Colorado December 24, 2016
12 Irresistible Restaurants That Define Colorado
When it comes to dining in Colorado, there is never a shortage of delicious and inventive places to eat… However, when it comes to Colorado-related dining, these 12 irresistible restaurants truly define the state in a number of ways. Allow me to explain:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Beau Jo's (Various Colorado Locations)
Coloradans know that the only REAL way to eat a pizza is when it has thick and airy Colorado-style crust that can be dipped in honey.
2. The Fort (Morrison)
When it comes to architecture that epitomizes the Old West, there is no restaurant quite like the historic Fort, which also boasts a delicious menu of locally grown meats.
3. Bully's (Fleming)
For the perfect small town restaurant with one of the best menus you have ever seen, check out this northeastern Colorado hidden gem! (2 pounds of crab legs with your choice of potato, say what?)
4. Slow Groovin' BBQ (Marble)
When you think of good BBQ, which towns come to mind? Memphis? Kansas City? Austin? If you didn't name the small town of Marble, Colorado, you are missing out on Slow Groovin' and some of the most tender, fall-off-the-bone BBQ you will ever taste.
5. Sam's No. 3 (Denver)
How is Sam's a defining Colorado restaurant? Well, aside from the fact that they have been featured on Food Network, Sam's also has one of the best green chile recipes in the entire state!
6. Romero's Cafe & Catering (Pueblo)
Another epic green chile recipe comes from our friends at Romero's, who have even served their signature dish to President Obama! (If you aren't an Obama fan, just overlook that last part...)
7. Casa Bonita (Lakewood)
I know I complain a lot about Casa Bonita (and for good reason -- the last time I was there I found a hair in my sopapilla :/), but by golly, it is a true state institution that everyone HAS to experience once.
8. Bin 707 Foodbar (Grand Junction)
Not only is the menu at Bin 707 creative, urban, and flavorful (like the state), so is the unique ambiance!
9. Santiago's (Various Colorado Locations)
Breakfast burritos and incredible Mexican fast food are a Colorado go-to and are fortunately easy to find thanks to Santiago's many Colorado locations!
10. Buckhorn Exchange (Denver)
One of Colorado's most iconic dishes is that of Rocky Mountain Oysters (AKA deep fried cow you-know-whats) and one of the best places to get them is at Colorado's longest running restaurant.
11. Pug Ryan's (Dillon)
It doesn't get better than an ice cold microbrew and, lucky for us, there is plenty of that here in Colorado, including the unique selection at Pug Ryan's!
12. Cherry Cricket (Denver)
In honor of the cheeseburger being invented in Denver, we found it fitting to end our list with the best burger joint in the Mile High City! (Please note: Due to a kitchen fire, the restaurant is temporarily closed.)
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