What To Eat in Colorado
Breakfast is especially delicious in Colorado, whether it’s an elegant Duffeyroll in Denver or a mountainous trucker’s feast up north at Johnson’s Corner. Carnivores will delight in the beef (and more) at the Buckhorn Exchange and in creative true-west fare at the one-of-a-kind eatery known as The Fort.
Out of embarrassment, sexual panic, or a sense of humor, virtually no eater calls a testicle a testicle. Whether harvested from a rooster, sheep, pig, or bull, edible balls go by such names as prairie oyster, calf fries, cowboy caviar, and – most popular – Rocky Mountain Oysters. They're a favorite hors d'oeuvre in diners and steak houses throughout Colorado.
Loaded with resonant buffalo tips and served in a rich demi-glace with just enough green chiles for an underlying bite, buffalo stew is a modern gloss on vintage frontier food.
Colorado is a land of excellent sweet rolls, both truck-stop large and artisan elegant.
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Much of the Buckhorn menu is devoted to ostentatiously Old-West cuisine: Rocky Mountain oysters, bison, rattlesnake. But "ordinary" steaks are Denver's best.
La Fogata is a fun place to enjoy such traditional Tex-Mex staples as chilies rellenos and tamales as well as weekend menudo and ceviche tostadas.
For 60+ years, Bud's has earned a reputation as the Denver area's go-to tavern for no-frills cheeseburgers and low-priced beer. Do not ask for French fries!
A Denver must, Biker Jim's serves a dazzling array of plain & fancy sausages and hot dogs with an even more spectacular choice of toppings and condiments.
Johnson's Corner north of Denver, Colorado, is famous for its immense cinnamon roll, but it is a full-menu, three-meal-a-day truck stop with hearty fare.
A Duffeyroll cinnamon roll is as light as a croissant, crisp and finely veined with cinnamon and sugar. It's a pastry best-bet in Denver, Colorado.
Low prices, welcoming service and excellent large breakfasts make the Village Coffee Shop popular among blue and white collar workers and university students.
Part of a small Snooze chain in the West, the downtown Denver location in the old Union Station serves upscale, creative Benedicts and flights of pancakes.
Pepperhead of Cortez offers fantastic New Mexico style chiles rellenos, mole and artisan margaritas. Dessert is all about puffy sopapillas drizzled with honey.