How we committed one of the 7 deadly sins in Alamosa, Colorado

Gluttony, it’s not something to be proud of, so it’s a good thing that we ran a 5K while we were in Alamosa, Colorado, because the rest of the time we were eating. You may think I’m exaggerating, but we hit no less than seven restaurants (two of them twice) during our two- night say in this Southern Colorado city of 10,000.

We were in town for the Rio Frio Ice Fest and Rio Frio 5K. The festival theme was Star Wars and I hope that explains some of the photos in this post.

We arrived on a Friday afternoon and soon found ourselves at San Luis Brewing Company, maker of our favorite chile beer, the Valle Caliente. We ordered a couple pints along with a platter of sausages to tide us over until dinner.

Grub & Pub in Alamosa during Rio Frio Ice Fest.

Later that night, after the Rio Frio Fest’s opening party, we headed to The Rubi Slipper. This diner/bar and has about 100 hamburgers on the menu. Okay, maybe not 100, but the most I’ve ever seen, so of course, we ordered hamburgers.

I chose a bunless option; a burger served on a plate of fries and smothered in green chile (I didn’t say it was the healthy option).

Eating our way through Alamosa. The Rubi Slipper.
The Rubi Slipper

The next morning, we took advantage of our hotel’s free breakfast. The Fairfield Inn & Suites Alamosa serves up a nice buffet with several hot items and a friendly host. We rewarded his chipper attitude with a tip.

After running the Rio Frio 5K (I’ve written about that experience here), we were hungry and a little tired, so we got sandwiches at the Wendy’s near our hotel and then relaxed in our comfy hotel room.

That afternoon we visited Hooper, a fantastic outing that I will write about here at a later date.

For dinner we had tickets to Grub & Pub, the Rio Frio Ice Fest’s dining and drinking extravaganza. For $20 each, we had five coupons each that were good for food and drinks at participating downtown restaurants. We had two hours to hit them all and we were determined to do so.

Eating our way through Alamosa, Colorado. San Luis Brewing Co. Rio Frio Star Wars.
San Luis Brewing Co. These Star Wars masks identified participants in the Rio Frio Ice Fest Grub & Pub, although I think we were the only ones that donned them at each location.

And here’s where the story gets a little glutinous. We started with beer tasters paired with chips and artichoke dip at the San Luis Brewing Company. We then dashed down the street to Bistro Rialto where we had a slice of very good pizza with an Italian beer. Then, we were off and running to The Rubi Slipper where we downed a taco and PBR. I probably wouldn’t order a taco at The Rubi Slipper again, instead I’d stick with that green chili smothered hamburger.

Our next destination was Oscar’s Restaurant where we wolfed down excellent tacos with Dos Equis. The owner of Oscar’s tried to give us some free cheesecake, but we were getting full and had one more stop to make so we sadly turned her down.

Eating our way through Alamosa, Colorado. Oscar's Restaurant. Rio Frio Star Wars.
Oscar’s Restaurant

Our last stop was Calvillo’s Mexican Restaurant, the #1 rated restaurant in Alamosa. Here we were treated to scrumptious sopapillas served with a Fat Tire beer. Entertainment was provided by the bartender, who was a real Tom Cruise when it came to making cocktails, and the tortilla maker, who kept busy rolling out and cooking tortillas for the entire time we were there.

Eating my way through Alamosa, Colorado. big margaritas at
Yes, these margaritas were big, really, really big.

I asked a passing waitress if I could buy a hot tortilla; she laughed and gave me one. Nothing beats a fresh tortilla except maybe a fresh tortilla served with piping hot, extra spicy green chile.

Eating our way through Alamosa, Colorado. The Tortilla Queen of Alamosa.
The Tortilla Queen of Alamosa, Colorado.

I’m not sure how we were hungry again the next day, but we were and we hit up Campus Café, our last and final Alamosa dining experience. Campus Café is ridiculously popular with locals and we were not disappointed.

So there you have it. We ate our way through Alamosa, Colorado and I’d definitely do it all over again.



  1. Dang! I’m extremely jealous. That burger looked amazing. And isn’t it cool when you find a place you like and have to hit it twice in a short trip? If you get into Ridgway, I HIGHLY recommend Kate’s Place for breakfast…and then again for lunch Across the street is Colorado Boy Brewery for awesome salad, pizza (with farm fresh ingredients) and home grown brews for dinner!


    1. Thanks for the comment, Dawn. We tried to stop by Kate’s once, but it was closed! We will try again one day.

      And we LOVE Colorado Boy in Montrose, but have never been to the one in Ridgway. I actually know the new owner. He used to be one of the owners of Echo Brewing Co.


  2. I’m lucky enough to live in the Alamosa area & agree that we have more really good restaurants than you would expect to find in a town this small! And if you thought the ones you visited were good…guess what…you missed some of the best! (& btw, it’s “chile” with an “E”; not “chili”, which is something entirely different)


    1. Thanks for visiting HeidiTown, T. Can’t wait to go back to Alamosa and eat some more. LOL!

      I recently did some research on chile with an e versus an i. My research shows that chile with an e usually refers to the country of Chile, while chili with an i refers to the food. Perhaps I am mistaken?


    2. So I was referring to the sauce, T. Does that make a difference? I think if I’m referring to green chili sauce (as in pork green chili) it’s with an i.


    3. So I asked my Facebook friends about the i versus e and have started quite a debate. Didn’t realize this was such a controversial topic!!!


  3. When you come back you must try juanitos everyone is super friendly great food great price and the owner Juan comes out and meets everyone so he can know his clients by name. We live them. Want good pizza eat at the San Luis Valley Pizza Company. Will have to check out a few of these places.


    1. You are not the first person to recommend Juanito’s! We will definitely try that when we come back. It’s sort of amazing that a town the size of Alamosa has so many restaurants.


  4. Thanks for this blog, Heidi. Alamosa is my birth town and where many family members live to this day. It’s been years since I have been there. I sure appreciate learning about its food and beer scene. Your adventures there call to m; that I need to get back to my roots. Doing so will feed my food and beer culture and my desire to reconnect with my family history. Cool that you didn’t the 5K too.


    1. Thanks for stopping by HeidiTown, Noelle. I’m so glad this post helped you reconnect with your birth town. You’ll have to go back and eat your way through like we did. 🙂


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