During our recent road trip to Denver, we visited the gambling community in Black Hawk, Colorado. Losing money in the casinos really makes you work up an appetite and I had a craving for pizza and salad bar. Our hosts suggested a popular pizza joint located just a few miles away in Idaho Springs, Colorado called Beau Jo’s. The pizza style is called Mountain Pies and is a Colorado style pizza pie.
Beau Jo’s has been serving pizza for 40 years and has become a Colorado staple with several locations to choose from. The pizza parlor was in the old western saloon type décor with wooden floors, walls, and tables and chairs. They had a full bar offering various cocktails, wine, and beer. The place was huge; not only did it have 2 sides, but it was also a 2-story building.
We ordered a large meat pizza and salad bar. The salad bar was set in 2 claw foot tubs filled with ice. The salad bar was limited but effective. I mean, I wanted a bit of salad to go with my pizza so it worked. When the pizza arrived, I was in awe. I mean, it was named Mountain Pies but good lord! It was gigantic. And that crust. OMG. I don’t normally go for crust but this was calling my name.
I don’t think I have to tell you how great the pizza was. You should take a look for yourself. If you love pizza, you will definitely appreciate Beau Jo’s.
I mean, I can’t say who has better pizza, New York, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco(?) but I can tell you that New York has a great NY style pizza, Chicago has their great Chicago Style pizza, and now, Denver has theirs. When I return to Denver, I am seriously heading back to Beau Jo’s for their pizza and salad bar. Ok. Maybe just their pizza.
Beau Jo’s (Denver-ish location)
1517 Miner St
Idaho Springs, CO 80452