Mighty Fine Roadside Repasts — Colorado Edition

2 Sep

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Oh, the fun of a summer road trip, especially if it involves discovering good places to get a bite to eat without driving all over creation. Here are several highlights in a slideshow of pics that I took whenever I could be bothered to release my hands from the food and get out the camera. In order, you will see:

— The Big Wrap, a downtown Aspen standby, with all kinds of meats and veggies in, yes, a big wrap.
— Baked in Telluride, a townie favorite just a block off the main drag. Enjoyed a smoked turkey Reuben and side salad. Tempting cookies, brownies and other baked goods.
— BLT in Basalt, outside of Aspen. Stands for Basalt Lunch and Takeout and looks do deceive. Squeeze into the place, order from the window, get either a barbecue chicken sandwich or tuna melt (like we enjoyed) or any other creative sandwich BLT offers, sit in the sunshine by the creek. You can’t go wrong.
— The Turquoise Room at La Posada, Winslow, Arizona (on the way into CO). Drink in the history of this architecturally significant hotel on Winslow’s otherwise quiet main drag (unless you are on the standing-on-the-corner-in-Winslow-Arizona corner). The restaurant dates from the Fred Harvey railroad era in our state and stays true to its Southwestern roots. Meals start with a yummy maple-glazed cornbread. Enjoyed a spicy posole using New Mexico-bred lamb.
— Salt in Boulder. All my years in Boulder, I never went to the venerable Tom’s Tavern on the Pearl Street Mall. This is moot, now that it’s been replaced by this heavenly establishment. Can you beat Colorado Quinoa & Chickpea Fritters? I don’t think so.
— The X bistro with mostly outdoor seating on Aspen’s pedestrian mall. Actually, I’m showing the view from our table of kids playing in the ever-popular fountain. Enjoyed trout and salad.

Places I didn’t depict but want to note for their convenience to travelers: any of the Panera Bread chain restaurants; any of the BeauJo’s Colorado-style pizza locations; the Stew Pot in Snowmass; and El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant in Grand Junction.

Now, let this be the last of our road-trip pit stops at Burger King and Subway!

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