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1. Smokin Yard's BBQ2736 Colorado Blvd, Idaho Springs
2. Kelly Liken12 Vail Rd, Vail
3. The Pullman330 7th St, Glenwood Springs
4. Soupcon127 Elk Ave, Crested Butte
5. The Secret Stash303 Elk Ave., Crested Butte
6. Fat Albert's1717 23rd Ave, Greeley
7. Waterloo809 Main St, Louisville
8. Chimayo324A Dillon Ridge Way, Dillon
9. Maza Kabob2505 S College Ave, Fort Collins
10. Edelweiss34 E Ramona Ave, Colorado Springs
This family-owned joint has some of the best BBQ in Denver -- grab any of their BBQ specialties, from Texas-style brisket to Carolina pulled pork to moist, peppery burnt ends.
This eponymous restaurant of a Top Chef and Iron Chef America alum delivers on seasonal dishes like Rocky Mountain elk carpaccio with bulgar tabouleh salad and whole grain mustard aioli, or Durham Ranch quail with duck fat-roasted carrots.
After all your outdoor exploration in Glenwood, settle into The Pullman for next-level snacks like duck nuggets with rhubarb ketchup, plus bigger portions of truffled potato pierogies with scallion creme fraiche and pan-seared Colorado bass with creamy asparagus orzo.
When you're done mountain biking (or skiing or snowboarding) in Crested Butte, hit up this French-American bistro serving up the likes of crispy duck confit and twice-baked potatoes with date coulis, port gastrique, haricots verts almandine, and apricot demi glace.
If you're looking for a casual spot to refuel in Crested Butte, you'll be pleased to find yourself in The Secret Stash. Fill up on creative pizza creations like the ricotta-based Steazy Ryder (beef, shrimp, cream cheese, bacon, pineapple, jalapeño, garlic, green onion & cilantro).
This family-owned joint feels like a down-home diner, and their menu matches the vibe completely. Make sure to try the favorite -- their Monte Cristo is tempura battered and served with a side of honey.
Waterloo is a laid-back, Johnny Cash-loving pub with live music and serious eats like their Potato Burger, with shredded taters worked right into the Freedman beef patty and toppings like avocado, peanut butter, and fried eggs.
Incredibly fresh fish and shrimp tacos are the hallmark of this local Mexican grill. Cheap food, quick service, and great margaritas make Chimayo a no-brainer.
This kabob joint comes by way of an Afghanistan native who spent nearly 20 years working as a Denver street vendor, grilling up hot dogs and serving up homemade bolani (a potato-filled flatbread). You're still getting the authentic street food, just minus the hot dogs.