Mondays are for restaurant reviews!  Let’s head to Colorado.

The Background
The Happy Cooker is a cute, little restaurant located in Georgetown, Colorado, an old mining town about 45 minutes west of Denver. My mother-in-law suggested Sara and I check the town out on our way to Vail. We did, and of course got hungry and found this place.

The Scene
The restaurant was nothing more than an old house, and as you can guess, given the location, had a tremendous amount of character. Very laid back–a couple with a dog sat next to us. It had just started to snow outside, and I was in search of something warm to eat.

The Food
I went with the green chile chili. I’ve been absolutely addicted to green chilies of late, and this really hit the spot. It was so unique, had the perfect spice and consistency, and was quite hearty. Throw in that massive, fresh baked slice of bread, and I was very happy. Sara had the stew (I had a bite). I am not a big fan of stew, but this was excellent. What stood out was the hint of sweetness.

The Town
We both loved this town, and only hope we’ll one day be back for another visit. There were several restaurants to choose from, but given the quality of food and excellent service, we were glad we went with The Happy Cooker.


Blake January 11, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Cool! I’ll have to stop in the next time I’m headed out I-70!

Next time y’all hit Denver/Colorado, make sure to visit and review Casa Bonita. From what I understand, it’s the topic of one of the greatest “South Park” episodes of all time. I got to go for my birthday in 2009. It’s the absolute worst and best Mexican restaurant I’ve ever visited. Stay away from the margaritas and stick with the beer….

The Mighty Rib January 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I’ve officially put Casa Bonita on the list. Great food scene in Denver. I am definitely going to any place where “best” and “worst” are used in the same sentence.

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