Right in the heart of historic downtown Nederland, is a 2-story brewery and smokehouse known as the Wild Mountain. While Pork and Beef are their specialty, they have many vegetarian options. Unfortunately I'm not a beer drinker as I hear they have some great hand-crafted brews available on the menu such as their signature Otis Pale Ale, Hop Diggity IPA, and Redemption Oatmeal Stout. The staff and service was good, while the lemonade sucked (tasted like water with a lemon). The food however was delicious ... The Thai barbeque sauce to die for. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The restaurant was very close to the major intersection in the town ... right across from the visitor's center. It had both inside and outside eating areas. We chose the inside area. It was small (but with character) and had fast, friendly service.
Favorite Dish: I ordered a calzone which was very tasty and very large. It should satisfy even a very hearty appetite.
You can't miss this coffeehouse. If you drive on the main North-South highway through town - it will be on the East side. The main coffeehouse portion is in an old 1910 Pullman passenger train car. The coffee is excellent, and the creamer is organic (I forgot to ask about the coffee itself). Inside the car is the original stained glass and plush seats for sitting. You can sip on your dry cappuccino and watch the traffic go by on those cold mountain mornings.
Favorite Dish: I only had a drip coffee. But the one I tried was rich with deep chocolate overtones. They definitely went for quality.
I love getting up early and going to Annie's Cafe for weekend breakfasts. Dinners are usually pizza at The Pioneer Inn or The Wolftongue Brewery. Both places have a great selection of local beers as well. Beware of the Winter Brews though! At this altitude, the strength of the brew can knock you down rather quickly so take your time and only order one at a time!
No reservations are needed for any of the places. Prices are moderate to inexpensive and quantities are large.
Favorite Dish: Local beer! Organic breakfasts at Annie's, Backcountry Pizza, and organic coffee! That's all you need isn't it?