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Bear Creek Tavern Restaurant Review: Folksy, denim-clad, stubble-chinned revelers have been coming to this weathered, wooden saloon-cum-restaurant nesting on the banks of bubbling Bear Creek since, well, forever. Its small-town location in Kittredge, some 40 minutes west of Denver, means the tight-knit crowd of jovial locals --- many of whom make this their home away from home --- may wonder why city types wander in. For the same reason the loyalists do: the views of Bear Creek are beautiful, especially when you’re kicking back on the patio overlooking the river’s edge. Service is friendly, so much so that you may want to stay all day. And you could, because the place is open morning, noon and night. What’s more, the straight-up American grub, from eggs Benedict and loaded home fries for breakfast to burgers and chicken-fried steak later on, is nearly as good as the surrounding scenery.