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Top Choice Southern US in Cortez & the Four Corners

Pepperhead

A haven of smoky Southwestern spice, this favorite sits in a colorful room adorned by a beautiful mural. Start with a grapefruit margarita – it's tart perfection. Also worthwhile are the posole (hominy stew), thin s…
Museum in Cortez & the Four Corners

Cortez Cultural Center

Exhibits on the Ancestral Puebloans, as well as art displays, make this museum worthy of a visit if you have a few hours to spare. The adjoining Cultural Park is an outdoor space where Ute, Navajo and Hopi tribe mem…
Cafe in Cortez & the Four Corners

Farm Bistro

With a mantra of 'mostly local, mostly organic,' this brick cafe with mismatched seat-yourself tables is a hub for healthy appetites. On the menu are grass-fed beef burgers with tomato jam, zucchini fritter salad an…
Archaeological Site in Cortez & the Four Corners

Crow Canyon Archaeology Center

This cultural center, about 3 miles north of Cortez, offers a day-long educational program that visits an excavation site west of town. Programs teach the significance of regional artifacts and are an excellent way …
Monument in Cortez & the Four Corners

Four Corners Monument

Don't be shy: do a spread eagle for the camera on top of the four corners marker that signifies you're in four states at once. It's a good image, even if not 100% accurate – government surveyors admitted that the ma…
Japanese in Cortez & the Four Corners

Stonefish Sushi & More

With blues on the box and a high tin ceiling, this is sushi for the Southwest. Specialties like potstickers with prickly-pear chili and Colorado rancher seared beef and wasabi liven things up. Cool light fixtures, b…
Winery in Cortez & the Four Corners

Guy Drew Vineyard

A fun stop if you are in the area, this well-regarded, small, family-run vineyard has informal tastings in the straw-bale farm kitchen. Owned by happy corporate dropouts, it may have only 13 years of production unde…
Pub in Cortez & the Four Corners

Main Street Brewery & Restaurant

The excellent German-style house-brewed beers are listed on the wall, right next to the cheery hand-painted murals at this cozy place. Pub grub (mains $8 to $15) ranges from Southwestern cuisine to requisite burgers…
Mexican in Cortez & the Four Corners

Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant

Good-tasting food at bargain prices draws the crowds on any given night. Though a chain, it does a great job. The chicken mole, seafood tacos and carne asada (grilled, sliced beef) all win raves, as do margaritas wi…
Bar in Cortez & the Four Corners

Blondie’s

If you’re lucky, there’s a bike rally that’s pulled in here for some cold ones and a few shots of Jager, and a local band that goes by the name Gods of Thunder is about to take the stage. If these rough-cut pine wal…