1950s ephemera decorate Gunther Toody's eight Colorado locations, lending an extra boost of Americana to plates of classic diner food such as burgers and meatloaf. The menu even draws its inspiration from American pop culture of yore, with Elvis fries, burgers named for Howdy Doody, and Big Bopper breakfasts served on platters of chantilly lace. Classic ice-cream treats including shakes, malteds, and black cows help lead each meal to a suitably sweet conclusion.
With multiple varieties at each location, there are enough options to pleasantly coat any mozzarella-covered tongue in tasty toppings. Veggie fans will appreciate the veggie supreme, dotted with mushrooms, green peppers, onions, black olives, and tomatoes. For feasters who can't decide between this or that, the super combo comes stocked from crust to crust with Canadian bacon, pepperoni, mushrooms, onion, black olives, and extra cheese. Offerings vary by location, so consult the menu at your nearest location before ordering.
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Big Daddy Bagels' friendly staff mixes, boils, and bakes more than 15 New York–style bagels ($0.85 each) and concocts 17 cream cheese varietals ($2.35–$3.25) daily. The New Yorker piles on plain cream cheese, lox, capers, red onion, and tomato ($6.99), and the Boulderite Wrap houses black bean hummus, avocado, red onion, cucumber, tomato, and sprouts ($6.50) in a culinary inn. Freshly baked muffins ($1.75), cinnamon rolls ($2.25), and jumbo cookies ($1.75) support a cast of custom smoothies ($2.99), packed with a choice of two fruits, a juice, and optional protein powder ($.99). The chronically fatigued can boost brain waves or steam open envelopes at Big Daddy's full espresso bar, which serves an Americano ($1 for 12 oz.), cappuccino, ($2.25 for 12 oz.), and iced mocha ($3.25).
Having evolved through more than 1,000 frozen flavors since 1953, Baskin Robbins engages sub-zero palates with a rotating selection of classic cones, seasonal scoops, and cool cakes and pies. Customers can nuzzle old favorites such as pralines 'n’ cream or smash faces into the most recent flavor of the month, winter chocolate marshmallow ($2.29+), a hot-chocolate-flavored ice cream that snackers must blow on for one minute before delving into its whipped-cream ribbons and speckles of marshmallow dough. Ice alchemists at Baskin Robbins can also transmute ice cream into shakes and smoothies ($3.99+), or caffeinated cappuccino blasts blended with ice cream, coffee, and electrified caramel syrup. A line-up of freeze-baked ice-cream cakes and pies includes crowd-pleasers such as the Grasshopper pie, a frosty disk of mint-chocolate-chip ice cream, fudge, and whipped cream, held together by an Oreo-cookie crust. Visitors may also pick up hand-packed pints ($3.99+) from the grab ‘n‘ go cooler, to be enjoyed at home or impulsively consumed in the parking lot.
According to lore that has been passed down through the Lucio clan, one of the family progenitors was kidnapped from her native Chihuahua after Pancho Villa tasted her food and decided he needed her as his chef. That distant matron’s culinary wizardry trickled down the family tree and currently informs the cooking of her great-great-grandchildren at Armadillo Restaurants. Chefs at the restaurants use those generations-old recipes while gently patting cornhusks into place around meal and shredded pork or simmering red-chili sauce for enchiladas. Since the Lucios converted the first Armadillo Restaurant from a tough-guy bar into a restaurant in 1972, they’ve opened six additional locations in the Front Range.