If you are planning a family vacation to Telluride, you are probably thinking ahead and hoping to dine out without blowing the budget completely! There is no doubt that Telluride falls on the more expensive end of the spectrum, so knowing the right places to go for a family meal can save you time, hassle and money. Despite their being a number of fine dining establishments in town, there is also an excellent selection of affordable restaurants, saloons and delis where you can enjoy pizza, burgers and sandwiches. Here’s the scoop on our favorites spots for quick and inexpensive family friendly places to eat during your Telluride stay…
Baked In Telluride – I never really understood the attraction to Baked In Telluride until I had a child of my own. Located next to the Telluride Market grocery store on south Fir Street, Baked In Telluride offers a huge range of fresh baked goods daily including doughnuts, pastries and bread. They also make sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (by the whole or by the slice). What I love the most about this place is that everyone brings their kids here, so you don’t need to worry about making a mess or being noisy. It’s also super affordable and quick so you can get in and out quickly without spending a small fortune!!
Brown Dog Pizza Brown Dog is the go to casual eatery for many of Telluride’s regular visiting families. Brown Dog Pizza won first place at the Pizza World Championships in Parma, Italy in 2015! Pizza chef Jim Somekvitch was the first ever American to win the Pizza Triathlon, as well as being the top scoring American Pizza maker. Specialities include their ‘Authentic Chicago Deep Dish Pizza & Authentic Detroit Style Pizza. Menu items also include wings, salads, burgers and pasta.
Smuggler’s Brewpub A casual eatery serving fresh, local farm to table ingredients and award winning brews. Menu highlights include burgers, pasta, soups, salads and Colorado pork, steak and fish entrees. Smuggler’s boasts many medals and awards from beer competitions and festivals such as the Great American Beer Festival. Led by their brewer Thomas Daly, the brewery offers many true classically styled lagers, a large variety of seasonals and many experimental originals. Come see and taste why we are so happy with his work!
Aemono Fine Foods This is one of our absolute favorite’s! Based out in Lawson Hill (right next door to the Telluride Brewing Company), this is the perfect spot for a lunch or early dinner. Jump on your bikes and ride the 3 miles from town to this locally owned pizza kitchen that has been serving fresh and fabulous food in Telluride and the surrounding area for over 15 years. By supporting our local farmers and sourcing high quality ingredients, Aemono uses all natural and/or organic local produce and meats in our dishes. Many gluten-free options are available on a daily basis.
OAK A local favorite based at the bottom of the gondola in Telluride town, OAK is the perfect place to end your ski day and swap stories with colorful local characters. Serving up BBQ style food including fried chicken, gumbo and Po’ Boys, the food at OAK may not be the healthiest, but it is fast, tasty and cheap (well, by Telluride standards anyway).
Flora Dora In my opinion, Flora Dora serves the best burgers in Telluride! Established in 1973 by Florie and Charlie Kane, this institution has been serving up some of the best casual food in town for over 40 years. Menu highlights include duck egg rolls, baked brie & apples, jalapeño popper, soups, salads and a variety of entrees including steak, lamb, chicken, paella and fish. There is also an extensive burger menu, with my all time favorite being the Flora Dora Burger.
High Pie Pizzeria & Tap Room This family friendly pizza place only recently opened it’s doors on Colorado Avenue, and has quickly established itself as a favorite for families with kids. A spacious restaurant with multiple areas for kid’s entertainment, as well as a healthy menu that features local and organic produce, including non GMO oils and flours, this is an easy choice for parents who are looking for a stress free dining experience. Serving an extensive selection of beers in the tap room, as well as home made ice-cream, this spot ticks all of the boxes for a fun, easy, family friendly night out.
Crazy Elk Pizza Crazy Elk Pizza is located up in Mountain Village, right next door to the Tomboy Tavern. Owned by the Telluride Ski Resort, Crazy Elk is meant for good old-fashioned family fun. From the “crazy” interior to the unique varieties of hand-made pizzas, salads and sub sandwiches, Crazy Elk hits the spot for a slice and cold draft beer on the patio, a game of darts, or arcade games for the kids. Offering unique varieties of hand-made pizzas, salads and sub sandwiches, the Crazy Elk has something for the entire family.
Steamies Located on Telluride’s main street, Steamies is a contemporary burger joint serving up the American classic
with a healthy twist. The burgers are steamed, rather than fried, grilled or charbroiled. Their mission is to create a revolutionary dining experience unlike any other in a hip and unique setting on Main Street, Telluride, Colorado. From burgers to dogs, fries to veggies, salads to shakes and more – there is something for everyone. Try the 100% Angus Beef ground chuck burgers, Portabello ‘Shroom burgers and wholesome turkey burgers. Or indulge in all natural premium beef dogs, krinkle cut fries, creamy mac n cheese and award-winning homemade three bean chili.
Tracks Cafe & Bar – Locally owned and operated, Tracks is located in the Mountain Village core area. Serving salads, sandwiches, bowls and more, Tracks is the perfect place to take your kid’s for lunch during a family ski day, and is also great for a quick breakfast or apres ski. Jeff, the owner, is known and loved by all, and this spot is also a favorite hang for the ski instructor crowd. In an area of big hotels and ski area restaurants, this is THE local spot in Mountain Village.
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