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Glenwood Springs Restaurant Recommendations?

I'm going to Glenwood Springs, CO for a long weekend and looking for restaurant recommendations. Any type or price range--just looking for good ones.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I kknow people who drive up from Aspen to Juicy Lucy's Steakhouse. JL tried to breach the Denver market but closed after just a few months, but it is very popular in the Roaring Fork Valley. the Bayou west of town is a fun, affordable Cajun-inspired place. Take a trip partway downvalley to Restaurant Six89 if you have time and are so inclined. Excellent food & wine list to match.

    1. On a coast to coast drive we stayed in Glenwood Springs and ate at the Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co right in town. We really enjoyed it.: very good beer, good food, friendly service, casual and inexpensive. I believe it was the Glenwood Springs brewpub, or someting similar. Nothing fancy or exceptional but very enjoyable after a long day of driving.

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      1. re: LJNew

        Yeah, the brewpub is decent. Most of my meals have been breakfast. The diner, I think the 19th St Diner, is good basic diner fare. There's also a slightly better diner in Carbondale, just off the highway. Also Breakfast in America in El Jebel.

        1. re: LJNew

          Really? The beer is great, but the food is all frozen, probably sysco. They serve super-pretzels (yes like you buy at the grocery store) and their "southwestern ravioli" is frozen cheese ravioli in canned enchilada sauce.

        2. Juicy Lucy's is very good. They expanded into an adjacent building so perhaps it is not so hard to get in there because they do not take reservations. Mark Fischer, Owner of Six89 and Pad Thai in Carbondale, just opened The Pullman in GS. It is right next to Juicy Lucy's. Word of mouth is that the Pullman is good-- but unfortunately I have not been there. Italian Underground is good, I always enjoy myself when I go there. Make reservations if you plan a weekend visit.

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          Italian Underground
          715 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

          1. Thanks for all the suggestions. Looking forward to our visit.

            1. Here's a report back. The brew pub's food was so-so, but the brewer was really nice. Juicy Lucy was pretty good. Be sure to get the potatoes au gratin. We didn't think Italian Underground was worth the wait. The place looks like a dive bar, but our meal at the Bayou was really tasty. Very friendly service too. Brunch at The Pullman was excellent. Would love to have dinner there.

              Thanks again for all the recommendations.

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              Italian Underground
              715 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

              1. Too late, but if you come back- The Rivers is one of the best restaurants around. High-end food but not at Aspen prices. They're even running a prix-fixe menu right now which is a fantastic deal.

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                1. re: callmijane

                  I'm sure we'll be back, as we had so much fun. Thanks for the rec!

                2. We went because this thread on Chow had a post with good things to say about Rivers and because of the $19.95 early bird special looked good on their website. Having the early bird special start at 4 p.m. worked well for us because we planned a hike around Glenwood Springs that afternoon. When we arrived at around 5 p.m. people were sitting on the deck in the beautiful 79° weather. We opted to sit inside. The dining room is large with starched white tablecloths and napkins. It has 2 parts, one carpeted, the other with tile that looked like early 20th century country-restaurant-style tile. The restaurant is right on the Roaring Fork River and the view is great. We had the western sun shining on us, as well as the river view. The restaurant is air conditioned and comfortable (although a little cold when the sun was less strong). The ceiling is high and the wood painted white again evokes early 20th century county house décor, particularly with all of the ceiling fans. There is also a large (noisy) bar near the entrance of the restaurant. Our server (I think his name is Linc) was knowledgeable and professional. We ordered one early bird special 3-course meal and one other entrée. For our starter we chose the salad which was good and was enough for the two of us. The bread and butter that arrived was fine. For our main we shared the “Prime Rib of beef, au jus and horseradish sauce, garlic mashed potatoes”. Even though it was slow cooked we asked for a rare piece and it arrived rare. There was also a sautéed mixed vegetable accompaniment and a beet in a creamy horseradish sauce. The beets were really good as was the prime rib and the horseradish sauce. For our other entrée we ordered the “Roasted Vegetable Lasagna (Gluten Free) with butternut squash, zucchini, eggplant, red peppers, portabello, garlic & basil infused olive oil, local cheese with roasted heirloom tomato sauce” ($14). It was huge and was also accompanied by sautéed mixed vegetables and the beets in a creamy horseradish sauce. It was very good and we ended up taking most of it home with us. With dinner we had 1 glass of Shiraz ($5.50). For dessert we had the carrot cake, iced with cream cheese. It was also very good. The meal, the service and the surroundings were very enjoyable. We spent $42.85 plus tip. We recommend it.

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                  Rivers Restaurant
                  2525 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

                  Glenwood Cafe
                  311 8th St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

                  1. The Pullman is new in G-Wood, and it is fantastic. www.thepullmangws.com

                    1. Florindo's Italian restaurant is a class joint. They offer some great appetizers, and we ordered the roasted peppers with goat cheese. It's served with warm, freshly baked rolls. For the entrees, we had Veal dolce vita (delicious) and a steak. The Hungarian exchange student that served us was on her first night and we got her upgraded to waitress from busing tables. The steak was set in a reduction with capers and peppercorns, the veal delicious. Very intimate, not crowded on a Monday when many families were crowding in on other places. It's across the street from Doc Holiday's which serves a buffalo burger I used to like coming in off the road from California.

                      1. We were back in Glenwood again 2 weeks ago and had a fantastic dinner at The Pullman. Good cocktails, good oysters, lots of little plates, plus entrees if you want bigger. And they have a kids menu. Mom and dad and the kids loved it.

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                        Glenwood Cafe
                        311 8th St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601