You have heard the stories and studied the characters in your Colorado history class, but do you ever wish you could see what life was like in the Old American West? It turns out you can (just minus the gunfights and shady businesses), thanks to this historic Old West restaurant in Colorado that is named after one of the region’s most remarkable figures. If you’re in the mood to experience history, tasty carnivorous eats, and stiff drinks all in one spot, Doc Holliday’s Saloon in Glenwood Springs will hit the spot.

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Have you ever visited Doc Holliday’s Saloon in Colorado? Are you as much of a fan of this rustic tavern as we are? Tell us in the comments!

After visiting this historic eatery, you’ll want to go check out his gravesite in Glenwood Springs as well. Then, check into this warm and luxurious mountaintop retreat.

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What are some iconic, must-visit restaurants in Colorado?

Colorado is a state with a diverse and delicious culinary scene, from rustic mountain pizzerias to upscale urban eateries. Many of the state's restaurants have earned national awards, as well as cult followings! Here are just a few famous restaurants in Colorado that you might want to try:

  • Annette, Aurora: This chic restaurant is located in the Stanley Marketplace, a former aviation factory turned into a food and retail hub. Annette is a “scratch-to-table” restaurant, meaning that everything is made from scratch, from the bread to the pickles. The menu changes frequently, but always showcases chef Caroline Glover’s talent for simple and elegant dishes.
  • Beast & Bottle, Denver: This Denver restaurant is run by siblings Paul and Aileen Reilly, who share a passion for local and sustainable ingredients. The menu features nose-to-tail cooking, meaning that every part of the animal is used, as well as seasonal vegetables and creative cocktails. The dining room is bright and airy, with a friendly vibe.
  • Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs, Denver: This Denver restaurant is not your typical hot dog joint. Biker Jim’s offers a variety of exotic sausages, such as reindeer, elk, rattlesnake, and pheasant, as well as vegan options. You can top your dog with anything from cream cheese to caramelized onions to harissa roasted cactus. Biker Jim’s is a fun and casual spot for a quick bite, as well as one
  • The Fort, Morrison: Located in Morrison, this restaurant is a replica of Bent’s Fort, a historic trading post from the 19th century. The Fort specializes in wild game, such as bison, elk, quail, and rattlesnake, as well as traditional Native American and Mexican dishes.
  • Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder: This award-winning James Beard restaurant serves exquisite dishes inspired by the cuisine of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, a region in northeast Italy. The wine list is curated by master sommelier Bobby Stuckey, and the service is impeccable. It's widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in Colorado!
  • Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant, Manitou Springs: Looking for a date night restaurant? Mona Lisa's is all about the romantic fine dining experience, complete with a four-course fondue dinner. You can choose from a variety of cheeses, meats, and chocolates, and pair them with wine or beer.
  • Edelweiss German Restaurant, Colorado Springs: This incredible restaurant serves authentic German cuisine in a quaint Bavarian setting. You can enjoy dishes like schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerbraten, and spaetzle, as well as homemade desserts like apple strudel and black forest cake. The restaurant also features live music and a fire pit, so it's perfect for a night out.
  • McGinty’s Wood Oven Pub, Divide: Wood-fired eats are the name of the game here! You can order pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and soups, as well as Irish specialties like shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. The pub also has a full bar with craft beers and cocktails.
  • Quincy’s Steak and Spirits, Buena Vista: At this nostalgic steakhouse, you can get a filet mignon or a prime rib, along with a baked potato, salad, and bread. The restaurant is located in a former aviation factory that has been converted into a food and retail hub.