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 (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Antonito

Dos Hermanas–435 Main St. (Mexican) Closed Mon.  New Mexican style and quality (as good as in NM). (5-20-17)

Aspen

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). (2-13-16)

Mezzaluna–624 E. Cooper Ave. (Italian) Open Daily.  Wood fired pizza is popular. (2-13-16)

Peach’s Corner Cafe–121 S. Galena St. (American) Open until 5 PM (2 pm on Sun).  Breakfast is the specialty–reasonably priced. (2-13-16)

White House Tavern–302 E. Hopkins Ave. (Sandwiches) Open daily 11 am to 10 pm.  Reviewers say this is not the average sandwich shop–sandwiches are gourmet and delicious (such as French dip, Cuban, and an excellent burger). (2-13-16)

Avon

Maya–126 Riverfront Ln. (Mexican) Breakfast daily; lunch Mon-Sat.  Alta cocina–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. (4-2-17)

Taqueria No Se Hagan Bolas (Mexican) Open daily except Sun evening.  Authentic tacos and “Mexican street food” (tortas, etc.). Cheap prices for good food, but they close early (7 pm) and reviewers say they run out of some items. (4-2-17)

Breckenridge

Jade Garden–206 N. Main St. (Chinese) Open daily 11 am to 10 pm.  Authentic–ask cook to make a meal like he would have at home (and you will get it). (2-13-16)

Canon City

French Bakery Coffee Shop–518 Royal Gorge Blvd. (Bakery) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun & Mon).  This is not really a French restaurant (although there is a very upscale one in town with good reviews if you want that). French Bakery specializes in quiche, bakery items, soups, sandwiches and coffee. The reviews convince me that people really like what they offer. (4-2-17)

Momo Japanese–1540 Royal Gorge Blvd. (Japanese) Closed Sun.  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. (4-2-17)

Pho 65–121 Justice Center Rd. (Vietnamese).  Many reviewers say this is the best pho they’ve ever had. Located about a mile east of the city just off US 50. (4-2-17)

Colorado Springs

Arabian Nights Cafe–8029 N. Academy Blvd. (Turkish) Open Daily.  Reviewers say it is excellent and authentic Middle Eastern food. Falafel is particularly recommended (compared to ones they have tried at other restaurants). (5-20-17)

Asian Cookery–6760 N. Academy Blvd. (Malaysian) Lunch only (closed Sun & Mon).  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). (5-20-17)

Carbonella Creations–1169 N. Circle Dr. (Italian) Open 12 pm to 8 pm (closed Sun).  This is not a typical Italian restaurant–it is a small family run restaurant with owners from Italy who prepare the real deal Italian food. The menu changes daily, and everything is fresh. (5-20-17)

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. (5-20-17)

Everest Nepal–28 E. Bijou St. (Nepali) Closed Sun.  Daal is 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). (5-20-17)

Garden of the Gods Gourmet–410 S. 26th St. (New American) Breakfast & lunch daily; Dinner Wed-Sat.  Very popular for breakfast and brunch–has healthy & delicious food. (5-20-17)

Saigon Grill–337 N. Circle Dr. (Vietnamese) Closed Tue.  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). (5-20-17)

Shin Sa Dong–3845 E. Pikes Peak Ave. (Korean) Closed 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. (5-20-17)

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. (5-20-17)

Thai Mint–1725 Briargate Blvd. (Thai) Open Daily.  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. (5-20-17)

The Broadmoor–1 Lake Ave. (American).  Fine dining–people say the food is fantastic. This is a nationally known hotel and restaurant. It may be worth it just for the view. There are several restaurants in the hotel (the less ritzy one by the lake is “not outrageously expensive” (according to reviewers). (5-20-17)

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 $35 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). (5-20-17)

Tlaquepaque–911 Murray Blvd. (Mexican) Open daily until 8 pm.  Authentic Mexican with red or green sauce on enchiladas. This is not upscale food, but it is the most common dishes served as they would be in Mexico. Everything is some degree of spicy, though (this is not typical of authentic Mexican food but it may be Chihuahua style, which is more spicy than others). (5-20-17)

Uwe’s–31 Iowa Ave. (German) Closed Sun & Mon (and closed between 2:30 and 5:00 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. (5-20-17)

Wuhoo’s Asian Bistro–4543 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. (Chinese) Open Daily.  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). (5-20-17)

You-Ka Cafe–3743 Bloomington St. (Filipino) Closed Sun evening & 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. until 7 pm. (5-20-17)

Crested Butte

Ginger Cafe–425 Elk Ave. (Thai) Open daily 11 am to 10 pm.  Serves both Thai and Indian food, and some indicate that the Indian food is particularly good (such as the korma). (2-13-16)

Izzy’s–218 Maroon Ave. (New American) Open 7 am to 2 pm (closed Tue).  Maybe the best food in Crested Butte and maybe the longest wait to get it.  Mainly recommended for breakfast. (2-13-16)

Durango

Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen–862 Main Ave. (Southwest) Open daily (open until 9 pm).  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 very good. (5-4-17)

Cyprus Cafe–725 E. 2nd Ave. (Middle Eastern) Closed Sun (and closed from 2:30 pm to 5 pm).  Healthy, made with local ingredients. I think it’s Middle Eastern fusion rather than strictly traditional. Dog friendly, and seems to have a hippie vibe. (5-4-17)

Gazpacho–431 E. 2nd Ave. (New Mexican) Open Daily.  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. (5-4-17)

Himalayan Kitchen–992 Main Ave. (Nepali) Open daily (open until 9:30 pm).  Sherpa stew is good. Also has food that is similar to traditional Indian food. (5-4-17)

Michael’s Corner–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. (5-4-17)

Sizzling Siam–519 Main Ave. (Thai) Open 11 am to 9 pm (closed Sun).  Reviewers say it’s much better than most Thai restaurants because you get dishes as they would be made in Thailand (with your choice of Thai spicy or less spicy). Menu has items you don’t see most places. Reviewers say avoid the more common dishes (pad thai, etc.). (Update 2017–many reviews say the food is bland–this is either a difference of opinion from before or the food has changed since 2015). (5-4-17)

Edwards

Henry’s Chinese–175 Main St. (Chinese and Thai) Open Daily.  Thai food is better than the Chinese (Chinese is American style). Good reviews–everyone says it is good food. Green curry is recommended. (7-4-17)

Zino–27 Main St. (Italian) Dinner only (open 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. (7-4-17)

Estes Park

Big Horn–401 W. Elkhorn Ave. (American) Open daily 6AM to 9PM.  Fried chicken, soup, breakfast is good.  Serves green chile. (11-13-15)

Cafe de Pho-Thai–255 W. Riverside Dr. (Thai) Open Daily.  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, but at Thai spice levels. Most say to avoid the drunken noodles. (7-4-17)

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). (7-4-17)

Fort Collins

Cafe de Bangkok–1232 W. Elizabeth St. (Thai) Closed Mon.  Highest rated Asian in F.C. Good & authentic, with good flavors. They seem to be able to make special orders for authentic Thai food. (7-4-17)

Waltzing Kangaroo–1109 W. Elizabeth St. (Australian) Closed Sun.  Specializes in meat pies. One of the few ethnic restaurants in Ft. Collins that seems to serve authentic food. (7-4-17)

Young’s Cafe–3307 S. College Ave. (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  Good, basic Vietnamese (with noodle bowls). (7-4-17)

Glenwood Springs

May Palace–820 Grand Ave. (Chinese) Open 11:30 to 10 pm (closed Sun).  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. (2-13-16)

Polanka–216 6th St. (Polish) Open 11 am to 8 pm (Closed Sun).  Excellent food that makes converts out of people who are not familiar with Polish food (they let you sample some items if you are not familiar with them).  Blintzes are especially popular. (2-13-16)

Rosi’s Little Bavarian–141 W. 6th St. (German) Open daily 7 am to 1 pm.  Bavarian style–Schnitzel, spaetzle, pastries are good.  According to Yelp it is mainly a breakfast place. (2-13-16)

Grand Junction

Bocas Venezuelan Grill–683 Horizon Dr. (Venezuelan) Open daily except Sun dinner.  Good quality food that will expose many to a new cuisine.  Many people were trying items for the first time but the reviews were overwhelmingly positive. (2-13-16)

Enstrom Candies–701 Colorado Ave. (Candy Store) Open Daily.  Not a restaurant, but is a must stop if you like toffee and want to try free samples before you buy. (2-13-16)

Nepal–356 Main St. (Nepali) Open 11 am to 9 pm (closed Sun and closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Has more positive reviews than other Nepali restaurants on this list (Colo. Nepali restaurants).  The food here is like Indian food but not terribly spicy (unless you request it).  Like other Nepali restaurants I have seen reviewed, people say the korma is especially good. (2-13-16)

Thai Chili–2536 Rimrock Ave. (Thai).  Red curry and other curries are recommended.  Quite a few do not like the pad thai, though. (2-13-16)

Gunnison

Double Dragon–113 W. Tomichi (Chinese).  American style Chinese, but reviewers say it tastes good and is much better than other options in town. (2-13-16)

Sherpa Cafe–323 E. Tomichi (Nepali) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Has Nepali food (korma is good), but also has Tibetan menu items (such as noodle stew with chicken).  (2-13-16)

Lamar

Thai Spicy Basil–10 N. Main St. (Thai).  Lemongrass chicken and spring roll are recommended.  After reading reviews of the curries and pad thai I don’t think I would order them. (2-13-16)

Longmont

Good Eats Grill–1114 Francis St. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (open daily).  Has diner or cafe style food, but their specialties are Nebraska style German influenced dishes (German potato salad, cabbage burgers, etc.).  Buffalo burgers and veggie burgers are also recommended (“cabby” style made with cabbage). (7-4-17)

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). (7-4-17)

Loveland

Pho Lan–296 E. 29th St. (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  Seems to be one of the best options for Asian food in northern Colo. Has a large variety of dishes (not just pho). (7-4-17)

Lyons

Julie’s Thai–138 Main St. (Thai) Open daily except Sun lunch.  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). (7-4-17)

Manitou Springs

Miramont Castle–9 Capitol Hill Ave. (English) Open Daily 9:00 to 5:00.  This is also a museum.  The food served is English tea that costs $26 for a three course serving (but you can also get an individual course).  The finger sandwiches served in the second course make a good lunch, but all the scones, bread, and desserts make a very good experience (worth the money). (7-7-16)

Montrose

Chang Thai–1015 S. Townsend (Thai) Open Daily.  Good quality, and seemingly authentic Thai.  Pad thai, red curry, green curry, and yellow curry are good (Panang curry is disappointing to some). (2-13-16)

Pagosa Springs

Shanghai–100 Country Center Dr. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Noodle dishes look good. Other dishes may be American style (too sweet and don’t have Chinese flavor). No MSG used in the food. (5-4-17)

Thai Pagosa–565 Village Dr. (Thai) Closed Sun.  An old restaurant with new owners–people now say the food is authentic. Red curry and basil dishes are recommended. (5-4-17)

Poncha Springs

Grimo’s–146 S. Main St. (Italian) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Reviewers say it is very good and has an old world flavor. Some reviews for the seafood are not good, but everything else seems to be excellent. (5-4-17)

Thai Mini Cafe–11150 W. US 50 (Thai) Closed Wed (Yelp says it’s open daily).  Red curry with pumpkin is good. (5-4-17)

Pueblo

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. (7-4-17)

Mill Stop Cafe–317 Bay State Ave. (Mexican) Closed Sat & Sun.  One of the most popular in Pueblo. Stuffed sopapilla and sopapillas are good. (7-4-17)

Mi Ranchito–525 S. Pueblo Blvd. (Mexican).  Best Mexican in town according to many locals. Enchiladas are good (especially the chicken enchiladas). (7-4-17)

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).

Ridgway

Kate’s Place–615 W. Clinton St. (American) Open daily 7 am to 2 pm.  Mostly a breakfast place.  Lemon ricotta pancakes, burritos, huevos rancheros, Sneffel Skillett are recommended. (2-13-16)

Thai Paradise–146 N. Cora St. (Thai) Lunch Mon-Fri; dinner daily.  Very good (and not just for a small town). Green curry, panang curry, and drunken noodles are said to be particularly good. (2-13-16)

Salida

Little Cambodia–135 N. F St. (Cambodian) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Mon).  This seems to be a legit Cambodian restaurant that also serves pho and some Thai dishes that are more familiar to people (the pho gets great reviews). (5-4-17)

Patio Pancake Place–640 E. Rainbow Blvd. (American) Open daily (breakfast & lunch only).  Reviewers say this is a straight up American restaurant, which is a rarity in the tourist area of Colorado, and the prices are not jacked up as they are at many other restaurants. Actually, it also has Southwestern style food (such as the omelets). (5-4-17)

Snowmass

Stew Pot–62 Snowmass Village Mall (New American).  Good for lunch, has vegetarian options.  Mainly a soup and sandwich place.  Beef stew is recommended.  Reasonably priced. (2-13-16)

Telluride

Giuseppe’s–565 Mountain Village Blvd. (New American) Lunch only (open daily).  Located on the mountain next to the ski slopes, it is an informal place with rather upscale food (some say it has a European flair). Reviewers say you will pay $20 or more for lunch, but you get a great view! (5-4-17)

La Cocina de Luz–123 E. Colorado Ave. (Mexican) Open daily 8 am to 9 pm.  Blue corn waffles for breakfast are good. Food is all natural and organic, so the taste is a little different than most places (it may not be authentic Mexican). (5-4-17)

Shanghai Palace–126 E. Colorado Ave. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Reviews (probably rightly) say that most of the food is sub-par and too Americanized. The noodles and twice cooked pork, though, have good reviews and seem to be somewhat authentic. (5-4-17)

Siam–200 S. Davis St. (Thai) Dinner only (open daily).  Good Thai. Expect it to be busy where you have to wait for a table. Banana curry, yellow curry, coconut soup are good (waiters are very good about advising what to order based on your preferences). (5-4-17)

Vail

Sweet Basil–193 E. Gore Creek Dr. (Modern American) Open Daily.  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 very good. Toffee bread pudding for dessert. (7-4-17)

 

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

City-Data (Pueblo Mexican Food)

Chowhound (Colorado)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Colorado)

Zomato (Northern Colorado)

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