Good Eats in Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Ryan and I have been visiting Glenwood Springs as a couple for nearly 20 years. Having grown up in Colorado, Ryan’s been visiting his entire life.

Obviously, Glenwood Springs holds a special place in our hearts, but on our first several visits we had a difficult time finding a memorable meal. But things have changed; on our last few trips to Glenwood Springs, we couldn’t find a bad meal. The town has really upped their game when it comes to food, and I’d like to share some of our favorite places to eat in Glenwood Springs.

For a hearty, home-cooked breakfast we love Daily Bread. There’s a reason this café always has a line out the door in the morning. It’s a great place to fuel up before taking your bike down the Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail.

Photo courtesy of The Grill at Glenwood Hot Springs

The Grill at Glenwood Hot Springs serves up a surprisingly delicious breakfast that’s free if you’re staying at Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge. Being a lodge guest also comes with free entry to the hot springs pool.

On our last trip to Glenwood Springs we discovered Slope & Hatch, the most fabulous hole-in-the-wall taco joint in the Roaring Fork Valley. Choose from an assortment of crazy tacos such as a Curried Lamb or Fried Shrimp Po’Boy. To Ryan’s delight they also serve fancy hot dogs—his favorite.

The Bluebird Cafe is a good place to grab a quick lunch. Everything is made fresh and while I loved my curried chicken sandwich, the most raved about item here are the quiches.  

Our preferred happy hour spot in Glenwood Springs is the Riviera Supper Club & Wine Bar, open since 1947. During happy hour guests can order snacks and a glass of wine for $10. Choose from items such as crispy calamari, duck fries, or a signature salad, and pair it with a nice glass of vino. The bartender will help you pick the perfect one.

Photo by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

For dinner, barbeque enthusiasts should try Smoke Modern Barbeque. While the barbeque is scrumptious, do not miss the pulled pork and green chili mac'n’cheese. I could, and would, eat this mac’n’cheese for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Photo courtesy of Juicy Lucy's Steakhouse

Steak lovers have to dine at Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse. Beware that the bar area can get really loud and crowded, so if you want a quieter meal, wait for a table in the restaurant or on the patio.

For a dependable meal with a tasty beer, the Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company is our go-to in Glenwood Springs. Even if we don’t dine at the brewery we always stop in for a beer when we visit town. It’s across from an active Amtrak station, so if you’re lucky you can watch as the train pulls into town.

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