Some Colorado restaurants make you earn your lunch. Mango’s Mountain Grill in Crimson Cliff is a person of people delicious rural destinations.
Start out your journey by turning off I-70 at the Minturn exit, head south along the mountain-flanked ribbon of a road—and obtain Purple Cliff, tucked powering namesake ruby-hued ledges along the stomach-dropping Best of the Rockies Scenic Byway. Hug a hard remaining prior to the iconic, arched green-metal bridge and discover a few-tale brick Mango’s leaning into the mountainside on Purple Cliff’s filth thoroughfare.
The veiled very small town eatery opened in 1999, and a continuous stream of regulars know they can depend on a helpful welcome as certain and durable as the pub’s thick pine barstools and scratch convenience menu. Get a table in the very first-ground bar amid greenback expenditures stamped to the ceiling, a model green bridge perched more than the bar, and black and white pictures portraying mining boom times absent by.
Immediately after maneuvering the byway’s sheer non-guard-railed drops and the winding slender path plunging into Purple Cliff, you’ll want to unfurl white knuckles from the steering wheel and address on your own to a hand-combined bloody Mary ($10), created with property-infused jalapeño vodka and garnished with pickled accouterments. A total lineup of Colorado-brewed taps and a specialty margarita menu also quench thirsts.
The polished Mexican-American pub menu leans intensely on indulgent comfort-food stuff bar bites. Get the Jamaican jerk dry rub wings ($12 for a person pound) for a smoky, salty deal with that is flash fried to perfection. Mango’s is recognized for its seasoned and seared whitefish tacos ($5 every single) drizzled with secret white sauce, and topped with mozzarella, lettuce, and contemporary pico. For the top bubbly crock of creamy coziness, dig into the 5-cheese mac with a golden crown of gruyere ($10).
There is no mobile reception together this remote neck of Highway 24 between Minturn and Leadville, so make sure your firm is discussion worthy or chat up the locals who are brief with a tale and quirky doses of mountain lore. Searching for solitude? Come across a spot on the sunny rooftop deck and take in pine trees and peaks for miles, or gaze out above buildings reconstructed from unique 1897 mining settlement structures. (Note: If you’re searching for an off-the-path occasion location, Mango’s—the best rooftop bar in the Vail Valley—seats 75 attendees for non-public receptions.)
Mango’s is open up Monday–Thursday, 12–8 p.m. Friday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.–8 pm. 166 ½ Eagle St., Red Cliff, 970-827-9109