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Eating out in Telluride

Apparently between Telluride and Mountain Village, the area boasts over 60 restaurants. Wow! Eating out in Telluride means a lot of options.

For the  most part, our family enjoys eating in during ski trips. After a long day on the slopes, we hesitate to shower and get changed into something decent to head out to eat dinner. When the boys were little we ran the risk of them falling asleep on their dinner plate. Although, we did venture out to a few restaurants in Telluride that are worth gabbing about.


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After shredding the mountain they wanna stay in!


Brown Dog Pizza – The great thing about pizza on ski trips is the leftovers. Brown Dog Pizza is named after the owners’ beloved labs. As avid sports fans, the restaurant has 10 TVs and is in a historic 100 year old building. Their pan pizza was awarded World’s Best Pizza at the international pizza expo in 2013. I have to admit, I called the pizza in and went and picked it up. The place was packed, but had a great vibe. Our family loved our pizza and leftovers. Their menu has more than just pizza, and even has a gluten free section. They also serve Detroit style pizza (square pan).  I think no trip to Telluride is complete without a meal from Brown Dog.

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Smak – This great restaurant/bar is located in Mountain Village and connected to the Hotel Madeline. When we asked locals the best lunch place in Mountain Village, Smak was the answer. Oh! How right they were. I seem to have really good luck at restaurants with lamb sliders on the menu. This place was no different. The bloody mary comes with a slider and bacon. Did you see the picture below? Hubby and I ate here one day while the kids were in ski school. But it was so good, we brought the kids back one of the days we skid with them. Elk prosciutto meatballs anyone? Duke was in love with the smakaroni and cheese (which you could add bacon or short ribs to!). The prices are best on their apres ski menu from 3:30pm-5:00pm.

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Bloody Mary with a lamb slider garnish?

On a cold day, their indoor fireplace hit the spot. But even on warm spring days, they have a fire pit outdoors. There is no view, but when they open their large sliding glass doors to let the fresh mountain air inside, you really don’t care. Not to mention a few TVs if Hubby needs a sports fix during lunch.

Tomboy Tavern – This restaurant sits slope side really close to ski school registration. Tomboy Tavern is a good place to meet if you are traveling with some that ski and some that don’t. Junior and I were shopping that day (due to his arm cast) and easily met up with Hubby, Duke and Bo. Although they have an indoor section, we actually sat outside drug spring break and it was fantastic. They do have patio heaters in case it gets chilly. The chicken pot pie I had hit the spot for comfort food. The buffalo meatloaf was highly recommended. Our service was a little spotty, but we were there with the big lunch rush, so I’m not really complaining.

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Tomboy Tavern

Gorrono Ranch – Live music on the patio or “beach” as they call it make Gorrono Ranch adds a little fun to this on-mountain restaurant. We’ve all frequented some mediocre on mountain restaurants just to keep skiing that much longer. But at Gorrono Ranch, I didn’t feel like I was compromising. It’s quick service and you go through the line. But with buffalo chili, barbecue, and a seared tuna salad, the food is far from your average ski in/ski out restaurant mid-mountain.

I mentioned a couple of other places in my previous post about Telluride. If you’re wondering how the skiing is, take a look here. Stay tuned next week for an interesting post about the Telluride Airport. I’ve got the Mother of the Year Award sewn up for that story.


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