Restaurants in Colorado

The popular daily happy hour here has specials like two-for-one appetizers and low-priced beers and house wine. The Quandary’s deck offers views of Maggie Pond and peaks nine and 10, a perfect backdrop for sipping one of the 12 draft beers.

Locally touted as one of the best places to enjoy a meal, Lola serves coastal Mexican cuisine that can be flawlessly paired with one of over 150 different tequila selections. Chefs at Lola are considered craftsmen and make many items by hand, such as the tamales and tortillas.

Peanut shells cover the hardwood floors at this casual barbecue joint, located in the ski resort town of Steamboat Springs.

A small, warm joint off the beaten path that serves pasta and brick-oven pizzas.

Seldom seen (on these shores, at least) varieties of nigiri sushi, augmented by perfectly composed Japanese appetizers.

This sophisticated restaurant in the Arrabelle at Vail Square transports diners to the Mediterranean with its mosaic tile floor, leather seating, and opulent red drapes. While the atmosphere exudes luxury and style, the cuisine is simple yet flavorful.

Chef Jennifer Jasinski, mentored by Wolfgang Puck and a semi-finalist for a James Beard award, partners with Beth Gruitch at their celebrated restaurant, Rioja.

About 10 minutes from downtown, this Cherry Creek steakhouse is owned by former superstar quarterback John Elway (who occasionally stops by to have a steak and sign a few autographs).

The Hearthstone Restaurant occupies a Victorian-style home dating back to the early 1880’s. There are dining rooms on the first and second floors, each with lace curtains and antique reproduction chairs.

The magenta walls and ceiling, Japanese posters, and cascades of cutout-style flowers create bold colors above the sushi bar and bistro-style tables at this Asian-fusion restaurant.

The only spot in Keystone's River Run Village that the locals frequent, this eclectic coffee shop serves a long list of drinks to thaw you out, plus delicious egg breakfast wraps, interesting sandwiches, and salads worth going out of your way for (try the mandarin-orange-and-almond chicken).