By Jenny Paulson – A delicious looking lunch special came through my Facebook feed from the Beulah Inn & Restaurant and since I haven’t yet been, I researched more and found raving reviews there, at Trip Advisor and Yelp about about their friendly service and food, including about their infamous “Beulah Burger,” a 1/2 pound burger served with home cut fries.
At this restaurant, which has a small bar that’s famous for margaritas, they still hand pound out all of their burgers, cut their own fries, hand bread their chicken fried steaks and fish – and make homemade soups and deserts fresh daily.
Located in the small mountain town of Beulah, not too far from Pueblo, this place looks to be a perfect destination for a quick road trip. I haven’t been but will head that way and try one of their famous burgers and hand cut fries soon.
Cindy and Ray Bates, who owned the historic restaurant and inn for over 30 years, recently retired and sold it to Brenda O’Farrel, who moved from Texas last year. Jessica McCleary, a native of Pueblo, who now lives in Beulah, has managed the restaurant for about six years.
The new owner recently added some fresh new menu items and an expanded kids selection, but all of the traditional meals are still available.
The restaurant opens at 11 am and serves a late breakfast including steak and eggs and a breakfast BLT. They serve the following lunch items: a chicken fried steak sandwich, Italian sausage sandwich, a Mexican burger, roast beef sandwich, chicken sandwich, and other burgers, hot dogs and more. They also have salads and burritos. And daily specials, including Taco Tuesday.
For dinner they specialize in chicken fried steak, hamburger steak, fried chicken, pollock fillets, catfish, top sirloin and ribeye. Or you can drop in for appetizers and a beer, choosing from deep fried jalapeño slices, mushrooms, zucchini, onion rings, fries, nachos and more.
Of course, their menu features (like most restaurants in our region), is a cup or bowl of green Chile, the stuff natives of Pueblo put on about everything.
Here’s a few raving reviews of the restaurant that is as close to a 5 on the scale of 1-5 that you can get:
“They have something for everyone, meat eaters, and vegans alike. Great kids menu as well. There is a cosy “pub like” area with a wood burning stove as well as a family area… they buy locally, and doesn’t skimp on portions. Best fries on the planet. You’ll feel right at home.”
“We drove up to Beulah from Pueblo for an impromptu lunch. The Inn was an ideal destination. Wood stoves warmed the dining room and the bar, and we could see snow-covered the trees and the charming downtown area through the windows. I felt like we were in a movie. The food was delicious. We both had steak and eggs, which was expertly prepared and just the right size. We had a lovely visit with the owner, who is personable and committed to making customers comfortable She did. Looking forward to returning.”
“A little slice of heaven in this beautiful mountain townIncase you didn’t know Beulah isn’t very big…. but it’s got some amazing treasures hidden in it like the Beulah Inn. On a weekend get away for a friends wedding we found ourselves in a vacation rental in Beulah. We weren’t sure what to expect when we went to find lunch but let me tell you we were very pleasantly surprised by this find. This cute little restaurant felt so cozy and welcoming. Linda our waitress welcomed us and cared for us very well. Several other employees stopped at our table also to check on us. Our glasses were never empty and our food was amazing. But hold on…. the pie? Oh the pie! I would seriously consider selling a kidney to get more of this pie! I’m picky about pies so I wasn’t too sure when we ordered apple pie but the first bite literally took my breath away. It was honestly the best pie I’ve ever had in my life! We literally couldn’t stop talking about it. We told everyone about it. I would go out of my way to get another piece of that pies! It’s worth the drive from pueblo or canon city for sure!”
“The first thing you notice in this small-town hangout is the friendly people. From the number of cars out front and the neighboring parking lot, this is one of the more popular places around. Then you see the wood burning stove, the local art on the walls, and today’s comfort-food specials. As throughout my meal I was quickly greeted by a friendly and attentive waitress. I went for the namesake Beulah Burger, a half pound of yumminess with melted swiss cheese and all the usual bits on the side. Of course what would a burger be without fries? I’m a bit of a fry fanatic… Beulah Inn fries are fresh cut skinnies, leaving it up to you to add as much or little salt as you like. I appreciated that! I couldn’t resist topping off my meal with their home made carrot cake. Next time maybe I’ll just come for the dessert.”
By Jenny Paulson / Pueblo Eats / https://www.facebook.com/groups/PuebloEatsAndEntertains/