Fuel Up on I-70: Six Stops to Make the Journey More Enjoyable

Originally published in the Summer 2019 issue of SPOKE+BLOSSOM

If you’re heading to Denver or coming home westbound, it’s best to plan on some great food and drink breaks along the way. Here are some establishments where you can belly up or get down on some grub.



Westbound & Down Brewing Company
Westbound & Down has made Idaho Springs a great craft food and beer stop. Taste the Den’VarPils for a refreshing yet full-flavored beer, and the Fruit Squad is a golden sour blend aged on Palisade Peaches. For some appetizer options to share, try the Buffalo Chicken Nachos with a brew to wash it all down.

1617 Miner St, Idaho Springs, Colorado 720.502.3121

Bread Bar
Housed in an 1800s-era bakery, Bread Bar honors its rich history and the Silver Plume community as a whole. Open Fridays at 4 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at noon. Every drink is named after famous figures of Silver Plume and the region, like the Clifford Griffin, made withrye whiskey, Colorado amaro, lemon and a redwine float.

1010 Main St, Silver Plume, Colorado 720.772.7323

Hovey & Harrison
This bakery and café has established itself as the community hangout in the Vail Valley. Stop in early for a hearty breakfast and a homemade pastry to share, or come for an afternoon pick-me-up with a turmeric latte. Wine, beer and cocktails are also available at the bar, and a full selection of grab-and-go prepared food, a produce section and homemade bread can help you cross some things off your shopping list while supporting local purveyors.

56 Edwards Village Blvd / Unit 120 Edwards, Colorado
970.446.6830 hoveyandharrison.com

The Pullman
The Pullman is a must-stop in Glenwood Springs. Located just a block from The Hotel Denver on 7th Street, the eatery prides itself on refined American comfort food, drawing its dish inspiration from seasonal ingredients. Along with their twist on well-done comfort food, The Pullman is known for unique and impressive cocktails.

330 7th St, Glenwood Springs, Colorado 970.230.9234

Palisade Brewing Company
The Palisade Brewing Company is a staple watering hole in the area, with craft beer favorites like the Dirty Hippie, a crisp and full-bodied dark American wheat. Grab an order of the House-Smoked Pulled Pork Nachos to enjoy on a bed of locally-made tortilla chips topped with house-made beer nacho cheese and pickled jalapeños.

200 Peach Ave, Palisade, Colorado 970.464.1462

Hot Tomato Pizza
A summer day in Fruita is only complete with a stop at Hot Tomato Pizza. Grab a slice, full pizza, stromboli or calzone, and choose from a number of local beer and wine options. Start with homemade breadsticks served hot and chewy straight from the oven and then dive into The Hot Mess, made with spicy chipotle pesto sauce, mozzarella, spinach, tomatoes, bacon, garlic and bleu cheese.

124 N Mulberry St, Fruita, Colorado 970.858.1117

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