Raise your hand if you love a good meal. *Raises hand.* Now raise your hand if you love a good meal that YOU don’t have to make. *Raises both hands.* If you are in search of delicious food from new and unexpected places (like we all are), you will want to visit these 14 Colorado “hole-in-the-wall” restaurants:
1. The Leadville Grill Bar & Cafe (Leadville)
Are you ready to have the best Mexican food of your life? Then head on up (or down, depending on where you're located) to Leadville, where the Martinez family have been whipping up their famous green chili and margaritas since 1965.
2. Elaine's Place (Fort Morgan)
Who would have guessed that some of the most authentic and best tasting Greek food outside of Greece would be located in the Eastern Plains town of Fort Morgan? Trust us; it's worth the trip!
3. George's Drive Inn (Walsenburg)
A good rule of thumb: the more unsuspecting the building, the better the food. (George's and their homemade breakfast and lunch are testament to this!)
4. Bova's Italian Restaurant (Westminster)
Good news; the "Home of the Giant Calzone" is also the home to numerous other Italian favorites, including stuffed shells, Aglio Olio Pasta, and even spumoni ice cream.
5. Coyote Grille at the Nature Center (Pueblo)
Come for a scenic walk along the Arkansas River; stay for the made-from-scratch burgers, soups, and desserts.
6. Farm Fresh Cafe & Steakhouse (Rifle)
For a menu of tasty, farm-fresh foods served in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere (that comes complete with sports on the big screens, live music, and game tables), there is no topping this Rifle favorite.
7. Stateline Bar & Grill (Dove Creek)
Getting to the Stateline Bar & Grill may be a bit of a trip (they don't call it the STATELINE for nothing!), but it's well worth it for a taste of these incredible fish tacos. *drool*
8. Hillbilly Heaven (Wray)
This Eastern Colorado gem is truly "Heaven" on earth for hillbillies, travelers, homemade dessert connoisseurs, or anyone who enjoys a great meal!
9. Alma's Only Bar (Alma)
Even if Alma's Only Bar wasn't the only bar in Alma, it would still be our favorite! (I mean, c'mon; are you seeing this fried meatloaf?)
10. Cafe Jordano (Lakewood)
Mamma mia! That is some incredible looking Buffalo Marsala! P.S. If you think the entrees look good, wait until you see the dessert menu...
11. The Hangar (Pueblo)
For the most important meal of the day, you deserve nothing but the very best... which, in the state of Colorado, is The Hangar. You're welcome.
12. Rush Cafe (Rush)
Can I offer you another good rule of thumb? The more dated the sign (and building), the better the food! On your marks, get set... rush into Rush!
13. The Oasis (Saguache)
For the ultimate in hearty (and yummy!) breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, there is no beating this "Oasis" in the mountains! (And the staff? Some of the kindest people you'll ever meet!)
14. Sarges' Grill (Fountain)
You best do what Sarge says and order that mouthwatering steak and egg burrito! (Feeling extra hungry? Order the SARGES' Breakfast Plate Challenge -- 6 eggs, 6 slices of bacon, stack of pancakes, and toast -- and eat it all to get both a free meal and t-shirt!)