Many of us have made the 800+ mile drive to Denver to enjoy the beauty and fun of Colorado.
It’s a 12-hour trek without stopping, but about halfway Amarillo gives travelers a place to stop whether it is to spend the night or enjoy lunch before that trek to Raton Pass and north out of New Mexico.
The last time we drove to Breckenridge we decided to attend the Texas Outdoor Musical at Palo Duro Canyon. We spent the night in Amarillo and drove around downtown looking for a place to have lunch before leaving for the historical play that begins at dusk. A non-assuming storefront restaurant at the corner of Polk and 7th Street caught our eye and we decided to give it a try. Crush, as it is called, was a delight.
The restaurant has a wide selection of craft beers and a full-service bar, but if you like wine Crush has an extensive collection from which to choose. The servers are knowledgeable and suggested we try a pinot noir which was so good we have since purchased full bottles at Specs.
The atmosphere is comfortable and it seems more like a neighborhood pub than a restaurant with appetizers like Tuna Tartare or a variety of salads including one featuring grilled peaches.
The entrees range from flatbreads and burgers to pan seared salmon and portobello steak.
If you want to eat light, Crush offers a variety of cheeses, breads and fruits which pare well with wine.
Happy hour on the patio often features live music. Locals are friendly and the staff makes you feel at home. It is a good stop-off on your way to Colorado. And, in our case, it was a good place to return on our way back home.
Crush is located at 627 S. Polk in Amarillo. To get more information CLICK HERE.