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Fun Guide: Restaurants

By Teresa Farney Updated: May 18, 2014 at 5:27 pm 0

- Beau Jo's, beaujos.com: A chain of pizza shops in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Evergreen, Idaho Springs, Arvada and Steamboat Springs that has been around since 1973 serving what it calls Mountain Pies - Colorado style pizza. There are also salads and sandwiches.

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- Camp Robber, Montrose, 970-240-1590, camprobber.com: Upscale restaurant serving comfort food such as the signature Green Chile Chicken Potato Soup. There's a choice of freshly made salads, pastas and specialty sandwiches. This is a good place to dine on the way to the San Juan Mountains.

- Casa Bonita, Lakewood, 303-232-5115, casabonitadenver.com: A Mexican food restaurant with plenty of entertainment to keep children busy for hours. From puppet shows to arcade games to a waterfall designed to resemble the cliffs of Acapulco, with divers plunging 30 feet into a pool.

- Chefs Club by Food & Wine, Aspen, 970-429-9581, chefsclubaspen.com: A rotating roster of top-rated guest chefs visit this posh mountain town restaurant to cook special dinners and create dishes for the a la carte menu. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner.

- Devil's Thumb Ranch, Tabernash: 970-726-5632, devilsthumbranch.com: There are two dining options: Heck's at the Ranch, a casual eatery open daily where you can enjoy sandwiches and salads, and The Ranch House Restaurant, an upscale, gourmet restaurant Fridays and Saturdays.

- Juniper Valley Ranch Restaurant, Colorado Highway 115 south of Colorado Springs, 576-0741, junipervalleyranch.com: This restaurant has been serving family-style dinner of fried chicken and baked ham with all of the homemade fixings since 1951. The eatery is open limited hours, and reservations are a must.

- Mangia Mangia, Woodland Park, 687-3400, mangiamangiawp.com: This restaurant in "The City Above the Clouds" recently received a makeover by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and his "Kitchen Nightmares" television crew. The improved interior and new menu has put the eatery on the culinary map.

- Marlo's Pizza and Pasta, 970-641-1374, mariosgunnison.com: Having been around since 1965, it's been winning rave reviews for great Italian dishes and tasty pizza for decades. Try the loaded waffle fries topped with Italian sauce or chili cheese sauce.

- The Pantry, Green Mountain Falls, 684-9018 thepantryingreenmtnfallsco.com: This cozy spot is a longtime breakfast hangout. Its Cinnamon Roll French Toast is a favorite. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.. Dinner hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

- The Wines of Colorado, Cascade, 684-0900, winesofcolorado.com: Famous for its wine burgers, this creekside restaurant is one of the few places where you can sample most of the wines made in Colorado. There's ample seating on patios near a babbling mountain stream.

- Pantry Restaurant, Green Mountain Falls, 684-9018 thepantryingreenmtnfallsco.com: This cozy lakeside spot is a longtime breakfast hangout. Its signature Cinnamon Roll French Toast is a favorite. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.. Dinner hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

- The Wines of Colorado, Cascade, 684-0900, winesofcolorado.com: Famous for its wine burgers, this creekside restaurant is one of the few places where you can sample most of the wines made in Colorado. There's ample seating on patios near a babbling mountain stream. Stop in after a drive up the Pikes Peak Highway.

Teresa J. Farney, The Gazette

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