After my hike at Curt Gowdy Sate Park I continued on my journey north and figured I would just grab something after Cheyenne. Surely there wouldn’t be a huge stretch of road north of Cheyenne that was desolate of all dining. Well of course there was. Then like an oasis in a desert I saw the sign for the Stampede Saloon in the small (population 212) town of Chugwater. I popped in and they couldn’t have been nicer. I ordered the special they had listed at the front which was fish and chips and I just had to order a side of the world famous Chugwater chili.
The chili was good. I had it served with Onions and Cheese on top. I was happy to see that it was an actual traditional red chili. Living in Colorado for awhile now I get used to people only serving the green chili. About half way through the chili, the fish and chips came out. The fish was fried really well. The breading was a golden brown and was soft but crisp if that makes sense. They even made their own chips. All in all it was a very good lunch.
The only bit of advice I can give, that I wasn’t smart enough to heed myself, is that eating chili and cole slaw and then having to be in a car for another 6 hours is not always the best idea.
If you ever find yourself around Chugwater I would suggest that stop and check this place out. Also, they have a soda fountain that has been around since 1914! I’ll have to check that out the next time I’m around.
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