Quincy’s Steaks & Spirits
416 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, CO 80461
Heidi’s Illustrious Rating: 3.5 out of 5
No place for a vegetarian.
Leadville, Colorado is over 10,000 feat above sea level and no trip to this high altitude town is complete without dinner at Quincy’s Steaks & Spirits. Since 1997, Quincy’s has been serving up steak and only steak.
Located in the historic Breene Block, completed in 1887 (picture here), the restaurant is in a narrow room, the size of a large hallway. The bar occupies the front of the restaurant and features a pillared mirrored bar and a matching well-worn bar top. The restaurant offers cozy booths in dark burgundy and mahogany. The lighting is dim, but the buzz is steady; this place is popular and rightly so.
To keep their prices low, Quincy’s offers only one menu item, steak. Sunday through Thursday is fillet mignon night, starting at $7.95 for a mouthwatering 6 oz fillet. Friday through Saturday it’s prime rib starting at $9.95. Larger portions are only a couple dollars more. Your meal also includes salad, bread and a baked potato with butter and sour cream. Complete the meal with a tasty beverage, perhaps Quincy’s famous and tequila loaded margarita ($6), a nice house cabernet sauvignon ($3.50) or a well drink for only $1.25 all day long.
My husband (Ryan) and I arrived on a cold and snowy Saturday night on recommendations from three different locals, including our bed and breakfast proprietor. The restaurant was full and we patiently waited over drinks at the bar. Around us the talk was about the snow, how much and how long. It was the first real snow fall of the season. After twenty minutes we were seated in a small two person booth near the bar, under a photo of H.A.W. Tabor and Baby Doe Tabor, two of the town’s most famous residents.
Horace A. W. Tabor moved to Leadville with wife Augusta in the late 1800’s. Tabor struck it rich in the mining business (at one point the Matchless Mine was making him $2000/day). But he is notoriously remembered for his affair with Baby Doe. Tabor eventually divorced Augusta and married Baby Doe, an act the community never forgave him for. Eventually Tabor went bankrupt and died a ruined man. Baby Doe froze to death alone in a shack outside the Matchless Mine.
One benefit of a one-item menu is fast service. Our salads came first, swimming in Quincy’s homemade honey peppercorn dressing, the only salad dressing available (I’d recommend ordering it on the side). Our prime rib plates were next and included a large chunk of soft white bread, a delectable baked potatoe and a side of au jus. Quincy’s horseradish arrives rather undignified in a small plastic cup, but it is freshly chopped and utterly divine. I am not an expert on prime rib and have only had it a handful of times during my life. I ordered a medium cooked 6 oz cut. It came with a ring of fat around the outside, but a tender and juicy middle. Loaded with horseradish and dipped in au jus it was as satisfying as any steak three times the price.
Ryan ordered the 12 oz and couldn’t even think of ordering dessert at the end of our meal. He kept asking how anyone eats a 20 oz prime rib and the waitress informed us many patron do. A steady flow of ravenous hunters, skiers and hikers keep the large steaks selling well.
As in most establishments in Leadville, jeans are the norm at Quincy’s and all pretentiousness should be left at the door. The wait staff is prompt and friendly; your glass will not go empty and you will likely be enticed into a conversation revolving around weather, the steaks or Leadville’s salacious history.
We can’t wait to go back for fillet mignon night.