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Evergreen CO restaurants?

sfdoc May 4, 2008 11:08 AM

Will be in Evergreen for several days over a weekend this month and wonder if there are any good places to eat and specifically, if there is anyplace I should reserve ahead of time? Thanks!

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    ClaireWalter RE: sfdoc May 5, 2008 09:13 AM

    It is my impression that most people in Evergreen go to Denver or selected restaurants in the western suburbs when they want a really good meal.

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      chimay5 RE: ClaireWalter May 5, 2008 12:22 PM

      I'd suggest the little trattoria at Creekside Cellars right on the main drag. Good peasant Italian food plus it is also a working winery making IMO the best wines in Colorado. You probably will end up taking a bottle or two home with you. after you taste them.

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        sfdoc RE: chimay5 May 5, 2008 09:06 PM

        Thanks for the suggestion. We will not want to drive all the way in to Denver so some local places to try will be great. We will also have a kitchen so maybe we will get wine and hope to find some decent place to buy provisions!

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          ClaireWalter RE: sfdoc May 6, 2008 10:13 AM

          In that case, you might want to stop at Vitamin Cottage Natural Foods on Evergreen Parkway. It's a misleading name for a natural/organic grocery store. There's also a mainsteam supermarket (King Soopers or Safeway) closer to I-70.

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            Squint RE: ClaireWalter May 7, 2008 01:39 PM

            Vitamin Cottage is just off Evergreen Parkway in Bergen Park. And the King Soopers is just up the road from it....at the traffic signal. The King Soopers was just remodeled last summer and has a very nice selection of organic foods. They also have a nice deli and cheese department. There are also 2 liquor stores in the same vicinity.

            Oh, the Walmart right at I-70 and Evergreen Parkway has been remodeled and also now has a full scale grocery.

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      Pampatz RE: sfdoc May 5, 2008 03:16 PM

      El Rancho is a Colorado institution at the El Rancho/Evergreen exit off I-70. Food is pretty good, view is exceptional and seating is fun (old cock fighting chairs). We haven't been in several years, but dinner used to start with a vegetable tray. Their house salad dressing is a creamy red onion on a typical restaurant salad. DH likes the steaks and I like the trout. They make terrific little cinnamon rolls that are served with dinner.
      Not fine dining but worth a visit.

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        sfdoc RE: Pampatz May 5, 2008 09:08 PM

        Since I live in a place (San Francisco) where fine dining abounds, I love going to places where regional cooking is readily available. And, far as I know, we have nothing with old cock fighting chairs here!

      2. Ginger Wolf RE: sfdoc May 6, 2008 01:46 PM

        Evergreen is not a destination dining spot, but the scenery and mountain air will keep you coming back. Yes, the El Rancho is one of the better spots, mountain log cabin and been around forever. Try Keys on the Green, upper Bear Creek, golf course clubhouse, not great, but again, log cabin, outdoor dining or fireside tablecloth. Neat building right on Bear Creek. The Wolf house for breakfast in town if it's still there. I would also give the Little Bear a go if you are brave enough for a renowned bar, usually music and dancing. Gets loud and can be fun. Major bands have played there in it's heyday, can get packed and rowdy.

        1. Megiac RE: sfdoc May 7, 2008 10:27 AM

          Is Cafe Prague still in Morrison? Any Colorado hounds know how the food is? If it's still there and good, you can travel the back way (along Bear Creek) from Evergreen to there (about a 20 minute drive) and grab dinner.

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            abwoodrow RE: Megiac May 7, 2008 12:27 PM

            The Country Road Cafe in Kittridge, which is along that same path down to Morrison, has great breakfast and lunch. They have the best pancakes I have ever eaten. Not fine dining but I would highly recommend it.

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