Known for its hiking and early legalization of marijuana, Colorado is a stunning and serene state. The state’s food is rumored to be just as awe-inducing as its scenic views, stretching from the culinary hotspot of Denver to the less populous regions near the mountains, and we’ve rounded some of the state’s best eats as part of our first annual guide to the best food and drink in every state.
Some exciting things have happened for food in Colorado recently. In-N-Out decided to open its doors in the mountainous state, building 50 new restaurants as part of the chain’s westward expansion. And though some deceivingly shaped gummy edibles are now banned, some restaurants in Denver are allowing people to smoke marijuana and enhance their dining experience.
While you’re skiing in this snowy state, make sure to take advantage of the myriad of dining opportunities residents have to offer. The state has doughnut delivery, damn good tacos, and some classier restaurants hiding in the depths of Colorado’s desert. Amidst the Rocky Mountains, you’ll find pockets of culinary prowess and delectable eats.
Over the course of the past year we’ve honored everything from its best hot dogs and farmers markets to its best dive bar and craft brewery in our comprehensive and wide-ranging lists and rankings, compiled through extensive research and with input from a wide network of site contributors, bloggers, journalists, and chefs. We’ve compiled these into individual slideshows celebrating the best food and drink in every state. Here is where to look to find Colorado’s must-try foods and drinks.