Durango Eateries

It is an absolute must for my husband and I to venture to Durango, Colorado at least once a month. Durango is roughly 45 minutes from Farmington and the dining there is simply impeccable. From gastropubs to pizza shops, this Rocky Mountain town has a variety of eateries. If you’re ever in the area, here are five eateries I highly recommend!

El Moro Spirits and Tavern

Durango is a quaint town situated in the Rocky Mountains and this eatery illustrates the exciting Wild West. In downtown Durango, El Moro Spirits and Tavern is the perfect stop for a unique cocktail, like a Bloody Mary cocktail that is made with bacon-infused whiskey.

There is an interesting story behind El Moro as it is the site of “Durango’s Strangest Shootout.” Durango was established in 1880 as a mining town. In 1906, Sheriff William Thompson raided the saloon during a poker game and confiscated a roulette wheel. Outside of El Moro, Thompson confronted the city marshal, Jesse Stansel, for his lack of enforcement. Then guns were drawn and Thompson was killed.

If you want to step back in time, visit El Moro. The old-timey vibes still linger within the eatery because of the tin ceiling and exposed brick walls. On one side of the building, a bar that reaches to the ceiling is packed with bottles of liquor that includes different whiskeys and infused vodkas.

The brunch at El Moro is exceptional. Homemade blueberry Pop-Tarts and bottle service mimosas for $20? You can’t go wrong with that! One of my favorite cocktails there is called the “Gun ‘N’ Roses,” which is lavender infused gin, champagne, ruby port, grapefruit juice, and a splash of lavender and lemongrass syrup. To. Die. For.

Some bites I recommend are the espresso salted caramel corn, cast iron seared salmon burger, and the fresh goat cheese infused with wild fennel pollen and lavender (Did I mention anything with lavender; I’m there!)

Durango Coffee Company

This is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy a novel or catch up with a friend. Durango Coffee Company serves premium coffee that is delicious, plus they do latte art…amazing!

Durango Coffee Company is not only a coffee shop, but also a place to buy cookbooks, bakeware and tea pots. Think a local Williams-Sonoma in a mountain town. I enjoy browsing through the aisles of kitchen supplies, waiting for the barista to make my coffee.

A long list of specialized coffees are offered like snickerdoodle latte, Milky Way latte, white butterscotch mocha and one of my favorites, Mexican mocha, a mix of chocolate and cinnamon goodness.

This place definitely gets my stamp of approval!

Jean Pierre

When my husband and I travel to Durango for the day I always insist we walk into Jean Pierre Bakery. Croissants, fruit tarts and macarons galore! These tasty treats adorn the bakery shelves and I can never leave without buying something.

Jean Pierre opened in 2004 and is located just a ½ block from the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train- an attraction you must do if you visit!

The bakery is attached to a restaurant that serves authentic French food. I’ve had breakfast here and let me tell ya, the quiches are so tasty!

Several other items on the dinner menu are escargot, poulet de champignon, and shrimp provençal.

Eno

Eno is an exciting coffee/wine/tapas bar with a contemporary flair. The ingredients they use are unique and fresh. Every day, Eno serves various “…of the day” tapas, whether that is bruschetta, deviled eggs or quiche. My husband and I had the pesto deviled eggs and they were fantastic!

Eno is a smaller restaurant with colorful paintings hanging on the walls. Most of the customers were working on their laptops and drinking wine. So this place is like a local Starbucks, except instead of a Skinny Vanilla Latte, you can order a vodka and tonic!

So what tapas to order? Well we ordered the summer vegetable bruschetta, the deviled eggs and baked brie with blackberries and drizzled balsamic. Um…delectable!

And for cocktails, I ordered the Alpen Glow, which won the 2013 Taste of Durango for “best cocktail!” The Alpen Glow is a concoction of muddled mint, cucumber and lime with lavender bitters, rum, hibiscus liqueur, soda and ginger ale. LOVED it!

Homeslice Pizza

Durango is a college town so there OBVIOUSLY has to be a pizza place. Homeslice has some of the best pizza I have ever tasted! With two locations in Durango, basically any ingredient you can imagine can garnish your specialty pizza.

My husband and I ski at Durango Mountain Resort and after long days of hitting the slopes, we stop by Homeslice on the way home for a slice of pizza and a cold local beer. The Moscow Mules are also a huge hit!

Homeslice is trendy, fun and the staff are extremely friendly. A few of my favorite pizzas are- “Pork-U-Pine,” which is smoked ham, pineapple, aged cheddar cheese on marinara sauce; “Thyme Traveler,” which is chicken sausage, caramelized onions, and thyme on garlic oil sauce; and “Fa-Gouda-Boutit,” which is breaded eggplant, smoked gouda, smoked bacon, basil on marinara sauce.

Homeslice really is a slice of heaven. Make sure to try it when you are in town. You won’t be disappointed!

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