Palisade Cafe 11.0
This is our “slightly whimsical” local cafe that’s been around since the 1930s serving casual American as well as Spanish and Peruvian dishes 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. They feature seasonal, locally-sourced produce, pork, and coffee, and even serve food on locally-crafted stoneware. Their specialty dish is authentically prepared Spanish paella, and they offer one of the largest selections of Colorado wines in the world. View website.
13 Brix Cider Bistro
13˚ Brix Cider Bistro serves their Forbidden Fruit Hard Ciders, which are lovingly created with locally- and nationally-sourced fruits, and produced and bottled here in Palisade. They also serve Varaison Vineyards European-style wines. Their limited menu combines European bistro fare pairing locally-grown produce with imported old world ingredients. (Their bread dough is flown in from Lyon, France!) Period photography of Palisade is proudly displayed throughout the restaurant, which began as a Chevrolet dealership in the 1920s. View website.
357 Bar and Grill
A great family-friendly place to have a burger and watch sports. Lots of TVs, a big U-shaped darkwood bar, booths, and tables. Good for BLTs, fries, and onion rings. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. View website.
Pêche is Palisade's newest restaurant, run by an impressive husband and wife duo. They have an assortment of foods, from flat breads, to gnocchi to pork cutlets, along with dessert worth fighting over. (The cocktails are delicious too!) Serving dinner Tuesday through Saturday 5-9pm, and Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm. View website.
Palisade Brewing Company
Micro-style beers brewed with local ingredients. After a long day in the saddle, down a Dirty Hippie, Hula Hoppie, or one of their seasonal beers. Palisade peaches give a fine finish to an IPA. You’ll find typical bar bites here. Note that if it can be smoked, they smoke it! (We’re talking meats, of course.) View website.
Katy Q’s BBQ Food Truck
Katy Q's BBQ can often be found right across the street at Debeque Canyon Winery or at Peach Street Distillers. Katy serves traditional Santa Maria-style BBQ grilled over Palisade Peachwood as well as an eclectic selection of creative grilled food. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hunt her down by checking her Facebook page. View website.
This pizzeria just down the road from Spoke and Vine offers pizzas piled high with your favorite toppings, plus hot and cold subs, sandwiches, and calzones made with homemade bread baked fresh right before the shop opens. Eat in or take out, and even order pizza by the slice. View Website.
Located in a darling Victorian home in town, this winery offers wood-fired pizza outside on their lawn every Friday evening during summer. Great vibe for an evening out. View website.
Food Truck Fridays
You can find a fleet of food trucks at St. Kathryn Cellars/Talon Winery. Check out the schedule here.
Rotating Food Truck at Peach Street Distillers
A food truck is usually parked outside the distillery, and it’s usually excellent.
Grand Valley Restaurants
There are many great restaurants in the surrounding areas. Here are some of our faves:
- Bin 707 Foodbar
- Café Sol
- Nepal Restaurant
- Taco Party
- 626 on Rood
- Agavero’s Mexican
- Hot Tomato
- El Tapatio
- Bestslope Coffee Co.
Located three blocks away from Spoke and Vine in what used to be an abandoned tire repair shop, you will find a hip, welcoming coffee shop serving locally-roasted coffee from Bestslope Coffee Co. They also serve craft cocktails (some are even CBD-infused) and delicious treats that are best enjoyed in their lovely outdoor space. View Facebook page
Slice O Life Bakery
This darling, small-town pastry shop is a must! It’s sweet, quirky, and feels like home. Choosing just one thing from their display case is a challenge. Treat yourself! Their outstanding collection of baked goods includes eclairs, Danishes, pinwheels, quiches, cookies, sandwiches, bread, cakes, soups, and more. We love the zucchini chocolate cake, and the coffee is delish. They are closed in the winter season, so please call ahead. View Facebook page
Palisade is known for their produce in part because of its mild climate and quality soils. Consider the season when planning your trip so you can catch your favorite fruits and vegetables.
- Spring: apricots and cherries
- Summer: peaches
- Fall: pears and apples
Kokopelli Farm Market
This farm stand is world famous for its peaches. Even Rachel Ray has raved about them! However, it's not all about the peaches. Barrels of sweet Olathe corn and other local produce can be found here along with shelves of local honeys, jams, jellies, marinades, and candies. Be sure to try their amazing fudge (especially the salted caramel nut roll), fried peach pies, and other delectable baked goods. They were one of the first organic growers in the Valley.
Sprigs & Sprouts Lavender Farm
The fields of lavender are not only beautiful but also smell amazing. They grow and process all their own lavender into the most wonderful products, including candles, lotions, soaps, essential oils, and even culinary products. Our favorite is a lavender candle that creates a hand cream as it burns!
Take a tour of the farm to learn all about lavender and tomato farming, or sample your way through the oil and balsamic tasting room. Not only do they teach you how to pair flavors, but the food samples are also outstanding. Don't leave without a bottle of the Meyer lemon olive oil. Oh, and did we mention ice cream? Trust us on this. The ice cream with raspberry balsamic is amazing.
Sage Creations Organic Farm
Sage Creations is a wonderful lavender nursery with a huge selection of lavender plants. They offer pick-your-own lavender, classes, and workshops. All plants and produce are organic. Sage Creations grows some of the best organic cherries around. Best of all, you can get all your gardening questions answered.
This U-Pick Farm is a standout because of its owners and the variety of produce you can pick on the property. They also sell their own award-winning lavender oil.
One of the few full-service U-pick orchards in western Colorado. They grow a bit of everything, including cherries, apricots, peaches, 18 varieties of apples, pears, and table grapes.
A great stop to make, this family-owned operation is committed to growing the highest quality fruit crops in the world. Along with delicious produce, they also grow many varieties of flowers. Beautiful place!