Review: Pippo’s Coffee Bar in Cortez, CO


Pippo’s Coffee Bar
100 West Main Street
Cortez, CO 81321-3137

After spending a few hours exploring at Mesa Verde, we were pretty hungry. Luckily, the city of Cortez was close by and we decided on Pippo’s for lunch because of its “Mom & Pop” outward appearance. Inside proved our theory was right, and the place was packed with interesting locals.

We’d been seeing signs for “Navajo tacos” everywhere, so David decided to order one of those. I took advantage of the always available breakfast menu by ordering an omelet. We decided to share a milkshake, which was good and thick. A dish of hearty corn tortilla chips and spicy salsa appeared immediately as well.

We were served in a respectable amount of time. David was surprised that his Navajo taco was more like a taco salad, but served in a huge soft shell of fried dough. The meat and beans and other contents of the salad were good – David had never really experienced fried dough before and didn’t care for that part of it. Being a New England fried food aficionado, I took a small sample bite of the dough and thought it was cooked perfectly. My omelet was absolutely huge, hot and good. Some toast came with it, and I noticed that there was just a tad of green mold on one of the slices. The waitress was very apologetic as she took it away.

Including tip, our lunches came to just over twenty dollars.


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K.S. Brooks is an award-winning writer and photographer, author of more than thirty titles, and administrator of the multi-national, multi-author, award-winning site Indies Unlimited. Brooks’ feature articles, poetry, and photography have appeared in magazines, newspapers, books, and other publications both in the U.S. and abroad. For more about K.S. Brooks, visit
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