Colorado August 13, 2018
Colorado’s Very First Steakhouse Has Literally Been Around Forever
Do you know what sounds really delicious right now? Dining like a dignitary and eating Rocky Mountain Oysters and a thick rib-eye steak amidst hundreds of stuffed animals… does that sound great to you, too? If you are hungry and ready to feast like a president or legendary entertainer, make reservations to dine at Colorado’s very first steakhouse that has been around forever:
Tucked away in Denver's historic Lincoln Park neighborhood is that of the Buckhorn Exchange; an iconic Colorado steakhouse that just celebrated its 105th birthday!
Originally started by Buffalo Bill scout band member Henry H. "Shorty Scout" Zietz, the Buckhorn was once a gathering place for miners, cattle ranchers, gamblers, businessmen, and Indian chiefs to come together and enjoy a home-cooked meal.
Because of its location near the Rio Grande Railroad yards, the establishment also became a popular choice amongst the railroad workers, who went to the Buckhorn each week to collect their token from Zietz for both a free beer and lunch.
In addition to being a hit with the locals, the Buckhorn has also welcomed a number of presidents and entertainers during its 105-year stint, including the Presidents Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan, and actors Bob Hope, Roy Rogers, and James Cagney.
As if you needed another reason to visit this historic gem, the Buckhorn Exchange is also a no-brainer when it comes to food with menu options like the aforementioned Rocky Mountain Oysters...
The BEST deep-fried cow you-know-whats in Colorado, to be exact!
...perfectly prepared local meats...
Not just steaks, but ribs, buffalo, lamb, and more!
...and freshly caught fish and seafood dishes.
The Buckhorn Exchange is located at 1000 Osage St. in Denver and is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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