Ed’s Cantina an Estes Park Standby

Estes Park in general & also Ed’s will be filled for this weekend’s Elk Fest

I interrupt this series of restaurant posts from my East Coast visit to mention a recent meal at Ed’s Cantina & Grill, an Estes Park standby that we used to frequent after hiking, ski touring or snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park. We had been in an Ed’s rut for so long that once we decided to get out of it, we stayed out for a really long time.

I recently gave a presentation at the Estes Valley Library across the street from Ed’s. My husband came up to provide much-needed and always-appreciated tech support, so we went to Ed’s for a quick bite. We felt at home again. The menu hadn’t changed much and neither had the restaurant since its major makeover several years ago, and the service was pleasant.

High-backed wooden booths, bare tables and lots of windows are simplicity itself at Ed’s.

The restaurant was setting up for a big party in the bar area on the Elkhorn Avenue side, but quiet in the rear dining room on a post-Labor Day weeknight, and it was too cool to eat on the pleasant patio overlooking the Big Thompson River, which here isn’t very big at all.  This weekend will be a different story. During Estes Park’s popular annual Elk Fest, it and every other eatery in town will jammed. In fact, the last time we went to Ed’s might have been during Elk Fest four or five years ago.

Price Check: Appetizers, $2 for chips & salsa to $8.50 for nachos; soups and salads, $5-$10; burritos, $7.50-$8.50; burgers and sandwiches, $7-$10; platters, $9-$15; à la carte items, $2-$4; gluten-free, $7-$11.

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