Best of the Valley: Food

BEST BURGER

Fatbelly

220 Main Street, Carbondale

970.963.1569

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The grass is greener on Carbondale’s Main Street, making for the valley’s best burger joint. At $6.18 for The Standard, it’s simplicity at its best: a grind of top-cut Crystal River beef that’s griddle-smashed to amp up that crispy juicy contrast, classic American cheese, lettuce/onion/tomato, and their own sauce all in a chewy, supple bun. Yum. -GJV

BEST FINE DINING

Juicy Lucy’s

308 7th Street, Glenwood Springs

970.945.4619

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A mainstay along Glenwood’s 7th Street Restaurant Row, Juicy Lucy’s has long been a favorite of locals and tourists alike. The classic chophouse features Colorado meats, fresh seafood, creative lunch and dinner specials, and a wildly popular happy hour from 4-6 p.m. The place is always packed, and for good reason. -CC

BEST SUSHI

Zheng Asian Bistro

35 C Market Street, Glenwood Springs

970.928.9077

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Whether you are in the mood for exotic (eel) or more conventional (blackened tuna) rolls, Zheng Asian Bistro has a diverse selection of sushi that is sure to please! Open for lunch and dinner, quality ingredients and expert know-how have kept customers coming back for over a decade. -SWK

BEST PIZZA

White House Pizza

801 Main Court, Carbondale

970.704.9400

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Carbondale’s beloved White House has spent 20 years perfecting what locals agree are the tastiest pies in the valley. Frosty beer, fun apps, hearty salads, and a roster of signature specialty pizzas attract a constant flow of locals—and the vibe is always casual and easygoing. -CC

BEST ITALIAN

Italian Underground

715 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs

970.945.6422

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Four brothers brought northern Italy to Glenwood in 1983; today, friends of the family continue the tradition of authentic Italian in an old-world sandstone basement beneath the historic Silver Club Building. Rich aromas of garlic, sauce, sausage, and pasta fill the parking lot out back! Bread baked daily and sherbert on the house. -GJV

BEST COFFEE HOUSE

Bonfire Coffee

433 Main Street, Carbondale

970.510.5327

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In a valley crammed with coffee shops, Bonfire is an easy standout. Serving up craft cups o’ joe from consciously-sourced and locally-roasted beans, the bustling downtown cafe is a hive of activity from open to close. There’s not a more cozy place to be on a snowy day—or any day, for that matter. -CC

BEST MEXICAN

El Korita

251 Harris Street, Willits

970.277.4500

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Well-known throughout the Roaring Fork Valley for its authentic Mexican food, margaritas, and atmosphere, El Korita’s menu highlights a variety of delicious seafood, and dishes like chili rellenos and carne asada. Travel sites feature rave reviews by Spanish and English-speakers alike. Call ahead to avoid waits! –SWK

BEST LUNCH SPOT

Village Smithy

26 S. Third Street, Carbondale

970.963.9990

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Serving “real food for real people” since 1975, the Smithy hits every taste point: sweet, savory, or spicy. Think Americana-meets-TexMex with all your favorites, upgraded. Only wholesome, quality ingredients that satisfy every food mood, from burgers and sammies to soups and salads to daily specials, plus lotsa vegetarian and GF choices! -GJV

BEST WINE AND SPIRITS

Sopris Liquor & Wine

1026 Highway 133, Carbondale

970.963.5880

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Need the perfect holiday libation, but can’t always find your way around a liquor store? With three managers, one each for wine, beer, and spirits, Sopris Liquor & Wine is able to provide detailed, knowledgeable recommendations. By cultivating relationships with suppliers, the managers are able to discover rare gems, as well as stock local favorites. Cheers! -SWK