Food & Drink

The 11 best Colorado restaurants outside of Denver

Published On 06/25/2014 Published On 06/25/2014
Smokin Yard's BBQ
Kelly Liken
The Pullman
Secret Stash
Fat Albert's
Flickr user djjewelz
Maza Kabob
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1. Smokin Yard's BBQ 2736 Colorado Blvd, Idaho Springs, CO 80452

This family-owned joint has some of the best BBQ in Denver -- grab any of their BBQ specialties, from Texas-style brisket to Carolina pulled pork to moist, peppery burnt ends.

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2. Kelly Liken 12 Vail Rd, Vail, CO 81657

This eponymous restaurant of a Top Chef and Iron Chef America alum delivers on seasonal dishes like Rocky Mountain elk carpaccio with bulgar tabouleh salad and whole grain mustard aioli, or Durham Ranch quail with duck fat-roasted carrots.

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3. The Pullman 330 7th St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

After all your outdoor exploration in Glenwood, settle into The Pullman for next-level snacks like duck nuggets with rhubarb ketchup, plus bigger portions of truffled potato pierogies with scallion creme fraiche and pan-seared Colorado bass with creamy asparagus orzo.

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4. Soupcon 127 Elk Ave, Crested Butte, CO 81224

When you're done mountain biking (or skiing or snowboarding) in Crested Butte, hit up this French-American bistro serving up the likes of crispy duck confit and twice-baked potatoes with date coulis, port gastrique, haricots verts almandine, and apricot demi glace.

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5. The Secret Stash 303 Elk Ave., Crested Butte, CO 81224

If you're looking for a casual spot to refuel in Crested Butte, you'll be pleased to find yourself in The Secret Stash. Fill up on creative pizza creations like the ricotta-based Steazy Ryder (beef, shrimp, cream cheese, bacon, pineapple, jalapeño, garlic, green onion & cilantro).

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6. Fat Albert's 1717 23rd Ave, Greeley, CO 80634

This family-owned joint feels like a down-home diner, and their menu matches the vibe completely. Make sure to try the favorite -- their Monte Cristo is tempura battered and served with a side of honey.

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7. Waterloo 809 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027

Waterloo is a laid-back, Johnny Cash-loving pub with live music and serious eats like their Potato Burger, with shredded taters worked right into the Freedman beef patty and toppings like avocado, peanut butter, and fried eggs.

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8. Chimayo 324A Dillon Ridge Way, Dillon, CO 80435-0883

Incredibly fresh fish and shrimp tacos are the hallmark of this local Mexican grill. Cheap food, quick service, and great margaritas make Chimayo a no-brainer.

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9. Maza Kabob 2505 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525

This kabob joint comes by way of an Afghanistan native who spent nearly 20 years working as a Denver street vendor, grilling up hot dogs and serving up homemade bolani (a potato-filled flatbread). You're still getting the authentic street food, just minus the hot dogs.

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10. Edelweiss 34 E Ramona Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905

German brews, schnitzels & bratwurst, German deli meats, and Das Boots make this an entertaining spot to enjoy a day or evening of Teutonic revelry.