The Ultimate Durango Day for the Foodie
A foodie’s perfect day in the culinary destination of Durango, Colorado.
24-Hour Durango Itinerary for the Food Lover
With an influx of new talent and a wide range of inspiration, from traditional Old West dishes to Southwestern flair, Durango is quickly becoming a culinary destination. Marcos Wisner, co-founder of the innovative food truck concept and community space 11th Street Station, helped us find the best of the best. Here’s Wisner’s perfect 24 hours for the Durango foodie.
Wisner swears by Taste Coffee for a great morning cup. “There's no better start to your journey through Durango's food scene than beginning at Taste Coffee, located inside 11th Street Station.Their Noisette, a shot of espresso with a dash of hot milk, is absolutely delicious. Strong, but delightful.”
Carver’s Brewing Company
Breakfast at a brewery? Wisner says “absolutely.” “Right down the block is Carver’s, a locals' staple and hangout that's buzzing with people and activity at all times of the day. They offer an array of food preferences for every person, everything from comfort food (biscuits and gravy, pancakes, banana split-granola), to vegetarian, to low-carb, to classic eggs and bacon (the Miner's breakfast).”
Work it Off With Biking or Hiking
Next, Wisner recommends taking advantage of everything Durango has to offer with a morning in-town bike or hike. “After a healthy, light breakfast (or biscuits and gravy), jump on a bike or pull on a pair of hiking boots and head to one of the many trails right on the outskirts of town. A morning walk along the river through town is also an option.”
11th Street Station
Lunch, of course, is at 11th Street Station. Wisner says the range of options will keep your mouth watering. “Lunch is back on at 11th Street Station! Any one of the five food trucks in the courtyard have bites for every taste. You'll never go wrong with the sliders from Backcountry Gourmet, or tacos from Smoking On Wheels, or a poke bowl from Manny Fresh, or a Mandatory Pizza from The Box."
Animas Chocolate Company
After lunch, an afternoon on Main Avenue, complete with sweet treats, is in order. Wisner says, “An afternoon of perusing the shops and strolling the streets of downtown Durango should conclude with an afternoon pick-me-up of a Mexican Mocha and home-made truffles or bean-to-bar chocolate treats from Animas Chocolate Company.”
El Moro Tavern
Dinner at Ore House or Seasons
Wisner knows great food, and for dinner, he’d send visitors to Ore House or Seasons of Durango: “Follow up with a lovely dinner at the Ore House or Seasons. Both restaurants have impressive award-winning wine lists, incredible service, and fine-dining southwestern flavors.”
Eno or The Office
If you’ve still got some steam, head over to Eno or The Office with your date or some friends for a nightcap, Wisner suggests. “A nightcap or after-dinner drinks are best served at Eno or The Office. Both places offer live music most weekend nights and a romantic, yet casual ambiance that's perfect for the end of the evening.”