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True Grit Cafe

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Southwestern, Vegetarian, French, Mexican, American
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123 N Lena Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
+1 970-626-5739
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Waitstaff
Description: Howdy folks! Welcome to the True Grit Cafe Established in 1985, the...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent breakfast

I stopped by here on my way to Telluride, and experienced a delicious breakfast. They were a bit slow getting coffee to everyone (it wasn't finished brewing when they opened); but, other than that, it was a good experience. I had too much food to even eat, including some of the best biscuits and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
Saucy1011
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Durango, Colorado
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Colorado Springs
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

We walked in 30 minutes before close and were met with nothing but smiles and happy greetings from Carly the bartender. The beer was cold and we stuck with those from great local breweries. Just what the doctor ordered after 8 hours in the car. My burger was exactly enough at 1/4 lb despite what a previous reviewer said and... More 

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Spring, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Don't come here expecting real John Wayne memorabilia. It's just a bunch of posters of John Wayne. Very much a let down. Although parts of the movie True Grit was shot in this town, not much to see. Go to the courthouse in Ouray for that. As far as the food, it was hit-or-miss for us. The wife had the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I had a family reunion in Ouray and needed the food catered. True Grit provided fried boneless chicken breasts and honey mustard dipping sauce, mac n cheese, fruit with balsamic lime dressing, rolls and an excellent green salad. Everything was excellent, but the chicken received rave reviews from everyone! Very easy to work with and very helpful too. Highly recommend... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Their quarter-pounder turns out to be more like a small slider...for $7. They have some True Grit memorabilia inside, but the food is nothing to write home about.

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Durango, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I stopped by here on my way to Telluride, and experienced a delicious breakfast. They were a bit slow getting coffee to everyone (it wasn't finished brewing when they opened); but, other than that, it was a good experience. I had too much food to even eat, including some of the best biscuits and gravy I've ever had.

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Stonewall, CO
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The True Grit Café met with mixed reviews from my family. My husband had the French dip which he found to be good. The kids ate mac and cheese and Philly cheese steak. I tried the cheese steak which tasted good but would not be recognizable if you really know what it should actually taste like. The restaurant claims to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The shrimp and fish tacos were excellent. Sitting outside on a nice day while overlooking the park made it very nice. The people were good and they did not rush our lunch experience.

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Cumming, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We really enjoy this restaurant. There is lots of memorabilia throughout - mostly John Wayne, who used to frequent the area. In fact, he shot one movie in the Ridgway area. The food is good, not outstanding but a good value for you money. They do have daily specials which are normally very good. We would recommend you giving this... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Looks like a hole in the wall from outside, inside is warm and inviting, food is awesome and portions are huge. Wait staff was attentive and friendly and even had the owner come by to wish my parents a happy 50th wedding anniv. Peach cobbler was off the charts! Everything looked and tasted great here. Prices were very reasonable.

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Ridgway, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

They have the best Huevos around and go great with the green chili cheese grits! Big portions and friendly service. Love the small town atmosphere.

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Additional Information about True Grit Cafe

Address: 123 N Lena Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
Phone Number: +1 970-626-5739
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Ridgway
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 4 - 27
Cuisine: Southwestern, Vegetarian, French, Mexican, American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 123 N Lena Street, Ridgway, CO 81432
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Ridgway
  • Phone Number: +1 970-626-5739

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 27
  • Cuisine: Southwestern, Vegetarian, French, Mexican, American

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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