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Brown Burro Cafe

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Mexican, American, Cafe
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706 Main, Fairplay, CO 80440
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6:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Wed - Mon 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
This little family type place is a gem!

We went for a late breakfast. It was very busy. Lunch hour was starting early. Portions are large and very tasty.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 25, 2015
Kansas City
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Ranchos De Taos, New Mexico
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89 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the pleasure of enjoying breakfast at the Brown Burro during a weekend camping trip to the Fairplay area. The place was busy, filled with local and tourists alike. Service was prompt, pleasant and efficient. The food was excellent and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience! They even have a map on the wall, with a cup of pins... More 

Thank Artemis112013
Farmington, New Mexico
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145 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In the early morning darkness of 6:00 am, we were glad to find the "open" sign lighted at this charmingly rustic cafe. The staff and owners were friendly. The menu offers a variety of selections. Our breakfast was served quickly, coffee is plentiful, and the hash browns are excellent. When passing through, we look forward to stopping in again.

Thank 8OOT
Canon City, Colorado
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have reviewed several restaurants for TA over the years; and almost always write a positive review. Today (10/23/15) my wife and I had lunch here. We got in the door at noon and the cafe was crowded but, we managed to get the last available table in the rear. A friendly waitress immediately took our drink order, so I... More 

Thank mntnman64
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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72 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Rolled into FairPlay wanting to find a place to eat lunch. Siri gave us this option. We entered just before closing and they were more than friendly and accommodating for late arrivals. I had the huevos rancheros and it was the best I have ever had. It might not be the most authentic but the taste was the best. The... More 

Thank Randy P
Norman, Oklahoma
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140 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

To be fair, the little place was pretty crowded for 7am on a fall Saturday morning. A nice welcome from the owner, and I was seated in the back. Coffee service was slow, the breakfast was hearty, but not as good as 30 miles farther south at Jan's in Buena Vista. All in all it was fine and one of... More 

Thank Dave S
Derby, Kansas
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

My wife and I stopped on here for breakfast on the way to Aspen from Breckenridge and glad we made the stop. This is a small local cafe fare kinda place and it was great!!

Thank Bthummel
Denver, Colorado
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148 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Great little cafe, great service and just a cosy place to spend a cold winters night and have some good value food

Thank Dirk001
Kansas City
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196 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

We went for a late breakfast. It was very busy. Lunch hour was starting early. Portions are large and very tasty.

Thank dixiepeach
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Shows open, but was closed. This has happened to us several times. Please update your hours so they are correct.

Thank Gerald L
Santa Fe
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

The Fairplay Hotel directed me to The Brown Burro and I was more than satisfied with service and quality of food, although it was very crowded. And the price was right. All the locals eat there, so it can't be bad!

Thank John P

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 706 Main, Fairplay, CO 80440
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Fairplay
  • Phone Number: 719.836.2804

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, American, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children


Open Hours
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm

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