Indie Burger Place on US 50’s Fast Food Road

Ranch-raised beef featured at family-owned quality burger place

P1030561Of the several options for driving home to Boulder from Crested Butte, we decided on US 50, since we hadn’t been through the Arkansas River Valley in a long time. Name a fast food chain, any chain, and one of its locations is probably along US 50 in or near Cañon City. Since I won’t go to fast food restaurant, except to use the restroom, food prospects looked  bleak — until I spotted the welcome unfamiliarity of the sign for Bunk House Burgers. The squat building on the frontage road looks as if it had been reclaimed from a chain, but the genuine welcome and the genuine food elevate it above what I refer to as the “McBurger King Bell” chains that dominate too much of the American landscape, including the Cañon City strip.

Large, accurate model plane by a local artisan
Large, accurate model of a  World War II Corsair by a local artisan “flies” in front of Bunk House Burgers. It is quite appropriate to showcase a plane, since Bunk House Burgers’ quality and commitment are are way above the food and service of its national chain neighbors.

Opened earlier this year, BHB is family-owned and -run by Kathleen Bowman and her husband, Bruce, and a sister whose name I didn’t get from an article in the Cañon City Daily Record. The grass-fed, all-natural Angus beef comes from Yampa Valley Beef, a family-run ranch up in the Toponas-Steamboat area.homesteaded by Wayne Shoemaker’s great-grandparents. Little wonder that BHB burgers, which come in three sizes, are far better than those of the chains down the street — and unquestionably worth the addition expense too. Bottom line is that I’d rather have the smallest BHB burger than the largest from a chain. BHB makes just about everything in-house.

Burgers (and grilled or fried chicken breast) on house-made brioche, potato or gluten-free buns with green (not tasteless iceberg) lettuce, tomato and red onion form the heart of the menu. The smoothies are housemade too.
Burgers (and grilled or fried chicken breast) on house-made brioche, potato or gluten-free buns with green (not tasteless iceberg) lettuce, tomato and red onion form the heart of the menu. The smoothies are housemade too.
Order some chips and they'll come fresh from the fryer.
Order some chips and they’ll come fresh from the fryer.

Price check: Burgers (4, 6.3 or 8 ounces), $6.25 to $9.55, plus Build Your Own Burner with a choice of patties. buns, cheese and fixin’s; chicken sandwiches and veggie burger, $4.35-$7.55; Little Squirts (children’s menu), $3.75-$4.25; cookies, $1.95 and deep fried cheesecake (which we didn’t dare try!).
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3 thoughts on “Indie Burger Place on US 50’s Fast Food Road”

  1. Best burgers in Canon City and probably Colorado. Very friendly staff unlike the chains. These people care about what they are doing.

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