Enjoying the Colorado outdoors can be an arduous task, so just as important as what gear to buy, where to hike, and what river to raft is…finding a good place to eat! You’re going to need that fuel to keep on trucking through the wilderness, so enjoy this list of recommendations to fill your belly, and get you up to that summit!
Tommyknocker is a local establishment in Idaho Springs where good beer and good eats abound! This local brewery has a plethora of delicious beers and great pub food to compliment those tasty brews. There is a lot of space for big groups and kids are more than welcome here! Having been around for over 20 years, this establishment is a great place for a family hang out or a night out on the town! Also, check out the tasty award winning root beer here for the kiddos!
Smoking Yards BBQ
Wow, this place can hit the spot! If you’re looking for the best brisket this side of the Continental Divide, you found yourself the right spot. Add some homemade spicy coleslaw and you have yourself a true southern experience. Smoking Yards has huge portions for affordable prices, and don’t forget to try their boiled peanuts for the road.
Buffalo Restaurant and Bar
The wild west meets modern convenience and great food here! The Buffalo is an Idaho Springs staple, known for its stunning beef and buffalo burgers. Enjoy some huge onion rings and wash it down with a local brew, as the Buffalo Restaurant and Bar is soon to become a BrewPub! Not only will you enjoy the good ol’ west cooking and comfort food, you can now enjoy it’s great suds too. So, throw open the saloon doors and soak in the atmosphere for a boot stomping good time
Azteca Family Mexican Restaurant
MMMM…some nice Mexican food is always a good idea to warm the body and soul, high upon the rockies. Azteca always delivers with it’s huge array of mexican classics. The steak quesadilla is a favorite, and don’t forget the extensive margarita menu! Both the great food and drinks are sure to help you wind down after a long drive or beautiful hike. Azteca is a great choice to stop in and get some authentic Mexican food, it’s high ratings are truly justified!
Beau Jo’s Pizza
What’s not to rave about at Beau Jo’s?! This true Colorado mountain town experience is something you and the family will never forget. Once you order a “Mountain” pie you’ll see why this place is world class and always featured on many travel shows across the board. The fresh ingredients and homemade crust is a staple at Beau Jo’s. Dont forget to put the locally made honey to fully experience this mountain delight. Housed in a historic building on Main St., this is a can’t miss place to enjoy the great pizza, huge salad bar, and don’t forget to snag a souvenir t-shirt or hat to commemorate this Colorado bucket list experience!
Now that you have some mouth watering options, remember to check out all Idaho Springs and the surrounding area has to offer at AVA Rafting. Next time you hike, bike, raft and play in Clear Creek County, reward yourself at one of these amazing eateries! Enjoy!