Located in quaint downtown Cortez, Pepperhead offers fantastic New Mexican-style chiles rellenos, mole, and homemade citrus liquors in their margaritas. For dessert, it’s all about the warm, puffy sopapillas drizzled with honey — sure to put extra spring in the step of hikers visiting nearby Mesa Verde National Park.
People come to Sundance Café & Lodge for three square meals a day and the funky atmosphere. Eat outside during warmer weather and enjoy the beautiful mountain view.
A Duffeyroll cinnamon roll is light-textured, almost like a croissant. It's a little crisp on the outside, and veined with just enough, but not too much, cinnamon and sugar. The outside sidewalk tables are an especially welcome place to enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee while slowly unwinding these cinnamon pastries.
Butter, sugar, almonds, milk chocolate, salt. Can't get much simpler than the ingredient list for Enstrom's milk chocolate almond toffee. The butter blends with the taste of crunchy whole toasted almonds and chocolate to create a sweet and slightly salty delicacy that is impossible to stop eating.
Constructed of adobe brick, The Fort is based on a replica of an 18th-century fort and includes a tent, stone-based campfire, and trading post which doubles as a souvenir shop, on its grounds. The only thing that outdoes the tasteful Southwestern decor is the food itself, with unusual offerings including peanut butter stuffed jalapenos, buffalo empanadas, and a buffalo stew served in a mini-cast iron kettle.
While many customers do come to gape, there are plenty of regulars for whom the Buckhorn Exchange is simply a good place for a half-pound hamburger. Much of the menu is devoted to such ostentatiously Old-West cuisine as Rocky Mountain oysters (deep fried sliced testicles), bison, elk, and rattlesnake, but the steak menu is impressive … and impressively expensive.