9 GREAT PLACES TO EAT ROCKY MOUNTAIN OYSTERS
If you don’t know what Rocky Mountain Oysters are, you’re in for a treat! No, these nuggets of fried deliciousness don’t come from the sea. Nor are they served on the half-shell. They can, however, be pickled, smoked and (usually the most popular way) fried. What are they, you ask? They are the testicles of livestock, usually cattle, sheep, bison, and pigs. We’ve explored 9 great places to eat Rocky Mountain Oysters across Colorado so you can sample the best the first time around!
1. Sagebrush BBQ & Grill – Grand Lake
Throw a rock in Colorado and you’re likely to hit a trail, snow-capped mountain, or send it skipping along a glassy lake. Grand Lake is no different. Nestled along Mount Craig, explore the great outdoors before ordering up your Rocky Mountain Oysters at Sagebrush BBQ & Grill with a side of wild boar, elk, or buffalo bratwurst. Take in the scenic views and plan your next hike or lake excursion.
2. Lucy’s Place – Sedgewick
This full-service diner will fill you up and get you ready to explore Jumbo Reservoir or the drag races near Julesburg. The Rocky Mountain Oysters are the tastiest in the area too!
3. Bruce’s Bar – Severance
Severance, CO, is a bustling small town east of Ft. Collins that is over 100 years old. Bruce’s Bar opened in 1957 and the menu features both beef and buffalo Rocky Mountain Oysters. You’ll have to take a gander at the menu for the theme Bruce’s has going on.
4. Chappy’s Mountain View Bar and Grill – Boulder
Home to the University of Colorado, Boulder is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The city is a virtual art gallery with several eye-catching murals. When you finish the tour, find your way to Chappy’s Bar and Grill. Not only do they fry up you know what, but they also deep fry cheesecake!
5. The Fort – Morrison
Southwest of Denver in Morrison, The Fort recommends reservations and is noted for its fine dining, but more than one (wink, wink) of the menu items are straight out of the Old West. They also offer fresh guac, and marrow bone. And that’s just their starter menu!
6. Rustic Station Restaurant – Bailey
The charming western town of Baily is home to the Sasquatch Outpost where sightings are said to abound. The North Fork South Platte River is another Baily feature as it flows right through town. Visit the Rustic Station for some fresh-made vittles, including the star of our show, Rocky Mountain Oysters.
7. 4 Kings Bar and Grill – Silver Cliff
Next door to Westcliffe, Silver Cliff boasts scenic views and rich history. The 4 Kings Bar and Grill offers all your favorite bar food, including those delicious Rocky Mountain Oysters you’ve been waiting for.
8. South Side Food & Drink – Limon
Located southeast of Denver along I-70, Limon features wetlands and fine dining. Visit the South Side and settle in for some delicious food and bar pours.
9. Ol’ Miner Steakhouse – Gunnison
Take in Black Canyon in Gunnison National Park and get a clear view of the mountain sky at Gunnison Valley Observatory. Then settle in at Ol’ Miner Steakhouse for a side of Rocky Mountain Oysters, signature steaks, seafood, or burgers.