Colorado is home to a number of mom and pop restaurants. The term “mom and pop” is used to refer to a business that is locally owned and operated and usually family-owned. Nothing beats the atmosphere of these-down home eateries. For some great food in Colorado and to support small and local businesses, head to these 10 best mom and pop restaurants in the Centennial State.
Edelweiss German Restaurant serves up the best German fare in Colorado Springs. This restaurant has been family owned and operated for over 50 years. Many of the employees at Edelweiss have been working for this mom and pop restaurant for decades. You’re sure to a get a great meal from this busy German restaurant and its dedicated team.
The Blue Bonnet Restaurant is one of the oldest family-run restaurants in the Mile High City. The same family has been making great Mexican food at The Blue Bonnet for more than 40 years. Enjoy homemade salsa, tasty tacos and other Mexican fare here. Now, second-generation family members run this iconic Denver establishment.
Shish Kabob Grill is a family-owned and operated restaurant that serves up delicious Middle Eastern cuisine. The owners of Shish Kabob Grill bring Syrian recipes to Denver, pleasing Denverites since 2004. The hummus is a must-try here along with the chicken shawarma or the falafel.
This mom and pop establishment in Colorado Springs has been run by the same family since 1976. The Aguilar family has created a delicious menu filled with Mexican cuisine. According to very happy customers, the avocado pork burrito is a hot item at the El Taco Rey. However any of the combo plates or smothered burritos are sure to please.
The delicious recipes that are used to create Lechuga’s Italian Restaurant’s menu are the same recipes that were used over 50 years ago when the restaurant opened in 1961. This family owned and operated restaurant serves up pizza, cannoli, pasta, baked goods and other incredible Italian fare. These homemade, family recipes are what keep customers coming back to Lechuga’s.
For some great Mexican food in Pueblo, head to Cactus Flower Restaurant, which is a family-owned eatery. The menu here varies from authentic Mexican dishes to modern southwest-inspired dinners. For over 20 years, this family-run establishment has pleased guests with filling Mexican fare and well-made margaritas.
Opened in 1973, Pantry Restaurant has managed to please customers for decades with its generous portions of American fare. Breakfast is served all day at this family-owned restaurant in Pueblo. With affordable prices and a menu that is sure to please everyone in your family, there is no question why this mom and pop restaurant has boasted such great reviews over the years.
Find all your favorite Italian dishes at Nana & Nano’s Deli & Pasta House. This Southern Colorado establishment is family-owned and serves up pasta, ravioli and gnocchi dishes along with incredible deli sandwiches made with imported and local cheeses and fresh deli meats.
Javier’s Diner is a family-owned and operated business that serves both American and Mexican dishes. Javier’s is known for having a great breakfast menu. You can’t go wrong with a breakfast burrito from Javier’s that is smothered with green chile. Enjoy brunch on the patio, no matter if you choose to indulge in a breakfast skillet or chicken fried steak.
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This family-owned restaurant in Grand Junction has been serving great Old World-Italian fare since 1958. At Ristorante Pantuso, expect fresh bread baked daily, well-made sauces and hand-cut steaks. The family recipes at this mom and pop restaurant derive straight from southern Italy.