Steakhouse Beef and their seasonal special, “TBA” – Turkey Bacon Avocado- Tempura Pork Belly, roasted turkey, avocado, honey mustard, bacon aioli, kabayaki drizzle, shredded lettuce
Have you ever been out driving through the mountains, found yourself a bit peckish, and stopped in at The Colorado Room to eat as many things on the menu as you had dollars in your pocket for? No? Oh, me neither, I was just asking for a friend. Anyway, if you haven’t been to The Colorado Room, stop reading this and go – I’ll wait.
I find myself loving this place for a lot of reasons, but at the top of the list is their food, as it should be. First of all, it would be impossible for a person to not find something to eat here. Their menu is full of varying items, starting with their famous Sammys that come in several standard combos as well as their seasonal specialties. I picked out a Steakhouse Beef and a “TBA”, which was one of their special sammys at the time, and my lunch mate ordered up the Special Pork, a menu standard.
These sandwiches were overflowing when they arrived at the table, and we didn’t waste any time getting down to business with these babies. The meat was tender, the bread was light with just a hint of sweetness, the sauces were subtle but complimentary, the vegetables were fresh and crunchy – are you getting where I’m going with this? The food was awesome. Their sweet potato fries were fresh and didn’t taste like someone had dumped them out of a freezer bag into the fryer, and you MUST, I repeat MUST, try the bacon aioli with your fries. Or with a spoon. Whatever.
Beyond their menu, which also includes salads, wings, tater eclairs, Rocky Mountain oysters, and more, The Colorado Room has a distinct way of running their restaurant that is sure to impress. They serve their seasonal menu based on what’s in season, not just what veggies were left over in the fridge, but they do always try to get pork belly when they pick up their meats.
While I was there for my quick lunch, I watched different members of the staff meet with local vendors looking to help CR up their game. One was a meeting with farm vendor for their new veggies and the other was a meeting with Telluride Brewing Company for some new beers to add to their already impressive tap lineup. The kitchen here is open late (11:45pm Sunday through Thursday and 1:45am Friday and Saturday), so although it’s off the beaten Old Town path, you can still find them cooking and slinging drinks well into the evening.
They have a few big screen TV’s for the sports lovers out there, and I can’t wait to check out their back patio, equip with patio heaters and covered tables for those nights when it’s a little chilly. Best of all, they support local artists here – the walls are covered in all different types of media created by people that live right here in Colorado, and I’ve already seen a couple that I’m saving my pennies up for (I’m looking at you, Boba Fett).
CONFESSION TIME: Let’s all keep an open mind and everyone take off your judging pants – I went back the evening after I had lunch here to try their poutine, and it was wonderful! I rolled in pretty close to midnight on a Saturday evening after spending some quality time at Surfside 7, and CR had a full order of poutine and my New Belgium Fat Tire to my table in a matter of minutes, despite having a decent sized crowd camped out at the bar. Keep in mind that this is my first poutine experience, but I will say I was pleased. Can’t wait to try it with one of their meat options!
People, let’s have a word about this thing you all call poutine (pronounced “poo-teen”). If you want to brush up on your poutine history, you can do that here, or you can just read on for my version. It goes a little like this: One day somebody somewhere decided to throw heaven in a bowl, and thus poutine was born. My version is way shorter, but if you still need more info, you can try here too. Basically it’s a Canadian combo of french fries and cheese curds with a little cream gravy thrown on top, and voila! Your life is forever ruined by this delectable heart attack in a bowl. I’m adding this to the list of things we didn’t have in Texas.