Southeast Colorado restaurants

Top Choice Modern American in Colorado Springs

Blue Star

One of Colorado Springs’ most popular gourmet eateries, the Blue Star is in the gentrifying Ivywild neighborhood just south of downtown. The menu at this landmark spot changes regularly, but always involves fresh fi…
Top Choice Modern American in Manitou Springs

Adam’s Mountain Cafe

This slow-food cafe makes for a lovely stop. Breakfast includes orange-almond French toast and huevos rancheros. Lunch and dinner are more eclectic, with offerings such as Moroccan chicken, pasta gremolata and grill…
Top Choice Cafe in Trinidad

The Cafe

This cafe, set in the Danielson Dry Goods building, is a terrific find. In the morning it does gourmet egg wraps, such as the Santa Fe (eggs, bacon, spicy corn salsa, Anaheim chili, cheese and crème fraîche) or the …
Top Choice French in Colorado Springs


Way out by the Garden of the Gods is this buzzy French bistro and bakery that's easy on both the palate and the wallet. Feast on delicacies such as snapper Marseillaise, garlic-and-rosemary rotisserie chicken, and g…
Top Choice Pub Food in Alamosa

San Luis Valley Brewing Co

Housed in an old bank, the local brewery has some winning drinks on tap – notably the green-chili-infused Valle Caliente – as well as $3 margaritas during happy hour and homemade black-cherry cream soda. The food, w…
Top Choice Pizza in Colorado Springs

Pizzeria Rustica

Wood-fired pizzas, locally sourced ingredients and a historic Old Colorado City locale make this bustling pizza joint the place to make a beeline for when you have a craving for pie. Its popularity means that it's a…
Top Choice Ethiopian in Colorado Springs


Chef Maya learned her recipes from her mother before she moved to America, and you'll love the homey cooking and family-friendly vibe at this authentic Ethiopian restaurant. Go for well-spiced meat or veg options an…
Top Choice Pub Food in La Veta

Dog Bar & Grill

With its wood bar, wide inviting patio, pool table, live music on weekends and damn good pizzas, the Dog Bar is a Cuchara institution.
Mexican in Pueblo

Papa Jose’s

Here’s a dirty little Colorado secret: the Mexican food is very often underwhelming. But this town, called Pueblo and down south of the Arkansas River, was part of Mexico until relatively recently. Translation: feel…
Cafe in Colorado Springs


If you thought Colorado Springs couldn't be hip, stroll to Shuga's, a Southern-style cafe with a knack for knockout espresso drinks and hot cocktails. Cuter than a button, this little white house is decked out in pa…