5 Colorado eats to look forward to this summer

Brown Dog Pizza offers delicious, award-winning pies in Telluride, Colorado. Photo Credit: Spencer McKee

The food scene in Colorado delights even the most adventurous palate – no matter what you’re craving. From overstuffed green chili burritos to cheesy mountain pizza pies, here are five meals local foodies and travelers can look forward to this summer.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please note many restaurants are temporarily or permanently closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Delivery and takeout may be available.

1. Green Chile Smothered Burritos

Burrito lovers, this one’s for you! Colorado knows a thing or two about rolling up some burritos.

Azada Mexican Grill (Colorado Springs), Illegal Pete’s (Boulder and Denver), Asada Rico (Denver), and Bonfire Burritos (Golden) are just a few spots worth checking out on the Front Range.

On your way to the mountains, swing by South Park Brewing (Fairplay) for an IPA marinated chicken burrito smothered in your choice of vegetarian green chili or cheesy queso. Highlands Taqueria in Aspen and La Cocina De Luz in Telluride are two other great options for adventurous eaters exploring in the mountains. Brown Dog Coffee Company (Buena Vista), Ghost Town Coffee (Telluride), and Gathering Grounds (Salida) also serve up some tasty breakfast burritos.

2. Post-Hike Sushi Rolls

5 Colorado eats to look forward to this summer

Photo Credit: Roll Up Sushi Food Truck

Who doesn’t love a good sushi roll? A post-hike sushi roll is guaranteed to hit the spot.

A few top picks for city-goers include Fujiyama (Colorado Springs), Sushi Den (Denver), Sushi Zanmai (Boulder), and Okinawa Sushi (Golden).

For mountain travelers, there’s a variety of options for getting your sushi fix. You’ll find Lil’s Sushi Bar & Grill in Crested Butte and Rice Monkey’s in Durango. If visiting Breckenridge, be sure to give Mountain Flying Fish a try. Roll Up Sushi Food Truck is another great option for a quick bite.

3. Colorado-Style Burgers

5 Colorado eats to look forward to this summer

A glazed donut burger. Photo Credit: LaurlPatterson.

From grass-fed beef to wild game to vegetarian-style options, there are countless spots for a great Colorado burger.

If you’re more of a daring foodie, grab some napkins and give the “slopper” a try. This green chili smothered cheeseburger can be found at a handful of spots, such as the Gray’s Coors Tavern in Pueblo. It’s a Colorado classic.

In the mountains, fuel up on burgers for your next summer adventure at House Rock Kitchen (Buena Vista), Empire Burger (Breckenridge), and the Crested Butte Burger Company (Crested Butte).

To find a combo that’s always unique, Crave Real Burger is another great option for foodies. Their odd combos include things like the Luther – also known as the Krispy Kreme burger – with bacon, cheddar cheese, onion, a fried egg, and patty sandwiched between two glazed donuts. Of course, there’s always the option to craft your own burger at places like The Skirted Heifer in Colorado Springs. Toppings include grilled pineapple, applewood smoked bacon, grilled mushrooms, fried egg, house-made guacamole, and, of course, a large cheese skirt.

4. Pre-Adventure Sweets

5 Colorado eats to look forward to this summer

Photo Credit: ex_magician (Flickr)

If you have a sweet tooth, there are several spots you can’t miss in Colorado.

From 12-inch cinnamon rolls at the Donut Mill in Woodland Park to freshly-made cake donuts at 14,000 feet at Pikes Peak Summit House, there are plenty of options when it comes to treating yourself to something sweet.

Niky’s Mini Donuts is a unique spot for fresh mini donuts, soft-serve ice cream, milkshakes, malts, retro, and bulk candy. Voodoo Doughnut is another sweet spot for glazed and powdery confections. The Captain Crunch vanilla frosted donut is downright delicious! Sweet Coloradough (Glenwood Springs), Amy’s Donuts (Colorado Springs), and Daylight Donuts (Breckenridge) are a few other great options.

5. Mountain Pies

5 Colorado eats to look forward to this summer

Beau Jo’s Colorado Style Pizza. Photo Credit: Beau Jo’s

While plenty of pizza spots are still open for delivery and takeout, nothing beats kicking back at a mountain town pizzeria after a long summer hike.

Satisfy your post-adventure cravings at a number of local favorites, including Brown Dog Pizza (Telluride), The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar (Buena Vista), The Secret Stash (Crested Butte), The Crippled Cow (Cripple Creek), and Piante Pizzeria (Breckenridge). The Alpine Restaurant and Bar (Georgetown) is another great option for pizza lovers, sometimes with live music.

It’s also impossible to talk about Colorado pizza without talking about Beau Jo’s, known for its delicious thick-crusted mountain pies. Locations include Idaho Springs, Arvada, Evergreen, Ft. Collins, Longmont, and Steamboat Springs. For the ultimate pizza road trip around the entire state, click here.

Bonus

Kick off your adventure in the Centennial State by exploring the craft beer scene. Fort Collins is at the top of many craft beer lover’s bucket lists. Equinox Brewing, New Belgium Brewing Company, and Odell Brewing Company, are just a few taprooms located within the hop-centric mountain town. Boulder is also bursting with hops with breweries like Avery Brewing Company, Twisted Pine Brewing Co, and Sanitas Brewing Co. For the ultimate brewery road trip around the state, click here.

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you’re consuming alcohol, use a designated driver and consume responsibly. Alcohol consumption is only allowed in Colorado for those 21 and over.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.

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