The grand dame of Colorado's wild game restaurants, this replica of Bent's Fort near Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison opened its doors in 1963 and has been on Denver's short list ever since. Known for elk, quail, and buffalo (the kitchen plates up 80,000 dishes of the latter annually), The Fort is a Colorado original, thanks in large part to the legacy of late founder Sam Arnold, whose vision still helps guide the menu today. Appetizers venture into uncharted territory of bison tongue and jalapenos with peanut butter, and the game is matched by a number of beef, pork, and poultry dishes. Once dessert rolls around—if you still have room—the triple-layer chocolate chile bourbon cake is a spectacularly decadent closer.
- Frommer's Staff