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True Grit Cafe

123 N Lena Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
(970) 626-5739
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Ranked #9 of 18 restaurants in Ridgway
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $4 - $27
Cuisines: American, Mexican
Dining options: Late Night
Description: Howdy folks! Welcome to the True Grit Cafe Established in 1985, the "Grit" as it is known has been serving hungry tourists and locals for over 25 years. We offer excellent and tasty 'Cowboy Cuisine' in a comfortable western environment with a friendly staff that will make you feel like you're part of the Grit Family. We take a lot of pride in our homemade fare including the best dang chicken fried steak this side of the Rocky Mountains. Other menu specialties include hand-pattied burgers, mouth watering Tex-Mex Specialties, juicy steaks, house made meatloaf, fresh tempura battered mahi mahi fish and chips, sandwiches and gourmet salads. For the vegetarians we offer lots of tasty choices. We are also gluten-free friendly. Our wide selection of liquors, beer and wine give you a great place to gather round with the locals and visitors alike. We have two full bars, one on the main floor and one upstairs, around which locals and visitors gather to chat or share experiences in the beautiful San Juan Mountains. Our remodeled upstairs with its large private booths will accommodate from two to fourteen people, and don't forget the deck overlooking our beautiful park. The True Grit Cafe was built to honor the filming of the academy award winning movie "True Grit" starring John Wayne. Come sit on the deck and look out at the beautiful background you'll see throughout the movie. Oh, and you'll see a lot of pictures of the great star's film legacy all around.
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Howdy folks! Welcome to the True Grit Cafe Established in 1985, the "Grit" as it is known has been serving hungry tourists and locals for over 25 years. We offer excellent and tasty 'Cowboy Cuisine' in a comfortable western environment with a friendly staff that will make you feel like you're part of the Grit Family. We take a lot of pride in our homemade fare including the best dang chicken fried steak this side of the Rocky Mountains. Other menu specialties include hand-pattied burgers, mouth watering Tex-Mex Specialties, juicy steaks, house made meatloaf, fresh tempura battered mahi mahi fish and chips, sandwiches and gourmet salads. For the vegetarians we offer lots of tasty choices. We are also gluten-free friendly. Our wide selection of liquors, beer and wine give you a great place to gather round with the locals and visitors alike. We have two full bars, one on the main floor and one upstairs, around which locals and visitors gather to chat or share experiences in the beautiful San Juan Mountains. Our remodeled upstairs with its large private booths will accommodate from two to fourteen people, and don't forget the deck overlooking our beautiful park. The True Grit Cafe was built to honor the filming of the academy award winning movie "True Grit" starring John Wayne. Come sit on the deck and look out at the beautiful background you'll see throughout the movie. Oh, and you'll see a lot of pictures of the great star's film legacy all around.
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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

The service was pretty bad, it took forever to get our drinks (it wasn't that busy). I got a bison burger and it was good, but it didn't make up for the lack of service. We thought we'd get a true Colorado dining experience here, but we were disappointed. Whatever appeal this place had that made up go was gone... More

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Denver, Colorado
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This restaurant faces the square where the hanging scene from the movie takes place, but that is the only thing dead about the restaurant. It also has the original wall from the first scene when John Wayne appears. the town hasn't changed a whole lot since 1967, maybe a couple new buildings, the the flavor of the old west and... More

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Roswell, New Mexico
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

True Grit Cafe sets up like an old fashioned saloon. The hero is the Duke himself. I shared a massive plate of Pork Chile Verde Nachos that were pretty darn satisfying! My sis in law recommended the drink known as "The Angry Blonde" served friendly. A mix between a blonde beer and Angry Orchard Hard Cider. It was so light... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

It is an annual event to eat at the True Grit. Our favorite entrée is the Chicken Fried Steak. It is crispy, hardy and huge (we share) smothered with country gravy made from scratch. Especially love the homemade blue cheese dressing and green chili. Excellent food and service. I highly recommend it. Enjoy!

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Albuquerque
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50 reviews 50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The service was very attentive! The mussels were the best we have ever had! The tomato basil soup was so good and the fish tacos were pretty tasty! Good job!

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Durango, Colorado
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I am an aficionado of chicken-fried steak and True Grit never fails me!!!! The steak was huge, with crunchy breading; tender, REAL beef; some of the best smashed potatoes ever; and all smothered in cream-style gravy!!! Then, there were the sides...I chose green beans, as they are Southern style with bacon, and absolutely the best ever!!! For those of you... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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96 reviews 96 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I stopped in for lunch. I was traveling with two 90+ year olds with limited mobility. I went in to see about seating. I told the hostess that I was traveling with the seniors and she sarcastically said "So?" (like it wasn't her problem). Rather than explain their accessibility options, she passed me off to waitress who offered me a... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Killer Chicken Fried Steak, great beer selection, and really friendly staff. Plus a little Hollywood history. A must do in Ridgway!

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grand junction
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

True Grit has historical significance for its connection with the John Wayne movie. I stopped here once because Kate’s Place had closed for the day. I had a burger and it was OK. I like the food offerings better at Kate’s Place so ‘she’ gets my undying loyalty.

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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Nice ladies, good food and service and cold beer. What else can you ask for? A town legend with classic western movie posters decorating the walls.

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