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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....

The Colo. and N.M. BIPOC breweries making beer you should be sippin’ on this summer

It’s far past due that we pay attention to and patronize Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) owned goods and businesses.

Beer, in particular, is a DGO Mag staple and we feel it necessary to remind y’all of all the delicious brews we have here in the Southwest that just happen to be owned and made by...

Does Farmington’s Mmm Que Rico restaurant live up to its name?

It isn’t often that you come across restaurants that name themselves an exclamation. There aren’t many diners calling themselves “Now, This Is a Lot of Grease!” or pizza places identifying as “OMG, I Can’t Handle the Cheesiness!”

Farmington’s Mmm Que Rico!, on the other hand, does — prompting hungry eaters to wonder if...

Eat Zawadi brings traditional African cuisine to the Four Corners

If you, like us, are elated whenever a new restaurant opens — especially one specializing in a type of food that’s hard to come by in the Four Corners — we have good news. Eat Zawadi, specializing in traditional African cuisine, has opened in Durango.

Chef Arnold Ngumbao, aka Chef Safari, has been a staple of the...

MEE Hmong Cuisine in Pagosa Springs offers a fresh take on Asian fusion

If you’re looking for fast-casual Asian fusion food in Pagosa Springs, you could do worse than MEE Hmong Cuisine. As Colorado’s restaurants began to reopen when coronavirus restrictions eased, it was one of the first we visited.

According to the restaurant’s website, the Hmong people are an ethnic group from the...

Pagosa Brewing Co. excels at both innovative and traditional beer styles

Pagosa Brewing Co. stands out as a place to find both beers with wild flavors and very good examples of traditional brews. As an example of the former, its Salty Caramel Stout — it tastes exactly like what it sounds like — occupies a space in my mind as a perfect dessert beer.

When we dropped by this time, as Pagosa...

Can cannabinoids make spicy foods more tolerable?

One of the greatest things in life is spicy food. It is a truth universally acknowledged, and I don’t care what you say to the contrary. In addition to making life more enjoyable, spicy food also promotes longevity, speeds up your metabolism, and fights bacteria, cancer cells and bacteria.

Then again, it’s easy to...

What to expect for Great American Beer Fest 2020 during COVID-19

We would be lying to you if we said the Great American Beer Festival wasn’t our favorite time of year, so we won’t say that. What we will say is that while we understand the plight of the nation’s largest craft beer festival, we are completely bummed about the (well-warranted) redirection of the 2020 GABF. Thanks, COVID-19,...

Searching for a socially-distanced breakfast at the Durango Farmers Market

If you’re looking for more places to get ready-to-eat food and you’re willing to leave your house before noon on a Saturday, the Durango Farmers Market has returned.

Obviously, it’s more well known as the place where you go to get local meat and produce, but there are also several vendors who sell baked goods,...

Trying the take-out margarita (and a pizza) at the Ska Brewing HQ

Ska Brewing Co. and its attached eatery, The Container of Food, have been offering take-out options since COVID-19 shut down the ability to drink and eat inside. But when Ska — mainly just a beer, hard seltzer, and maybe cider place until now — announced it was also making to-go margaritas, we had to try one.

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Yakety yak: Some helpful words on take-out from Durango’s Himalayan Kitchen

Even during the height of the governor’s stay-at-home order, a large percentage of Durango’s restaurants stayed open — at least enough to fulfill take-out orders. And, as everyone in the city’s tourism industry is fond of pointing out, while Durango has a greater density of restaurants per capita than San Francisco, it’s...

A browsing-free guide to new brews at many of Durango’s liquor stores

If you tried to buy beer or alcohol in April in Durango, there’s a pretty good chance the store wouldn’t let you come inside. Instead, they met you at the door and asked for your shopping list. If you’re like us, this cramps your non-quarantine style of wandering the store and staring at the contents of the refrigeration...

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