I love the website Thrillist, but I have to disagree with them on this one.
Colorado came in at number 18, but that's not why I disagree. The real reason I have a problem with the placement of our state is Thrillist's reasoning behind it:
Were craft beer a factor here, Colorado would be skyrocketed to the top of the list. It's not. But you can eat weed! And Colorado does have some of the best edibles in the US. Why do we mention it? Well, it's certainly helpful when you consider that an appetizer of a weird-tasting baked good makes most things taste better, and considering things already taste great in hubs like Denver, Boulder, Breck, and Aspen, it's astounding. It’s tough to pin down the “thing” that really defines Colorado food-wise -- it’s kind of a mish-mash of Western influences that’ve migrated from elsewhere (they’re big on green chile) with a heavy dose of meats like buffalo and Colorado lamb. Also, it's hard to discover that Rocky Mountain oysters are actually delicious without a little metaphysical courage-building.
Although they made mention of some of our cuisine, it seems as though they placed Colorado at number 18 because they think we are know for eating weed and cow balls... We are better than that!