After-Hike BBQ in Nederland

The Roasted Toad trailer serves flavorful sandwiches & platters.

056When I moved to Colorado more than 25 years ago, the low-slung building at Nederland’s roundabout where Highways 119 and 72 come together housed Bob’s Bakery and most recently a sporting goods outlet called Ben’s Emporium. The building is currently the staging area for a BBQ spot in the parking lot. I’d driven by several times since it opened last fall but only yesterday, did my husband and I stop en route home from a James Peak Wildnerness hike — and hungry.

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The Roasted Toad “complex” consists of a  main trailer with the serving window, an ancillary trailer containing a wood smoker and two unshaded picnic benches sit in the parking lot in front of the building. If you need a restroom, you’ll be sent next door to the KwikStop. The building is slated to become a restaurant with real indoor seating and a larger menu — currently confined to ribs, pulled pork, “pulled” chicken, chicken noodles, sides, a few soft drinks and little else. Why it is called The Roasted Toad mystifies me.

Barbecued brisket. The Kansas/Tennessee-style barbecue sauce in a squeeze bottle is set on each table.
Barbecued brisket. The Kansas/Tennessee-style barbecue sauce in a squeeze bottle is set on each table.
Beans with sausage.
Beans with sausage.
"Pulled" chicken is actually cubed chicken that is moist and tender.
“Pulled” chicken is actually cubed chicken that is moist and tender.
Crisp cole slaw is my preferred side dish with barbecue.
Crisp Cole slaw is my preferred side dish with barbecue.

When we were getting ready to leave, I stopped to chat with the owner, who told me his dad once owned a grocery store and learned to smoke meat in Bailey, that he once worked at a BBQ stand at Mile High Stadium (or whatever it was called when he worked there) and such. “What’s your name?” I asked, “Dave,” he said “I’m Claire,” I added and left, mentally deciding that my post would be a play on such other BBQ Daves as Famous Dave’s and Smokin’ Dave’s. When I was starting to write this post and wanted to know more, I found “Roasted Toad Features Smoked Hog” from The Mountain-Ear, Nederland’s weekly newspaper. There are learned that Dave’s last name is Walter. No relation.

The Roasted Toad’s address is 229 Highway 119, Nederland; 303-258-3397.

2 thoughts on “After-Hike BBQ in Nederland”

  1. What a delightful post about The Roasted Toad! It’s so helpful to get your take on a spot we might have missed–so perfectly situated close to hiking trails. Both The Roasted Toad and your writing (and photos) are gems of Americana.

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