Sometimes, after camping in the middle of nowhere for several days, nothing sounds better than having a hot meal prepared for you.  Other times, when passing through a small town that captivates us with it’s character, there’s no better way to become a part of it for an afternoon than by stepping inside the local diner, ordering a burger and listening to all the town gossip.  Either way, we love trying new restaurants, especially on road trips.  Not one small town restaurant is like the other, there aren’t any Chili’s or Applebee’s out here and that’s what we love about it.  Whether the food is excellent or not, it’s always an experience.

Whether it’s for the food, the atmosphere or both, here’s a list of some of our favorite restaurants we’ve found while wandering around the West.  (In no particular order)

Frisco, Colorado: Food Hedz

Midway, UT: Tarahumara Comida Mexicana

Monticello, UT: The Peace Tree Cafe (pictured above)

Cottonwood, AZ: Red Rooster Cafe

Aspen, Colorado: White House Tavern (pictured below)


Winter Park, Colorado: Mountain Rose Cafe

Ridgway, Colorado: Kate’s Place

Green River, Utah: Ray’s Tavern (pictured below)

Kingman, AZ:  Sirens Cafe, Redneck’s Southern Pit BBQ

Lake Havasu City, AZ: Angelina’s Italian Kitchen, Red Onion


Paonia, Colorado: Flying Fork Cafe

Williams, AZ: Red Raven Restaurant (pictured below)

Bozeman, MT: Montana Ale Works

Kremmling, CO: Quarter Circle Saloon

Apache Junction, AZ: Mining Camp Restaurant


Meeker, CO: Meeker Hotel & Cafe

Telluride, CO: Brown Dog Pizza

Kingston, WA: Oak Table Cafe

Payson, AZ: Miss Fitz 260 Cafe

Bullfrog Marina, UT: Anasazi Restaurant (pictured below)


Dillon, Colorado: Pug Ryan’s Brewery

Idaho Springs, Colorado: Smokin’ Yards BBQ

Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Creekside Cafe, Cruisers Sub Shop

Boulder City, Nevada: The Coffee Cup Cafe


If you’re ever in the neighborhood of any of these places, be sure to stop in!

What are some of your favorite small town restaurants? How do you enjoy getting to know more about the towns you travel thru?