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15 American Cities That Secretly Have Great Food Scenes

by Jay Gentile
Thrillist

Telluride, Colorado
The little town with big foodie ambitions

Telluride is no Aspen, and that’s part of its charm. But aside from low(er)-key slopes with some of the best snow in North America, its food scene is booming. In town, start with a binge down the picturesque streets, making stops for short-rib enchiladas at Floradora Saloon, elk and wild boar sausage at local favorite Smuggler Union, and Detroit-style slices at the always lively Brown Dog Pizza. Wash it all down with drinks on the rooftop of the historic Sheridan Opera House.

But it’s the food scene in Mountain Village that has really taken off, with excellent options just off the gondola. Go to La Piazza Del Villaggio for authentic Italian, Siam’s Talay Grille for contemporary Asian fusion, and Tomboy Tavern for shrimp tacos on the patio. Don’t let the starched tablecloths at Allred’s put you off; its million-dollar views make it a must, not to mention the roasted rack of Colorado lamb.

If you have just one meal: Take an unforgettable journey by snowcoach up to Alpino Vino, the highest fine-dining restaurant in North America, for gourmet Italian in a romantic wood chalet. Why yes, you will have extra wine — you’re not driving, remember? — Jay Gentile

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