Colorado’s Most Underrated Steakhouse is Celebrating 60 Years Strong
Getting a good steak, or a good meal in Colorado isn't terribly tough. When you hear that Colorado has a "most underrated" steakhouse though, you have to check it out. You may find this place underrated, but not low on flavor and charm.
A great steakhouse serves not only great steaks but has a great variety of other menu items. A great Colorado steakhouse is also going to tout its history of serving great food. A great steakhouse in Colorado is also going to stay humble; maybe that's why this one rates as "underrated."
For a place that's been open since 1963, you would think that there's no way that it could be underrated, but that how the folks at Cheapism.com feel. They took at look at every state's most "under-the-radar" steakhouse. Though they don't go into great detail as to "why" they are under the radar or underrated, they do seem to know each one well enough to say so.
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Given that it's a bit off the beaten track, it could be that just not that many Coloradans have visited this particular restaurant in Jefferson County; its building was inspired by another building that was destroyed over 150 years ago, Bent's Fort.
WHAT IS THIS UNDERRATED COLORADO STEAKHOUSE?
It's The Fort, near Red Rocks, two miles south of Morrison. Have you been?
WHAT WAS BENT'S FORT?
Bent's Fort existed in southeastern Colorado as a fur trading post but was destroyed in 1849. Though the state rebuilt Bent's Fort as a historic site and museum, you can see a very distinct resemblance to the fort at The Fort. The husband and wife who created The Fort Restaurant had seen Bent's Fort in a book, and hired an architect who knew about adobe construction, to construct what would be part home, and part restaurant. They opened for business in 1963.
NOTABLE MENU ITEMS AT THE FORT:
- "Bison" Eggs: Pickled quail eggs wrapped in buffalo sausage.
- The "Game" Plate: Quail, elk medallion, buffalo sirloin medallion.
- The "Incorrect" Steak: NY Strip with Mexican cheeses, red chile sauce, with a fried egg.
- Gonzales Steak: NY Strip stuffed with New Mexican hatch green chiles, topped with fresh-grilled chile pod.
- Award-Winning Pork Belly.