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Top 5 Local Only Restaurants in Telluride

Historic Telluride is a popular destination for visitors year-round, giving rise to many unique restaurants that cater to a variety of tastes. There are a few spots around that the locals like to frequent, and we’ve pulled out five restaurants in Telluride for you to review here. You’ll find a little bit of everything on this list, from outdoor dining spots to elegant date nightspots and a few in between.

Sawpit Mercantile

Sawpit Mercantile boasts that they serve the state’s best barbeque. They may be right! This store first opened its doors in 1897, offering “mining supplies and gentlemen’s furnishings,” at a time when Sawpit was a stop on the Rio Grande Southern Railroad. Besides barbeque, you can stop at the Sawpit for gas, groceries, and liquor. Enjoy your BBQ out on the back deck, or order take-out or delivery. What more do you need? Served daily til 5 pm, Sawpit’s menu offers the ever-popular Frito Pie and the Pork Gasm, Pulled Pork Burritos, sandwiches, corndogs and hotdogs, ribs, and sides. There’s Brunswick Stew, chili, and an Elk Cheddar Jalapeno Brat too. You can also order one of their specialty plates and get a little of everything.

Sawpit Mercantile
20643 Highway 145, at mile marker 80; Placerville CO
970-728-9898
Monday – Friday 8 am – 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am – 7 pm

Brown Dog Pizza

Every town has got to have a good pizza joint, and Telluride has Brown Dog Pizza. According to the 2013 International Pizza Expo judges in Las Vegas, Nevada, they have the best pan pizza in the world! Come judge for yourself. Dine in or order your pie to go. Their menu has lots of wing options, lots of subs and wraps, a couple of salads and a very wide selection of pizza. The pizza section of the menu features Detroit Square Pizza, American Classic Pizza, Thin Crust Pizza, and a Sicilian Style Pizza. Plus, there are gluten-free and kids’ menu sections too. Just make it easy on yourself and order their customer favorite YX Cheesesteak Sub or the award-winning 3-1-3 pizza. And if you feel like staying in and grilling your pizza in your lovely rental, just order a Pizza Kit and watch their video. You’ll be making your own award-winning pizza in no time! There are no Telluride restaurants worthy of competing for the best pizza with Brown Dog Pizza!

Brown Dog Pizza
110 East Colorado Ave., Telluride CO
970-728-8046
11 am – 10 pm daily

The Coffee Cowboy

This cute coffee spot is really a food truck, set back off the sidewalk a bit. It’s a great place to people watch as you enjoy your first cup of the day. There’s plenty of outside seating and there’s a Pay-it-Forward wall, where you can buy someone else a drink! Try a cup of their customer favorite Annie Oakley coffee to get things started, grab a pastry or breakfast burrito, sit back and enjoy the view of the snow-capped mountains all around you. Their menu also includes smoothies, frappes, cold & hot tea, espresso and chocolate drinks, iced coffee, and various hot coffee drinks, plus puppicinos for your furry friends.

The Coffee Cowboy
131 East Colorado Ave., Telluride CO
970-369-4996
Daily 7 am – 7 pm

Taco del Gnar

Since 2013, this “progressive taco shop” with the “sauciest tacos in town” has been serving their gnarly tacos and more to an appreciative Telluride clientele. Gnar is housed in one of Telluride’s historic wooden buildings, has a nice, casual atmosphere, and is dog friendly. Customer favs include the Drippy (chorizo, tater tots and lots of drippy queso blanco and sauce), the Pork Belly Taco, Lambrizo Taco, and the black bean-spinach side. Recent specials have included a Jalepeno Elk Sausage Taco, a Bahn Mi Mami (Korean bbq beef taco), and Cinnamon Cheese Cake (just the thing after a few gnarly tacos).

Taco del Gnar
123 South Oak Street, Telluride CO
970-728-7938
Open Tuesday – Saturday 11 am to 9 pm, closed Sunday & Monday

Chop House Restaurant

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include one nice, elegant, but casual date night spot; that’s exactly what the Chop House Restaurant is! It’s a “classic steak house” with lots of traditional detailing, wood floors, and high coffered ceilings with warm, rich colors. They offer steak, seafood, and more. Sit inside amid tables topped with crisp white linens and sparkling glassware or sit outside alongside the hustle and bustle of historic downtown Telluride. Don’t forget to make a reservation, as it’s one of the best Telluride restaurants! Customer favorites include the French dip, filet mignon, the dry-aged bison ribeye, the elk short loin, and their prime NY strip. Oh, and make sure you order a side of parmesan truffle fries!

Chop House Restaurant
233 West Colorado Ave. (in the New Sheridan Hotel), Telluride CO
970-728-9100
Breakfast and Lunch: 8 am – 2 pm, Dinner from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Amazing Restaurants in Telluride

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