Grand Valley, Colorado (Fruita): Hot Tomato Cafe
For determining the best post-ride restaurant in the Grand Valley, I decided to focus on Fruita due to its amazing trails (such as 18 Road and the Kokopelli Area Trails) and its excellent MTB infrastructure. Part of that infrastructure is arguably the best post-ride restaurant of all time, Hot Tomato Pizza. Serving up delicious pizza in a bike-themed atmosphere, Hot Tomato has easily beaten out its competition. The qualities that many Trip Advisor reviewers identified–long hours, good service, close proximity to bike shops, relatively short waits, and options for both vegans and vegetarians–have made Hot Tomato a staple and in some ways a beacon of the Fruita mountain biking scene.
In addition, its wide beer selection and simple menu make Hot Tomato a quick and easy stop when driving through town. Its pizza can be bought by the pie or by the slice and will definitely not disappoint. Their handmade pizza dough, freshly-cut toppings, and finely-grated cheese create a perfect, nearly artistic balance of flavors that will please your taste buds for only mere minutes, but will linger in your mind for days to come.
- Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am-9:00pm
- Vegan and vegetarian options
- Location: 124 N Mulberry St, Fruita, CO
- Website: hottomatocafe.com