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Five of Telluride's Top Gourmet Restaurants

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6 Feb 2016
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Outdoor enthusiasts adore lovely Telluride, Colorado, and it's the place to be if you want a luxury vacation combined with outdoor fun all year around. Chances are good that you're going to be hungry after a full day of fun, and you'll never have to settle for a fast-food hamburger in Telluride. Several gourmet chefs call Telluride home, and these are just a few of the top gourmet restaurants that you should plan to enjoy during your visit to the area.

1. Allred's Restaurant

Certainly considered one of Telluride's finest restaurants, at Allred's your evening will begin with a magical gondola ride that delivers you to this stunning restaurant that is perched high in the mountains at over 10,000 feet. Immense floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular views of both the surrounding mountains and the town of Telluride far below as you enjoy dining on elevated menu items that are made up of exquisite, contemporary American cuisine. The food is always fresh and obtained locally whenever possible, and you can expect extravagant dishes that showcase elk, beef, lamb, seafood and home-grown vegetables. The elk steak with potato croutons is just one of the most popular items, and you'll also enjoy a fabulous wine list and hand-crafted cocktails. 

2. Chop House Restaurant

Beautifully situated in the New Sheridan Hotel, at the chop house restaurant you can expect to find truly superior cuisine at this classic steak house. Both the western-aged beef and bison are prepared to perfection, and other popular menu items include the bone-in rib-eye steak with wild mushrooms and horseradish cream sauce and the pistachio-encrusted trout salad, which is made from locally caught, fresh-water trout. Those who would like a gourmet dinner on a budget are invited to take advantage of the nightly bar special that features an exquisite steak and a glass of fine wine for just $21. The wine bar also offers an amazing selection of regional wines and the very best French wines.

3. La Marmotte

Touted as one of Telluride's most romantic restaurants, diners enjoy a wonderful selection of the finest contemporary French cuisine in the cozy atmosphere of the town's historic Ice House. The chef at La Marmotte works closely with area farmers and ranchers to obtain the freshest, organic ingredients, and popular entrees include the Coq au Vin and the Parmesan-encrusted lamb shank. Visitors may choose to enjoy their dinner in the quaint dining room or at the private, 12-person chef's table. Fine wines by the glass round out a wonderful dining experience.

4. Alpino Vino

Spectacularly located at an elevation of nearly 12,000 feet, at Alpino Vino you'll find stunning views and exquisite Italian delicacies at this fine restaurant located at the Telluride Ski Resort. Ski right in for an excellent lunch on the outdoor deck, or you may have the snow cat bring you for an intimate dinner experience that is only for those over age 21. There is only room for 26 people to attend, and the huge wood-burning fireplace makes for a cozy dining experience. You'll be treated to a five-course, Italian-themed menu with the perfect wine pairing.

5. Bon Vivant

This lovely outdoor restaurant is just perfect to ski right into when you're in the mood for a truly excellent lunch. In addition to enjoying classical French country cuisine with a contemporary flare, you'll be enthralled by the breathtaking views of Palmyra and the Wilson Range. Drop in to Bon Vivant for an authentic French dining experience and a lovely selection of the very best French wines.

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