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COSMOpolitan

Appetizer of goat-cheese burrata at COSMOpolitan - Photo by Hideaway Report editor
Buffalo tenderloin at COSMOpolitan - Photo by Hideaway Report editor

Attached to the Hotel Columbia, overlooking the gondola to Mountain Village, this contemporary American restaurant incorporates local ingredients in as many dishes as possible. My appetizer of goat-cheese burrata came with heirloom tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, savory pumpkin-seed oil and arugula. The buffalo tenderloin that followed was very flavorful, and was accompanied by risotto studded with foraged porcini mushroom. A short but well-chosen wine list focuses on California, France and Italy.

COSMOpolitan 300 West San Juan Avenue. Tel. (970) 728-1292.

21 South Oak

221 South Oak
House-made sausages at 221 South Oak - Photo by Hideaway Report editor

This former house a short walk from the Hotel Columbia has no view of note, but it ranks as one of Telluride’s leading restaurants. In a cozy space decorated with bright landscapes, we started with a selection of house-made sausages, of which the sweet and savory chicken-cranberry and the Asian-inflected duck-mushroom versions were especially delicious. I also relished my main course of Colorado striped bass, served with meaty mushrooms and crunchy haricots verts.

221 South Oak 221 South Oak Street. Tel. (970) 728-9507.

Rustico Ristorante

Citrus-cured salmon at Rustico Ristorante
Homemade tagliatelle at Rustico Ristorante

We enjoyed a fine Italian lunch at this classic restaurant on Colorado Avenue, Telluride’s main commercial street. I particularly enjoyed a plate of citrus-cured salmon served with crunchy white cabbage and tangy Borettane onions. The steep $29 price tag of the homemade tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms was less
palatable. But I would return just to take advantage of the impressively broad selection of Italian wines. I ordered a sprightly Picollo Gavi di Gavi, and a lush La Cappuccina “Arzimo” Passito for dessert.

Rustico Ristorante 114 East Colorado Avenue. Tel. (970) 728-4046.

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