Best Colorado Road Trip Stops for Foodies


Colorado is considered a modern haven for foodies. The food scene in the state is a mix of upscale and trendy, as well as retro-inspired in many places. Colorado is known as a place where creative chefs come from and also where they go to show their culinary skills.

It’s a great state for a road trip if you’re a foodie because, in addition to all the fantastic restaurants, food trucks and other eateries, you can also enjoy the scenery, including the Rocky Mountains.

If you’re renting an RV in Colorado or taking a car trip to the state, the following are some foodie stops you should definitely consider along the way.


There are a lot of German influences throughout the Colorado food scene, and Helga’s, located in Aurora, is a great example of this.

This authentic German-inspired restaurant includes a deli, and all of the classics you think about when you’re dreaming of German fare, including schnitzels.

The menu also includes bratwurst platters, and sides such as sauerkraut, kroketten which are fried potato dumplings, and spätzle.

Bar Dough—Denver

Bar Dough is located in LoHi, and the executive chef is Max MacKissock who worked in Italy.

At Bar Dough you’ll find a casual dining experience where the food is the focus. As an homage to the Italian experiences of the Executive Chef, Bar Dough focuses on Italian fare.

Max MacKissock has been named Denver’s Best Chef and has also gained notoriety for previous restaurants on Americas 50 Best New Restaurants, compiled by Bon Appetit.

The menu includes plenty of squid ink pasta, fresh tomato sauce and fresh, locally sourced meats and vegetables.


Also in Denver is Beast + Bottle, a renowned restaurant focused on what they describe as rustic American cuisine. Their focus is also on responsible sourcing and offering a collection of unique wines.

Blackbelly Market—Boulder

Boulder is primarily known as a lively college town, but it’s much more than that, as evidenced by Blackbelly and other well-known dining establishments in the town.

Blackbelly Market is headed up by award-winning chef Hosea Rosenberg, and the menu concept focuses on sustainably sourced, organic and local items. They also have a large wine list and selection of local beers.

The restaurant is in the East Boulder neighborhood, and if you love meat, Blackbelly is ideal for you.

Front Range Barbecue—Colorado Springs

You might not initially think of Colorado as being a barbecue destination, but Front Range Barbecue is working to change that.

Located in Colorado Springs, this eatery serves up Southern-style barbecue as well as a fun environment with regular live music. The restaurant is located in historic Old Colorado City, and along with Southern barbecue, the menu also includes Cajun-inspired dishes and classic burgers.

This is just a tiny sample of the can’t miss restaurants throughout the state of Colorado. If you’re a foodie looking for the perfect road trip destination, you might want to consider taking a trip to the state and seeing all that it has to offer.

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