Sitting at an elevation of 7,965 feet is the quaint little town of Buena Vista, CO. that only has a population of about 2,800 residents and features The Lariat Restaurant. This small town offers stunning views and is situated among dozens of off-road trails for Jeep enthusiast that range from easy to extreme. Less than 30 minutes from town is the ghost town of St. Elmo, CO. that is an easy drive for any vehicle with a little ground clearance. Although St. Elmo is a ghost town the original store is open for business weekdays for visitors to get a drink or maybe grab some snacks. And you can pass St. Elmo and take the extreme off-road trail that leads to Tin Cup, CO. if you have a well-built Jeep and the skills to manage that trail.
If you want a great meal that is fresh and delicious then we must suggest you visit The Lariat in Buena Vista, CO. They are the number one place in this small community for a great meal because they use fresh ingredients and everything is prepared properly. During our first visit, Jay had the orange chicken breast with forbidden rice and everything was perfect. The chicken breast was fully cooked but still moist. Trish had the steak with roasted potatoes and it was also cooked to a perfect medium well, just as she ordered. The potatoes had a nice firm crunch on the outside but still soft in the middle.
During our second visit, we tried the Fish and Chips. Now, this one many say you can’t get it wrong but I totally disagree. We have had Fish and Chips many places that were just awful. But I am happy to report that The Lariat Buena Vista gets this one right! The fish is large fillets of Haddock that are beer battered in house and fried to a crunchy crisp exterior while the fish inside is still moist and tasty. And the chips! They are skin-on cut fries cooked to a crispy exterior while leaving the potato inside slightly firm and very tasty.
Finally, let’s discuss the dessert. We had the Brownie a-la-mode. The vanilla ice cream was a rich and creamy smooth ice cream and the homemade chocolate brownie was fantastic. And they offer open mic night every Wednesday along with tons of other live music venues. Finally, let’s discuss how awesome all of the staff have been every time we ate here. From the hostess to the waitress, everyone is always a pleasure to talk with. If you have been here or plan to go please leave a few comments below and let us know how your visit went!