Living here my whole life with my mamma’s cooking, and after traveling the world, I have come to appreciate a good meal. There is some great food in Estes. These are some of the places my family and I enjoy.
The Rock Inn — Hands down, best steak in town. Get the filet with the gargonzola cream sauce. Mouth watering and done up perfectly. We love the Rock Inn. Great atmosphere, good bar and live music almost every night. Come in the fall, sit outside and you can listen to the elk bugle nearby.
Meadow Mountain Cafe — Strange little cabin cafe up in Allenspark. There might only be 3 people working there, but they make the best breakfast anywhere. This is a place you MUST experience. My wife and I eat there as often as we can.
Baba’s Burgers — Awesome locally owned burger joint. If you are feeling burgers, this is the place to be, period.
Antonio’s Wood Fired Pizza — One of the best New York style pizzas I have ever had. I have heard native New Yorkers say it’s even better than most places in the city.
Smokin Dave’s BBQ — If you are looking for BBQ, there is no better place. Be prepared, this place is extremely busy in the summer. Anytime you have amazing food, it will be busy. The brisket here is awesome!
Big Horn — This is a local favorite for a great, affordable breakfast. The food is good, the prices are great, it’s locally owned and they are very nice people.
Twin Owls — This is more of a fine dining experience where you don’t have to get dressed up. It is on the more expensive side, but the food and service is amazing. My wife likes the duck, I personally like the filet with their red wine sauce.
The Dunraven Inn — Oh my God! Best bread around period! The salmon was amazing! Great service, awesome owner, and nice setting. Best place in town in my opinion. Make reservations early though. I’m not the only one who knows about this little gem.
Mama Rosa’s — Great little Italian place.
Many people ask me about Mexican and Indian food. Honestly, I don’t eat enough to give you my opinion. Use tripadvisor, yelp or google to get some reviews.