When it comes to going out to eat, there is nothing quite like a home-cooked meal served in a homey atmosphere… enter these 12 Colorado mom and pop restaurants that serve some of the best meals in the entire state! Next time you go out to eat, check out:
1. Hickory House (Lamar)
Whether you dine in or carry out, you (our readers!) are guaranteed both a hearty and delicious meal! *Pictured is the smoked brisket and fries... please excuse me while I wipe the drool from my chin.*
2. Butcher Block Cafe (Denver)
What the family-owned (for more than 30 years) restaurant lacks in frills, it makes up for with incredible breakfast and lunch options - and the best homemade cinnamon rolls in the Mile High City!
3. Loaf & Ladle (Longmont)
As you can see from the picture, this isn't the "Best Pie in Longmont"... this is the best pie along the entire Front Range!
4. Pippo's Cafe (Cortez)
Word to the wise: Don't go to Denver for a Denver Sandwich (an omelet with ham, onion, and green pepper served between two pieces of toasted bread); go to Pippo's in Cortez!
5. Mountain Cafe (Fort Collins)
Go figure; the best breakfast in Fort Collins just happens to also be the best mom and pop restaurant in town.
6. Riverside Cafe (Wray)
A good rule of thumb when it comes to restaurants: The more worn and dated the sign, the more tried and true the food (which is definitely the case with Riverside and their famous pies).
7. Nana & Nano's Deli & Pasta House (Trinidad)
For homemade Italian food as good as... well, your nana used to make, there is no topping this Southern Colorado favorite.
8. Chen Vuong Thai Asian Restaurant (Burlington)
The next time you travel east along I-70, don't settle for an interstate-side fast food chains; venture into town a bit for some of the best Asian dishes this side of Colorado.
9. The Pantry (Pueblo)
Are you ready to have your mind BLOWN? This pictured masterpiece was a Friday SPECIAL. Run (don't walk) to this Pueblo treasure.
10. Coyote's Coffee Den (Penrose)
Not only does Coyote's serves tasty hot and cold drinks, they also serve a wide variety of memorable breakfast and lunch options as well. (Breakfast burrito + iced coffee = best morning ever!)
11. Bedrock Depot (Dinosaur)
After a long and productive day of exploring the fascinating Dinosaur National Monument, there is nothing quite as satisfying as a hot (or cold) sandwich from this unsuspecting gem of a cafe.
12. Sandy's Restaurant (Colorado Springs)
Homemade and hand-battered country fried steak with made-from-scratch gravy, hash browns, and eggs... need I say more?