorrow over a beautifully-presented meal of Rainbow trout pecan encrusted with bacon spaetzle, ginger bok choy, pomegranates and curried butternut squash sauce. After dinner, you may want to step next door to the New Sheridan Bar very similar to when it opened in 1895. If you want to be close to the slopes where you spent the day, try the 221 South Oak Bistro, just steps from the Gondola. In a tastefully refurbished historic home, experience the savory cuisine of Chef Eliza H.S. Gavin whose training from Napa Valley to Asia to Paris is all reflected in original dishes using the freshest of ingredients.

If your day of skiing, hiking, shopping, or deal-making has left you ravenous, then head to Fat Alley Barbecue for southern BBQ accompanied with sweet potato fries and snap pea and feta salad. You’ll sit on benches, get quick, friendly service, and leave very full. There are even options for vegetarians. The scenic area around Telluride abounds with wonderful horse and hiking trails so how about an end of the day rendezvous at The Appaloosa downstairs in The Peaks Mountain Village. Touted as a high altitude elegant steak house, The Appaloosa delivers with great steak entrees like the Cowboy Rib eye cut served with the house specialty Bordelaise sauce.

If Telluride seems like a sleepy little mountain town, think again. After dark live music, dancing, and old-style taverns come to life. The five star rated Smugglers Brew Pub near the gondola is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. The Fly Me to the Moon Saloon is great for live music, dancing, and pool. Play darts, pool, drink beer and people watch at The Last Dollar Saloon. Imbibe in champagne at The Bubble Lounge or if you haven’t adjusted to the 8500 ft altitude, try out their oxygen bar. As the sun sets in Telluride, the dawn of another day filled with excitement and great dining adventures is not far away.