Restaurants in Colorado

Colorado is famous for its scenery, from the Garden of the Gods to the Red Rocks Amphitheater and, of course, the Rocky Mountains. Colorado means “colored red” in Spanish, but the beauties of the Centennial State are as diverse as a rainbow. And the food you’ll find here, from great steaks, barbecue, and buffalo sausage to blue-ribbon pies, makes traveling around an eating adventure. Breakfast is especially delicious, whether it’s an elegant Duffeyroll in Denver or a mountainous cinnamon roll up north at Johnson’s Corner truck stop. 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. If it’s BBQ you seek, Smokin Yards in Denver is the place to go, with its wide range of smoke-cooked specialties that include Texas-style brisket, Carolina pulled pork, St. Louis ribs, and Kansas City burnt ends. In Estes Park, dessert-seekers cannot resist the restaurant actually named You Need Pie. In fact, there’s a full menu, including breakfast, but, well … we DO need pie. From caramel-apple-pecan to strawberry rhubarb, the choices are daunting. One of the best is cherry peach pie, crowned with the bakery’s signature sweet crumb topping.

Colorado’s Most Famous Dishes

Well-garnished buffalo burger shares plate space with curly fries

Buffalo Burger

Flat iron steak accompanied by a big baked potato

Flat Iron Steak

Wedge of pie with tall yellow base and even taller meringue, flecked with toasted coconut

Pies

Chunks and shreds from the edges of BBQ brisket are piled up on a plate with French fries

Burnt Ends

Colorado’s Best Restaurants

Juniper Valley Ranch - Fried Chicken
Juniper Valley Ranch

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

Spud Mountain Hash House

DURANGO, CO

Enstrom’s

DENVER, CO

Pepperhead

CORTEZ, CO

Village Coffee Shop

BOULDER, CO

Huge cinnamon roll, blanketed with frosting
Johnson’s Corner

JOHNSTOWN, CO

Biker Jim’s

DENVER, CO

Bud’s Cafe & Bar - Double Cheeseburger
Bud’s Cafe & Bar

SEDALIA, CO

La Fogata

DENVER, CO

Buckhorn Exchange Porterhouse
Buckhorn Exchange

DENVER, CO

Avery Brewing Tap Room Exterior
Avery Brewing Co. Tap Room

BOULDER, CO

Tocabe Posu Bowl
Tocabe

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO

The Hollar

NORTH MADRID, NEW MEXICO

The tastiest cinnamon bun comes with a steak knife
Michael’s Kitchen

TAOS, NEW MEXICO

The best all-beef hot dog with toppings
Blü Dragonfly Brü

CIMARRON, NEW MEXICO

Medley

EL PRADO, NEW MEXICO

Kip’s

PAGOSA SPRINGS, COLORADO

The Love Apple

TAOS , NEW MEXICO

The Yellow Carrot

DURANGO, COLORADO

James Ranch Grill

DURANGO, COLORADO

The Butcher & the Baker

TELLURIDE, COLORADO

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