[July 2019 | San Juan Silver Stage]
By Ninah Hunter
Ridgway’s growing reputation as a foodie town is well-earned. This tiny town has a surprising number of eateries offering fresh, healthy, farm-to-table meals. Its proximity to the local farms and ranches of the Colorado Western Slope is a big reason for its fabulous food. Local farmers markets also provide home-grown, organic produce to the restaurant catering to the healthy-minded culinary connoisseur.
Ridgway’s food scene is also remarkably diverse, from traditional American to International. The crispy chile rellenos are bar none at the Adobe Inn. You can find gourmet tacos at Taco del Gnar, offering up grilled portobello, tempura scallop, and Korean short rib tacos and other such global fusions. Discover authentic Costa Rican cuisine at Costa Rica Land and Ocean Café where the Ceviche is to die for.
The Pad Thai at Thai Paradise will delight your Asian palate. Some of the best Sushi is served at Four Corners Restaurant. The Mushroom Duck at Oriental Chinese Restaurant is a favorite of mine. Try a Charcuterie Board (and try to pronounce it!) at Provisions at the Barber Shop. It’s hard to beat Eatery 66 for its eclectic artisanal-crafted food of locally-sourced products. Superfood Salad, Spiced Chickpea Sandwich, or Pork Belly BLT, anyone?
For the traditionalist, the iconic “ranch-to-fork” True Grit Café makes it hard to choose between its juicy burgers, fish tacos, chicken-fried steak, or grilled salmon. The wood-fired oven pizza options at the Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery are exceptional, as is the craft brew to wash it down. The Yak sliders at Full Tilt Saloon is a local favorite, and so Coloradan. Don’t forget the sweet potato fries!
Crumb Bakery & Cafe is the place for vegetarians and vegans. Fresh and locally-sourced produce goes into its culinary creations, such as the tofu scramble, potato pancakes, eggplant rollatini, and vegan lasagne. You would swear the plant-based Impossible Burger was the real thing!
For the early bird, try the decadently-delicious Lemon Ricotta and Blueberry Pancakes at Kate’s Place. Or just grab a fresh, locally-roasted coffee and pastry at Cimarron Coffee & Bookstore. For an afternoon treat, you can’t go wrong with a lovingly scooped ice cream cone at Ridgway A La Mode Cafe. You can be happy at Happy Hour at most of the Ridgway eateries and pubs. There truly is something for everyone here, except maybe a fast food joint.