Zoka’s Restaurant and Bar in Pine is a Mountain Roadside Feast | Food drink

Fly fishermen hitting the Deckers / Cheesman Canyon area know this roadside gem about 20 minutes north (and an hour southwest of the Denver subway). But so do many other outdoor enthusiasts who have enjoyed its ever-changing menu over the past 15 years since Kurt and Karen Blackwell took over.

Our wonderful bartender / waiter Dee Dee tells us that Kurt has a deep experience of East Coast hospitality which explains a fairly gourmet menu given the rustic setting. We’re ordering an app, a few flagship drinks and burgers that remain on the daily deal list.

Wyoming is highly awarded Melvin IPA on bursts of pressure with beautiful hops, and you can’t resist a good homemade vodka (although there is a top shelf of quality) Spicy Bloody Mary thanks to the description: “Kurt’s 37-year-old Bloody Mary mix.” (No it’s not aged, just a descriptor trying to say the Recipe is so old – we have a good laugh with Dee Dee and it is well done.)

The go-to app we’re lucky enough to find is a Gluten Free Rice Flour Cauliflower Floret Basket with a choice of Teriyaki, Buffalo, or BBQ sauces (we ask for small sides of all three; commercial but usable) and a Blue Cheese Sauce. The sparkling water makes the shell airy and tempura-like and we especially like them with Buffalo Sauce (Frank’s RedHot).

Another vegetarian offer, the “local made” hemp guacamole burger, has a good grainy flavor with hints of Italian seasoning but can’t escape a pasty consistency that melts into mashed avocado, while Pepper Jack adds a bit of rich spice on a basic brioche bun. .

More favorable for us, the thick, half pound Zoka Burger wins its prize of $ 15.99 with Cambozola blue cheese (a triple cream gorgonzola), caramelized onions, and sweet and spicy bacon strips on ciabatta bread (an interesting choice that adds to the euro-ness). Our crispy coleslaw and sweet potato fries sides are stable.

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