Restaurant Review: Nana & Nano Monteleone’s Deli and Pasta House

By Forrest Whitman 418 E. Main Street, Trinidad, CO (719) 846-2696 Wednesday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Waiting for a train in Trinidad, Colorado? The wait can be better if you eat at this little Italian deli. It’s on Main Street about five blocks from trackside so you can almost hear the train …

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Restaurant Review: Chappy’s Mountain View Bar and Grill

By Elliot Jackson 213 Main Street, Westcliffe, CO 81252 719-783-0813 Monday – Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. For a town of its size (565, or 1,152 if you combine it with neighboring Silver Cliff), Westcliffe has an amazing number of restaurants. Not all of them are open all …

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Restaurant Review

The Fritz
113 East Sackett St., Salida, CO
(719)539-0364

 By Ann Marie Swan

The Fritz opened in a space that’s seen a number of eateries come and go. Yet, the Fritz, a hot spot for locals and visitors alike, seems to have broken the curse of restaurants past with real success. Most of the time, the restaurant is busy enough.

The street-side wall of glass invites sunlight into this handsome, historic space with a wood floor, gold and espresso-colored tin ceiling and exposed brick wall holding up local art. Patrons in the back of the restaurant can see through to Riverside Park’s treetops. Comfy, lounge patio furniture and tables fill the spacious outdoor area, a welcoming spot to sip cool drinks and watch the comings and goings at the park.

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Restaurant Review

High Mountain Pies
114 West 4th Street
Leadville, Colorado
719-486-5555

by Chris McGinnis

Tucked a bit out of the way in Leadville, High Mountain Pies pizzeria is housed in a bluebird-colored building about a half block off Harrison Avenue on West Fourth Street. It is a small yet comfortable, cute, family-friendly, homey place.

Ample servings of fresh, high-quality ingredients go into the offerings here. Most menu items are homemade. The result is consistently delicious, distinctive, flavorful pies, sandwiches and more.

The staff is engaging, friendly and happy to discuss their menu items to make a recommendation. The service is excellent.

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Restaurant Review

Garlic Mike’s
2674 Hwy 135
Gunnison, Colorado
970-641-2493

Reviewed by Elliot Jackson

I confess that since moving to the Gunnison Valley earlier this year, I haven’t taken as much advantage as I might like of the multiple opportunities to dine out that the area offers. Part of this is due to time crunch, as I spend a lot of time working at odd hours; part of it is financial – probably all Colorado Central readers can relate to that one. And, somewhat related to the money-and-time-crunch issues is another one, that I have only recently identified to myself, which basically boils down to this: if I’m going to spend the time and money to go out to eat, I want to feel reasonably assured that what I’m ordering is going to be a better specimen of meal – be it omelette, salad, burrito, or steak and potato dinner – than I can make myself at home.

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regional restaurant review

Little Cambodia
135 N. F Street
Salida, CO
719-539-6599

by Elliot Jackson

It was a couple of years ago, on a trip to San Francisco, that I became acquainted with Phò. I remember the meeting vividly – I was sitting at a large table in a Vietnamese restaurant, surrounded by the family and friends of my travelling companion. “Order the Phò,” was the command of the cognoscenti in the crowd and, obediently, I did. A large steaming bowl of noodle soup jammed with meat, fish and bean sprouts, all flavored by basil and hot spices came to the table, and I was in love.

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regional restaurant review

by Lum Pennington

Teocalli Tamale
311 1/2 Elk Avenue
Crested Butte, CO
(970) 349-2005
www.teocallitamale.com

This winter in Salida has been an anomaly: endless weeks of sunny, warmish weather with hardly a snowflake in sight. When even my Toyota began to whimper, longing for a cool slick of snow and ice in its treads, we struck out in search of “winter wonderland,” suspecting we’d find it in Crested Butte.

Admittedly Crested Butte is a long way to travel for lunch – especially since Salida offers so many terrific culinary options. But hey, we were in need of snow. And we found it – and the reward we knew we’d get at Teocalli Tamale.

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regional restaurant review

China Village, 60693 U.S. Hwy 285, Bailey, CO, (303) 838-3308

By Patty LaTaille

Whenever I mention China Village as my favorite restaurant to visit on trips to and from the Front Range, the inevitable response is: “Chinese food? In Bailey? Where?”

Yes, you bet your sweet bippy there is good Chinese food in Bailey! My favorite Chinese restaurant in the state of Colorado is right in this geographically challenged location. I’m super picky about Chinese food – having been raised outside of New York City, with my favorite food being rice – the basis for most Asian cuisine.

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regional restaurant review – The W Café

For over fifty years the W Cafe has been feeding its share of hungry Western State students, alumni, locals and tourists.

With its vinyl tablecloths and booths, yard-sale wall art and hectic but friendly and efficient staff, one can’t help but hearken back to roadside cafes from endless road trips through America’s midsection.

This is no shi-shi breakfast joint, it’s the real deal. You want stick-to-your-ribs biscuits and gravy to help ward off the cold Gunnison winter? This is your place. A smothered breakfast burrito served with sides of guacamole and sour cream? They’ve got it.

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Peace of Art Café

Regional restaurant review by Patty LaTaille

Organic Peddler
14475 W. Hwy. 160
Del Norte, CO 81132
(719) 65-Peace

Healthy eaters and vegetarian travelers can now travel through the San Luis Valley with peace of mind and a culinary destination ahead. There exists an oasis of organic food and drinks in the meat and fried potatoes and road trip fare in an unlikely spot – Del Norte. Look for the mustard yellow building and sign for the Organic Peddler and Peace of Art Café right on Highway 160.

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Manuelitas Restaurant – Raw Oysters at 10,152 Feet

Regional Restaurant Review

by C.C. staff

311 Harrison Street
Leadville, CO 80461
719-486-0292

Manuelitas Restaurant in Leadville has been serving traditional Mexican and seafood dishes for nine years. Although miles above and away from the ocean, the seafood dishes are especially unique – prepared and seasoned in a style commonly found along the sunny beaches of Mexico.

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The East West Grill

Regional restaurant review by Patty LaTaille

East West Grill
408 4th St.
Alamosa, CO 81101
(719) 589-4600

If you’re the type of person who requires a plethora of menu choices and all types of cuisine – the East West Grill is the place for you. This is a picky person’s paradise, especially if you’re looking for reasonably priced ethnic fare, which is available as fresh salads, wraps, pastas, all-American hamburgers or rice bowls with brown or white rice and Japanese bento boxes.

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The Villa Grove Trade

34094 U S Hwy 285
Villa Grove, CO 81155
719-655-2203

Above and beyond your standard burger fare, the Villa Grove Trade & Café is a favorite for locals and travelers passing through the San Luis Valley. Located right off Hwy. 285 in the tiny hamlet of Villa Grove, “the Trade” is the heart of this small, yet diverse, community. It’s where the men gather for “Ranching 101” and brewed coffee talk every morning, while telecommuters hook up their laptops to the high speed internet access and sip their espressos and lattes.

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