Lamar Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Lamar

April 14, 2018 Fernanda Pittenger

Lamar is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Prowers County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 7,804 at the 2010 United States Census. The city was named after Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II during the period that he was Secretary of the Interior in the futile hope that the then town would be named as the land office.
Things to do in Lamar

1. Thai Spicy Basil

10 N Main St, Lamar, CO 81052-2576 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 719-336-0688
Excellent
41%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 127 reviews

Thai Spicy Basil

Reviewed By Jill T - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Very fresh colorful food.I was craving vegetables in a light saice and I found it here.I choose the combination of chicken,shrimp and beef but any or all available.served with a side of steamed or fried rice.with a small salad .I did not feel the dish was overly spiced in fact added more chili sauce.
Right next to the Visitors Center on Main street.My dinner was $12.95 which I feel was a fair price for a decent meal.

2. Daylight Donuts

109 S Main St, Lamar, CO 81052-2830 +1 719-336-7911
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 7 reviews

Daylight Donuts

Reviewed By hookem1245 - Gilbert, Arizona

I was working here in lamar colorado and like to go see what is in town and what they have to offer. I stopped in here for coffee and walked out with 3 donuts and two breakfast sandwhiches. Lol. And to top it off had to run back inside to grab the coffee I had gone in for initially!

3. Brew Unto Others

119 S Main St, Lamar, CO 81052-2830 Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 719-336-1331
Excellent
49%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Brew Unto Others

Reviewed By mcbitb - Denver, Colorado

The coffee is always very good, and the wait is never long, even when there's only one person working behind the counter. I stop here often on business trips and I always look forward to it. They have ice cream (never tried) as well as food options. They are conveniently located next door to a doughnut shop, and are right off the main thoroughfare in Lamar-which is both good and bad. Parking here when you're headed south is a bit of a pain but still worth it, I've always found parking right in front on the street.

4. Hickory House

1115 N Main St, Lamar, CO 81052-2111 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast +1 719-336-5018
Excellent
35%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 140 reviews

Hickory House

Reviewed By Oldfrat - Denton, Texas

The service was good. The food was mediocre. I was sick all night starting a hour or so after I ate there. I can't prove that the food was the culprit, but I can't think of any other suspects.

5. BJ's Burgers

1510 S Main St, Lamar, CO 81052-3824 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
26%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 38 reviews

BJ's Burgers

Reviewed By Utah-Indy - Helotes, Texas

Well we passed all the national chain restaurants up for the local flare.

Drive in service like a car hop or eat in. Just take a seat and pick up the phone to place your order.

Food comes promptly served by very friendly staff.

Chili dog was smothered in chili and onions. Just your basic boiled hotdog, flavorful plain chili and a fresh bun. Not bad for $2.19.

We also had the chicken strip dinner with fries. Not great but kids would like it. $6.49 seemed steep for 4 strips of meat. Also served with a side salad or home made cole slaw.

Friendly local business. Would recommend you stop here rather than one of the chains.

Also serves burgers, sandwiches, Mexican, slushes, ice cream, shakes and other frozen deserts.

Hey it's summer and 102* STOP HERE and get a cold treat!!!!

6. Ranchers Restaurant

33110 County Road 7, Ports to Plains Travel Plaza, Lamar, CO 81052-9554 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 719-336-3445
Excellent
40%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 33 reviews

Ranchers Restaurant

Reviewed By Kaylin1941 - Colorado

This is our favorite place to eat in Lamar, CO. The menu has a good selection of entrees and they always have 3 or 4 items on special that include the wonderful salad bar at no extra cost. The salad and soup bar can be a meal alone.
This trip I had the fried chicken which is the Checker's Chicken and it is juicy with an excellent crispy coating! Superb!!! There are always several people picking up orders of chicken in attractive boxes.
We always have a friendly server like most small towns have, so that with excellent home cookin' can't be beat.

7. Lucy's Tacos

1200 S Main St, Lamar, CO 81052-3818 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Latin, Fast Food, Spanish Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +1 719-688-8350
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Lucy's Tacos

Reviewed By wbforever - Parker, Colorado

Tried Lucy's while passing through. This is a great place for authentic Mexican. We had the carne Asada burrito, it was huge and included guacamole; homemade tortillas, salsa, etc. The beans were great, as well as the chicken taco! FYI.. No fountain drinks here, pop only sold by the can. Definitely a place to try if you're passing through Lamar.

8. Mission villanueva

100 Savage Ave, Lamar, CO 81052-4120 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner +1 719-336-8888
Excellent
26%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
15%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 45 reviews

Mission villanueva

Reviewed By cpenne - Rangely, Colorado

From the outside, this restaurant had the most appeal. The atmosphere inside was authentic and cozy. The food was pretty good. My daughter had something with green chili and it had great flavor but was a bit too spicy for my taste. The chicken quesadilla was good as was the salsa. They served beer, Jack Daniels, Crown, and one other whiskey if you're looking for a drink with your meal. Our waitress was new and was surprised to be working and not in training on a busy Saturday night, so she was overwhelmed and wasn't the most attentive but she was very nice.

9. Happy Garden

1106 S Main St, Lamar, CO 81052-3816 Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 719-691-2339
Excellent
68%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
8%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

Happy Garden

Reviewed By Robin B - Limon, Colorado

It was with some apprehension that I saw the three reviews for this restaurant, nonetheless I took a chance.

Am I glad I did!

Happy Garden might be new- and it might have been the holiday that kept people away- but this restaurant easily matches up to my usual Lamar favorite- Thai Spicy Basil for food quality.

I had the Hot/Sour Seafood Soup and Hunan Chicken for my entrée. The soup was blasting-hot and gifted with wonderful chunks of surimi, squid, scallops, and shrimp along with water chestnuts, mushrooms, and bamboo shoots. The broth was light and not greasy. It also had a bit of chili- though I could have stood it a little 'hotter' chili-wise. As I have recently gotten over a bout of the flu, do I WISH I had access to this soup when I was sick!

The Hunan Chicken had wonderfully fresh vegetables and a lot of shaved chicken in a garlicky-spicy-tasty brown sauce. As the bowl of soup had been quite large, I didn't eat as much of it as I might have liked but oh, the leftovers for tomorrow! The rice was a decent steamed variety and a foil for the loads of sauce.
The bill- with hot tea- came to about $18, but it is so worth that price. These folks did a great job!

The help is not too fluent, but they did understand when I told them they deserve way more customers. The food is that good.
Here's hoping they stick with it and keep on putting forth the Nom Nom in Lamar!

10. Quiznos

113 E Olive St, Lamar, CO 81052-2836 Lunch, Dinner +1 719-336-3040
Excellent
45%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Reviewed By dtbuny - Littleton, Colorado

Very friendly young staff that seem to know who are local or not. Food hot and flavorful quickly served. Nice, clean atmosphere that is definitely above Subways hard seat 7-11 atmosphere. Not as visible as some fast food venues in town but worth the search!

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