Touring vineyards in the Grand Valley works up quite a hunger. Here are some of the best spots to fill up on local food when you’re visiting Palisade or Grand Junction.

Palisade

This sleepy town of 2,500 is finally starting to build a culinary reputation that equals the town’s status as the heart of Colorado’s wine country.

Diorio’s Pizza of Palisade

309 W. 8th Street, Palisade, (970) 464-7966

Located in Palisade on Highway 6

This unassuming joint is the real deal for coffee in the morning (along with fresh smoothies, muffins and any breakfast sandwich you can dream up).  The Italian style hoagies are the bomb for lunch and you always need a go-to pizza joint.  Locals gush about this no-frills pizza joint, and owner John bakes all the bread and treats his customers like gold.

The Tapestry Lounge*

@ the Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande River Drive, Palisade, 970-464-5777

A relatively new 22-seat bistro that serves up some of the best food in town. This haute eatery serves gourmet fare in an intimate vineyard setting. The menu is fresh and seasonal — like a late-Augusts Palisade Tomato Caprese Salad ($14) or Salmon in a butter dill sauce with coconut risotto and seasonal vegetables ($23) — and the bistro delivers a dining experience fitting of a bona fide wine country. The wine list is a standout, too.

Palisade Café and Grill*

113 W Third Street, Palisade, 970-464-0657

This adorable café in the heart of town serves a wide variety of entrees, sandwiches and tasty sweet potato fries.  Don’t miss the ahi napoleon or the gyro sandwich.  There’s plenty of Palisade wine and beer on the drink list, and the business is so intimate, there’s a good chance owner Margie Latta will also be your server.

Inari’s

336 Main Street, Palisade, Colorado 81526

(970) 464-4911

A dinner and Sunday brunch option that is a quaint neighborhood bistro in the heart of Palisade featuring an eclectic, seasonal menu. Wine and beer selection is wonderful and we recommend the Thai fish cakes served on a bed of mixed greens and soba noodles tossed with spicy soy vinaigrette and accompanied with sambol aioli.

Grand Junction:

Just 15 minutes from Palisade, the bustling metropolis of Grand Junction (by Palisade standards) offers a much more diverse dining opportunity. Here are a few of our favorites.

La Dolce Vita*

336 Main Street, Grand Junction, 970-242-8482

This classic Italian restaurant features city-like service and a mile-long wine list. It’s a go-to spot in Grand Junction’s historic Old Town. The Calamari Fritti is a house specialty and on Wednesday for date night, La Dolce Vita offers a complimentary bottle of select red or white wine with the purchase of two entrées.  Reservations recommended.

No Coast Sushi

1119 North 1st Street, Unit A,  Grand Junction, 970-255-1097

A sushi restaurant with a cool vibe and fresh fish? In the middle of the Grand Valley? Are you sure we are in Grand Junction? Yes, yes and yes. This spot with a cute and clever name is not the only thing that gets us excited about No Coast.  We love the atmosphere and the menu.  Plus you can bring your non-sushi loving friends along as the diverse menu has plenty of options for those who shy from raw fish. There is something for everyone at No Coast.  Current Special:  Mixed Greens, Carrots, Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Cream Cheese, Fried Leeks rolled then topped with Salmon and a Spicy Palisade Peach puree.

Bin 707 Foodbar

225 N. 5th St. #105 Grand Junction, CO 81501

970-243-4543

Another fun spot in Grand Junction Bin 707 specializes in happy hour, brunch, lunch and dinner.  This inventive eatery is one that caters to the foodie within. Great cocktails such as The Pink Dove or the “Paloma,” which features ruby red grapefruit juice and a smoky float of Mezcal 30/30 Blanco Tequila, Mezcal, Pink Grapefruit Juice, Prickly Pear soda shine. And nibbles such as Carpaccio and Roasted Beets are standouts.

* Serves Mesa Park Vineyards wines

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