The Top 100 List: #74 Buckhorn Exchange’s “Elk Steak”


Buckhorn Exchange’s “Elk Steak”

Location: Osage and Colfax

Rating: 5.2 (out of 10)

Price: $18 (lunch)

The Skinny: There’s a tremendous history having to do with the Buckhorn Exchange.  It has the first ever liquor license in Colorado, and the original owner, “Shorty Scout” Zietz, was a living legend – a member of Buffalo Bill Cody’s gang, a friend to Sitting Bull, and the keeper of General Custer’s fallen sword from the battle of little Big Horn (presented to him from the victorious Indians).  It also has nearly 600 heads of dead animals hanging from the walls, which, due to the fact that they were wearing Santa hats, made the mood all the more festive.

Surrounded by so much meat, I was happy to fit in with my order of “Elk Steak” for lunch.  In my head, visions of a sizzling hunk of towering flesh – onlookers glancing over at my plate with approval and envy.  Regrettably, 6 oz will not bring about any such inspiration.  It’s roughly the size of a bar of soap.  Ok, fine – 2 bars of soap, stacked one on top of the other.  Inside, it was cooked really quite well, perfectly medium rare – but the outside was awfully bland.  So bland that I had to slather some butter from my bread basket just to give it a little pizzazz and life.  So bland that once I bit into it, I started thinking about everything else in the room and not at all about what I was eating.  Apparently there is a version with a crust of peppercorns.  If you’re going to order this steak – get it with something, anything as a crust.


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