Farrago Market Café
Farrago Market Café is located at 175 Pagosa St. (Main St.), Pagosa Springs, CO.
Open from 11 am – 8 pm; closed Sunday
970-264-4600 : Visit their website
Farrago Market Café is the inexpensive, informal sibling of Pagosa’s premier Alley House Grille, right across the street. Same chef, Todd Stevens. Named “Best in Pagosa Springs”.
At lunch, you order at a deli-type counter. Choices include pizzas, salads, and fancy sandwiches (listed on chalkboards on the wall), or one of the cold salad dishes from the counter. Those are sold by the pound, so tell them which one(s) you want, and they they will load the plate till you say “stop” – then weigh it. The food here is global, so they serve things like Asian Fire Rice, Greek Grilled Veggie & Rigatoni Pasta, Dried Fruit & Harissa Rice (a Tunisian dish), and several others. You pay at the end of the counter.
The interior is unpretentious with a dozen booths & tables. You’re not paying for atmosphere. During warm-weather, you can also eat outside. The patio is dog-friendly.
After 5:00, the deli counter is emptied and you receive a paper menu with sandwiches on one side and pizzas on the other. These are gourmet sandwiches like the Grilled Portobello & Chevre Panini (pictured below), Grilled Chicken Panini, Chicken or Lamb Gyro, and an Angus Burger with beer-battered Onions & Gorgonzola. You can’t go wrong. Most are around $9.
Then there are the pizzas. I would call them California style, not the kind you get in Chicago or on the East Coast.
Besides the espresso, fancy coffees, and a selection of teas, they have a couple of locally-brewed Pagosa Springs beers on tap, and low-priced house wines by the glass, which are actually pretty decent.
Only open till 8:00 in the evening, so don’t wait. I could eat at this place every day and always find something new and interesting. Closed Sunday.