Restaurant Guide–Colorado

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  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources


Dos Hermanas–435 Main St. (Mexican) Open Daily.  New Mexican style and quality (as good as in NM). Map (Dining room is open 4-12-24)


Bangkok Happy Bowl–300 Puppy Smith St. (Thai) Open Daily.  Reviewers say this is authentic Thai (and that “Thai extra hot” means what it says). Lunch hour (11am-3pm) has prices that are almost like a normal city, but nothing in Aspen is what you would consider normal prices. Map (Dining room is open 12-12-21)

Mezzaluna–624 E. Cooper Ave. (Italian) Open Daily.  Wood fired pizza is popular. Map (Dining room and patio are open 4-12-24)

White House Tavern–302 E. Hopkins Ave. (Sandwiches) Open Daily.  Reviewers say this is not the average sandwich shop–sandwiches are gourmet and delicious (such as French dip, Cuban, and an excellent burger). Map (Dining room is open 4-12-24)


Spurz Grill–4333 CO-63 (American) Dinner Thu-Sat; lunch Thu-Sun.  Most recommended item is chicken fried steak (and it looks like it is done the right way). Cowboy cut sirloin (with gravy) and mac & cheese also look good. Map (Dining room is open 11-13-21)


Maya–126 Riverfront Ln. (Mexican) Open for breakfast & dinner (no dinner on Tue or Wed).  Alta cocina–said to be very good. In the $$$ category (not high for Vail, but a little pricey). Prob. worth the money for a special experience. Note: have a happy hour appetizer special if you don’t want to pay for a regular meal. Map (Dining room is open 11-2-21)

Pho 20–47 E. Beaver Creek Blvd. (Vietnamese) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  I think this is one of the good choices in town that have good food at less expensive prices. Has pho as well as other dishes (rice plates, etc.). Map (Dining room is open 9-29-22)

Pho Bay–101 Fawcett Rd. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Reviewers say it is excellent. Some things reviewers like are the steak pho, the music, the ambiance, and the service. Map (Dining room is open 11-2-21)

Taqueria No Se Hagan Bolas–104 Beaver Creek Pl. (Mexican) Closed Sun evening (in winter they close daily at 5 pm).  Authentic tacos and “Mexican street food” (tortas, etc.). Cheap prices for good food, but reviewers say they run out of some items. Map (Dining room is open 2-11-24)


Red Rock General Store–623 Main St. (Polish) Open daily (closed from 1 to 4 pm). Convenience store that serves Polish sausages, burgers, and hot dogs. The owners are Polish, and is the sister restaurant of Red Rock Deli in Albuquerque. Sells Polish desserts and treats from the grocery store section. Map (Appears to have outdoor picnic tables 9-29-22)


Bangkok Happy Bowl–103 N. Main St. (Thai) Open Daily.  There are several Asian restaurants in Breckenridge. This one does not necessarily seem to have better food, but the variety of items seems to be better than at the other restaurants. Also in Aspen. Map (Dining room is open 2-11-24)

Briar Rose Chophouse–109 Lincoln Ave. (Steakhouse) Dinner only (open daily).  I think this is one of the most highly regarded steakhouses in Colorado. Steaks are aged for 28 days. Some say the steak does not have much flavor, but I want to taste the steak and not other things they put on it (and I think this steak will be this way). Map (Dining room is open 12-2-21)

Empire Burger–500 S. Main St. (Burgers) Open daily to midnight (summer & winter).  All natural beef that is ground daily. Map (Dining room is open 4-12-24)

Peak of Asia–500 S. Main St. (Vietnamese) Closed Tue (in winter is dinner only).  Has pho and vermicelli bowls. Does not seem to be absolutely authentic, but has good reviews and people enjoy the food. Map (Dining room is open 4-12-24)


Spices on the Green–48680 Snead Dr. (Steakhouse) Open 5 pm to 9 pm Thu-Sat.  Serves steak, seafood, chicken, and pasta but steak gets most of the good reviews. However they serve Vietnamese, Thai, and Indian food by pre-order (these are not available if you just walk into the restaurant). Seems to be a very good steakhouse (and there is a Thai restaurant on the main street in Burlington). Map (Dining room is open 2-11-24)

Cañon City

Momo Japanese–1540 Royal Gorge Blvd. (Japanese) Open 11:30 am to 8 pm (closed Sun & Mon).  Some say it is the best restaurant in town (and it is certainly one of the best choices for Asian food). Mostly serves sushi, but sukiyaki and yakisoba are also recommended. Map (Dining room is open 12-23-21)

Colorado City

Three Sisters Tavern & Grill–6695 W. Hwy 165 (American) Open daily (serves breakfast Thu-Sun).  Variety of items including chicken fried steak. An article on says the thing to try is the So-Co green chile (a bowl of Pueblo style green chile made with Mirasol pepper). This is the same type of green chile that is served on a cheeseburger at Gray’s Coors Tavern in Pueblo (here you can also get it on a cheeseburger or a burrito). Map (Dining room is open 8-1-22)

Colorado Springs

Arabian Nights Cafe–8029 N. Academy Blvd. (Turkish) Open daily 11 am to 8 pm.  Reviewers say it is excellent and authentic Middle Eastern food. Falafel is particularly recommended (compared to ones they have tried at other restaurants). Has chicken tagine and a very good variety of Middle Eastern dishes. Map (Dining room is open 12-23-21)

Edelweiss–34 E. Ramona Ave. (German) Open Daily. Home style German (very authentic). One reason I think it would be good is that reviewers recommend the bread and salad as much as the main dishes. German deli meats are a lesser known but very recommended item. Map (Dining room is open 4-12-24)

Everest Nepal–28 E. Bijou St. (Nepali) Open daily except Sun lunch & Tue lunch (and closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Daal is said to be very good. Good food, but some experience slow service. The restaurant’s web site recommends their Nepali specialties, but most reviewers seem to stick with familiar Indian dishes (but all get good reviews). Map (Dining room is open 2-11-24)

Garden of the Gods Gourmet–410 S. 26th St. (New American).  Very popular for breakfast and brunch–has healthy & delicious food (Note: not currently operating as a restaurant but this is the type of food they now serve for private parties, special events, and catering). Map (Catering and special events center only 11-2-21)

HavanaGrill–2165 Academy Pl. (Cuban) Open Daily (but different sources have conflicting info).  Said to be as good as the Cuban food in Florida. Map (Dining room is open 12-23-21)

Jake & Telly’s Greek Taverna–2616 W. Colorado Ave. (Greek) Open Daily.  This appears to be one of the few restaurants that serves real Greek food (and is not limited to a gyros and sandwich place). Some locals say this is the best Mediterranean restaurant in town. Atmosphere is casual (you don’t have to pay for a fine dining ambiance). Map (Dining room is open 12-12-21)

Julie’s Kitchen–3750 Astrozon Blvd. (Filipino) Closed Sun & Mon (and closes early in the evening).  Serves Filipino and Hawaiian food (reviews are good). I think it probably has a better selection of items than many other Filipino restaurants. Map (Dining room is open 1-1-22)

Juniper Valley Ranch–16350 CO-115 (American) Dinner Fri & Sat; open 1 pm to 8 pm Sun.  Specialties include fried chicken, chicken fried steak, Nashville hot chicken (served on Sun), and apple butter that they sell in the gift shop. Meals are home cooked, and dinners come with vegetables and dessert (two entrees are offered each day). Jane & Michael Stern recommended it because of its food, its serene setting outside of town, and because of the fact that it is a local institution. Reservations are said to be highly recommended. Map (Dining room is open 11-11-22)

Kopi Den Asian Cookery–6760 N. Academy Blvd. (Malaysian) Open 11 am to 7 pm (closed Sun & Mon)–closed from 2 to 4 pm weekdays.  The small home cooked concept of this restaurant is the secret of its popularity and good reviews. It is especially popular with those who appreciate real Asian flavors (and do not like the Americanized version). Specializes in Malaysian street food. Map (Dining room is open 2-11-24)

Lily Donuts–7607 N. Union Blvd. (Cambodian) Lunch only–closes at 1 pm (closed Mon).  Many say these are the best donuts in the Springs, and I can’t find reviews for the Cambodian food because they are all for the donuts. Nevertheless this is also a Cambodian restaurant. Map (Dining room is open 8-1-22)

Monse’s Pupuseria–115 S. 25th St. (Salvadoran) Closed Sun & Mon (and closes at 7 pm Tue-Thu).  Said to have a very good presentation of food from El Salvador. Map (Dining room is open–turned into open air dining in summer 1-1-22)

Saigon Grill–337 N. Circle Dr. (Vietnamese) Closed Mon.  Food is cheap and good. Some say the pho lacks flavor–other items get better ratings. (Note: in recent reviews some say they like it better than before and that the food has more flavor). Map (Dining room is open 1-1-22)

Shin Sa Dong–3845 E. Pikes Peak Ave. (Korean) Closed Sun & Mon.  There are a number of Korean restaurants in CS, so I’m not sure this is the best. It does have good reviews, though, has more menu items than other restaurants, and is family run (authentic). It is pricier than others, but the main drawback is that it sometimes takes a long time to get the food. Map (Dining room is open 1-1-22)

Shuga’s–702 S. Cascade Ave. (American) Open daily (open until midnight).  A popular place, particularly for lunch. Seems to embody what I might think of as Colorado cuisine–quiche, coconut shrimp soup, hummus, sandwiches, ramen, Thai soup, etc. Many people get the sampler plate. Has a dog friendly back porch. Map (Dining room is open 1-1-22)

Thai Mint–1725 Briargate Blvd. (Thai) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 4:30 pm).  Very good for CS (some say it does not match west coast standards). Spice level also seems to not be consistent. Pad thai and green curry get good reviews. On north side near Air Force Academy. Map (Dining room is open 4-12-24)

The Broadmoor–1 Lake Ave. (American).  This is a nationally known hotel with several restaurants on site. Only a couple are in the $$$$ price range (and one of them is currently closed) but all seem to be upscale. They have a variety of cuisines (including Italian and European). Reviews say “the less ritzy one by the lake is not outrageously expensive” but this probably applies to several of them. It may be worth it just for the view. Map (Dining rooms are open 11-2-21)

The Rabbit Hole–101 N. Tejon St. (New American) Open daily (dinner only).  A little more expensive than other restaurants, but mainly because people like to get the Chef’s Butcher’s Block (a meat sampler for that is designed to feed two people). Also has a variety of small plates. Lamb and striped bass are particularly good, but diners really like all of the meats served (and the small plate dishes as well). Map (Dining room is open 11-2-21)

Tlaquepaque–911 N. Murray Blvd. (Mexican) Open daily until 7:30 pm.  Authentic Mexican with red or green sauce on enchiladas. This is not upscale food, but has the most common dishes served as they would be in Mexico. Reviewers say the food is spicy (this makes me think it may be Chihuahua style). Map (Dining room is open 11-2-21)

Uwe’s–31 Iowa Ave. (German) Closed Sun & Mon (and closed between 1:45 and 5:30 pm).  Authentic German food–good alternative to Edelweiss (but hours are more limited and they are closed for several months while they go to Germany every year). Wienerschnitzel and Jagerschnitzel are recommended. Map (Dining room is open 2-11-24)

Wu Hoo’s Asian Bistro–4543 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  A restaurant for both Chinese and American tastes (the authentic Chinese menu has dishes from Sichuan). Scallion pancakes and dumplings are recommended (as are several of the main dishes). Map (Dining room is open 4-12-24)

You-Ka Cafe–3743 Bloomington St. (Filipino) Open 11 am to 7 pm (closed Mon & Tue).  Small place with home cooked style food. Note: Julie’s Kitchen also serves Filipino food–reviews are not quite as good but mostly quite positive, and it is open Tue..Map  (Dining room is open 1-1-22)


The Seasoned Brisket–1740 E. US 40 (BBQ) Open Mon-Fri 10 am to 2 pm.  Ratings are excellent, specialty is brisket; a popular item is the Cajun sausage, and owners say they can accommodate any diet (vegan, food allergies, etc.). Map (Dining room is open 1-31-22)

Crested Butte

Sherpa Cafe–309 6th St. (Nepali) Dinner only (open daily)–I think in summer it serves lunch.  The Himalayan food (Nepali and Tibetan) is not only said to be the real deal, but very enjoyable as well. Has another restaurant in Gunnison, but this one has a larger menu and I think the owner lives in CB and does the cooking here. Has Himalayan style chow mein. Note: there is another Nepali restaurant in town called Momo that is open for lunch and dinner and has a small menu, but it is said to also be very good. Map (Dining room is open 2-11-24)

Tin Cup Pasty–425 Elk Ave. (British) Closed Sun & Mon (I think in summer is closed Wed).  Specializes in British style pasties, one of which is chicken pot pie. Others are a Cubano and one with tikka masala (with the same crust as the pot pie). Everything is made in house. Map (Dining room is open 11-2-21)


Lili’s Bistro–119 E. La Bonte St. (Mexican) Dinner Thu-Sun; Lunch Sat & Sun.  Has “regular” Mexican food and “Oaxacan” (mole and shrimp that may not actually be Oaxacan but many say it is better than the “regular” food). Map (Dining room is open 9-29-22)


Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen–862 Main Ave. (Southwest) Dinner only (closed Mon & Tue).  Upscale food in a casual restaurant. Stuffed poblano, pork tacos. Reviewers say to order something small or cheap because the more expensive plates are too large and many people can’t eat it. Mexican and Southwest dishes seem to be the best items (and the cheapest). Vegetarian dishes are said to be very good. Map (Dining room is open 4-12-24)

Gazpacho–431 E. 2nd Ave. (New Mexican) Open daily 11:30 am to 8 pm.  Reviewers say it’s good New Mexican food (stuffed sopapilla, green chile, etc.) but not spectacular if you’re used to Albuquerque or Las Cruces food. Green chile stew is popular. Map (Dining room is open 1-10-22)

Himalayan Kitchen–992 Main Ave. (Nepali) Closed Mon (and closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Sherpa stew is recommended. Has an impressive menu of Himalayan cuisine including both meat and vegetarian dishes. Has sherpa stew, chow-chow, and Kathmandu sekuwa among others on the “special” (Himalaya style) menu. Map (Dining room is open 12-2-21)

Michael’s Corner Crepes–598 Main Ave. (Creperies) Open 10 am to 3 pm (closed Sun & Mon).  This is a food truck (actually a western style stage coach) with outdoor picnic tables. Very good reviews for their crepes–there are all kinds, but a lot of people like the one with green chile. Map (Has outside patio 9-29-22)

Note: Thai Kitchen and Sizzling Siam are both recommended as good choices for Asian food in town, but not comparable to Thai food in large cities. Thai Kitchen is said to be more authentic (especially with regard to giving you the Thai spice level). Thai Paradise in Ridgway is said to be better than the restaurants in Durango.


Henry’s Chinese–175 Main St. (Chinese and Thai) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  Thai food is said to be better than the Chinese (Chinese is American style). Good reviews–everyone says it is good food. Green curry is recommended. I have seen photos of some of the Chinese food, though, and I would not automatically write off that whole side of the menu. Map (Dining room is open 9-29-22)

Zino–27 Main St. (Italian) Open 5 pm to 9 pm daily.  More expensive than I would like to have on this list, but reviewers say food is top notch, made in house, and very flavorful. Map (Dining room is open 12-23-21)

Estes Park

Antonio’s Real New York Pizza–1560 Big Thompson Ave. (Pizza) Closed Sun & Mon.  Reviewers say the pizza is not just good for Estes Park, but it is good for anywhere. They say it is legit New York style. Map (Dining room is open 4-12-24)

Big Horn–401 W. Elkhorn Ave. (American) Breakfast and lunch daily; dinner Thu-Sat.  Fried chicken, soup, breakfast is good. Serves green chile. Map (Dining room is open 12-2-21)

Cafe de Pho-Thai–255 W. Riverside Dr. (Thai) Open daily 11 am to 8:00 pm in winter/ 9:00 in summer (closed Tue in winter).  Tourist towns are not known for their authentic Asian food, but this seems to be the closest in Estes Park. Basil fried rice and tom ka kai are recommended. Curry is sweet (Panang curry is said to be less sweet). Some say it is at Thai spice levels, but ask for spicy (medium may be less spicy than in most restaurants). Most say to avoid the drunken noodles. Thai food is apparently better than the pho. Map (Dining room is open 4-12-24)

Nepal’s Cafe–184 E. Elkhorn Ave. (Nepali) Open Daily.  Buffet–can get Nepal dumplings. Reviewers rate it higher than the Chinese food in town. Some reviewers say they waited over an hour for their food (apparently when they were not serving the buffet). Map (Dining room is open 1-10-22)

Seasoned–205 Park Ln. (American) Dinner only Wed-Sat; Brunch on Sun.  Upscale restaurant that is said to have a “Colorado flavor” (steak, trout, bison, etc.). Expensive, but some reviews say it is less expensive than in Denver and the food is better. Classified as “New American,” so I don’t know if the steak is seasoned differently, etc. Map (Dining room is open 1-10-22)

Fort Collins

Beijing Noodle–1005 W. Stuart St. (Chinese) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Sun & Mon).  Northern style Chinese food. Specializes in noodle dishes, steamed dumplings, and soup (all of it is authentic). Has lunch specials (these have a limited selection of authentic food and it looks like some of it is Americanized). Map (Dining room is open 12-23-21)

Cafe de Bangkok–1232 W. Elizabeth St. (Thai) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 4:30 pm). Seems to be authentic, with good flavors. I think they can make special orders for authentic Thai food. Map (Dining room is open 1-10-22)

Maza Kabob–2427 S. College Ave. (Afghan) Dinner only (closed Sun).  Reviewers say it is authentic and made from scratch, but orders usually take a long time to prepare. Map (Temporarily closed 9-29-22)

Waltzing Kangaroo–1109 W. Elizabeth St. (Australian) Open Tue-Sat 11 am to 7 pm. Specializes in meat pies (with different types of meats and ingredients inside). Some of the pies also include green chile (other than that, the food is mostly Australian or British style). Map (Takeout and delivery only 1-10-22)

Young’s Cafe–3307 S. College Ave. (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  Good, basic Vietnamese (with noodle bowls). Map (Dining room is open 12-2-21)


Bread+Salt–401 E. Main St. (Breakfast) Open daily 7 am to 2 pm.  Excellent breakfast items (also has sandwiches for lunch). I recommend the Frisco omelet with fixings (choose your own fixings–all of them seem good). Huevos rancheros are also excellent with south of the border flavors. Map (Dining room is open 4-12-24)

The Lost Cajun–204 E. Main St. (Cajun) Closed Mon (closed Mon & Tue in winter).  I have heard from firsthand testimony that this is real Cajun food (is not touristy). Map (Dining room and outdoor patio are open 1-10-22)


Cooper’s on the Creek–1500 Argentine St. (New American) Closed Wed.  Many locals say it is known for the food being very well prepared and less expensive than you would expect for this quality. Some reviewers say it has better quality than Vail at much lower prices. Owners say their emphasis is on wild game and elevated comfort food. On weekends people may not be able to get in because the restaurant is small and is in very high demand. Map (Dining room is open-patio closed for repairs Jan 2022-reservations are recommended 1-10-22)

Pho Bay–1025 Rose St. (Vietnamese) Closed Wed.  This appears to be the only Asian food in town. I believe the Vietnamese food here is the real deal (based on reviews of the Silverthorne location). Has pho, noodle bowls, and rice plates. Map (Dining room is open 12-2-21)

Glenwood Springs

Hiro Sushi–820 Grand Ave. (Japanese & Chinese) Open Daily.  Most people say the food is very ordinary, but some diners from China said they really liked the food (so it makes me think they must have asked the chef to make it authentic for them). In any case, I think there are good possibilities here. Serves Thai food and sushi in addition to Chinese (many people like the Thai food). Map (Temporarily closed 4-12-24)

Masala & Curry–730 Cooper Ave. (Himalayan) Closed Mon (and closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Specializes in Himalayan food, but reviewers like the Indian food as well. Has Chinese style chow chow (a Nepali dish). Map (Dining room is open 4-12-24)

Nepal Restaurant–6824 Hwy. 82 (Himalayan) Closed Mon (and closed from 2 to 5 m).  Generally has better reviews than Masala & Curry, but both places are well regarded. People particularly like the chai here (free refills). Map (Dining room is open 8-11-22)

Rosi’s Little Bavarian–141 W. 6th St. (German) Open 7 am to 1 pm (closed Tue). Bavarian style–Schnitzel, spaetzle, pastries are good.  According to Yelp it is mainly popular for breakfast and dinner (but is open for lunch until 1 pm). Map (Dining room is open 9-29-22)

The Pullman–330 7th St. (New American) Dinner only (closed Thu). Upscale food and setting with the eclectic type of food typical of “New American” food. Map (Dining room is open 4-12-24)

Vicco’s Charcoalburger–51659 Hwy 6 (Hamburgers) Open daily 9 am to 9 pm.  Has charcoal broiled hamburgers, elk, and other meats. Has been operating since the1950’s. Map (Dining room is open 8-12-21)

Grand Junction

Enstrom Candies–701 Colorado Ave. (Candy Store) Closed Sun.  Not a restaurant, but is a must stop if you like toffee and want to try free samples before you buy. Map (Has inside tables 3-25-23)

Loncheria Rubi–2515 Hwy. 6 (Mexican) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun & Mon).  Authentic Mexican street food (you order items individually such as tacos, burritos, etc.). People really like the flavor (probably because it is authentic and not Americanized). Breakfast burritos are popular. Map (Dining room is open 11-13-21)

Namaste Nepal–2692 Hwy. 50 (Himalayan) Closed Tue (and closed from 2:30 to 4:30 pm).  All the reviews I have seen are for Indian food, but the menu includes a large number of Nepali dishes, including several types of chow chow. The Indian food does not really have rave reviews, but I would try it for the Nepali menu. Map (Dining room is open 9-29-22)

Thai Chili & Pho–2536 Rimrock Ave. (Thai) Open daily 11 am to 8 pm.  Red curry and other curries are recommended. Quite a few do not like the pad thai, though. Has a Vietnamese menu (which many people like). Map (Dining room is open 11-13-21)

Thai Number 9–539 N. 1st St. (Thai) Closed Sun & Mon.  Reviewers are emphatic that this is not the typical Thai restaurant, but is very authentic in the flavors and spices. Map (Dining room is open 9-29-22)


Fat Albert’s–1717 23rd Ave. (American) Closed Sun & Mon.  Diner with down home food (apparently it has specials every day that are popular). Monte Cristo is its “signature” dish. Map (Dining room is open 11-13-21)

Panda Noodles–3483 W. 10th St. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Customers say the owners have removed several authentic dishes from the menu because people were not ordering them in sufficient numbers. However the inference is that similar items can still be special ordered. Map (Dining room is open 4-12-24)

Sherpa Grill–908 8th Ave. (Nepali) Open daily (closed from 3 to 4:30 pm).  There are many reviews for the Indian food but I am not sure what Nepali dishes they have. One thing that most people agree on is that it is best to order from the menu rather than getting the buffet (there should be Nepali choices available although many like the Indian food). Note: in fall 2021 the restaurant changed names so I don’t know if this means it changed owners or food. Recent reviews are still good, though. Map (Dining room is open 11-13-21)

Taqueria Los Comales–1331 9th St. (Mexican) Open daily 9 am to 9 pm.  Authentic style taqueria. Map (Dining room is open 4-12-24)


Double Dragon–113 W. Tomichi (Chinese) Closed Wed & Thu.  American style Chinese, but reviewers say it tastes good and is much better than other options in town. Some say that some of the items are authentic Chinese, though (such as the crispy duck). Map (Dining room is open 4-12-24)

Sherpa Cafe–323 E. Tomichi (Nepali) Open daily (closed from 2 to 5 pm). Thukpa (sherpa style noodle soup), sherpa stew, and Tibetan noodles look like good choices. Also has a location in Crested Butte. Map (Dining room is open 8-1-22)


Happy Jacks BBQ–130 E. Denver St. (BBQ) Open Wed-Sat.  Seems to be one of the best barbecue places in the state. Most popular items seem to be brisket, cornbread, and peach cobbler. Map (Dining room is open 11-13-21)


Big B’s Orchards–39126 CO-133 (Cider) Open Daily.  Apple orchard where you can buy apples, cider, hard cider, and u-pick apples, grapes, raspberries, and vegetables. Although the main star here is the cider, they have a restaurant that serves burritos, tacos, brisket, pulled pork, red and green chili, quinoa salad, and a number of other items. I have become addicted to their lemonade which is sold at Whole Foods. Map (Dining room is open 8-1-22)


Thai Spicy Basil–10 N. Main St. (Thai) Open Daily.  Lemongrass chicken, spring roll, bbq chicken with coconut sauce are recommended. Some say it is best to get the “original” dishes here rather then the “typical” ones served at every Thai restaurant (the bbq chicken looks like something that would be classified as “original”).  Map (Temporarily closed 11-13-21)


Quincys–416 Harrison Ave. (Steakhouse) Open daily (dinner only).  Thrillist rates this as one of the best restaurants in Colorado. It has a simple menu–they have prime rib or slow roasted sirloin on Friday and Saturday, and filet mignon the rest of the week. There are three locations (the others are Buena Vista and Salida) but the Leadville restaurant has the highest rating on Yelp (Apparently the cooks here do a better job of cooking the steaks the way you want them). The meat is said to be very high quality here. Map (Dining room is open 11-13-21)


China Gourmet–1345 Dry Creek Dr. (Chinese) Open Daily.  This is a branch of a Boulder restaurant and is known for its authentic “Shanghai” menu. Most of the authentic menu is spicy. Map (Dining room is open 9-15-22)

Georgia Boys BBQ–250 3rd Ave. (BBQ) Closed Mon. Southern style BBQ. Reviewers say one of the best features is that it is mostly dry rub, and you can add as little or as much sauce as you want (and it is up to each person’s own taste as to which is best). Map (Dining room is open 9-15-22)

Gurkhas–2347 Clover Basin Dr. (Himalayan) Closed Sun lunch & Mon lunch (and closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Has Indian and Nepali food. Reviewers say they have a real Indian spice level (not Americanized). Lunch special is Indian food only. Nepali food is on the dinner menu and available any time, but vegetarian chow chow is $11.99 on the 2019 menu (reviewers say it is good). Map (Dining room is open 9-15-22)

Rosario’s Peruvian–625 Ken Pratt Blvd. (Peruvian) Closed Mon.  Recommended by Peruvian reviewers over all the Peruvian restaurants in Denver or Boulder. Has chicha morada (the traditional Peruvian drink) but apparently does not have beer (a turnoff to some reviewers). Map (Dining room is open 9-15-22)


Bai Tong–1120 N. Lincoln Ave. (Thai) Closed Tue (and closed from 2:30 to 4 pm).  Reviewers say it is good Thai food with balanced flavors. Map (Dining room is open 9-29-22)

Loveland Chop House–125 E. 4th St. (Steakhouse) Dinner only (open daily).  Expensive, as you would expect a steakhouse to be, but this seems to be one of the better ones. Bone-in ribeye is said to be the restaurant’s specialty. Map (Dining room is open 8-12-21)

Taste Local–330 Cleveland Ave. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Mon).  Reviewers recommend it for breakfast. Anything that comes with a biscuit is recommended. Map (Dining room is open 3-25-23)


Julie’s Thai–138 Main St. (Thai) Dinner daily; Lunch Fri & Sat.  Good reviews except for the fact that the spice level is not very hot (if you are used to medium, it is best to order it hot here). Map (Dining room is open 9-29-22)

Manitou Springs

Miramont Castle–9 Capitol Hill Ave. (English) Lunch only (closed Mon). This is also a museum. The food served is English tea that costs either $30 or $40 (for two different packages). They also have a regular lunch menu. The finger sandwiches served in the second course of the English tea are said to make a good lunch, and all the scones, bread, and desserts make a very good experience (worth the money according to people I know who have been there). Map (Dining room is open 11-2-21)

Sahara Cafe–954 Manitou Ave. (Middle Eastern) Open daily 10 am to 9 pm.  Reviews seem to be uniformly complimentary of the food, including the seasoning and the way they are packaged (with the vegetables, sauces, etc.). Map (Dining room is open 11-13-21)


Chang Thai–1015 S. Townsend (Thai) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5 pm). Said to be good quality, and seemingly authentic Thai. Pad thai, red curry, green curry, yellow curry, Panang curry, pad kraprow have good reviews. Map (Dining room is open 11-11-22)

Himalayan Pun Hill–710 N. Townsend (Himalayan) Open 11 am to 9 pm (closed Tue).  Serves Indian and Nepali food, but I think the best reviews are for the Nepali food (such as the chow chow). Map (Dining room is open 9-29-22)

Pagosa Springs

Thai Pagosa–565 Village Dr. (Thai) Closed Sun (and closed from 2 to 4:30 pm).  An old restaurant with new owners–people now say the food is authentic. Pad thai and basil dishes are recommended (especially the pad thai). Curry may not be as spicy as at other restaurants. Map (Dining room is open 9-29-22)

Poncha Springs

Thai Mini Cafe–11150 W. US 50 (Thai) Open 10:30 am to 7 pm (closed Tue).  Red curry with pumpkin is good. Green curry may be even better. Some say this is the best Thai food in Colorado. Chu chee is not on the menu but customers can order it (this is one of their more authentic dishes). Map (Dining room is open 8-1-22)


Frank’s Meat Market–2000 Santa Fe Dr. (Meat Market) Closed Sun.  Home of Slovenian style meats, but sells the whole range of meats including steaks. Reviewers say you can’t beat it for quality and freshness. Map (In store shopping available 11-13-21)

Gray’s Coors Tavern–515 W. 4th St. (American) Open daily except Sun evening. The slopper is the specialty, and is recommended by Gil of Gil’s Thrilling and Filling Blog. The slopper is an open face cheeseburger smothered with a pork green chile (Gil says the chile is as good as the New Mexico green chile, and has a fruity flavor that he really likes). Map (Dining room is open 8-1-22)

Gus’ Tavern–1201 Elm St. (Bar) Open 11 am to 2 am (12-8 pm on Sun).  This is the home of the “Dutch Lunch” which consists of cold cuts, bread, and toppings that recreate the lunches from the Bojon history (from the Slovenians) of the area. Tip: One reviewer says the meat actually comes from Gagliano’s Italian Market across the street (but is takeout only). Note: the bars here seem to be looked at as family friendly places although I do not know the current laws about “under 21.” Map (Dining room is open 11-13-21)

Kuan’s Kitchen–750 Desert Flower Blvd. (Cambodian) Closed Sun.  This is a typical donut/Cambodian restaurant but unlike most, does not open until 11 am and stays open through dinner. Actually the menu is (first) Vietnamese, (second) Thai, and (third) Cambodian, but the latter is where they have the real food and not the Americanized version (although there are not many items on the menu). Map (Dining room is open 9-29-22)

La Forchetta da Massi–126 S. Union Ave. (Italian) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Authentic northern Italian at lower prices than in similar restaurants in larger cities. Map (Dining room is open 4-12-24)

La Tronica’s–1143 E. Abriendo Ave. (Italian) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  This is “old school” Italian dating from 1943 that came about as a result of one of Pueblo’s immigrant communities. Breaded pork chop, eggplant parmesan, and fried chicken are said to be good bets. Map (Dining room is open 11-13-21)

Mill Stop Cafe–317 Bay State Ave. (Mexican) Closed Sat & Sun.  One of the most popular in Pueblo. Stuffed sopapilla and sopapillas are said to be good. Enchiladas are recommended with either red or green sauce. Map (Dining room is open 11-13-21)

Mi Ranchito–525 S. Pueblo Blvd. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Best Mexican in town according to many locals. Enchiladas are good (especially the chicken enchiladas). Map (Dining room is open 9-29-22)

Puukaow Thai–1021 N. Market Plaza (Thai) Closed Sat lunch; closed Sun & Mon.  Reviewers say this is authentic Thai food (a little expensive, but you get what you pay for). Located in Pueblo West just off of US 50. Map (Dining room is open 9-29-22)

Note: Pueblo has very interesting Mexican food that should probably be classified as a style of its own, but is closely related to New Mexican food. Years ago I had an excellent meal at a restaurant whose name I do not recall, but I think it might be Mi Ranchito (based on the location).


Kate’s Place–615 W. Clinton St. (American) Open 7 am to 2 pm (closed Tue).  Mostly a breakfast place. Lemon ricotta pancakes, burritos, huevos rancheros, Sneffel Skillett are recommended. Map (Dining room is open 11-13-21)

Thai Paradise–146 N. Cora St. (Thai) Lunch Mon-Fri; dinner daily (closed from 2 to 4 pm).  Very good (and not just for a small town). Green curry, panang curry, and drunken noodles are said to be particularly good. Map (Dining room is open 11-13-21)


Currents Steaks–122 N. F St. (Steaks) Open daily 11 am to 10 pm.  Steak has good reviews–I do not know if it is locally sourced but if so that would be a plus. The beef stroganoff and chicken pot pie (both of which I have tried) would be enough to recommend the restaurant even without the steaks. Has daily specials, and has a nice outdoor patio. Map (Dining room is open 11-11-22)

Little Cambodia–1548 G St. (Cambodian) Open Mon-Wed only, and only for lunch (according to Google Maps).  Vegan pho and lettuce wrap with smoked salmon are popular, but Cambodian customers recommend items such as somlaw machew. Note: some reviews say you can sit outdoors next to the river but this was at their old location (they have now moved). Map (Dining room is open 8-1-22)


Pho Bay–270 Summit Pl. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Seems to be well regarded by those who say they are Asian or who know Asian food. Vegetarian pho seems to be especially popular (because many customers are vegetarian and appreciate vegetarian food that tastes good). Has pho, noodle bowls, and rice platters. Map (Dining room is open 9-29-22)

The Argentos–273 Summit Pl. (Argentinian) Open daily 9 am to 8 pm.  Serves empanadas with a variety of flavors and sauces. Mushroom, spinach, and chorizo are recommended. Map (Dining room is open 11-11-22)


Stew Pot–62 Elbert Ln. (New American) Open daily except Sun evening.  Good for lunch, has vegetarian options. Mainly a soup and sandwich place. Beef stew is recommended. Reasonably priced. Located in Snowmass Village Mall. Map (Dining room is open 11-11-22)

Steamboat Springs

Sumatera–1106 Lincoln Ave. (Indonesian) Open 5 pm to 9 pm Wed-Sun.  Reviewers say the food is absolutely authentic. Spice level 3 out of 5 would be equivalent to spicy New Mexican food, so reviewers say beware of 4 or 5. Prices are high, but reviewers seem to have a greater satisfaction level for the money spent than at other restaurants in town that are also high priced. Most warnings are about the tea (which is apparently $15 per pot) rather than the food being priced too high. Map (Dining room is open 1-31-22)

Vista Hermosa–435 Lincoln Ave. (Mexican) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun).  Apparently someone forgot to tell these people that food in a tourist town is supposed to be ridiculously expensive and Americanized, because everything here looks authentic (although the price is a little high compared to anywhere outside of the ski towns). Map (Dining room is open 1-31-22)

Winona’s–617 Lincoln Ave. (American) Open daily 7 am to 3 pm.  Most popular at breakfast but lunch seems to be good as well. Eggs benedict and cinnamon rolls are the most recommended breakfast items by reviewers. Lunch has a good choice of items, and some are available with green chile. Map (Dining room is open 1-31-22)


Cecilia’s Kitchen All Cuisine–100 Broadway St. (Mexican) Open daily except Sun evening.  Mostly Mexican food with some Italian and American. The green chile is very popular, which is said to be good on eggs, enchiladas, or cheeseburgers. Map (Dining room is open 11-13-21)


Giuseppe’s–565 Mountain Village Blvd. (New American) Lunch only (open daily); open only during ski season.  Located on the mountain next to the ski slopes, it is an informal place with what is said to be New Orleans inspired comfort food. Reviewers say you will pay $20 or more for lunch, but you get a great view! Diners say you need to secure a table before going, and that it needs to be done before 11:30 am. Map (Seasonal–dining room is open when the ski lift is operating 9-29-22)

La Cocina de Luz–123 E. Colorado Ave. (Mexican) Open daily 8 am to 9 pm.  Blue corn waffles for breakfast are good (also has tamales and other interesting choices). Food is all natural and organic, so the taste is a little different than most places (it may not be authentic Mexican). Upscale food with Telluride prices (but it’s not as expensive as Siam). Map (Dining room is open 8-1-22)

Siam–200 S. Davis St. (Thai) Dinner only (open daily); may be closed Nov-April but I am not sure.  Said to be good Thai. Banana curry, yellow curry, coconut soup are good (waiters are very good about advising what to order based on your preferences). Web site says you need to make reservations at least 2 weeks in advance during the summer–I don’t know about the rest of the time but it is best to call. They have a carryout menu in case you can’t get a reservation. Note: items are between $20 and $25 as of 2022. Map (Dining room is open 8-1-22)


Habaneros’–508 Nevada Ave. (Mexican) Open daily 8 am to 9 pm.  Reviewers say this place beats all the Mexican restaurants in Raton. Has bad reviews for the breakfast burritos, though (they are said to be greasy). Map (Dining room is open 11-13-21)

Sita’s Kitchen–107 E. Main St. (Vegan) Open 11 am to 5 pm (closed Tue); closes early on Sun.  All items seem to be made with enough flavor that people do not miss the meat. Soups and stews are especially popular (soup changes daily). Map (Dining room is open 11-11-22)


Sweet Basil–193 E. Gore Creek Dr. (Modern American) Closed Mon lunch & Tue lunch (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Good food and casual, but may be expensive for some. Pork tenderloin seems to be something special, wild mushroom main dish is recommended, chicken is said to be very good. Toffee bread pudding for dessert. Map (Dining room is open 9-29-22)

Woodland Park

Swiss Chalet–19263 E. US Hwy 24 (Steakhouse) Open daily 11 am to 8 pm.  Primarily a steakhouse, but some items are Swiss style (Jaeger Schnitzel, Veal Zurich, etc.). It’s expensive for my list, but I think it is somewhat unique (Swiss style food, mountain setting). Map (Dining room is open–their web site encourages reservations 3-25-23)

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Jane & Michael Stern, “500 Things to Eat Before It’s Too Late”

This work by the Sterns, published in 2009, focuses on individual dishes and “the Very Best Places to Eat Them.” Although the list is dated by more than a decade, it is worth taking a look at the choices which include the following in Colorado (partial list and edited for places that have closed–Bold for No. 1 recommendation in the U.S.)::

  • Chocolate Almond Butter ToffeeEnstrom Candies Grand Junction (the only place recommended in the US) Note: second location in the Cherry Creek area of Denver
  • Cinnamon Roll–Johnson’s Corner Bakery Loveland (one of the best in the US)
  • Coney Island–South Park Coney Island Boardwalk Bailey (The Sterns said this was not among the best hog dogs in the US but the ambiance of the location is great–the building was moved from Denver to this scenic setting–chili is optional on the dog)

Note About “50 States, 50 Cuisines” (Condé Nast)

Condé Nast published an article on Sep. 14, 2020 explaining how they set out to go beyond a previous article that had identified the signature dish for each state, and to find food that goes beyond the classics and “to highlight a cuisine worth traveling to each state for, much of which you truly can’t get anywhere else.” For Colorado they highlighted the Slovenian cuisine in Pueblo. This was brought by immigrants who came for the steel mills and brought their food with them such as potica (a sweet walnut roll, and is best served with a slice of smoked ham).

Potica is sold at Christmas and Easter at local markets such as Janessa’s Gourmet, Mauro Farms Bakery, and Gagliano’s Italian Market. You do not have to wait for a special occasion to find smoked klobase and blood sausage at places such as Frank’s Meat Market. Eiler’s Place tavern has drinks from the old country such as slivovitz (plum brandy) and kruscovac (pear liqueur). Note: The web site of Janessa’s Gourmet says they actually sell it all year, and not just on holidays.

Closed (Formerly on the Restaurant Guide)

  • Cafe ProFusion–119 E. La Bonte St., Dillon (closed 2022) Thai and Indian food in a resort town with a good flavor and where they were not afraid to give you spice in the food.
  • Good Eats Grill–1114 Francis St., Longmont (reported closed 2022) Popular diner with buffalo burgers and German influenced dishes such as cabbage burgers (“cabby” style).
  • Patio Pancake Place–640 E. Rainbow Blvd., Salida (closed 2022) Popular breakfast place open for 47 years.


The Beer Chaser (Pueblo–Rich in History and Dive Bars)

City-Data “Pueblo Colorado Mexican Food Take 2”

Chowhound (former web site)

Condé Nast Traveler “50 States, 50 Cuisines: The Food Worth Traveling For in Every State”

Eater Denver “Dining Guide for Colorado’s Best Mountain Towns”

Eater “The Great American Chile Highway”

Google Maps

Livability (Pueblo, CO) “Strong Cultural Heritage Influences Local Lifestyles” “The Best Barbecue Restaurant in Every US State”

Jane & Michael Stern, “500 Things to Eat Before It’s Too Late,” 2009, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcort.

Jane & Michael Stern, “Roadfood,” New York: HarperPerennial, 1992.

Thrillist “The 11 best Colorado restaurants Outside of Denver” (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Wide Open Eats “The 7 Best Steakhouses in Colorado” (no longer on line)

Yelp (Colorado)

Zomato (Northern Colorado)