Since the 1890's Castle Cafe and Bar has been at the geographical and social heart of Castle Rock. We had dinner here one evening with our son, Christopher, and his family, and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.
Back in the days of the wild west this was a gathering place for quarry workers, cowboys and travelers, and it is said to have been one of the rowdiest places around. On paydays Douglas County hired an extra deputy sheriff just to keep order because of the frequent brawls. One of the deputy's duites was to restrain inebriated cowboys from riding their horses through the restaurant.
When we were there the place was packed with happy customers, but of a more orderly sort.
Hours of Operation
Mon. - Thurs. 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fri. & Sat. 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sun. 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Favorite Dish: I tried the specialty - Pan Fried Chicken. The menu warned to allow 30 minutes for this to be cooked fresh and it was well worth the wait. The tender, crispy half chicken was served family style with a vegetable, real mashed potatoes, and yummy cracklin' gravy. Also included was a choice of soup, salad or slaw plus a roll and butter. It was more than we could eat.
As Karen and I cruised through downtown Castle Rock looking for a place to have lunch, the words "Home Made Pies" on the B&B Cafe sign caught my attention. I love homemade pie, so we parked our pickup truck and went in. We soon learned that this restaurant is a hometown original with a lot of history.
We were seated in the southern dining room (the non-smoking section). On the walls were numerous photographs and newspaper articles detailing the history of the Cafe and the town of Castle Rock. The Cafe opened in th 1920's and the first owners had a beautiful onyx and marble bar shipped down from Leadville, CO. The folks in Leadville had purchased the bar from Italy in the 1880's during the big silver rush. Since 1982 the Bradley family has owned the B&B.
Another article on the wall recalls the time, in 1946, that Ray Lewis, the Castle Rock Town Marshal, was killed in a shootout at the Cafe. We could still see one of the bullet holes in the tin ceiling above the fan in the front dining room.
The Cafe is open Mon-Sat from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Favorite Dish: The menu told us that the B&B Cafe has been written up in the food sections of the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post, and The Washington Post. which was said to have recommended the country fried steak. So that's what I ordered. What the menu failed to say is exactly WHAT had been "written up" about the country fried steak. To me it was quite mediocre at best, like something they had had in a bag in the freezer for a very long time before throwing it into the grease to fry.
Anyway, I ate the over-breaded country fried steak and looked forward to ordering the homemade pie for desert. Only problem is, we never saw our waitress again. I also wanted a refill on my iced tea, but that never came either. After several minutes of being unable to get our server's attention, we got up to leave. As we exited the dining room she suddenly appeared and asked "How was everything?" "Fine" I fibbed. "Excellent!" she exclaimed. As we paid our bill I could see the "homemade pie" behind the counter in a cardboard box. It didn't look home made to me at all.
We actually ordered take out here-Gyro Sandwich. Which was good and we would defenitely eat here again. Restaurant is nice, but interesting cause it looks like a house. Look for the stucco house with the awning on the far left side. It has a "trendy industrial interior" with a nice bar.
It is a Mexican-Greek restaurant-which is an interesting combination.
Pegasus Restaurant is located in the historic part of Castle Rock, CO. It has been in Castle Rock for about 20 years and over the past years its customers have driven the menu to feature more and more Mexican food. Under the guidance of head Chef Gabriel Torres, the mexican side of the menu has truly blossomed. To see a streaming video of chef Torres making his signature dish, go to www.signaturedishesofcolorado.com
Favorite Dish: Pegasus makes the best Chiles Rellenos you can get in the western US. They build their Rellenos around a egg roll wrapper to keep everything together and the whole thing just works great.
Patty's Cafe de France is located right off of Exit 186 of I-25 in Castle Pines North. It is an intimate place that serves "French/American" cuisine. It is clean, attactive and artistic and the food matches the ambience. Patty Higginbotham, the owner/operator, spends most of her free time there. Her 2 adult children also work at the restaurant. Patty was fortunate to land her Head Chef, Daniel Silva who came from Gabriel's Restaurant in Sedalia, CO. To see a streaming video of the chef making his signature dish, go to www.signaturedishesofcolorado.com.
Favorite Dish: They make a dish called "Shrimp Champagne" there and pour it into a crepe that has been made into a bowl. In addition, they make a delicious Creme Brulee and torch it right in front of you.
Mt. Fuji Japanese Cuisine is a charming immaculate restaurant in Castle Rock, CO. It is really two restaurants in one. On one side it has two hibachi grills just like Benihanas with a hibachi chef that tosses his knives and food artfully into the air while making great food for the customers. The other side is a sushi bar and regular Japanese fare including great Teriyaki. The sushi chef comes from Manhatten and his knowledge of this ancient art of preparing sushi is a treat to watch. To see a streaming video of the chef doing his magic, go to www.signaturedishesofcolorado.com.
Favorite Dish: Golden Mango Sushi. The Chef carves thin slices of mango and makes a small cylinder of the slices. He fills it with wondrous and exotic fare and it is absolutely delicious.
The Rockyard has this Cream of Jalapeno soup. It is so famous in the town that they have it on the menu every day and rotate an additional soup. They also use it on their Chicken and Shrimp Enchiladas. This is a great restaurant that started out as a microbrewery and grew from there over the years. To see a streaming video of Chef Jenny Rountree making her Jalapeno soup, go to www.signaturedishesofcolorado.com.
Favorite Dish: It is obviously the Cream of Jalapeno soup. See above.
Owned and run by the family, this little gem offers the best drinks and authentic Mexican food in town at reasonable prices. Unlike the other 2 places in town this place doesn't try to be something it isn't - this is the real thing baby! Ask for Jorge and ask him to put on "Mana" on the CD player - you'll get stiffer drinks and bigger portions...
Favorite Dish: Everything is great but I have a passion for the carnitas - very tender and spicy.