Eating & Entertainment

Here is a helpful list of restaurants where we like to eat in Paonia and nearby Hotchkiss. We also love to cook at home, so we’ve provided a list of local farmers and ranchers that welcome you to drop in and pick up ingredients for your dinner tonight!

Paonia Restaurants

flyingforklogo Flying Fork – Corner of 3rd & Main St. Paonia The Flying Fork Cafe & Bakery offers fine Homemade Italian Cuisine & Fresh Baked Artisan Breads and Pastries.
revolutionbrewingtasting_front Revolution Brewing – 325 Grand Avenue
At Revolution Brewing, the beer is made by humans for humans using only the finest grains, hops and water. It has not been pasteurized, centrifuged or filtered. There are no chemical additives or artificial ingredients.
The Living Farm Cafe – 120 Grand Avenue Our goal is to deliver an all-local menu prepared in a way which will allow the ingredients to shine. Special effort will go into preserving the summer bounty for special dishes in the winter time. Every dish will be house made without chemicals or additives.
Nelle’s – 229 1/2 Grand Avenue
Nelle’s Cafe is one of Paonia’s favorite locations for locals and visitors. With it’s quaint indoor seating area and expansive covered & uncovered patio there’s something for everyone. Whether your in the mood for an incredible cup of coffee, organic wraps, sandwiches, breakfast/lunch plates or Nelle’s highly popular organic Mexican food, you’re sure to find something wonderful!
Backcountry Bistro – 210 3rd Street
Monday thru Saturday 7am to 2pm
Delicious Orchards – 39126 Highway 133 (between Hotchkiss and Paonia)
Our valley produces some of the finest fruits in the world. High elevation, crisp, thin air, Rocky Mountain water, cold nights and warm days. These factors in concert with the most conscientious farmers help create fruit with the highest brix (natural sweetness) levels in the world. Our fruit is grown in this valley, supporting local sustainable agricultural and land stewardship.

Hotchkiss Restaurants

PJ’s Pub – 107 W. Bridge Street, Hotchkiss
Your Neighborhood Pub! Relax – enjoy the good food and drink – you are among friends! Our menu offers soup, appetizers, pizza, entrees and desserts. Enjoy the eclectic cuisine offered by Chef Peter Knapp!
Zack’s Barbecue – 721 East Bridge Street, Hotchkiss
Taco Hut – 301 East Bridge Street, Hotchkiss


The Blue Sage Center for the Arts – 226-228 Grand Ave
The mission of the Blue Sage Center for the Arts is to provide education and expression in the arts and humanities for the enrichment of the North Fork Valley and surrounding communities. They hold performances of all kinds, including the wonderful Harvest of Voices readings by local writers during the Harvest Festival every fall.
revolutionbrewingtasting_front Revolution Brewing – 325 Grand Avenue
Our local microbrewery hosts regional and visiting musicians in addition to crafting award-winning beer just for us humans.
Paradise Theater-8899 Paradise Theater – 215 Grand Avenue
The Paradise Theatre is committed to elevating community culture through diverse, quality art and entertainment in the form of film, live performances, music and special community events. Our pursuit is to inspire the appreciation of the arts and community through a constructive and comfortable venue.

And don’t forget the WINE

West Elks Wine Trail Map 2013West Elks Wine Region The West Elks American Viticultural Area (AVA) spreads through Delta county on the Western Slope of Colorado. It boasts of some of the highest vineyards in North America and the some of the best Colorado wine. This high mesa area in the Colorado Rockies seems an unlikely place to grow grapes and make wine. But here you will find some of the best wine produced in the state. Click on the map for a full-size pdf of the 2013 West Elk Wine Trail.

For Foodies: Organizations and Farms

Slow Food Western Slope functions as a chapter of Slow Food USA, a non-profit educational organization. Our chapter covers a good stretch of land in Mesa, Delta and Montrose counties in western Colorado. This area is rich in farms, orchards, ranches, vineyards and the arts and epitomizes the concepts of Slow Food – people live Slow Food. We actively support school programs and sponsor the Kids’ Pasta Project. We also hold events that celebrate the good, clean food of the area.