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A Local’s Guide for Dining in Durango This Fall

When it comes to dining in Durango, this eclectic town has something for everyone. The city of Durango, located only 18 miles from Glacier, offers an abundance of exciting culinary options to choose from. Start your morning off with doughnuts or finish your evening at one of the city’s many breweries. Below are some of the Durango’s top eateries you can look forward to trying this fall.

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Ska Brewing Company 

Whether you’re looking for a place to catch up with a friend or take a date, Ska Brewing Company is the perfect place to enjoy a night out on the town. This music-inspired brewery is famous for their top-notch craft beer, including seasonal brews such as Oktoberfest or Mexican Lager Dark. If you find yourself getting hungry, then peruse the menu which features everything from salads to weekly barbecue to wood-fired pizzas.

Ore House

Since first opening its doors in 1972, Ore House has become a beloved part of the Durango community. This chef owned and operated restaurant offers a seasonal menu featuring sustainable meats, wild-caught seafood, and locally-sourced ingredients. To end your dinner on a sweet note, consider ordering strawberry rhubarb shortcake or the vanilla creme brulee.

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East by Southwest 

While international traveling might not be in the cards at the moment, you can still experience delicious Asian fusion at East by Southwest. This upscale eatery, only 19 miles from Glacier, specializes in Japanese inspired dishes, incorporating both old and new influences. It is owned and operated by Chef Sergio Verduzco and his wife, who have also opened Mama’s Silvia’s – a traditional Italian spot – next door. With a sleek interior complete with gold accents, East by Southwest is the perfect spot to celebrate a special night out.

El Moro Spirits and Tavern 

If you’re looking for a more one-of-a-kind dining experience, then El Moro Spirits and Tavern might just be the place for you.  This eatery is located in a former saloon and lays claim as the site of “Durango’s Strangest Shootout” in 1906. Since then, El Moro has become popular for their New American inspired cuisine and exceptional cocktails. Some of their most-ordered dishes include the honey garlic Salmon or the house-made ramen. Regardless of what you order, you’ll be impressed with the decadent dishes, attentive staff, and welcoming atmosphere.

Durango Bagel

Start your morning off with some fresh bagels from Durango Bagel. This hole-in-the-wall shop offers an assortment of bagel flavors (including gluten-free options), as well as specialty breakfast and lunch sandwiches. The menu boasts everything from rosemary asiago to whole wheat and honey to pumpernickel. Complement your meal with a flavored latte or opt for a traditional cup of joe. Durango Bagel is only 19 miles from Glacier, making it a popular choice for guests. 

James Ranch

If you’re looking for a casual dining experience or prefer to grab lunch and go, then head over to James Ranch. Located in Durango, this popular eatery uses main regenerative ingredients that come directly from the James Ranch itself. The menu features everything from burgers to salads to sandwiches. If the weather permits, then opt to enjoy your meal on the lawn terraces while taking in the crisp fall air and vibrant colors. Or you can keep cozy by dining inside near the fireplace and large picture windows that allow you to soak up the beauty of the Animas Valley surrounded by the red rock cliffs. To finish your meal on a sweet note, consider ordering a hand pie or mini cakes – all made from scratch.