Trust me, I get it: There is nothing in this world more frustrating than going to a restaurant when you’re starving and having to wait long periods of time to eat. However, the food and ambiance of these 11 Colorado restaurants will make it worth your time, (but word to the wise; reserve a table ahead of time so you’re not waiting in the cold!)
1. The Fort (Morrison)
Address: 19192 CO-8, Morrison, CO 80465
Why it's popular: The charming old west setting and Colorado-grown meats make for one fantastic experience!
What to order: Anything served with President Jefferson's favorite Mac and Cheese.
2. Swiss Chalet Restaurant (Woodland Park)
Address: 19263 US-24, Woodland Park, CO 80863
Why it's popular: Tasty continental cuisine with a killer view of Pikes Peak.
What to order: The Filet and Lobster Special.
3. Ellina (Aspen)
Address: 430 E Hyman Ave # 3, Aspen, CO 81611
Why it's popular: Beautiful ambiance, award-winning wine selections, and incredible food. *Please Note: Ellina is temporarily closed until December 4, 2015*
What to order: The New York Steak with Cremini Mushrooms, Asparagus, and Onion Rings.
4. Table Mountain Grill & Cantina (Golden)
Address: 1310 Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80401
Why it's popular: Fresh Southwestern and American cuisine served in a vibrant Santa Fe decorated restaurant.
What to order: Asiago Fries with sauce.
5. Sonny Lubick Steakhouse (Fort Collins)
Address: 115 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Why it's popular: Lubick's is the perfect place to watch the big game with its many TVs, casual atmosphere, and outstanding food.
What to order: Pork Belly Sliders.
6. Hearthstone Restaurant (Breckenridge)
Address: 130 S Ridge St, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Why it's popular: Mountain views and fresh, naturally raised meats and seafood.
What to order: DESSERT.
7. Garden of the Gods Gourmet (Colorado Springs)
Address: 410 S 26th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Why it's popular: Freshly prepared gourmet food in a rustic-chic atmosphere.
What to order: Banana Bread French Toast.
8. Flagstaff House Restaurant (Boulder)
Address: 1138 Flagstaff Rd, Boulder, CO 80302
Why it's popular: Out-of-this-world views and dinner selection.
What to order: Soft Shell Crab.
9. Root Down (Denver)
Address: 1600 W 33rd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Why it's popular: Creative foods in an eclectic atmosphere.
What to order: Huevos Rancheros.
10. Keystone Ranch Restaurant (Keystone)
Address: 1437 Co Rd 150, Keystone, CO 80435
Why it's popular: The AMAZING fireplace and overall cozy atmosphere.
What to order: Soufflé (to eat in front of the roaring fire).
11. Mountain Standard (Vail)
Address: 193 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657
Why it's popular: Fun gastropub with mouth-watering foods.
What to order: Anything with lamb.