If you’re like much of Colorado’s leaf-loving population, autumn has you lacing up your boots to hike among the gilded aspen… and then immediately Googling the nearest menus showcasing our great state’s field-plucked fall fare.
When your journeys take you to the Western Slope, follow Carbondale townies to Roosters’ stylish patio to sip fresh-pressed juices and fuel up before a day of leaf peeping. Or make the Main Street eatery your post-hike pit stop—brunch is served daily until 2 p.m.
A little whole food holistic, a little home-cooked comfort, Roosters lets you do you. Relax over screwmosas ($8)—a juicy screwdriver paired with a bubbly mimosa—and tequila-spiked Mexican coffees ($8) then revel in the extra Gruyere and crisp hash browns on your open-face sourdough breakfast patty melt ($12). Plant-based eaters can dig into zingy carrot-lemon-ginger juice ($6) and a fluffy tamari tofu veggie hash ($13).
In a nod to the region’s rich soil and devoted farmers and ranchers, Roosters pulls from the harvest to shape its seasonal plates. A glance through dinner offerings reveals Colorado lamb loin chops; fire-roasted corn with chipotle crema; fried local eggplant with burrata and sunflower pesto; and a rotisserie lineup of organic brined and dry-rubbed chicken and rolled pork belly with seasonal chutney.
There’s a hipster-on-the-farm vibe thanks to kitschy metal rooster weathervanes, bumping indie tunes, unisex bathrooms, wooden community tables, and Edison-style string lights. Outside, a patio welcomes slow brunching with pillow-lined wagon bench nooks in bright rust-orange tones. Dogs are welcomed with water bowls and ample shade to nap.
Be sure to sip a cup from Mountain Coffee Roasters ($2.50), specially blended for Roosters, and consider the progressive drink add-ons such as activated charcoal or bee pollen ($1) or full-spectrum hemp tincture ($1.50).
Whether it’s before your Mushroom Rock trek or when you’re famished after tackling nearby 12,953-foot Mt. Sopris, Roosters is a charming adventurist destination.
If you go: Enjoy live music during weekend brunch, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Happy hour is 2–5 p.m. daily with a discounted bar menu and $3 draft beer. Ask about the new $5 hand pie selection. 348 Main St., Carbondale; 970-510-3181