Silo offers quality, local fare in Carbondale
1909 Dolores Way, Carbondale
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Serving “simple, a la carte, fine foods with very few ingredients that speak for themselves,” Silo is Carbondale’s newest restaurant and another addition to the ongoing renaissance on Dolores Way.
Silo occupies the former location of Fold Community Kitchen at 1909 Dolores and takes its name from a farm-to-table approach, the area’s semi-industrial feel, and a partnership with the Roaring Fork Beer Company a few doors down.
It officially opened last month, after serving its first food in tandem with the brewery’s Halloween festivities. The restaurant makes use of the local beer in some of its dishes, and folks can order at Silo and get their food delivered to the bar. Others might prefer to relax in the small, welcoming space, which benefits from artistic touches by local Chag Stieg, and gains extra authenticity with a shelf full of cook books.
Chef and owner Lacy Hughes grew up in the South, attended The Culinary Institute of America and first came to the valley in 1998. She came and went several times, finally gaining a permanent foothold in 2009. She worked for Mark Fischer at 689 and then Town, and did some catering and private cooking on the side. When Fold folded, she decided the time was right to expand her business.
“I feel like this was a long time coming,” she said. “I love the reception we’ve had.”
Already, Hughes has been surprised by the vibrancy of the area. Around 300 people live in Satank or along Dolores Way — much of which is in the Carbondale city limits. With Colorado Rocky Mountain School across the pasture and Carbondale Community School parents passing by, there’s a strong demand for an eatery that doesn’t oblige locals to navigate the frustrating intersection with Highway 133.
“It’s cool to have something that’s really close serving really good food,” said neighbor Matt Aboussie.
Silo also has several unique offerings to tempt folks to make the trip. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and serves a la carte breakfast all day. Mix and match an order of bacon for $2, 2 local eggs any style for $3, a couple of flapjacks for $5, and more. It also offers fresh pastries, pub snacks and a selection of dinner items including flatbread pizza and cubanos. The burger, which comes with Tillamook cheddar and Boulder chips, is made from Lombardi Bros beef from Denver, which beat out several other Colorado brands in a taste test.
Sunday brunch and a weekend supper club with family-style multi-course dinners are in the works.
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