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Forbes rounds up eleven bizarre U.S. restaurants, calling out two in Colorado

The most bizarre restaurants in the country include Casa Bonita -- and another Colorado joint. Forbes just published a list of the most bizarre restaurants in America, giving credence to gimmicky places that lure diners with everything from ninjas and spy themes to goats. And of the eleven restaurants featured, two were right here in Colorado.

With its cliff divers, gorilla-suited actors, waterfalls, caves and spectacularly terrible food, Casa Bonita, 6715 West Colfax, Lakewood, was a shoe-in for the list.

But can you guess the other Colorado restaurant that made it?

The Fort, 19192 Highway 8, Morrison.

This is what Forbes had to say about the tricked-out Western theme restaurant:

In 1962, when opening this replica of Bent's Fort--a seven-acre 1830s fur trade and freighting center on the Sante Fe Trail--the owner researched more than 2,000 historic journals and diaries to guarantee the atmosphere and food were as authentic as possible. He built the structure out of adobe bricks and added fire pits, tepees, New Mexican farolitos, and a floor of earth and ox blood (now covered with wood planks). The restaurant now sells more buffalo meat than any other independently owned restaurant in the United States in the form of steaks, prime rib, hump, tongue, sausage and "Rocky Mountain oysters."

We guess that throwback to the wild west is pretty bizarre by today's dining standards. But it was probably the Fort's buffalo balls that sent the list-maker over the top.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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