Grand Lake Brewery: Excelent small brew pub.
Normal pub food with a great selection of their own brews. The last time I was there there were ten different on tap and favorite one to start with is "Plaid Bastard" a Scottish style with an excellent smooth taste.
- Beer Tasting
Sagebrush BBQ and Grill: "The Peanut Place"
The Sagebrush BBQ and Grill is a very casual place with a large assortment of BBQ items. Every table has a large bucket of peanuts and guests are encouraged to throw the shells on the floor. Tables have plastic cow print table cloths and the decor is very old west oriented; steer skulls, navajo blankets, other old west artifacts, blended with license plates from many states (not sure how that fits in).
Favorite Dish: Lorna had the green chili and corn bread along with a home brewed beer (she said the chili was great, the beer a little "fruity". Jill had a pulled pork sandwich with beans. I had a bacon buffalo burger with fries. We all shared an order of onion rings which were so good and so plentiful we could only eat half of them.
The menu also has ribs, chicken, sausages, brisket... all the good things you find at a good BBQ joint. I'd like to try it again at dinner time and try some of the more substantial menu items.
Poncho & Leftys: Margaritas by the Lake
Poncho and Leftys is always packed. During the high season expect to wait. But there is a large bar area and an outdoor patio where you can have a margarita while you’re waiting for your table. They specialize in Mexican food, but I must admit, the food isn’t that great. If you’re absolutely craving Mexican – this is the place to go in town, just remember: you’re in the Rocky Mountains in the middle of Colorado, not the most ideal place to find good Mexican food.
Grand Pizza: Yummy Pizza
Grand Pizza is hands-down the best pizza in town. It blows the pizza from the bowling alley out of the water. It’s also pricier than any other pizza in town, but well worth it. I’m not sure if they deliver or not. My guess would be no. It’s a very small town. But it’s easy enough to dine in or go pick it up and take it home. Highly recommended.
Black Bear: Cafe by the Lake
Black Bear Bakery is a great little place by the lake to get your morning coffee and perhaps a muffin for breakfast. You can take it to go or dine there. They also serve sandwiches and lunch fare. I loved getting that first cup of coffee and taking a walk by the lake.
Rocky Mountain Coffee Company: Cup of Joe
Rocky Mountain Coffee Company is another cute little coffee house in town. They’re open early and have great coffee!
Grand Lake Lodge Restaurant: Restaurant With a View
The food at the Grand Lake lodge is nothing special, but the views from the restaurant are gorgeous and the waitstaff is friendly. They also have a large brunch in the mornings and plenty of seating.