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Old 08-30-2016, 05:43 PM
 
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Soon we will be driving westward through the state and we haven't decided yet whether to take the Steamboat Springs or the Glenwood Springs route. On our way home we'll be coming eastward through the Mesa Verde southern route.


We love to try the local specialties and neither of us are picky eaters. Since we will be camping/hiking we probably won't have clothing appropriate for the highest end restaurants but other than that we don't scrimp when it comes time to sit down to dinner.


What lip-smacking suggestions do you have for us?


Edit: Please, will a mod correctly spell "Traveling" in the title? Thanks.
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:23 PM
 
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You can come for the sights but in my book, there aren't a lot of Colorado culinary delights. In the realm of marijuana edibles, you're in for some frights! (Portion control is a real problem...a big cookie is meant to be split SIX ways...eat the whole thing, you might try to fly out a five story window. This actually happened, and a young out-of-state kid is dead.)

Although there is plenty of good roasted Pueblo green chile through the end of September. Buy some to take home and freeze. Have it on pizza, have it on a slopper (Google "Pueblo slopper")
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:29 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Yelp
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Beau Joe's Pizza in Idaho Springs on I-70.
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:08 PM
 
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Smokin' Yards BBQ, also in Idaho Springs, right off Rt. I-70. Wonderful!
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Smokin' Yards BBQ, also in Idaho Springs, right off Rt. I-70. Wonderful!
For me, in Idaho Springs it's Smokin' Yards, Tommyknocker Brewery, and BeauJo's in that order.

The Mint steakhouse in Silverthorne was good the last time I went there...but it was years and years ago.
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:26 PM
 
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If by "Steamboat Springs route" you mean CO14, there are almost no restaurants after Fort Collins and before Steamboat of note and hardly any at all except maybe in Walden.


I70 will have probably 50 to 100 times more choices, chain and local between the front range and Glenwood Springs.






But if you eat in FC and then Steamboat then the lack in between is probably moot.


Scenery value vs. traffic, people will differ on routes. I'd do CO14. Or I70 to 9 to 40.

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Old 08-31-2016, 12:17 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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There are a lot of great 'road food' blogs

https://roadfood.com/
Jane and Michael Stern's Roadfood | The Splendid Table

or you follow the simple rule... eat where the locals eat. (don't ask the chamber of commerce, ask a fat farmer)

If coming via Mesa Verde... Don't miss aspen colors in northern NM, there are some great Mtn towns and great food too.
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Old 08-31-2016, 06:38 AM
 
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The last time I drove out of Denver, I was exhausted (from a very early flight back East), annoyed beyond belief by the difficulty of getting my rental car, and then the insane drive out of the car area to I-70, and the crazy drivers around me (and I drive around Boston normally). It was hot. I was ticked off.
I pulled off I-70 and there was Smokin' Yards. Air-conditioned. Blues quietly playing on the radio. Great food and friendly service. I finally felt like I was on vacation instead of in boot camp!

Also stayed at the Miners' Pick B&B not far from the BBQ in Idaho Springs. Lovely, restful little place with a neat hostess and great breakfast. Again, highly recommend.
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Old 08-31-2016, 08:20 AM
 
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No MJ cookies. No flying out windows. That's so mid-last century.


Sounds like good suggestions. I'd completely forgotten about the Sterns and Roadfood, both sites which are tucked away in my favorites under some subcategory. Appreciate the reminder.
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