Old-time Colorado steakhouse tucked among the trees
There is no printed menu. The waitress recites it: a relish tree brimming with vegetables, a spaghetti appetizer (how Italian!), a choice of soup or salad with serve-yourself dressings, baked potatoes or fries, and bread in plastic wrap to keep it fresh with butter — of course butter. This is not an olive oil kind of place!
If I had a huge appetite and were a dedicated carnivore, I’d love Emil-Lene’s for the food. What truly impresses me most is the timelessness of the place — the independence and uniqueness that does not bow to changing tastes and changing times. My own tastes run more to stylish contemporary food and interesting ethnic cuisine, but my admiration is boundless for places that stick to their culinary guns and do things the way the have for decades — just because.
Price check: Full dinners (except dessert), $26.95-$41.95.