221 South Oak, Telluride

Shellfish and exotic seafood in landlocked Colorado? At 221 South Oak in Telluride, you can get that and much more.
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221 South Oak If you’re going to order shellfish and exotic seafood in a remote box canyon in the Rocky Mountains, you want to know it was flown-in fresh and prepared with care. At 221 South Oak, you can order easy, knowing owner/chef Eliza Gavin—trained at France’s Le Cordon Bleu and seasoned in New Orleans and Napa Valley—takes the utmost care to prepare only the freshest and highest quality dishes that blend international cuisines. If it’s not fresh, it’s not on the menu, which changes daily and offers diverse dishes from local game (hazelnut crusted Colorado rack of lamb, $37) to Creole comforts (grouper with barbequed shrimp, $30). The intimate, converted historic home is within earshot of the gondola, so Wednesday’s $10 Martinis & Mussels are a great après option. Or power up before hitting the slopes on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. when the bistro serves bloodies, benedicts and beignets. 221 South Oak Street, Downtown Telluride, 970-728-9507


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17th Annual Telluride Blues and Brews Festival

Serving up one last chance to extend the summer, the 17th Annual Telluride Blues and Brews Festival offered world class music and craft beer in a picturesque mountain setting this past weekend. We headed to Town Park to check out the festivities. Telluride Blues and Brews Festival provides the kind of funky, laid back attitude that can only be found in Telluride. At 8,750 feet above sea level, the historic mining town has long been considered the quintessential Colorado concert experience and we would have to agree.