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Top 3 Local Only Places to Eat in Telluride

When we go on vacation, usually we do so because we are wanting a change from our normal everyday routine and our familiar routes and places of choice. For that reason, when we travel to a new place, we want to try foods from places we never have before. It can sometimes be difficult to find or choose from the large variety of hidden culinary treasures that can be found. For this reason, we have put together a list of the top five best local only places to eat in Telluride, Colorado!


Caravan Middle Eastern Food

From the outside, this little slice of Middle Eastern cuisine looks like your typical little hole-in-the-wall restaurant, and as many find, these often are some of the best restaurants in Telluride. Well, this is true with Caravan Middle Eastern Food, which is not only affordably priced but also quite fast. It is perfect for vegetarians, as they have an assortment of vegan and vegetarian dishes as well as a gluten free menu! You will not find any steroid infused meats when you dine at Caravan Middle Eastern Foods; you will be getting only naturally raised meats that have had no chemical additives. Additionally, you will find only organic locally grown or whole food ingredients. Their menu ranges from falafel sandwiches to chicken shish-kebab and even a Messe Vegetarian Sampler. You will also find your tradition Middle Eastern sides as well such as hummus, Baba Ganoush, Tabouli, lentil soup, etc. Not feeling like a heavy meal? Well, you’re in luck, as they also offer a wide range of smoothies such as tropical, triple berry, whole meal vegetable, and more! If you find yourself traveling to Telluride for a special event, make sure to keep them in mind, as they also offer catering that can include off-menu items! So, if you are looking to try something different, and possibly even try a new kind of food altogether, make sure you stop by and give Caravan Middle Eastern Food a go.

Chop House

Who doesn’t like sitting down and enjoying creamy mashed potatoes, nestled next to a juicy steak seared to perfection with a light crust of seasoning upon its outer edges? (Besides our vegetarian visitors, of course.) Well, this classic steakhouse will give you exactly that when you sit down at its tables to dine. Rated #1 on TripAdvisor, they offer a variety of different western game. For instance, here you will find entrees such as chicken, salmon, filet mignon, ribeye, and even elk short loin! However, they even have an item or two for any vegetarians that might be joining you such as grilled tofu. As well, you will find that they have quite the collection of wines, ranging from famous American labels to those from the famous vineyards of France, all of which are stored in their nitrogen wine bar! Not coming for an intimate, candle-lit dinner? Don’t worry, as they also offer breakfast, brunch, lunch, and even have a café service! So, if you’re looking for something a bit familiar and to satisfy that craving that only the meat eaters will appreciate, then make sure you try the Chop House.

The National

If you are looking for a romantic meal with a significant other or maybe even a first date, or even looking for a warm place to share some laughs and a meal with friends, The National is just what you are after. This restaurant offers a range of different entrees ranging from elk loin to trout to even a vegan lasagna! However, they don’t only offer a wide variety of types of plates ranging from single entrees like those above, as well as small plates for those looking to try a bit of everything including Blue Grouse Bread, Duck Liver Mousse and Burrata. You’ll even find big plates made specifically for multiple people to enjoy such as a  Kale Caesar Salad, Cauliflower Cashew Soup and more! If you are looking for a truly stunning experience, then make sure to inquire about their rooftop experience which is a private four course dinner with a rooftop view of the surrounding area. If you find yourself dining here but aren’t quite sure what wine you’d like to pair, make sure you ask their on-staff sommelier or bar chef who would be happy to suggest the perfect wine or drink for your delectable meal. Finally, The National looks to truly give you the best meal possible, and for that reason they work very closely with local farms and community to ensure that their menu only has the freshest and highest quality of ingredients. So, if you are looking for the perfect night amongst friends, or the perfect date, then make sure to keep The National in mind!


If any of these made your mouth water and your stomach rumble, make sure to call Lodging in Telluride at 888-998-6471 to book your trip to Telluride, CO!

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