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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 remarkably beautiful, especially when you’re kicking back on the patio, a small, six-table affair overlooking the river’s edge. The service is friendly---so much so that you may never want to leave. And the straight-up American grub---steaks, cheeseburgers, and blackened catfish---is nearly as good as the surrounding scenery. In fact, the Royal Red shrimp, a heap of salt-kissed, fist-size, blush-red, gulf-shore crustaceans---their heads still attached---are summer’s ideal indulgence.