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Pueblo, CO

Population: 113,116

During one weekend every September, a tiny chile pepper nearly doubles the size of the city of Pueblo, CO. Up to 100,000 visitors from all over the U.S. come to eat, drink and celebrate the "Pueblo Chile" during the Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival.

But anytime is a good time for foodies in Pueblo. The famed fire-roasted chile spices up burgers, hot dogs, tamales and more as restaurants pay homage, and the Farmers Market along the Riverwalk brings a bounty of fresh produce from local farmers.

Locals swear by local favorite Magpies, the downtown restaurant featuring a fully stocked taproom downstairs. More microbrew suds are on tap at the popular Shamrock Brewing Co. And downtown bistro Restaurant Fifteen Twentyone fuses seasonally fresh ingredients with classic French culinary style.

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