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Del Norte’s Colorado Grille & Tap House has interesting sandwiches and tasty beverages

On a recent trip through Del Norte, a street-corner restaurant caught our eye. We’d only ever really stopped in the town near the eastern end of Wolf Creek Pass for beer and pizza at Three Barrel Brewing Co., so we pulled over and went in.

The Colorado Grille & Tap House opened in April 2017 and is connected to the...

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San Luis Valley Brewing Co. has good beers in a hip downtown setting in Alamosa

When we think of Colorado towns with cool downtown pubs, Alamosa doesn’t typically come to mind. But given our recent experience with the San Luis Valley Brewing Co., maybe it should.

The brewery, which opened in March 2006, was the valley’s first, at least according to the newspaper-styled menus they’re currently...

Bayfield’s Pine Cone fills a soft-serve and burgers niche

When Durango’s Dairy Queen closed in June of 2017, it marked the end of an era. Sure, it was just a fast-food, burgers and ice-cream joint, but it had been a part of the North Main Avenue landscape for 39 years.

As its former location transformed into a Starbucks, the only soft-serve options in town became the other...

Trying out some of Fenceline Cider’s 2020 summer line-up

One of the nifty things about Mancos’ Fenceline Cider is they always seem to be churning out (er ... pressing out?) new things.

Over the course of this summer, we kept noticing the photos of refreshing-looking fermented fruit beverages they would toss onto the internet, and eventually, our resistance wore down. So we...

Break Room Brewing Co. in Pagosa Springs seems like the “Cheers” of Eagle Drive

The first thing you notice when you arrive at Break Room Brewing Co. in Pagosa Springs is its large outdoor patio. The second thing you notice is that it’s very much a community hangout, à la “Cheers.”

We wish that our visit to the establishment occurred during the non-COVID-19 times (remember those?), because the first...

Pagosa’s Rosie’s Pizzeria delivers New York pizza in mountain town setting

There’s a certain aesthetic shared by mountain town pizzerias: ski- and snowboard-based decorations, exposed wood or brick, and simple but festive furnishings such as Christmas lights. If the mountain town pizzeria is located in Colorado, the state flag will definitely be printed or painted across some large swath of wall....

COVID-19 hasn’t completely killed this year’s San Juan Brewfest

We’re not getting a San Juan Brewfest this year — and for the same reason everything else you were looking forward to in 2020 has been canceled. But you don’t have to go home, er ... stay there ... well, not without a consolation prize, anyway.

The people who put on the annual San Juan Beerfest beer extravaganza in...

UNM is getting its own beer, so here’s our hypothetical take on a Fort Lewis College version

We saw recently that the University of New Mexico teamed up with Albuquerque’s Rio Bravo Brewing Co. to make “El Lobo Rojo,” a UNM-branded beer.

The brew is apparently a classic wheat beer brewed with fresh cherry juice. It’s not actually debuting until Nov. 12, but allegedly it has a delicately hoppy and refreshing...

Cold beverages hit the spot at Mi Tequila in Dolores

During a recent trip to visit a friend in Montezuma County, I suggested hitting up one of Mancos’ alcohol-slinging businesses. A newly-minted Dolores resident, she countered with the idea of checking out Mi Tequila.

The new Mexican restaurant had sprung into existence underneath my radar, apparently during the height of...

The eponymous food item at Diane’s Tortilla Burger is worth the search

When it comes to burger joints, Diane’s Tortilla Burger may be one of La Plata County’s best-kept secrets. Unless someone tells you, or you live or work on county roads 307 or 308 (Diane’s is at the intersection of the two), you’d never know where it was.

The eatery came to exist about 5 years ago, after its owner,...

Adiós, potato — Taco Bell is droping everything tater-based like it’s hot

There’s nothing is quite as jarring as pulling up to a Taco Bell drive-thru microphone after a long day at work, reciting by rote the order you’ve given hundreds of times over your lifetime, and being told, “Actually, we’ve discontinued that item.”

“But I’ve gotten a taco salad at this chain at least ten times a year...

Fresh, farm-to-table food is freely available at The Farm

For years now, I’ve heard from Cortez residents that The Farm Bistro is a great place to eat, but I haven’t set out to confirm it until now.

According to its website, the farm-to-table restaurant was started by Rusty and Laurie Hall in 2009 as an outlet for their organic Seven Meadows Farm, but the owners have since...

Subtle beers and tasty green chile flow at Cortez’s Main Street Brewery

We don’t know why it took us so long to try out Cortez’s Main Street Brewery & Restaurant. Maybe it’s the name. While it certainly won’t lead you wrong – the brewery is indeed on Main Street – it’s not quite as attention-grabbing as your WildEdges or Skas.

Whatever the case, we’re sorry we didn’t drop by sooner....

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