Beau Jo’s Pizza is a favorite of ours in Colorado, hope you try it too!
Oh Beau Jo’s Pizza, how we love thee! On our way out to Silver Plume, Colorado for a family vacation, we made a stop for lunch in the mountain town of Idaho Springs at Beau Jo’s Pizza. Located about 45 minutes out of Denver, Beau Jo’s is a Colorado favorite, known for its “Colorado Style Pizza” and inventive pies that you finish with a sweet touch. Beau Jo’s Colorado style pizza is famous for its special crusts that use Colorado honey to make a sweet airy golden crust. The outer rim is purposely formed thickly to make big puffy “bread stick” crusts that are perfect for dipping in the Colorado honey.
A fixture in historic downtown Idaho Springs for more than 40 years, the Idaho Springs Beau Jo’s is the original location and feels authentically historic with lots of creaky floorboards, antiques and bits of Colorado mining and ski artifacts everywhere. The atmosphere is relaxed and whimsical (the salad bar is served out of antique claw foot bath tubs!), even when crowded, which feels charming and comfortable. We dined in the back of the restaurant which has large panoramic windows that overlook their patio, an old waterwheel, the mountains and and all the traffic that was flowing by on the Interstate on a Sunday afternoon!
From fresh salads and sandwiches to calzones, and of course the pizza, there is something everyone will love! On this particular trip we ordered 2 pizzas, a L’il Italy Prairie Pie and the Pacific Plantation Mountain Pie along with a salad bar. The salad bar offers the typical salad offerings, along with accompaniments such as cottage cheese, chocolate pudding and various other deli salads. Our Pacific Plantation Mountain Pie is one of the signature Beau Jo’s specialty pizzas, and featured Beau Jo’s signature pizza sauce, ham, pineapple, mushrooms, red onions, honey and mozzarella.
The Mountain pies had the very large almost breadstick like edges that they encourage you to dip in the honey found on the table, which is a hit with young and old, as our boys and grandpa both were trying to sneak the last crusts! The rest of the crust on the mountain pies is thin and soft, with just enough toasting on it that it holds up to the toppings, but still soft enough that it is deliciously doughy and airy.
The L’il Italy has roasted garlic and olive oil sauce, pepperoni, roma tomatoes, mushrooms, black olives, smoked provolone, grated parmesan, basil and Italian seasonings. The thin crust was crisp and toasty sweet with a hint of char. Unlike the Mountain Pies, the toppings extend almost all the way out to the edge and there really isn’t much left to dip in honey when you get to the edge.
Our server was fantastic, and was very patient with us, as it took us a while to order, since we couldn’t decide what to eat. Parking in a public parking lot is located right behind the restaurant for your convenience. You can expect some wait times in the evening, but we got right in on a Sunday morning. With 7 locations all around Colorado, they are right at your fingertips! They are dedicated to going green and use both wind and solar power as much as they can. Beau Jo’s is one of our favorites when we travel out that way and its obvious why it might be Colorado’s favorite pizza!
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