Does anyone else find the words “old” and “food” to be unappealing when so close together? Typically, these are two words that you hate to see in the same sentence… unless, of course, they are being used to describe these 11 amazing Colorado restaurants that have stood the test of time:
1. The Historic Mint (Silverthorne)
Originally from the small mining town of Kokomo, the building that houses the 1862 Mint was moved to its current location in 1914 and serves some of the best steaks and seafood in the state.
2. The Buckhorn Exchange (Denver)
How many restaurants can say they've been around since 1893 AND have served five sitting presidents (Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter and, Ronald Reagan)? The oldest restaurant in Denver can.
3. 740 Front (Louisville)
One of Colorado's oldest bars has been going strong since 1904 and continues to amaze its patrons with “steaks not well done but done well.”
4. Silver Grill Cafe (Fort Collins)
The oldest restaurant in Northern Colorado has been serving the community's favorite breakfast (including gigantic cinnamon rolls the size of your face) since 1933.
5. Kochevars (Crested Butte)
Not exactly a sit-down restaurant, but still worth noting since it was built by hand in 1886.
6. Ore House (Durango)
O'er there lies the Ore House, the newest of the oldest restaurants on our list. (The Durango favorite was established in 1972.)
7. Red Onion (Aspen)
It isn't hard to spot Aspen's oldest restaurant and bar, (which opened 1892.) Just look for the distinct red building.
8. The Cliff House at Pikes Peak (Manitou Springs)
Since it was first built in 1973, The Cliff House At Pikes Peak has welcomed such distinguished guests as Thomas Edison, Clark Gable, and even President Teddy Roosevelt.
9. Ore House at the Pine Grove (Steamboat Springs)
Your eyes do not deceive you; there is in fact another Ore House. (Only this one was established in 1971.)
10. Minturn Saloon (Minturn)
Constructed in 1901, the Minturn Saloon is a beacon of history with the added good food and brews.
11. Chop House Restaurant at New Sheridan (Telluride)
The sign may say it's new, but the hotel that houses the restaurant has actually been around for more than 100 years. (Since 1895, to be exact.)